Media & Communications Officer - Life Course Centre

University of Queensland
February 13, 2024
Offerd Salary:$94,754 - $103,180
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Contract Type:fixed-term position
Working Time:Full time
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  • Institute for Social Science Research

  • Broaden your career within one of QLD's largest employers

  • Belong to a vibrant community where your work genuinely makes an impact

  • Free parking is available to staff at the Long Pocket site

  • Based at Long Pocket only 10 minutes from St Lucia Campus

  • About UQ

    As part of the UQ community, you'll have the opportunity to work alongside the brightest minds, who have joined us from all over the world.

    Everyone here has a role to play. As a member of our professional staff cohort, you will be actively involved in working towards our vision of a better world. By supporting the academic endeavour across teaching, research, and the student life, you'll have the opportunity to contribute to activities that have a lasting impact on our community.

    Join a community where excellence is at the core of our culture, contributions are valued and a range of benefits and rewards are available, such as:

  • 26 weeks paid parental leave or 14 weeks paid primary caregiver leave

  • 17% superannuation contributions

  • 17.5% annual leave loading

  • Access to flexible working arrangements including hybrid working options, flexible start/finish times, purchased leave, and a condensed fortnight

  • Health and wellness discounts – fitness passport access, free yearly flu vaccinations, discounted health insurance, and access to our Employee Assistance Program for staff and their immediate family

  • Salary packaging options

  • About This Opportunity

    We currently have an excellent opportunity available for a Media & Communication Officer based within the ARC Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course (the Life Course Centre). The Media & Communications Officer coordinates and implements a broad range of activities to promote the Centre's research and help achieve practical outcomes and impact.

    The ARC Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course (the Life Course Centre) is a national research centre led out of UQ, studying deep and persistent disadvantage in Australia.

    Key responsibilities will include:

  • Contribute to the development, implementation and evaluation of Centre engagement strategies and campaigns, including collaborations with a range of academic and professional staff within the Centre, and across and external to UQ.

  • Develop and deliver research translation tools for Centre research, with target audiences ranging from the general public to policy makers and corporate and not-for-profit stakeholders.

  • Substantive responsibility over Centre-managed publications, newsletters, and social media accounts, to create timely, effective and relevant online communications.

  • Source content, research, interview, write, edit and produce original material, for internal and external distribution using a range of media approaches.

  • Seek opportunities for centre researchers to engage with the broader media.

  • Actively work with colleagues to improve internal capabilities and processes in relation to research translation, stakeholder engagement, and use of relevant technologies and tools.

  • Seek opportunities for co-created communications and media with significant external stakeholders.

  • Ensure all marketing and communication material is accurate and that it complies with accepted publication standards within The University of Queensland, the Life Course Centre and the Australian Research Council.

  • This role requires the capacity to engage professionally with a broad range of stakeholders within UQ, at other universities, and with a broad range of organisations including government.

  • About the Life Course Centre

    The Life Course Centre is based at the Institute for Social Science Research at UQ, and includes nodes at the University of Melbourne, the University of Sydney and the University of Western Australia. We partner with a number of government and non-government organisations in Australia, as well as international universities, to look at the nature of disadvantage, particularly as it is experienced at different stages of life and across generations. The Centre includes a very broad range of disciplines, but is primarily a social science centre using both quantitative and qualitative research methods. Our research is intended to have practical benefits for social policy and practice in Australia, and the Media & Communications Officer is a critical part of this.

    This is a full-time, fixed-term position for up to 3 years.

    At HEW level 7, the full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $94,754 - $103,180, plus a generous super allowance of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be up to $110,862 - $120,721 annually. As this role is covered by an Enterprise Agreement, you will also receive regular remuneration increases – at least once a year.

    About You
  • A degree in marketing, communications, journalism or a related discipline with at least four (4) years subsequent relevant experience; or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education/training.

  • Exceptional writing skills with a journalistic flair and an ability to create original content, based on varied levels of inputs and degrees of complexity, with high impact for audiences.

  • Demonstrated ability to write with clarity, accuracy and precision in a timely manner.

  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects and tasks simultaneously, adapting to changing needs, with close attention to detail and prioritisation to meet deadlines.

  • Demonstrated ability to establish effective relationships and to work collaboratively with diverse stakeholders both within and external to the University, including academic and professional staff.

  • Experience in the field of Higher Education or in the public sector is desirable.

  • Knowledge of or strong interest in the social sciences or in the translation of social science or other academic research for a general audience is desirable.

  • In addition, the following mandatory requirements apply:

  • Work Rights: You must have unrestricted work rights in Australia for the duration of this appointment to apply. Visa sponsorship is not available for this appointment.
  • Questions?

    For more information about this opportunity, please contact Dr Lucy Mills via email [email protected]. For application queries, please contact [email protected] stating the job reference number (below) in the subject line.

    Want to Apply?

    All applicants must upload the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

  • Cover letter addressing the ‘About You' section

  • Resume

  • Other Information

    At UQ we know that our greatest strengths come from our diverse mix of colleagues, this is reflected in our ongoing commitment to creating an environment focused on equity, diversity and inclusion. We ensure that we are always attracting, retaining and promoting colleagues who are representative of the diversity in the broader community, whether that be gender identity, LGBTQIA+, cultural and/or linguistic, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples, or people with a disability. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to [email protected].

    If you are a current employee (including casual staff and HDR scholars) or hold an unpaid/affiliate appointment, please login to your staff Workday account and visit the internal careers board to apply for this opportunity. Please do NOT apply via the external job board.

    Applications close Tuesday, 13 February 2024 at 11.00pm AEST (Job Reference Number - R-34522).

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