Director, Strategic Communications

at University of Melbourne

About Chancellery

The Chancellery is led by the Vice-Chancellor and has a University-wide focus on:

  • delivering strategic leadership
  • allocating capital according to strategic priorities
  • developing and overseeing a business framework that includes appropriate financial and other organisational planning and controls
  • ensuring identity or brand is consistent with strategic intent and purpose, and
  • overseeing policies and initiatives that develop the academic and professional expertise of University staff members

About the role

The Director, Corporate Communications is responsible for developing and executing the internal and external communications strategy for the University. A key leadership position within the University Communications & Marketing function, and a direct report to the Executive Director, Communications and Marketing, the incumbent will work collaboratively with colleagues across the University to help the organisation build and strengthen its global reputation and influence in support of a emerging new University strategy.

The role will be responsible for providing direction, leadership, execution and management expertise to lead critical capabilities such as media relations, stakeholder engagement, internal communications, issues management and corporate event management, domestically and globally. This includes leading Office of Vice Chancellor communications and providing the University Executive team with executive communications and issues management support.

About you

You will have:

  • Postgraduate qualifications in a relevant discipline or an equivalent mix of education and relevant experience

  • Extensive experience in the provision of strategic communications advice and senior executive support in the context of large, complex organisations

  • Demonstrated experience developing integrated communications strategies, spanning traditional and digital media, and internal and external audiences, domestically and globally

  • Deep knowledge and application of digital media platforms, with a highly developed ability to proactively identify news, content and reputation-building opportunities

  • Proven track record managing issues and crisis management in complex environments

  • High level of consultancy experience with ability to influence multiple and diverse stakeholders at all levels


  • 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.

How to apply

Your application submitted should include a CV along with your responses against the selection criteria found in the Position Description for the role. The recruitment process will be managed by SHK; should you be shortlisted, you will be contacted by them directly.

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