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ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
James Cook University Townsville
Queensland 4811 Australia

Phone: 61 7 4781 4000
Email: info@coralcoe.org.au

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Communications Manager: Science

Ref no: 15949

Applications closing date: Monday 27th March 2017

Appointment: Full time to 31 December 2020

Salary: $89,182 – $102,410 plus 17% superannuation

Location: James Cook University (JCU), Townsville

Apply: online through http:www.jcu.edu.au/jobs/


An exciting opportunity has become available for a communications manager to join the world’s leading coral reef research group. We are seeking a highly experienced communications professional with outstanding journalistic writing skills, an extensive media network, excellent digital and social media skills (e.g. Twitter, Facebook and Instagram) and an enthusiasm for science communication. The Communications Manager will plan and implement strategic and operational media and communications activities to promote and profile the research of ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies nationally and internationally.

Headquartered at JCU, The Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies is a high-profile university-led research organisation with multiple national and international stakeholders. It comprises >250 researchers and graduate students, with ongoing projects in 30 countries. Our mission is to lead the global research effort to provide the scientific knowledge necessary for sustaining the world’s coral reefs during a period of unprecedented environmental change.

Principal Accountabilities

Lead, develop and implement communications strategies for the ARC Centre of Excellence for internal and external stakeholders.

Develop, deliver and co-ordinate media activities, public relations, education and outreach for the Centre.

Conceptualise, develop and review the Centre’s communications policies.

Prepare regular media releases on research activities to raise public awareness of coral reef science and management.

Liaise with JCU’s media section, the Centre’s collaborators, journalists, and other media representatives to promote the Centre’s research outcomes and international standing.

Conceptualise, develop and manage the Centre’s website content, social media and publication materials.

Plan, coordinate, and deliver media and outreach training programs for Centre staff and students.

Co-ordinate photo and video production for website delivery and other promotional uses. 9. Contribute to and co-ordinate the preparation and publication of the Centre’s annual report.

Selection Criteria


Relevant tertiary qualifications combined with extensive communications and management experience, including media and stakeholder engagement.

Outstanding communications skills with demonstrated experience in journalistic writing to clearly articulate and present complex, scientific information in a meaningful and understandable form.

Demonstrated expertise and experience with a wide range of communications methods including website development and management, social media, mobile applications, video production and media associated with promoting events.

Successful track record in delivering highly effective communications projects.

Extensive and effective network within the media, government and industry.

An ability to influence across various levels of people in the Centre and partner organisations and develop effective working relationships.

Demonstrated ability to multitask, and work autonomously within a team environment.


Experience in Higher Education.

Scientific knowledge and/or qualifications.

Additional information

For additional information contact Jennifer Lappin, at Jennifer.Lappin@jcu.edu.au or phone 07 4781 4222


To apply, provide a covering letter, CV and a statement addressing the selection criteria online though the James Cook University jobs site

Applications closing date:

Monday 27th March 2017



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ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
James Cook University Townsville
Queensland 4811 Australia

Phone: 61 7 4781 4000
Email: info@coralcoe.org.au