Community Engagement & Communications Officer

Updated: about 2 months ago
Location: Melbourne, VICTORIA
Deadline: 25 Apr 2023

Job no: 0057600
Location: Parkville
Role type: 
Part-time to full-time (0.6 to 1.0FTE) – Negotiable – Fixed term for 12 months
Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Medical Sciences
Department/School: Melbourne School of Population and Global Health
UOM 5 – $76,886 - $88,312 p.a. plus 17% super

Only Indigenous Australians are eligible to apply as this position is exempt under the Special Measure Provision, Section 12 (1) of the Equal Opportunity Act 2011 (Vic).

The University of Melbourne would like to acknowledge and pay respect to the Traditional Owners of the lands upon which our campuses are situated, the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung Peoples, the Yorta Yorta Nation, the Dja Dja Wurrung People. We acknowledge that the land on which we meet and learn was the place of age-old ceremonies, of celebration, initiation and renewal, and that the local Aboriginal Peoples have had and continue to have a unique role in the life of these lands.

About - Onemda: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health And Well Being

Commencing formally from January 2023, Onemda: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Wellbeing is being established with an outstanding innovative and integrated teaching, research, policy development and program implementation agenda to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health outcomes.  This will be underpinned by a strong foundation of deep respectful partnerships, collaboration and trust with Indigenous communities and organisations nationally and internationally, which enriches and nurtures authentic two-way learning and understanding, cultural integrity and capacity of students, graduates and staff. 

The Onemda Centre comprises the following units:

About - Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Medical Sciences   

The Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry & Health Sciences has an enviable research record and is the University of Melbourne’s largest faculty in terms of management of financial resources, employment of academic and professional staff, teaching of undergraduate and postgraduate (including research higher degree) students and the conduct of basic and applied research. The Faculty’s annual revenue is $628m with approximately 55% of this income related to research activities.

About the Role
The Community Engagement and Communications Officer will join an outstanding Aboriginal-led team working to improve the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, using principles of self-determination to operationalize Indigenous data sovereignty, address violence and trauma and end preventable blindness through service and system changes. 

Responsibilities include:

  • Support implementation of the Centre’s Strategic plan, including engaging patrons and Elders.
  • Work with the Community Engagement and Knowledge Exchange team to support implementation of relevant objectives outlined in the strategic plan.
  • Using the stakeholder engagement database, assist with communications such as a newsletter, that promotes the Centre’s activities; staff, student and alumni publications and other achievements; other related events and information.
  • Develop creative and engaging methods for ‘storying’ the Centre’s work to capture its foundational principles of relationality and place.

The successful applicant will benefit from working with an outstanding national and international network of investigators, partners and community members collaborating to co-design and implement innovative and transformative change. 

About You
You will have excellent organisational and time management skills, including the ability to prioritise work and work well under pressure. You will be successful working independently as well as an effective team member and have demonstrated excellent written communication skills.

You will also have:

  • An undergraduate qualification in a relevant discipline with subsequent relevant experience and/or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and education/training.
  • A demonstrated knowledge and understanding of Indigenous communities and cultures, and the issues affecting these communities.
  • Knowledge, skills and currency in social media management, including publication and analytics.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of effective community engagement, marketing communication tools and strategies.

To ensure the University continues to provide a safe environment for everyone, this position requires the incumbent to hold a current and valid Working with Children Check

About the University
The University of Melbourne is consistently ranked amongst the leading universities in the world. We are proud of our people, our commitment to research and teaching excellence, and our global engagement.

Benefits of Working with Us
In addition to having the opportunity to grow and be challenged, and to be part of a vibrant campus life, our people enjoy a range of rewarding benefits:

  • Flexible working arrangements, generous personal, parental and cultural leave
  • Competitive remuneration, 17% super, salary packaging and leave loading
  • Free and subsidised health and wellbeing services, and access to fitness and cultural clubs
  • Discounts on a wide range of products and services including Myki cards and Qantas Club
  • Career development opportunities and 25% off graduate courses for staff and their immediate families

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Benefits for Indigenous staff  

  • Cultural leave:  Indigenous staff members are entitled to up to five days non-cumulative paid leave per calendar year for the purpose of attending NAIDOC, community, cultural and ceremonial activities. 
  • University policies: Indigenous staff are supported by the University’s Reconciliation Action Plan and Indigenous Employment Framework, with the commitment to improving the employment, retention and career progression outcomes for Indigenous staff members 
  • Indigenous Staff Network: Employees who have identified themselves as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander will have access to the Indigenous Staff Network (ISN)
  • Cultural events: The University hosts annual cultural events such as the Wominjeka to begin the Academic Year and the Narrm Oration, and recognises significant times throughout the year such as, Reconciliation Week, Mabo Day and NAIDOC Week. 
  • Employee Assistance Program: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Support Line available free for you and your immediate family members.

Be Yourself
We value the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community and encourage and celebrate diversity.  First Nations people, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, females, people of all ages, with disabilities and culturally and linguistically diverse people are encouraged to apply. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the community in which we live.

Join Us!

If you feel this role is right for you, please submit your application including a brief cover letter, your resume and your responses against the selection criteria^ (found in the Position Description) for the role.

^For information to help you with compiling short statements to answer the selection criteria and competencies, please go to

We are dedicated to ensuring barrier free and inclusive practices to recruit the most talented candidates. If you require any reasonable adjustments with the recruitment process, please contact us at .

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