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With a content portfolio like no other media organisation in the country, SBS occupies multiple channels and platforms, and provides a unique opportunity for employees to help make Australia a better place to live.

Corporate Communications Manager

About Us

SBS is one of the world's most unique and innovative media organisations, producing trusted, meaningful and engaging content that exists for all Australians to inspire, support and celebrate the diversity of our multicultural society.

Our purpose, for the last 40 years, has reflected and explored the evolving diversity of Australia, investing in initiatives to deepen its connections with communities, sharing their stories and giving a voice to those often unheard, with the aim of increasing understanding and respect of the differences that make up Australia.

SBS is a truly distinctive network, showcasing multicultural, multilingual and First Nations stories otherwise untold in the Australian media.

The Department

The Corporate Affairs Division provides support to SBS through a range of internal and external stakeholder engagement, including government and regulatory affairs, community engagement and outreach, Code of Practice advice; corporate communications advice and management; and secretariat support to the SBS Board.

The Role 

As a member of the Corporate Communications team, the Corporate Communications Manager owns, develops and delivers high quality internal and external communications programs which promote SBS’s purpose and support the delivery of the SBS Strategic Plan.

  • Provide high level strategic communications advice for key divisions within SBS, including News and Current Affairs (NACA), Technology and Marketing.
  • Provide strategic communications advice and support to senior executive team, including at times the Managing Director, and other stakeholders as required.
  • Collaborate with the SBS Government Affairs team on key projects and initiatives such as Parliamentary engagements and Senate Estimates preparations.
  • Lead the development and delivery of strategic external communications plans promoting awareness of key SBS initiatives, projects and content.
  • Support positive and effective management of SBS’s reputation through issues management, risk mitigation, and proactive communications activity.
  • Proactively engage and maintain strong working relationships with a range of internal and external stakeholders, being a trusted source of information, support, advice and counsel.
  • Contribute to a high performing and collaborative Corporate Communications team culture, and wider Corporate Affairs Division. 

Main Tasks:

  • Manage and deliver the corporate communications requirements for SBS.
  • Deliver a range of high-quality communications materials for senior executives, including the Managing Director. This may include preparation of speeches, presentations, talking points, briefs, and written and oral communications for external and internal audiences, as well as providing ongoing advice and counsel on a range of issues.
  • Oversee and manage the corporate SBS website and the execution of the corporate content/social strategy across owned and social channels, such as LinkedIn and Twitter.
  • Undertake effective media relations, maintaining positive relationships with media, managing enquiries and handling issues effectively, engaging relevant stakeholders to ensure SBS responds accurately and in a timely manner.
  • Effectively identify and manage reputational risks, including development of crisis management communications plans as required, developing Q&As and talking points around potential issues, and maintaining strong internal stakeholder relationships to be able to effectively advise and influence to mitigate risks. 
  • Monitor the media for relevant coverage of SBS and industry trends and topics, providing regular updates and insights to internal stakeholders..
  • Maintain an understanding of the media industry, public broadcasting and relevant political landscape, and work closely with a range of internal stakeholders to ensure communications activities are aligned with strategic objectives.
  • Undertake work in a way that reflects and upholds SBS’s Charter, Vision and Values, fosters a positive and proactive work environment and complies with SBS’s policies, procedures and practices including the Code of Conduct.

About you

  • Strong experience in communications or related area.
  • Political, communications, journalism or editorial background highly regarded.
  • Exceptional written, verbal and interpersonal skills and an ability to communicate effectively at all levels (internally and externally) with a clear understanding of the need for diplomacy, tact and confidentiality
  • Demonstrated ability to identify, develop and deliver communications campaigns and/or opportunities which effectively support an organisation’s strategic objectives.
  • Highly developed strategic and critical thinking.
  • Highly developed organisational and administrative skills, including the ability to cope with pressure, meet deadlines and determine priorities. 
  • Proven ability to plan and execute activities on multiple projects.
  • Outstanding stakeholder engagement skills, with demonstrated ability to influence, build and maintain positive working relationships.
  • Experience in media liaison, including demonstrated experience in managing reputational issues in a timely manner.
  • Experience and comfort working in a fast-paced and dynamic team environment.
  • Experience managing and/or mentoring employees, including direct reports as well as those beyond your immediate team.
  • An understanding of the Australian media landscape, public broadcasting environment, and issues relevant for SBS and our employees.
  • This role requires some interstate travel from time to time, and work outside standard hours according to business needs.

It is a requirement of this role that incumbents are fully vaccinated with an approved Covid-19 vaccination in line with the ATAGI guidelines which include booster shots. We do however have a medical exemption process and we would be happy to discuss your application should this be applicable to you.

Some of the reasons to consider working with us

  • The people! We truly celebrate and welcome difference at SBS and encourage everyone to bring their whole self to work, you’ll be part of one of the most inclusive companies in Australia!
  • The culture and the engagement of our workforce! SBS is ranked in the top 25% of all media companies for employee engagement
  • We offer a range of benefits; from flexible work arrangements, health checks, salary packaging, an employee assistance program and for our Sydney based employees, free gym membership and parking (subject to availability).
  • We’re agile and innovative in the way we work, as well as being a trusted and established brand. At SBS we have been broadcasting for over 40 years and our future is packed with many more exciting developments!
  • We also love to promote from within! We have allocated training funds to do just that and help bridge the gaps when moving from role to role.

Want to learn more? Then hit apply and take the first step to applying not just for another job but a possible whole new career in a purpose led organisation!

Not quite the right role for you? No problem, how about popping your details into our talent pool? Email us at to let us know what roles would be of interest to you and we will keep you informed of when they arise! (If you no longer want to be listed in our talent pool, then just email  us and let us know and we will remove your detail).

For other opportunities within our organisation please visit our careers website SBS Careers - Working at SBS

Reasonable adjustments

SBS recognises that everyone is unique, and you might require some adjustments to ensure you have the best opportunity to apply and put your skills forward for consideration. If we can make some adjustments to the SBS recruitment/interview process to better enable you to shine, then please contact and let us know.

Adjustments may include but are not limited to; alternative application methods, interview setups, physical requirements, guidance for trans or gender diverse applicants, specific interview availability times and more.

We are shortlisting applications as they come in, so don’t delay apply today! 


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