Senior Communications Advisor

Perth, Australia
$93,378 TO $104,628 PER ANNUM (HEW 7) 
25 Sep 2023
End of advertisement period
12 Oct 2023
Contract Type
Full Time
  • $93,378 TO $104,628 PER ANNUM (HEW 7) 
  • PLUS 17% SUPER


Edith Cowan University (ECU) is a leading multi-campus university in Western Australia serving communities nationally and internationally. For 17 years in a row, ECU has achieved a 5 (out of 5 star) star rating for teaching quality in the 2024 Good Universities Guide (GUG). ECU is ranked in the world's Top 100 universities under 50 years old in the 2022 Times Higher Education (THE) Young Universities Rankings, and in the Top 400 THE World University Rankings 2023.

The School of Business and Law is accredited by AACSB International and develops industry-ready graduates through high-quality teaching and learning experiences and engaged applied research. The School offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and postgraduate coursework, executive education, and research degrees designed to give students relevant theory, practical work experience and critical employability skills.

In 2022, the School’s Business and Economics discipline was ranked in the Top 250 on the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings, an improvement of over 200 places and two bands in just three years. The School is Western Australia’s ‘top-ranked business school for quality’ (2nd nationally) in the 2023 Australian Financial Review BOSS Best Business Schools list.

The School of Business and Law, in partnership with the School of Medical and Health Sciences, funded through a grant from the WA Government, have established a Mental Awareness, Respect and Safety (MARS Centre). The funding supports three major initiatives that will be MARS Centre will be the vehicle for delivery: appointment of a Mining Work Health and Safety Professorial Chair, a MARS-themed program of research, and the development and delivery postgraduate and undergraduate programs in mining work health and safety.

As part of an exciting expansion plan, the School of Business and Law will move into the $853 million world-class facilities of the landmark ECU City Campus at Yagan Square in the Perth CBD in 2025. This state-of-the-art Business, Law, Creative Industries and Technology Campus will be where innovative thinkers, adaptive learners and global citizens meet to become the leaders of tomorrow. ECU’s CBD campus will bring together streams of teaching and research with unique synergies for growth and development. This is unequivocally the most exciting time of all to join the University as it embarks on this transformational journey.

The Role

The Senior Communications Advisor will work closely with the Executive Dean, Quality, Accreditation and Engagement Manager and academic staff in the School of Business and Law to devise, develop and deliver on the schools marketing strategic objectives and priorities.  The role will also liaise with University Brand and Marketing to ensure compliance with university brand guidelines and those of our external accreditation authorities.

The successful candidate will manage the communication and event portfolio of a small team and will be required to present at some events. The role will enhance the profile of the School’s website by developing in conjunction with the staff, attractive, concise and engaging content that includes the community and societal impact of the School’s activities.

The School continues to publish promotional materials and run events, however, as the role is currently vacant you will have the opportunity to bring your experience and fresh ideas to really put your stamp on this position.

We are looking for a brilliant writer, a confident communicator and someone who can translate complex topics for broad audiences, build on their networks and successfully operate in large and complex organisations.

You may already have experience managing staff or be an emerging leader and keen to gain experience in this area.

Key Criteria

The successful applicant will have:

  • A tertiary qualification in a relevant field, with a preference for a postgraduate qualification, and extensive relevant experience.
  • Demonstrated high level experience in conducting media relations and communications management, as well as coordinating and delivering events and projects in a large and complex organisation.
  • Highly effective organisational skills, including setting objectives, planning, managing resources, monitoring progress, evaluating results and taking corrective action when and if required.
  • High level oral and written communication skills, with the ability to write or contribute to complex media or School-based written reports. Interpersonal skills with proven ability to develop good relationships and networks both internally and externally.
  • Ability to organise and present information, views and concepts in a concise, understandable and interesting format for a variety of audiences.
  • Ability to create networks which foster a complementary mix of knowledge, skills and abilities.
  • Holds self and others to account and is transparent and flexible in how organisational outcomes are achieved.
  • Have a clear sense and appreciation for design and style in written material and documents.

You will also demonstrate personal attributes that are congruent with the University’s values of Integrity, Respect, Rational Inquiry, Personal Excellence and Courage.

ECU is a smoke-free environment.

Benefits and Remuneration

This full-time, ongoing position attracts a salary of $93,378 to $104,628 p.a plus 17% University superannuation contribution. 

ECU supports a work/life balance for staff.  Benefits such as flexible working arrangements may also be negotiated to meet your personal circumstances.

For information on the benefits of working at ECU, please visit our Employment Opportunities website.


Interested applicants are welcome to call Dr Tara Smith on 6304 2645 or email: for more information.

Closing Date:

Applications close on Thursday 12 October at 11:30 pm.

How to Apply

Please upload your CV, along with a cover letter (maximum of 3 pages) addressing the key criteria above.


ECU is a diverse and inclusive workplace reflecting the differences in society. Specific strategies and initiatives are in place to address underrepresentation of specific groups. Applications are encouraged from suitably qualified people from all backgrounds. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.