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Organisation : Western Sydney University/The Whitlam Institute

Location : Sydney (Parramatta)

Work type : Full-time

Sector : Education & Training

Salary type : Annual Package

Salary : $118,508 to $131,558 p.a.

Application closing date : 6 Jul, 2020

About the role

The Whitlam Institute within Western Sydney University is looking for an experienced communications professional to manage our public affairs, communications and media engagement as part of its Management Team.

The Whitlam Institute exists for all Australians who care about what matters in a fair Australia. We bridge the historical legacy of Gough Whitlam’s years in public life and the contemporary relevance of the Whitlam Program to public discourse and policy. The Whitlam Institute at the Female Orphan School is now rapidly growing into a vibrant, multifaceted centre of ideas, culture and arts, all within one of the most significant heritage sites in Australia.

We have a great opportunity for an experienced and motivated Communications Manager to join our small team at an exciting time in the development of the Institute and its public programs.

The Communications Manager will have:

  • Strong leadership and management experience and an ability to build effective teams
  • High level personal, verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong strategic and analytic skills
  • Professional experience in media, marketing and/or publicity and in the design and delivery high quality communications
  • Good understanding of the Australian political landscape
  • Ability to work effectively with a wide range of people and interests.

This is a full-time, ongoing position based at the Parramatta South campus.

It is a mandatory requirement for any incumbent of this position to have a current NSW employee working with children clearance in accordance with the NSW Child Protection (Working with Children) Act 2012. 

For further information on the Whitlam Institute, please visit our website  

Remuneration Package: Higher Education Worker Level 8 – $118,508 to $131,558 p.a. (comprising Salary $100,141 to $111,168 p.a. plus 17% Superannuation, plus Leave Loading).

Position Enquiries: Leanne Smith, Director, Whitlam Institute via

Closing Date: 8.30pm, Monday 6 July 2020

About the organisation

Organisation Name : Western Sydney University/The Whitlam Institute

Western Sydney University is a modern, forward-thinking, research-led university, located at the heart of Australia’s fastest growing and economically significant Western Sydney region. Boasting 14 campuses - many in CBD locations – and more than 170,000 alumni, 44,000 students and 3000 staff, the University has 10 Schools with an array of well-designed programs and courses carefully structured to meet the demands of future industry. The University is ranked in the top two per cent of Universities worldwide and as a research leader, 80 per cent of the University’s assessed research is rated at ‘World Standard’ or above.

The Whitlam Institute within Western Sydney University, commemorates, and is inspired by, the life and work of one of Australia’s most respected Prime Ministers, The Hon. Gough Whitlam AC QC. As the custodian of Gough Whitlam’s legacy. The Whitlam Institute promotes the contemporary relevance of his vision of a more equal, open, tolerant and independent Australia.

The four pillars of the Whitlam Institute are: The Whitlam Prime Ministerial Collection; its public policy program; its public affairs (education & outreach) program; and responsibility for the historic Female Orphan School [FOS].


How to apply

Applications not allowed for this job listing.

Please quote in application: Communications Manager, Whitlam Institute via Pro Bono Australia.




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