Outreach Coordinator

Sydney, Australia
10 Aug 2017
End of advertisement period
03 Sep 2017
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time

Macquarie is the university of pioneering minds. Globally recognised as one of Australia's leading research universities, Macquarie is a place where extraordinary new possibilities come to light. We've helped people to hear, introduced wireless internet technology to the world and broken through traditional boundaries by appointing Australia's first female vice-chancellor.

At Macquarie, you'll join a vibrant community of diverse perspectives, all working towards a brighter future for our communities and our planet. Surrounded by a beautiful parkland campus, our students and staff are free to explore and discover, supported by facilities including a high-tech library, private teaching hospital, gym and pools, childcare facilities, a campus train station and the newly expanded Macquarie Centre shopping complex next door.

Join us and start seeing the world in a different light.

Macquarie’s Faculty of Human Sciences holds a distinctive place on the global stage. With several internationally acclaimed centres producing ground-breaking research in areas like linguistics, psychology, cognitive science and education, our faculty is a place of passionate educators and unbridled discovery. Supported by state-of-the-art facilities including the Australian Hearing Hub, we work together to investigate and answer some of the big questions about what makes us human.

The Department of Cognitive Science hosts the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders (CCD), which brings together researchers from the Departments of Cognitive Science, Psychology and Linguistics at Macquarie University and thirteen other national and international institutions.

The Role

We are seeking a highly motivated individual to promote understanding and awareness of the CCD’s research. Drawing upon resources and expertise from the researchers within the CCD, the Outreach Coordinator will develop and implement educational and outreach programs and activities within schools, community groups, professional industry and the general public throughout Australia.

A strong communicator, the successful candidate will be able to write and edit content for a variety of communication channels and audiences as well as identify creative ways to engage target audiences with our research.

This role requires domestic travel to support outreach activities at other participating Universities across Australia.

Selection Criteria

To be considered for the position, you must submit a cover letter (no more than 3 pages) which addresses the criteria below and upload this and your CV as part of the application process.


  • A current driver’s license
  • An undergraduate degree, in a relevant discipline, (e.g., Psychology, Linguistics, Cognitive Science, Media/Communications) or equivalent
  • Clear understanding of the area of CCD
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement outreach and education programs
  • Demonstrated experience in dealing with media and public relations
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work closely with a range of people with dispersed teams


  • Previous experience working in outreach/education roles in an Australian university or in a large research or scientific education organisation

For further information regarding this role please view the position description below.

Salary Package: Level 7, base salary from $87,699 to $95,084 pro rata p.a., plus 9.5% employer's superannuation and annual leave loading

Appointment Type: Part time (21 hours per week), 15 month fixed-term contract, available immediately

Enquiries: Specific enquiries related to this role should be directed to Lesley McKnight on 02 9850 8695 or Lesley.mcknight@mq.edu.au.

For general enquiries please contact Melissa Kruup on melissa.kruup@mq.edu.au or 02 9850 4880.

Applications Close: Sunday, 3 September 2017 at 11.55pm

This position requires a Working with Children Check Clearance.

Macquarie University is an EO Employer committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications are encouraged from people with a disability; women (particularly for senior and non-traditional roles); Indigenous Australians, people who identify as GLBTI; and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Applications need to be submitted through the Macquarie University online recruitment system. Where circumstances such as disability or remote location prohibit your access to our online system please contact the enquiries person listed in this advertisement for assistance.