PR Specialist

Sydney, Australia
30 Nov 2017
End of advertisement period
10 Dec 2017
Contract Type
Full 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.

Group Marketing manages and promotes the University's brand, reputation and achievements. The Communications team provide advice and guidance on effective internal, external communications and issues management strategies. The team manages the University’s reputation in the media as well as with key stakeholders and develop high level messaging about the University for its target audiences.

The Role

This role plays an important part in implementing communication strategies aimed at protecting and promoting the reputation of the University, particularly to media and external audiences. Working with the Issues & Media Manager you will bring excellent writing and relationship skills to deliver and distribute press releases on research, learning and teaching and community engagement activities to the media.

Contributing to the planning, development and distribution of external/media communications for key clients and stakeholders, including partnerships with media channels, editors and journalists will be vital in ensuring the University can be heard and seen in national conversation.

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

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:

  • Degree and/or equivalent experience in communications, marketing or related discipline
  • Demonstrated experience building and managing partnerships and developing networks with media agencies, channels, editors and journalists
  • Demonstrated skill and experience in issues management and implementing successful mitigation plans
  • Demonstrated ability to write and edit audience focused content for a variety of communication channels
  • Proven ability to manage organisational social media accounts to positively influence social media conversations
  • Demonstrated skill and experience implementing communication plans and strategies across multiple channels
  • Demonstrated ability to develop creative approaches to content for engaging audience interest

Salary Package: From $90,330 to $97,937 p.a. (HEW Level 7), plus 17% superannuation and annual leave loading

Appointment Type: Full time, continuing position

Specific Role Enquiries: Anna Garcia, Issues & Media Manager on (02) 9850 1051 or

General Recruitment Enquiries: Patsy Moss on

Applications Close: Sunday 10 December at 11.55 pm (AEDT)

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