Current openings

  • Stakeholder Media and Communications Advisor
  • Finance and Administration Manager
  • Horticulture Manager

Stakeholder Media and Communications Advisor

About the role
The Stakeholder Media and Communications Advisor coordinates VFF media relations and provides strategic advice to support VFF communication activities across all divisions. This position will assist in the development, coordination, and implementation of the Victorian Farmers Federation’s communications strategy, to effectively influence and promote the views of the Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) to governments, industry and the wider community.

The Stakeholder Media and Communications Advisor is responsible for the day-to-day development and delivery of engaging social media and media campaigns to promote the targeted activities and initiatives of the VFF, along with collaborating across the organisation to develop key messages on priority advocacy areas. Ensuring the integrity of the VFF brand underpins all activities within this role.

Core Activities

  • Assist in the development of communications strategies, including issues management and campaigns to shape community, industry & government perceptions of Victorian regional and agricultural issues
  • Communication with farmers and other rural based communities using contemporary and traditional platforms
  • Act as the central coordination point for all VFF media activity, developing and maintaining productive relationships with key media and media advisor contacts
  • Provide communication advice taking into consideration social influences and advocacy groups
  • Write and distribute press releases, e-newsletters, speeches, briefing papers, magazine articles and columns such as Stock & Land opinion pieces and eNews
  • Write and source content for the VFF’s Vic Farmer Magazine publication and oversee production
  • Monitor the media landscape to track and identity issues to manage and monitor campaigns or activities that could prompt media discussion and encourage better engagement with the VFF
  • Maintain an up-to-date list of media contacts as well as identify and establish contacts with other lobby groups to help monitor and deliver effective issues management and policy development
  • Act as social media co-ordinator and develop compelling social media campaigns to drive activities and initiatives of the VFF along with communication campaigns utilising other platforms
  • Create vlogs and blogs that tell the story of Victorian farmers that connects consumers with professional food and fibre production in Victoria
  • Support the Stakeholder Media and Communications team to ensure relevant member messaging is developed and circulated across campaigns and initiatives
  • Co-ordinate and work with the Stakeholder Policy and Advocacy team, VFF Commodity groups, Member and Network Development, and Member Services and Support team to develop key messages and content to support advocacy and membership marketing material
  • Support the Events Coordinator across the calendar of events to deliver promotional and event campaigns that represent the VFF and its value to members
  • Other duties as directed by the Manager Stakeholder Policy and Advocacy


Selection criteria

Experience and qualifications

  • Tertiary qualifications in communications, PR, Marketing or a related discipline
  • Demonstrated experience in media relations, public relations, contemporary communication, social media or journalism
  • Knowledge and understanding of the agricultural sector would be highly desirable

Competencies

  • The ability to effectively communicate across different platforms, develop compelling and engaging messages to farmers, media, politicians and the community is a prerequisite for selection to this role.
  • The ability to provide general communications services and advice including translating complex information to plain language messaging
  • Demonstrated experience in delivering media campaigns with impact and outcomes of change or action
  • Ability to design effective media and social media campaign to promote member issues
  • Excellent interpersonal and problem solving skills with the confidence to liaise across a range of business and government organisations, as well as across the organisation
  • Communication with farmers and other rural based communities using contemporary and traditional platforms
  • Ability to adhere to media processes regarding approval of messaging and the delivery of information around the activities of the VFF
  • Managing media sensitive issues and crises whilst exercising discretion and sound judgment.
  • Resilience with the ability to manage media messaging and communications in relation to issues that may be distressing at times
  • Calm, high emotional intelligence to understand and navigate complex industry and media messaging
  • Ability to work with and understand member values and the role of a membership organisation
  • Computer literacy across Microsoft office, social media and blog platforms essential
  • Experience in video recording, editing and publishing preferred
  • Ability to comfortably manage multiple projects and competing timeframes
  • Experience working in a complex stakeholder and high-pressure environment
  • Drivers licence
  • To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each of the key duties and responsibilities in the position description satisfactorily.
  • As this role may entail liaising with executives, politicians, members and councillors, and involves the handling of confidential and sensitive information, the ability to maintain confidentiality and trust within the VFF is a requirement. Strong integrity and the ability to ensure confidentiality regardless of external media pressure is paramount.

Supervisory Responsibilities
This role generally carries no responsibilities for supervising subordinate staff, with the exception of providing direction to the Stakeholder Policy and Advocacy Research Officer Graduate in relation to media and communication. At times supervision of temporary staff and/or contract personnel may also be required.

Applicants must address the selection criteria in their application. The selection criteria can be found within the position description.

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For more information contact the VFF Workplace Relations Department on 1300 442481 or wr@vff.org.au

Finance and Administration Manager

Join a team that makes a difference
Victoria's peak farmer representative group, the Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF), is seeking an experienced Finance and Administration Manager for the management and coordination of VFF Finance, Accounting and Administration functions. This includes all accounting matters and financial reporting (statutory and other) for existing VFF companies and organisations

About the role
The key focus for this role is to provide timely and accurate financial and non-financial KPI reporting inclusive of documented meaningful analysis for the VFF CEO, VFF Commodity and Departmental Managers and Board(s) of Directors. In addition, the Finance and Administration Manager will have responsibility for the accounting and financial reporting requirements of a variety of Grant programs and Projects that the VFF operates from time to time.

In addition to financial control and reporting, it is intended the role will have operational oversight and control of IT systems and providers, faclitiies/building management and administration. The incumbent to this position will provide an environment of excellence with regard to financial policy and process, internal control, accounting practice and associated procedures.

Key Duties and Responsibilities include

  • Manage all aspects of the VFF accounting function
  • Preparation (and design) of the monthly Reporting Pack(s) inclusive of forecasts
  • Preparation of professional advisory papers Accounting Finance matters
  • Attend meetings of, and report to, the Finance & Audit Committee on regular and ad hoc matters. There may also be occasions where reporting to the Board of Directors is required.
  • Document, maintain and improve Finance, Accounting and Administration policies, processes, procedures and standards for the organisation and ensure staff are fully trained in correct procedures for achievement of those standards. This includes, but is not limited to, contract management, procurement, leasing, tendering, auditing, and asset management (cars, property, IT, phones etc.).
  • Conduct regular monthly financial reviews with Commodity & Department Managers
  • Conduct a robust and inclusive Budgeting process that will meet the short and long term strategic objectives set by the CEO / Board of Directors
  • Ensure all direct and indirect taxation obligations for VFF companies are met
  • Manage all aspects of annual audits and production of Annual Financial Reports
  • Manage submission of all reporting requirements of ACNC
  • Prepare all financial reporting requirements of VFF Commodity Groups.


Supervisory Responsibilities
The Finance and Administration Manager is responsible for the performance of

  • CA or CPA
  • Shared Services function (operating under a Service Level Agreement)
  • Finance and Administration Department employees (if any)


Qualifications and Experience

  • CA or CPA
  • Minimum of 7 years’ experience in Financial leadership roles
  • Experienced in Administration & IT operational management
  • High competency with Great Plains accounting / reporting software


Competencies

  • To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each of the key duties and responsibilities satisfactorily
  • Considerable demonstrated experience in a similar management capacity
  • Strategic Planning skills in order to assist the business leadership
  • Highly developed consultation, communication and negotiation skills are required to succeed in this position.


Applying for this role​​

Salary will be commensurate with knowledge and experience.

Applicants must address the selection criteria in their application. The selection criteria can be found within the position description.

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Applications close Monday 26 November 2019


For more information contact the VFF Workplace Relations Department on 1300 442 481 or wr@vff.org.au

Horticulture Manager

About the role

The key focus of this role is the growth and development of the VFF Horticulture Group which includes Flowers Victoria, through advocacy on behalf of and services to the Horticulture sector members and the Victorian farming community. The Commodity Manager with the broader support of the organisation and Horticulture council, manages membership activity including events, campaigns, communications and sponsorship. The incumbent to this position is also responsible for maintaining communication and engagement with members and industry stakeholders in relation to policy outcomes and position affecting the Horticulture commodity. This role is also responsible for the management of one team member.

This role works proactively with key stakeholders including industry, lobby groups, politicians, bureaucrats, members and farmers to promote the Commodity and VFF position on issues and policy. This role is a great opportunity for a candidate passionate about Agriculture and the Horticulture sector to engage with and advocate on behalf of this industry.

Key Duties and Responsibilities include

  • Develop a strategic operational plan in conjunction with the Commodity President with CEO approval for the Commodity group that aligns with the strategic direction of the Federation
  • In conjunction with the Commodity President, CEO and Council(s), manage the development of Commodity policy. This will include identification of Commodity issues, research and analysis, implementation of policy and programs, monitoring of outcomes and reporting
  • Coordinate all Commodity advocacy and lobbying activity to ensure appropriate interaction with political and corporate interests
  • Proactively work with key stakeholders including industry, lobby groups, politicians, bureaucrats, members, and farmers, together with the Horticulture President, to promote the Commodity and Federation position and services on issues
  • Development and implementation of Commodity membership growth strategy, including direct farmer networking and membership sales
  • Maintain strong communication and engagement with all stakeholders in relation to policy outcomes, positions, and services affecting the Commodity
  • Develop and manage the implementation of member services in the Commodity
  • Communicate with Commodity members in relation to policy and service issues, ensuring channels of communication are managed to provide feedback to the Commodity to assist the Commodity President further the position of the group
  • In conjunction with the Horticulture President, establish effective relationships with industry stakeholders and sponsors, agencies and other significant organisations.
  • Attract external income and sponsorship for the Commodity groups
  • Develop and manage projects including seeking external funding opportunities
  • Manage the departmental annual operating budget
  • Oversee the Flowers Victoria Marketing and Events Coordinator to ensure the effective creation and delivery of the Flowers Victoria component of the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show
  • Manage staff within the Commodity
  • Other duties as required by the CEO



Supervisory Responsibilities

This role is responsible for the performance of all staff within the Commodity.

Qualifications and Experience

  • A recognised degree and/or significant work experience
  • Significant industry experience in the Horticulture sector preferred


Competencies

  • To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each of the key duties and responsibilities in the position description satisfactorily and other duties that may reasonably be required
  • This position requires demonstrated experience in a similar management capacity including experience in the administration of a divisional budget, or the capacity to take on a middle management role within a complex issue-rich work environment
  • Strategic planning, formation and policy development skills are essential
  • Well developed consultation, communication and negotiation skills are required to succeed in this position
  • Highly developed communication, consultation and negotiation skills and proficiency with social media platforms and information technology is essential. Understanding the best medium to communicate with various issues arising is also important
  • Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills, together with an abilty to establish and foster strong networks within the agricultural sector
  • Ability to link to Government and carry out projects with initiative, dedication and respect for members and stakeholders
  • Willingness to support the mission and core values of the VFF


Applying for this role​​

Applicants must address the selection criteria in their application. The selection criteria can be found within the position description.

Click here to download to position description.

Click here to apply via Seek.

Applications close Monday 26 November 2019

For more information contact the VFF Workplace Relations Department on 1300 442 481 or wr@vff.org.au