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Communications Manager

Job no: 0057092
Location: Parkville
Role type: 
Full time; Fixed-term until December 2025
Melbourne Graduate School of Education
Salary: UOM 8 – $110,709 - $119,829 per annum p.a. plus 17% super

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 the Melbourne Graduate School of Education

Our vision: To ensure that education and educators are at the forefront of solving the world’s most intractable issues. 

Our values: Innovation, Inclusion, Collaboration, Respect, and Integrity. 

Our mission: To benefit society through world changing research and teaching, transforming educational practices and shaping public discourses. 

The Melbourne Graduate School of Education (MGSE) fosters staff productivity, growth and engagement in a collective effort to enrich the contribution that education makes to society. We conduct research and teaching that leads to the transformation of education practice both within and beyond the profession. MGSE stimulates learning that enriches the potential of students from around the world, enabling meaningful careers and profound contributions to communities. We provide research leadership, setting the direction for high-impact, innovative and responsive research that addresses the pressing issues of our time. We lead purposeful engagement with society, sharing our resources and expertise as part of collaborative efforts to build a resilient, equitable and sustainable future.

About the Role
The Ngarrngga Project (‘knowing’ in Taungurung language) is a signature initiative of the University of Melbourne which aims to empower educators to teach Australian students about the depth and wealth of First Nations peoples’ histories, cultures and contributions to Australia. The Project is led by the Melbourne Graduate School of Education (MGSE) in partnership with the University of Melbourne’s Indigenous Knowledge Institute and Indigenous Studies Unit. 

The Communications Manager is responsible for leading the Project’s engagement with the education community including the media and manages the Project’s internal and external communication and content strategies for the website, brand governance, and stakeholder events, and publishing.  

Responsibilities include:

  • Develop, deliver and evaluate a Communications Strategy and action plans to facilitate effective internal and external communications.
  • Lead the public relations function, including oversight and management of media enquiries and opportunities, the development of media plans, media releases and other key materials.
  • Oversee the development of a brand identity for the Project and its educational products including a website. 

About You

You are an experienced Communications Manager with high level editing and written communication skills, along with a strong track-record of successfully working directly with the media to promote an organisation or project, and manage communications issues in a large, complex environment. You will be experienced in developing content for multiple audiences across digital channels as well as in developing website content, and able to understand audiences and analytical tools. Your strong interpersonal skills allow you to build effective working relationships with senior colleagues, staff and stakeholders, and to shape discussions within these relationships. You possess strong cultural competence and an ability to foster a safe, secure and supportive environment for all project stakeholders.

You will also have:

  • A postgraduate qualification in a relevant discipline and relevant experience or equivalent mix of undergraduate education and extensive relevant experience. 
  • Experience in developing, delivering and evaluating communication strategies and plans that align with project needs and relevant cultural and communication protocols.
  • Advanced experience developing and delivering high-quality external communications integrating digital, print and multimedia materials.

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

To find out more, visit

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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