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Manager (Strategic Engagement and Communications)

Job no: 510364
Work type: full time
Location: Crawley
Categories: Administration & Executive support, Community Engagement/Marketing, Student Administration / Support Services

International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR)

  • Rare opportunity to lead a team of high-achieving science communication professionals Level 9, full-time appointment on a 2-year fixed term basis with the possibility of extension
  • Base salary range: $119,390 – $126,335 p.a. plus 17% superannuation

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is ranked amongst the top 100 universities in the world and a member of the prestigious Australian Group of Eight research-intensive universities.  With an enviable research track record, vibrant campus and working environments, supported by the freedom to ‘innovate and inspire’ there is no better time to join Western Australia’s top university.

About ICRAR
ICRAR is a WA State funded high profile equal joint venture established in 2009 between Curtin University and The University of Western Australia (UWA). The Centre’s headquarters are located at UWA, with research nodes at both UWA and Curtin. ICRAR is one of the lead Australian organisations participating in the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Project. ICRAR has been further funded from 2019 to 2024, totalling $60 Million by the WA State Government and equal contribution from the Joint Venture Universities since ICRAR’s commencement. ICRAR is one of the largest astronomy organisations in Australia.

About the opportunity
Reporting to the Director (Translation and Impact and COO), you will manage ICRAR’s strategic communications activities, including media releases, and oversee a team of Coordinators delivering the Centre’s public outreach and educational initiatives. You will focus on projects that positively impact disadvantaged communities and groups underrepresented in STEM and in tertiary education.

You will also actively promote ICRAR’s Science, Engineering, Data Intensive Astronomy and Translation and Impact Programs as well as ICRAR’s broad involvement with the SKA project. In addition, you will support the establishment of new partnerships and the Centre’s engagement of key stakeholders.

About you
To be considered for this role, you will demonstrate relevant postgraduate qualifications in science, science communication, education, journalism, media or communications and extensive experience in strategic communications, corporate communications, or public relations, with demonstrated experience working with industry.

You will also demonstrate the ability to lead and manage teams and projects, substantial strategic financial and budget management experience with a demonstrated ability to develop, manage and allocate resources. Those with experience and knowledge of astronomy are encouraged to apply.

Note: Occasional intrastate, interstate and possible overseas travel may be required.

About your application
Full details of the position's responsibilities and the selection criteria are outlined in the position description: Download File Position description - Manager (Strategic Engagement and Communications) (510364).pdf

The content of your Resume and Cover Letter should demonstrate how you meet the selection criteria.

Closing date: 11:55 PM AWST on Sunday, 14 August 2022

To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Tracey O'Keefe on (08) 6488 7763 or at tracey.okeefe@uwa.edu.au

This position is only open to applicants with relevant rights to work in Australia.

Application Details: Please apply online via the Apply Now button.

Our commitment to inclusion and diversity
UWA is committed to a diverse workforce. We celebrate inclusion and diversity and believe gender equity is fundamental to achieving our goals.

  • We have child friendly areas on campus, including childcare facilities. Flexible work arrangements, part-time hours and job sharing will all be considered


UWA has been awarded Bronze Employer Status for being a Top Ten Employer for LGBTI Inclusion by the Australian Workplace Equity Index (AWEI -2021)UWA has also been awarded Athena Swan Bronze Accreditation in 2020UWA is committed to inclusive recruitment and is happy to adjust the recruitment process for your accessibility requirements. If you have queries in relation to the application process, please contact talent-hr@uwa.edu.au referencing the 6-digit job reference number and type of communication you prefer, and a member of our team will be in touch to discuss your requirements.

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