Graduate Role at The Communications Council

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Graduate Role at The Communications Council


The Communications Council | Sydney

The Communications Council

About The Communications Council

The Communications Council is the peak professional body representing companies in the Australian advertising industry. Our diverse member base spans more than 160 agencies which operate in the areas of creative, digital, strategic planning, promotion, direct marketing, PR, design, production, and healthcare advertising. We work on behalf of our members to raise the profile and professional standards of the industry, champion commercial creativity and provide industry leadership.

Primary purpose of the role

Undertake research, analysis and administrative activities to support the development and implementation of projects across the business, as part of a structured graduate development program. The role is a preparative pathway for a graduate to enter the advertising industry with a sound understanding and unique perspective in relation to its structure, challenges, opportunities and commercial operations.

Key accountabilities

As a graduate you will have exposure to all parts of the business to take key projects and activities to market for our members across four key areas:

1. Membership

  • Undertake a range of project or program support tasks and participate in process improvements to assist with the day to day operations of the business.
  • Respond to member and stakeholder enquiries.
  • Attend meetings, prepare notes and work with project leaders to manage committee activity.
  • Assist with the management of the Customer Relationship Management system, including database updates, tracking activity and working with teams to ensure accuracy of member information.

2. Professional development

  • Assist with AWARD School, AdSchool, Graduate Program and IPA Residential/Online     as required.
  • Assist with the preparation of courses/events - setup online access for students, manage enquiries, course correspondence.
  • Assist with coordinating course websites/content and social media marketing/communications as required.
  • Assist with customer data, data/web analysis and online payments.
  • Assist with student enquiries – phone and email.
  • Set up classroom and liaise with lecturers and presenters.

3. Events

  • Assist with the coordination of seminars and committee events including ticketing, setting  up invitations in Campaign Monitor, venue liaison, attendance and speaker coordination.
  • Follow up surveys to attendees, as required.

4. General and marketing

  • Assist with community management through social media, using best practice protocols to promote programs, interact with community members and profile the organisation in a public forum.
  • Work collaboratively within and across teams and actively support others to achieve business outcomes.
  • Assist with occasional reception duties, upkeep of day-to-day operations.


- Proficiency in technology eg/ Google operating system
- Experience with database systems, with an aptitude for data analysis
- Experience with social media and an understanding of online communications
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills - written and oral
- Ability to research and conduct basic analysis
- Previous work experience/internship is preferred

Learning opportunities

In this role you will develop the skills and knowledge to begin a career in the industry. Specifically, in this role you will:

- Learn the foundations of the advertising industry, key companies, business structures and stakeholders.
- Develop an understanding of the nature of commercial creativity, its role in business and the impact on the broader society and economy.
- Develop time management skills to deliver key projects and events.
- Build key relationships with a broad range of industry leaders through committee and event attendance.
- Upskill in social and community management, understanding the principles of acting on behalf of an organisation in a public forum.
- Upskill in data interrogation, web analytics and reporting.

The program

This role is part of The Graduate Program (no fee applies for successful applicant). As a Communications Council graduate you will get the benefit of participating in the following courses:

- IPA Foundation Certificate - online learning plus exam
- AdSchool Fundamentals - 5 modules over 5 months
- AdSchool Core Strategic Planning (optional)
- Member events - including APG, AMG and Youngbloods
- Additional opportunities to attend learning sessions as appropriate


As a graduate working with The Communications Council, you will be exposed to the broader communications and advertising industry, working with our team to raise the profile of our members and the important work they do in meeting challenges for businesses and brands. Whilst this is not a position within an agency, you will have the unique opportunity to meet and engage with people working in a variety of different agencies, giving you a sound understanding of the agency business.

Position available in January 2019.

If you’re interested, please email a cover letter and CV to:

Applications close Monday 14 January 2019