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Department for Environment and Water

Do you want to help shape how South Australians think about their State, its natural environment and their future?  Do you value authentic community engagement?  Are you excited about connecting people with nature and the environment?  Do you want to be a leader in a passionate, focused and outcomes driven organisation?

  • SAES Executive Position
  • Advisor to the Chief Executive
  • Strategic architect of the Department’s engagement with community, stakeholders and media

The Department for Environment and Water (DEW) is looking for an experienced professional who is engaged with, and passionate about, the diverse opportunities and challenges facing South Australia.  The Department’s work across national parks, management and conservation of the environment, wildlife and threatened species, climate change (as the state government lead agency), water (including the Murray Darling Basin), the Botanic Gardens and heritage places, and nature-based tourism is fundamental to the State’s future.

The Director Communications and Engagement will work collaboratively with the Chief Executive, agency leaders, other government departments and key stakeholders, to support delivery of the Government’s agenda, and to frame the Department’s engagement with community about the centrality of our precious and unique environment to South Australians’ prosperity and wellbeing.  

The Director will lead a team of media and communications professionals and nurture and deepen that team’s ability to work with others throughout the Department, designing and enabling effective community engagement to facilitate successful delivery of the Minister’s and the Government’s priorities. Through their team, the Director will also lead the Department’s communication with key stakeholders and the public across all channels including mainstream media, social media and the DEW website. 

The right person will bring the creativity, authenticity and passion needed to inspire others and to foster innovation and opportunity.  They will have a depth of relevant community engagement experience and a demonstrated ability to thrive in a fast moving, outcomes focused work environment.

Applicants are required to complete a pre-employment declaration and must have (or be in the process of obtaining) a National Police Clearance (this role is a Position of Trust). 

For a job and person specification, please click on the PDF icon above or below, and for further information on our client, please visit 

Applications should be addressed to Justin Hinora.  Please click on the Apply Today button to submit your application.

For a confidential discussion, please call (08) 8100 8827.

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