Policy and Publicity Manager

Sydney, Australia
22 Oct 2020
End of advertisement period
05 Nov 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Excellent opportunity to support a major mental health “think tank”
  • Located on the Camperdown/ Darlington Campus
  • Full time or job share, 12 month fixed term with a base salary of $107K p.a., plus leave loading and a generous employer’s contribution to superannuation

About the opportunity 

In this role, as a Policy and Publicity Manager, you will work in the Sydney Policy Lab, primarily supporting a major commission into the future of mental health policy in Australia. You will advise those leading the commission on the political context of their work; lead and implement a communications strategy for the program, including cultivating relationships with policy stakeholders, mental health campaigners, journalists and media; help to synthesise and translate research into policy and practice recommendations; write and edit copy for diverse publications and audiences; and help researchers translate their research into accessible formats.

You will also work closely with the small but expert Policy Lab team more broadly, assisting the Lab in bringing insights from the broader University community into politics and policymaking across Australia.  

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values and are looking for a Policy and Publicity Manager who demonstrates:

  • extensive experience in providing high-level policy and political advice to senior stakeholders, preferably (but not necessarily)in mental health
  • experience in developing and executing a communications strategy and in working with campaign groups, media commentators and journalists
  • experience of successfully advising and supporting a diverse group of key internal/external stakeholders on large or complex projects
  • excellent written and verbal communication skills, with an ability to write for a diverse range of demanding audiences and a commitment to reaching out to broad and diverse sections of society
  • high levels of accuracy, attention to detail and organizational skills
  • excellent planning, analysis, and communication skills together with the ability to work according to strict deadlines and manage various demands
  • experience in project managing multiple work streams, or leading large complex projects and an ability to work according to strict deadlines, manage various demands and help to resolve conflicts
  • a tertiary degree (or equivalent work experience) in communications, public policy, social science, mental health, public health, or related discipline
  • an ability to work independently and as part of a team, including remotely and virtually.

About us

The Sydney Policy Lab https://www.sydney.edu.au/sydney-policy-lab/ brings people together to help them change the world. The Lab helps to create new knowledge and drive change for good by building relationships between people across different backgrounds. It draws its strength from academia, civil society, business and government, generating new solutions to the challenges that we all face. It is a world-class, internationally recognised, whole-of-University initiative for encouraging innovative policy-oriented research and the translation of that research to address complex issues in society.

Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion and underpin our long-term strategy for growth.We’re Australia's first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across our campuses, we employ over 8,100 academic and non-academic staff who support over 73,000 students.

We are undergoing significant transformative change which brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo, and improving the world around us.

How to apply

For more information on the position and University, please view the position description available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website. Visit https://sydney.edu.au/about-us/careers-at-sydney.html and search by the reference number 1156/0920F to apply.

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position

Closing date: 11:30pm, Thursday 5 November 2020

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.

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