Mckinnon Prize Project Officer

at University of Melbourne


About Melbourne Law School: Melbourne Law School (MLS) is Australia's first all-graduate law faculty. Melbourne Law School was the first faculty in Australia to teach law, and awarded this country's first law degrees.

About the role:

The McKinnon Prize in Political Leadership is an initiative developed as a collaboration between the University of Melbourne and the Susan McKinnon Foundation in 2017. Awarded annually, the Prize is an independent and non-partisan award developed to recognise, reward and inspire outstanding political leadership.

The Project Officer will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Prize program including executing complex tasks and high-level problem solving. The role will be responsible for the coordination of a robust and impactful communications and social media plan, event logistics, and general stakeholder management. The incumbent will also provide support to the Advisory Committee of the Prize program.

About you:


  • A University qualification in a relevant field and relevant professional experience, and/or a relevant combination of experience and training.
  • Excellent communication skills, including written, oral and interpersonal communications, with an ability to tailor information to a number of different audiences.
  • Capacity to initiate, manage and maintain professional relationships with stakeholders across government, political parties and the public sector.
  • Demonstrated success in coordinating brand and/or integrated marketing campaigns, including, managing media enquiries and drafting media releases, as well as digital communications, including the use of social media and content management systems.
  • Demonstrated problem solving and project management skills including meeting deadlines, minutes/record keeping, developing and implementing operational plans and relevant policies and procedures.
  • Experience in planning and coordination of complex and high-profile events.


  • Experience in running marketing and or brand campaigns
  • Experience working with politicians or in political parties
  • Experience working in a higher education setting
  • Experience working in philanthropic programs

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