The Australian National University is seeking an energetic Senior Media Communications Officer to help promote ANU and its activities to the media and wider community. This position sits in the University’s central media team and plays a key role in connecting ANU researchers and their work with the media. The role also creates and publishes high-quality and impactful media and digital communications on behalf of the University.
This news-focused position plays a key role in the effort to find and tell great ANU stories to a range of audiences through the media, ANU digital and print publications, and social media. The Senior Media Communications Officer will be a journalist on campus, provide expert media advice to members of the ANU community, and act as a key contact for academic staff and the media. The Senior Media Officer undertakes key tasks to ensure the smooth running of the University’s daily media operations, including media training, monitoring the 24/7 media hotline and ANU Media inbox, and providing responses to journalists on behalf of the University. The Senior Media Communications Officer is essential to the successful delivery of high quality and impactful media and digital communications on behalf of the University. A key priority of the role is to make sure ANU stories are picked up by the media and other communications channels, as well as providing responses to journalists in a way that both enhances the ANU mission and the public’s understanding of it and its importance. Under broad direction, the Senior Media Communications Officer will: Identify media opportunities for ANU academic staff and find newsworthy stories about ANU staff, students, alumni and our broader community. Work closely and productively with news organisations, journalists and ANU staff, fostering direct engagement between ANU talent and journalists, ensuing ANU stories get a good run, and that journalists think of the national university as the first point of call for expert opinion and knowledge. Write and produce media releases that get traction and stories for digital and print communications channels, crafted for specific audiences, including the ANU community, government, parliament, corporate partners, prospective staff, students and donors, and broader national and international audiences. Sub-edit copy for media releases and university publications and assist the Media Manager with editorial decision making. Provide media advice and assistance for academic staff, and support the provision of media training. Assist in the management of day-to-day media issues, crisis and emergency communications (as required). Undertake other duties consistent with the classification level of the position. For assistance please contact HR Division Ph. 6125 3346 Comply with all ANU policies and procedures, and in particular those relating to work health and safety and equal opportunity.
SELECTION CRITERIA: 1. Degree qualification in journalism or related field and relevant work experience and training in journalism or public relations. Demonstrated experience with the national Press Gallery, national and local media would be an advantage. 2. Demonstrated editorial experience and ability to identify and tell engaging and accurate stories in digital and print publications for a range of audiences. 3. Demonstrated experience in using social media as an effective communication tool. 4. Demonstrated ability to maintain large networks of contacts, work collaboratively and flexibly in a team environment, using initiative, judgement and discretion. 5. Ability to maintain a flexible and proactive approach to tasks within a busy work environment and the ability to organise work priorities, multiple projects and meet tight deadlines, with a high level of attention to detail and great accuracy. 6. Written and oral communication skills of a high order, including evidence of an ability to write clearly and quickly, and to grasp and communicate complex subjects easily 7. A demonstrated understanding of equal opportunity principles and policies and a commitment to their application in a university context.
Classification: ANU Officer Grade 6/7 (Administration) Salary package: $80,756 - $92,957 pa plus 17% superannuation Terms: Fulltime, Fixed Term (12 months) - This position plays a key role in the effort to find and tell great ANU stories through the media and social media. - The Senior Media Communications Officer is a journalist on campus, providing expert media advice to members of the ANU community, and acting as a key contact for academic staff and the media. - The Senior Media Communications Officer undertakes key tasks to ensure the smooth running of the University’s daily media operations, including media training, monitoring the 24/7 media hotline, ANU Media inbox and being on-call. - The role would suit someone with at least five years’ experience as a journalist or senior media officer in a large organisation.
Canberra, ACT In order to apply for this role please make sure that you upload the following documents: - A statement separately addressing each selection criteria. - A current curriculum vitae (CV) which includes the names and contact details of at least three referees (preferably including a current or previous supervisor). If your CV does not include referees you can complete these online when prompted in the application form. - Two relevant work examples. - Other documents, if required. Applications which do not address the selection criteria may not be considered for the position The successful candidate will be required to undergo a background check during the recruitment process. An offer of employment is conditional on satisfactory results. For more information please contact: James Giggacher, Associate Director, Media and Communications T: 02 6125 1236 or 0436 803 488 E: [email protected] Applications close: 19 Apr 2021 11:55:00 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time