Associate Strategist (Full-Time, Maximum Term for 12 months)
Purpose Campaigns
3d ago


Purpose builds and supports movements to advance the fight for an open, just, and habitable world. We use public mobilisation and storytelling to help leading organisations, activists, businesses, and philanthropies engaged in this fight, and we create campaigning labs and new initiatives that can shift policies and change public narratives when it matters most.

To do this, Purpose brings together world-class talent from the world of creatives, content development, storytelling, campaigning, grassroots organising, and political strategy to build new creative campaigning models.

Guided by smart strategy and powered by participation, our work reframes issues, engages new audiences, shifts public discourse, and ultimately drives targeted action that creates lasting impact.

Join the team that made all this work!


Purpose is seeking an Associate Strategist with a commitment to our mission to join our international Strategy team. The position is a full-time 12-month maximum term contract based in our Sydney office with potential for extension.

This is a participant role in Democracy in Colour's POC Placement Program - an on-the-job training program for campaigners of colour.

This program is about finding emerging campaigners of colour, supporting their talent, and pushing organisations to centre their voices for real, lasting change.

It places emerging leaders in paid traineeships in advocacy organisations alongside a training and mentoring program run by Democracy in Colour.

As part of the program, you will work within Purpose, and spend on average a half day per week participating in training and professional development as part of the placement program.

This role will contribute to developing campaign strategies, collaborating closely with our creative and campaigning teams, for Purpose’s creative digital and offline campaigns that mobilise audiences to action on critical social and environmental issues.

We're looking for team players with passion, a sharp mind, high integrity, a hands-on attitude, and an entrepreneurial, problem-solving spirit.

Salary Range : $55,000-65,000


  • RESEARCH / Assists in the development and refinement of hypotheses to define research question(s) and structure / plan across multiple workstreams;
  • conducts strong research, with limited guidance and feedback.

  • ANALYSIS / Works with the strategy team to develop clear and concise analysis, results and conclusions across multiple workstreams.
  • STRATEGY & RECOMMENDATIONS DEVELOPMENT / Translates from research & analysis to identify primary insights and opportunities to pursue across multiple workstreams, develops thought-provoking robust arguments and recommendations, with guidance and feedback.
  • PARTICIPATION STRATEGY / Develop fluency in Purpose's frameworks and strategy IP (organising, digital, integrating online and offline actions, brand, coalition building, political, study of human behavior etc.
  • to develop social impact and participation strategies.

  • STRUCTURE / Develops overall compelling project storyline and logical frameworks and identifies the appropriate communication format.
  • WRITTEN / Creates clear and compelling slides / emails / memos that integrates with relevant workstreams, and overall storyline and project, with limited guidance and feedback.
  • VERBAL / Confidently presents and facilitates discussion of own work products, and comfortable presenting across workstreams, to client contacts and wider client stakeholders in a clear and well-structured manner;
  • able to engage in related and broader project context discussion and questions.

  • ACCOUNT MANAGEMENT SUPPORT / Supports client / donor management on a day-to-day basis
  • BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT / Supports elements of the business development process including proposal writing with guidance.

  • Experience working with diverse communities
  • Lived experience in cultural and ethnically diverse communities
  • Confidence in a deadline-driven environment, with relationship-building experience
  • Ability to think strategically and an interest in communications and campaigns
  • High bar for quality, rigour and integrity in their own work and colleagues'
  • Demonstrated track record and / or interest in social sector organising and advocacy
  • Passion, a sharp mind, high integrity, a hands-on attitude, and an entrepreneurial, problem-solving spirit
  • Experience in communications strategy and / or formal research & analysis background a plus
  • If these are the things that get you up in the morning, we want to hear from you! Please submit your resume and a cover letter that gives us insight into your passion and qualifications for the role.

    Purpose is an equal opportunity employer. Purpose takes on some of the biggest challenges in the world, which affect people of different identities and backgrounds in different ways.

    We believe we are stronger and most effective with a diverse team leading the charge. People of color, women, LGBTQ individuals and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

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