Communications Lead

Updated: 5 months ago
Location: Crawley, WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Deadline: 15 Nov 2023

Job no:515797
Work type:full time
Location:Crawley
Categories:Community Engagement/Marketing


  • Great opportunity for an enthusiastic administrative and communications professional to work with a team of supportive staff within the Australian Herbicide Resistance Initiative (AHRI) on the national WeedSmart project.
  • Level 7, Full time appointment on a fixed term basis for 12 months with possibility of an extension
  • Base salary range: $95,737 to $106,223 p.a. plus 17% superannuation

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is ranked among the top 100 universities in the world and a member of the prestigious Australian Group of Eight research intensive universities. With a strong research track record, vibrant campus and working environments, supported by the freedom to innovate and inspire, there is no better time to join Western Australia’s top university.

About the team
The Australian Herbicide Resistance Initiative (AHRI) is a national research group developing solutions to minimise the adverse impact herbicide resistance and crop weeds have on Australian cropping. The communications team ensures that the researched solutions are communicated back to growers and their advisors to help them farm more sustainably.

WeedSmart is a national communications and extension project, with a team based in the Western, Southern and Northern growing regions. It is run out of The University of Western Australia and has both financial and non-financial partners, including, but not limited to agricultural chemical companies, machinery companies and agricultural research partners.

About the opportunity
This exciting role puts you front and centre in the growing agricultural industry. Australia’s innovative approach to broadacre farming has led to the development of exciting technological advances and attracted investment from global entities. This dual role i is key and gives you responsibilities to deliver communications for both the research group, AHRI and extension organisation, WeedSmart.

You will be responsible for the development and implementation of the communication strategy and all communication issues relating to AHRI and WeedSmart whilst working in collaboration with AHRI staff and WeedSmart’s content producer and extension agronomists. Your ability to pitch new ideas in the communications space for AHRI and WeedSmart will be encouraged.

About you
To be considered for this opportunity, you will demonstrate:

  • Relevant tertiary qualification in communications, journalism, agricultural science, agribusiness, or a related discipline, or demonstrated equivalent competency.
  • Substantial relevant experience in marketing, communications or publicity with specific experience in initiating and delivering engaging digital and podcast products.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent organisational skills with the demonstrated ability to set priorities and to meet deadlines.
  • Proficiency in a range of computing skills including Microsoft suite, website management (Wordpress), and experience using Canva, social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Buffer), and MailChimp
  • Ability to work independently, show initiative, problem solve and work productively as part of a team.

Note: A current ‘C’ Driver’s licence is a requirement for this position.

About your application
Full details of the position's responsibilities and the selection criteria are outlined in the position description:   POSITION DESCRIPTION Communications Lead - Position Number 321772 - Level 7 (2).pdf .

The content of your Resume and Cover Letter should demonstrate how you meet the selection criteria.

You may also submit an additional statement (1 page max) outlining any personal circumstances which should be considered when assessing your application. Applicants who have experienced periods of academic/professional interruption or other relevant events can include a description of achievements relative to opportunity in this statement.

Closing date: 11:55 PM AWST on Wednesday, 15 November 2023.

To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Lisa Mayer at [email protected].

This position is only open to applicants with relevant rights to work in Australia.

Application Details: Please apply online via the Apply Now button.

Our commitment to inclusion and diversity
UWA is committed to a diverse workforce and an equitable and inclusive workplace. We celebrate difference and believe diversity is fundamental to achieving our goals as a globally recognised Top 100 educational and research institution. We are committed to creating a safe work environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, women, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, the LGBTIQA+ community and people living with disability.

  • We have a globally competitive, gender neutral parental leave policy with 26 weeks paid leave after 12 months service and 36 weeks after 5 years.
  • We have on-campus childcare facilities for children aged 6 weeks to kindy.
  • We facilitate flexible working, with part-time and job-sharing arrangements considered.
  • We have an ongoing partnership with Pride in Diversity and were recently awarded a Bronze Employer status for LGBTIQA+ inclusion.
  • We have Athena SWAN Bronze accreditation and actively work to improve gender equity.

Should you have any queries relating to your application, please contact the individual named in the advertisement. Alternatively, contact the Talent team at [email protected] with details of your query. To enable a quick response, please include the 6-digit job reference number and a member of the team will respond to your enquiry.


Advertised:01 Nov 2023 W. Australia Standard Time
Applications close:15 Nov 2023 11:55 PM W. Australia Standard Time



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