Communications Media Advisor - Fixed Term

The PSA is the largest union in New Zealand and is an innovative and dynamic organisation employing 140 staff throughout New Zealand. We have more than 62,000 members working in central and local government, health and community services. The focus of the PSA is to advance the rights and conditions of members through building collectivity in the workplace.  The PSA takes a strategic approach to building unionism. 

The PSA has a vacancy for a  media advisor  to join our 4-person communications team. This is a full-time, fixed term position for 6/7 months preferably based in our Wellington office.  We are wanting the successful applicant to start as soon as possible. The role is temporary to cover for a permanent member of staff on secondment to another position.

The communications team is responsible for the production of printed and online resources including newsletters and the PSA Journal, developing and maintaining the PSA website, social media, media liaison, and providing advice and communications support for campaigns.

The media advisor prepares and issues media statements, has key responsibilities for PSA media campaigns, advises on appropriate and effective means of establishing and maintaining good relations with media, politicians and employers and manages media opportunities such as campaigns and government announcements.

The successful applicant will have an ability to convey information to intended audiences and is able to exercise strategic judgement as to when and on what issues a media release or media contact  is appropriate.  This is a stimulating and busy position that requires someone who is highly motivated, has a high level of political awareness, an in-depth understanding of the role of unions in a democratic society and with the skills to make an important contribution to the PSA’s organising work. We are looking for someone who can work well with other members of the communication team and with other PSA staff.

The PSA Te Pūkenga Here Tikanga Mahi is committed to honouring Te Tiriti O Waitangi across our organisation and the work we do. Knowledge of te reo and tikanga Māori will therefore be an advantage.

The PSA is also an EEO employer.

To apply, download the job description and application forms below and email them to

Job description (.doc)

Application form (.doc)

For any queries you can contact Liz Byron, Executive Assistant to the National Secretaries on 04-816 5036.

Applications close 5.00pm on Friday 28 April 2017.