Manager, Community Engagement Programs

at University of Melbourne

About The Faculty of Arts, External Relations

The External Relations unit in the Faculty of Arts is responsible for effectively supporting, integrating and coordinating the Faculty of Arts' Alumni Relations, Industry Partnerships, Public Programs, Community Engagement programs as well as Marketing, Communications and Student Recruitment activities. The unit is responsible for all external engagement and stakeholder activities, both national and international, ensuring that all activities support the Faculty's broader research, teaching, learning and internationalisation strategies. The unit works collaboratively with academic and professional staff across a number of business units of the Faculty, academic schools and graduate schools, as well as with the External Relations portfolio in University Services.

About the role

An opportunity exists for a suitably qualified and experienced Manager, Community Engagement Programs to identify, manage, coordinate and market the logistical and operational aspects of the Faculty of Arts engagement events. Located within the External Relations unit of the Faculty of Arts, the Manager, Community Engagement Programs will manage an extensive portfolio of programs that are targeted to a range of stakeholder audiences for the Faculty of Arts such as the general public, alumni and donors. The role sits within the Engagement team reporting to the Manager, Strategic Partnerships and Engagement and works alongside the Alumni and Industry Engagement Manager and the Donor Relations Manager to ensure there is a strategic and holistic approach to audience programs for the Faculty of Arts. The role also supervises the Public Programs and Events Coordinator.

The incumbent facilitates programs across the humanities, languages and social sciences and will work closely with academic staff to support program development ensuring that programs are clearly aligned to the Faculty's operational goals. The position will also work closely with the Associate Dean, Advancement and Engagement to ensure programs are meeting engagement and advancement targets and to seek advice on the strategic priorities of the Faculty. The incumbent will need to manage the end to end implementation of engagement programs and ensure they are delivered to an exceptional standard. The Manager will also be required to work closely with the Manager, Alumni and Industry Engagement to deliver programs that align to Faculty of Arts key industry partners and will liaise with external organisations in the joint delivery of public programs of mutual interest.

About you - skills and attributes will be highly regarded:

  • A tertiary qualification and/or extensive relevant experience in a relevant discipline, preferably in the humanities and/or engagement and program delivery.
  • Demonstrated experience in supporting the delivery of tertiary education and curriculum development in particular short course curricula and non-accredited education programs.
  • Preparation of concept proposals, briefs, business proposals and various presentations to support the implementation of programs.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the humanities and social science disciplines and experience of the sectors they articulate to such as the cultural, public, not-for-profit or community business sectors.
  • Excellent project management and communication skills.
  • An ability to work within a fast-changing environment and demonstrated experience in the preparation and presentation of methodical and coherent documentation will be highly valued.
  • A self-starter who can manage multiple projects with personal initiative and high levels of attention to detail will be highly regarded.
  • Experience in developing marketing and communications plans for key target audiences.
  • Experience in event management
  • Ability to comprehend wider strategic contexts and develop long term goals and strategies and actions required to achieve goals.
  • Demonstrated experience in building and enhancing relationships with academic staff and external stakeholders, through networking and the identification of development opportunities is highly desirable.


  • Maximise your benefits through our Salary Packaging scheme
  • Flexible family friendly policies, providing generous leave and working conditions
  • The opportunity to work in a culturally rich environment
  • A substantial discount to eligible staff and their immediate families in undertaking further studies at the University of Melbourne

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The University is a vibrant campus. We have well established clubs and networks giving the opportunity to engage and collaborate with other staff around the University. We strive to create an environment where staff and students promote culturally inclusive behaviour and activities, ensure cultural differences are heard and explored, and actively seek to learn from other cultures.

† The University of Melbourne is the Number 1 University in Australia and among the leading Universities in the world, according to The Times Higher Education world reputational ranking, the National Taiwan University ranking, The Times Higher Education world university ranking and Shanghai Jiao Tong Academic Ranking of World Universities.

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