University of Melbourne

University of Melbourne

Communications Lead, Indigenous



Communications Lead, Indigenous

Job no: 0058070 Location: Parkville Role type: Full-time; Continuing Department: Advancement, Communications and Marketing Salary: UOM 9 – $134,320 - $139,749 p.a. plus 17% super

Only Indigenous Australians are eligible to apply as this position is exempt under the Special Measure Provision, Section 12 (1) of the Equal Opportunity Act 2011 (Vic).

About the organisation

Established in 1853, the University of Melbourne is a leading international university with a tradition of excellence in teaching and research. The main campus in Parkville is recognised as the hub of Australia's premier knowledge precinct comprising eight hospitals, many leading research institutes and a wide-range of knowledge-based industries. With outstanding performance in international rankings, the University is at the forefront of higher education in the Asia-Pacific region and the world.

The University's strategic direction is grounded in its purpose. While its expression may change, our purpose is enduring: to benefit society through the transformative impact of education and research. Together, the vision and purpose inform the focus and scale of our aspirations for the coming decade.

About the role

The Communications Lead (Indigenous Strategy) will support the Associate Director, Strategic Communications (Office of the Provost) and the Associate Director, Strategic Communications (Research) in the delivery of internal and external communication and stakeholder engagement strategies, plans and materials in relation, but not limited to, the University's Indigenous Strategy Murmuk Djerring.

The strategy, launched in 2023, outlines the University of Melbourne's continuing commitment to Indigenous self-determination and to honouring the knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, who have nurtured the lands and culture of this continent throughout millennia. Murmuk Djerring outlines five key priority areas: Leadership; Place, Heritage and Culture; Partnerships; Indigenous Knowledge; and Truth-telling and Justice.

This role will plan, develop, coordinate and deliver a broad range of communications activities to support Murmuk Djerring and other key initiatives as well as drive awareness and advocacy, internally and externally.

For a full list of responsibilities, please contact Pipeline Talent at [email protected]

About you

As a vital member delivering Murmuk Djerring , you'll drive impactful communication projects, collaborating closely with key strategic communications personnel. Your adeptness in crafting culturally informed communication plans across various channels, from media relations to internal engagement, will be pivotal. Your strengths lie in fostering robust relationships with stakeholders, leveraging exceptional interpersonal skills, and creative problem-solving, demonstrating astute judgement to safeguard the University's reputation. Your collaborative spirit and deep understanding of strategic priorities will ensure seamless delivery of our communication objectives. You demonstrate, through consistent behaviour, respect for and compliance with culturally appropriate ways of working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their communities.

Key Selection Criteria

  • A degree with relevant experience, or extensive experience and specialist expertise in communications, or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and education/training.
  • Lived experience and a demonstrated knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander societies and cultures, coupled with a thorough understanding of issues affecting Indigenous communities.
  • A demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples both verbal and written.
  • Previous experience as a communication specialist who can confidently use their knowledge to imbed Indigenous knowledge and perspectives into University of Melbourne communications.
  • Demonstrated production of strategic communications within a large and complex organisation.
  • What we can offer you

    The University of Melbourne is committed to reciprocal partnerships with Indigenous communities.

  • Senior leadership role with the opportunity to make an impact
  • Competitive salary
  • Flexible work options
  • Relocation assistance
  • Exceptional personal and professional development
  • A wide variety of resources and services.
  • For further information about the benefits on offer at the University of Melbourne, please visit https: //

    How to apply

    All applications must be made in writing and include the following:

  • Up to date CV
  • Cover letter (maximum 2 pages) addressing the selection criteria above, outlining why you have applied for the position and how you meet the requirements of the position.
  • Applications are to be submitted via the Pipeline Talent website:

    https: // www. opportunities/communications-lead-indigenous-strategy-419/

    Closing date for applications is 11:59pm Monday 20 May.

    How to get more information

    For further information on the position, please contact the team at Pipeline Talent.

    Megan Ingram

    Senior Recruitment Consultant

    [email protected] [email protected]

    Mobile: 0419 599 251 Phone: 02 8001 6603

    Advertised: 06 May 2024 12:05 AM AUS Eastern Standard Time

    Applications close: 20 May 2024 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time

    Job details


    Communications Lead, Indigenous


    University of Melbourne




    May 06, 2024

    Application deadline

    May 20, 2024

    Job type



    Education,Social Science

    About the employer

    When the University of Melbourne was established in 1853, it was a mere cluster of buildings in a large park on the fringe of the city, with four professors and 16 students. The university now sits at the heart of a thriving international city and is consistently ranked among the leading universities in the world and number one in Australia. 

    Over 8,000 academic and professional staff support a vibrant student body of around 65,000, including 30,000 international students from over 130 countries around the world. Four Australian prime ministers and five governors-general have graduated from the University of Melbourne, located in the city dubbed Australia’s “cultural capital”. 

    Indeed, Melbourne is a seven times winner of the Economist’s World’s Most Livable City award, and is a UNESCO City of Literature, as well as the birthplace of Australian rules football and a major center for street art, music, and theatre. 

    Melbourne is known for offering students an experience that’s a lot more than just structured learning. The main Parkville campus is close to transport, cafes, shopping, arts and sports venues and accommodation. 

    Students will find a blistering array of cultural activities on campus here, be it theatre, comedy, film or public lectures, and it’s easy to find people with matching interests by joining one of over 200 affiliated clubs and societies, ranging from Chess Club to Women in Science and Engineering, to the Chocolate Lovers’ Society. Sports enthusiasts are well catered for too, with a 25-metre six-lane heated indoor pool, an athletics track and sports field, and a large strength and fitness gym. 

    The university has 10 residential colleges where most students live, which provide a quick way to build an academic and social network. Each college provides sporting and cultural programs to enrich the academic experience, which is at the center of university life. 

    Degrees at the University of Melbourne stand out for being modelled on those from top institutions overseas. Students spend a year exploring a range of subject areas before choosing a major. They also study subjects outside as well as inside their chosen discipline, giving Melbourne students a breadth of knowledge that sets them apart.

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