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Communications Officer

  • 6 months casual opportunity available
  • Hourly rate $25.00 - $30.00 per hour
  • A minimum of 4 days commitment a week


About the opportunity 

As an integral member of the Communications team and reporting to the Editor and Media Manager, the Communications Officer will provide general support to staff in delivering Centre research and events throughout 2019. They will be involved in all aspects of the Communications team’s work – from media engagement, social media, content creation & website management, e-marketing, event management, and digital/multimedia production.

The role is a unique opportunity to join a fast-paced Communications team, operating in a research environment, to gain practical skills in all aspects of communications and event management work.  The role would enable the right candidate to build an in-depth understanding on the Centre’s thematic research areas (US Strategy, Foreign Policy & Defense, Trade & Investment, Innovation & Entrepreneurship), and the broader US- Australia relationship.  

The Communications Officer will:

  • Support the production of the Centre’s major digital communication products and email marketing
  • Support the growth of the Centre’s social media platforms
  • Provide digital support as needed to the Events Manager and Events Officer

The Communications Officer will report to the Editor and Media Manager and work closely with the Digital & Creative Manager and the broader Centre team.

About us

The United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney is a university-based research centre, dedicated to the rigorous analysis of American foreign policy, economics, politics and culture. The Centre is a national resource, that builds Australia’s awareness of the dynamics shaping America — and critically — their implications for Australia.

The USSC is one-of-a-kind institution that produces research that informs Australia defense, economic and foreign policy, hosts 100 events per year, teaches curriculum into the University of Sydney; and most importantly - conducts 1000+ media appearances per year - more than any other faculty.

Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion, and underpin our long-term strategy for growth. We’re Australia's first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across our campuses, we employ over 7600 academic and non-academic staff who support over 60,000 students.

We are undergoing significant transformative change which brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo, and improving the world around us.

The University of Sydney encourages part-time and flexible working arrangements, which will be considered for this role.

Intending applicants are welcome to seek further information about the position from Drew Sheldrick at

For recruitment-related enquiries, or if you require reasonable adjustment or support filling out this application, please contact from Drew Sheldrick at

Send your CV and cover letter to Drew Sheldrick at

Closing date: Friday 26th April 2019 

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.

The University reserves the right not to proceed with any appointment.

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