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Senior Manager, Media and Corporate Affairs

Apply now Job no: 516481
Work type: Full-time
Location: Flexible
Categories: Marketing and Communications

  • Melbourne Burwood Campus or Geelong Waterfront Campus
  • Full-time (36.75 hours per week) and continuing
  • HEW 10, $126,606 plus 17% superannuation

The Senior Manager, Media and Corporate Affairs role sits within the Office of the Vice-Chancellor and provides University-wide leadership in all matters affecting Deakin’s reputation and standing.  This is a new, specialist media relations and corporate affairs position that works strategically on a range of complex stories and issues and provides high-level strategic advice to the Director, Communications.

The incumbent heads the newly formed Media and Corporate Affairs team to deliver an improved and integrated communications function for Deakin and its partners. The position will design and implement a resourcing model and workflow to provide media relations and corporate communications support and partnering across the University.  This position is responsible for developing and implementing a University-wide media and corporate communications forward plan that joins the dots between student, staff, project, corporate and media communication, uncovering opportunities to share and leverage content and storytelling.

Your key responsibilities will include:

  • With a positive and proactive mindset, the successful candidate will develop, implement and evaluate a complex, multi-layered media and corporate affairs program to increase Deakin’s public profile, promote thought leadership, focus on areas of strategic importance, and develop an engaged and focused Deakin narrative and personality
  • Leading a team of media and communication coordinators, the incumbent will proactively identify and engage the media and drive the development, implementation, and evaluation of effective communications across the University through a proactive-focused media and corporate communications strategy 
  • As well as managing the media and communication team, you will have an appetite for news and thrive working ‘hands on’ with complex corporate affairs stories that require careful internal and external stakeholder management and the preparation and distribution of communications collateral
  • The successful applicant will have a proven ability to act as a coach, lead by example and thrive in a high-level, detail-focused, fast-paced media and communications environment. Exceptional verbal and written communication skills are a must, particularly communicating for both content and intent

To be successful, you will have:

  • the ability to utilise your emotional intelligence and proven ability to influence and motivate, to manage and develop a refocused team of direct reports in a de-centralised communications environment
  • the desire to work in a fast-paced, deadline-driven media environment, you will consult and counsel senior internal and external stakeholders as you independently manage several projects at once, make decisions and deliver quality work in short timeframes
  • an appetite for news and tactical media work that will see you drive a proactive and measurable media and corporate affairs plan to boost the University’s profile and promote thought leadership while protecting Deakin’s reputation
  • the ability to provide high-level media and corporate affairs advice as this is core to this role. Your experience will see you proactively identify positive story opportunities and then work with the team to transform your ideas into outcomes
  • the nous to ensure that your work is aligned with Deakin’s overarching narrative and the proactive focus of the broader communications team

For a copy of the position description, please see below:

Download File Senior Manager, Media and Corporate Affairs 10.pdf

This role requires the incumbent to apply for and maintain a Working With Children Check (refer to Deakin’s Recruitment Procedure for further details).

Please submit your updated resume and a cover letter. In the cover letter (maximum two pages), please explain your interest in and suitability for the role, including examples demonstrating capability, your skills and your aspirations for the position.

Please submit your updated resume, a short cover letter and address of Key Selection Criteria for this role.

For a confidential discussion regarding this position, please contact Glen Atwell at glen.atwell@deakin.edu.au or +61 3 9246 8221.

Please note that whilst we still accept applications from any persons interested in our roles, due to the impacts of COVID-19, we are currently prioritising applications from those with current working rights in Australia and who are not affected by travel restrictions. Please see the latest updates to Australia's immigration and border arrangements during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak: https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/ 

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Deakin is a Victorian university with a global impact. We are an agile, dynamic and innovative university committed to making a positive impact through our excellence in education, research and innovation and the contributions we make to the wider community.

We understand that our reputation has been built on the dedication and expertise of our staff and we offer a dynamic and diverse working environment with opportunities to grow and develop careers. We believe that a progressive, thriving culture will ensure that people choose to come, and stay at Deakin and contribute to our ongoing success.

We value diversity and aim to build an inclusive environment that champions, embraces and respects differences. We support and encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and people of all cultures, sexual orientation, and genders.


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