Communications Manager - ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
The Communications Manager will plan and implement strategic media and communications activities online and in print to promote and profile the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies nationally and internationally. The Communications Manager will be the key contact point for all critical communications activities for the ARC Centre of Excellence.
Division of Research and Innovation
The Division of Research and Innovation plays a pivotal role in the University by developing and implementing research policy, identifying and fostering research strength, and promoting and coordinating collaboration with governments, industry, publicly funded research agencies and other universities. The Division is comprised of: Policy and Projects, Research Infrastructure Directorate, Research Services, Graduate Research School, the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies and The Cairns Institute.
ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
The Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies is the world’s leading coral reef research group, encompassing >200 researchers and graduate students, with ongoing research projects in 30 countries. The Centre is administered by James Cook University in partnership with the Australian National University, the University of Queensland, the University of Western Australia and with leading research centres around the world. The vision of the Centre is to provide the scientific knowledge necessary for understanding the world’s coral reefs and their interaction with people in order to foster their sustainable use, secure the benefits they provide to tropical societies and economies, and enhance the effectiveness of coral reef management world-wide.
James Cook University
Division of Research and Innovation
- Lead, develop and implement communications strategies for the ARC Centre of Excellence for internal and external stakeholders.
- Develop, deliver and co-ordinate media activities, public relations, education and outreach for the Centre.
- Conceptualise, develop and review the Centre’s communications policies.
- Prepare regular media releases on research activities to raise public awareness of coral reef science and management.
- Liaise with JCU’s media section, the Centre’s collaborators, journalists, and other media representatives to promote the Centre’s research outcomes and international standing.
- Conceptualise, develop and manage the Centre’s website content, social media and publication materials.
- Plan, coordinate, and deliver media and outreach training programs for Centre staff and students.
- Co-ordinate photo and video production for website delivery and other promotional uses.
- Contribute to and co-ordinate the preparation and publication of the Centre’s annual report.
- Support the University's commitment to the principles of reconciliation, which exemplify respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and the valuing of justice and equity for all Australians.
- Demonstrate a commitment to the University values.
- Support the principles of the TropEco program and engage in commitment to JCU sustainability goals and objectives.
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Professional and Technical
There are generic responsibilities that apply to all James Cook University staff.
The Communications Manager, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies is required to observe the lawful and reasonable directions, policies and decisions of the University Council, understand and comply with the Enterprise Agreement, the Statutes and Rules of the University, the policies and decisions of the University Council and other appropriate University authorities, as in force from time to time.
The Communications Manager, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies is required to demonstrate a personal commitment to ensure personal safety and the safety of others and contribute to the continuous improvement of our WHS performance. This includes the effective implementation and compliance with James Cook University WHS policies, procedures and safe systems of work, together with all relevant legislation, duties and obligations. Contribute to the continuous improvement of our WHS performance.
The Communications Manager, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies is required to exercise proper discretion in all matters affecting the well-being of the University which involve public writing or speaking in accordance with the University’s Code of Conduct.
Selection and appointments will be assessed against selection criteria.
- Relevant tertiary qualifications combined with extensive communications and management experience, including media and stakeholder engagement.
- Outstanding communications skills with demonstrated experience in journalistic writing to clearly articulate and present complex, scientific information in a meaningful and understandable form.
- Demonstrated expertise and experience with a wide range of communications methods including website development and management, social media, mobile applications, video production and media associated with promoting events.
- Successful track record in delivering highly effective communications projects.
- Extensive and effective network within the media, government and industry.
- An ability to influence across various levels of people in the Centre and partner organisations and develop effective working relationships.
- Demonstrated ability to multitask, and work autonomously within a team environment.
- Experience in Higher Education.
- Scientific knowledge and/or qualifications.