Senior Manager, Media and Communications - ATN Universities

Updated: about 1 month ago
Location: Melbourne, VICTORIA
Job Type: FullTime


  • Full-time, Fixed Term position until July 2025
  • Salary Level HEW 9 + 17% Superannuation
  • Based at the Melbourne CBD campus, with hybrid ways of working

About the role
The Senior Manager Media and Communications will be responsible for the management of ATN’s media and communications portfolio which is critical in supporting our strategy to become Australia’s most trusted and dynamic university grouping.

Reporting to the Executive Director (ED), the Senior Manager Media and Communications will have responsibility for ATN’s media management, communications and content curation. It will also have responsibility to boost our overall share of voice in the national media, increase media and public affairs opportunities for our Chair and ED, leverage our voice to benefit our six universities, as well as support our significant program of public affairs and policy advocacy.

The Senior Manager Media and Communications will be required to cultivate and maintain relationships with key media contacts and journalists across print and broadcast media, social media and other emerging channels. This includes key editors and writers in education, national press gallery, national and local broadcasting, and social media outlets. This senior role has both national and international reach and will rely heavily on continued engagement with Directors of Communications, Vice-Chancellors’ media teams as well as corporate communication areas across our universities.

The Senior Manager will supervise the Marketing and Communications Officer as well as a range of communications interns. They will also have responsibility for management of our media analytics, media monitoring capability, website and social media channels.

To be successful in this position, you’ll have:

  • Well-developed skills in driving media relationships with senior journalists in national/state politics.
  • Demonstrated experience operating in the national Australian media market.
  • Well-developed skills and experience in pitching, placing and developing stories with senior journalists in national media.
  • Exceptional writing skills and demonstrated ability to produce clear, concise and well-presented written material in both long and short form (speeches, media releases and opinion pieces).
  • Demonstrated knowledge of utilising different channels, like traditional media and social media, for different levels of impact.
  • Demonstrated experience utilising media analytics to provide high level analysis on strategic approaches.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including demonstrated ability to manage stakeholder relationships with diplomacy, sensitivity, confidentiality and tact as required.
  • Demonstrated ability to operate effectively in a reactive environment and balancing unanticipated and planned work.
  • There maybe some travel involved in this role.

Please Note: Appointment to this position is subject to passing a Working with Children Check.

About the Australian Technology Network of Universities (ATN)

Australian Technology Network of Universities (ATN) is a national Australian higher education peak body, with six universities with a strong presence both nationally and internationally and in key metropolitan and regional media markets.

Our universities are Deakin University, Curtin University, RMIT University, The University of Newcastle, University of South Australia, and University of Technology Sydney. Collectively, ATN universities educate 19 per cent of all students in Australia and are the destination of choice for 18 per cent of Australia’s international students.

Established in 1999, ATN undertakes policy, advocacy, public affairs and national media work to benefit the shared interest of our six large, world-class Australian universities.

The ATN Directorate serves its members through a wide range of activities, including policy analysis and development, while ensuring the voice of our membership is heard at all levels of government, as well as in and through media channels throughout Australia as well as internationally.

Regarded as Australia’s most innovative and enterprising grouping, ATN prides itself on its shared mission to ensure Australia’s higher education system remains open, fair and accessible, as well as meeting the needs of industry, particularly Australia’s 2.3 million SMEs.

The Directorate is led by Executive Director Luke Sheehy and is based at RMIT’s City Campus in Melbourne.

RMIT University is the employing agent for ATN staff. 

To Apply 

Please submit your CV and covering letter addressing your suitability for this position by clicking on the ‘Apply’ link below.

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Applications Close:
15 Aug 2022 11.59 pm

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