Communications Officer, Centre for Crop Disease Management

Location: Perth
Job Type: Full time
Reference: 5373
Position Title: Communications Officer, Centre for Crop Disease Management
Position Number: 3562912
Tenure: Fixed term full-time until June 2019 with the possibility of extension
Salary Range: Level G06 ($79,627 to $84,541 per annum)
Location: Bentley
Description: Curtin University is ranked in the top 200 universities worldwide (ARWU 2017), and in the top 50 in the world for universities under the age of 50 (QS World University Rankings 2017). In recent years, the University has climbed significantly in global league tables and was named as a rising star, the most collaborative of the Australian universities, and the biggest Australian mover in the Nature Index results for 2016. Curtin is industry-facing, highly engaged with relevant partners, and a major global player, with well-integrated campuses in Singapore, Malaysia, and Dubai.

The Centre for Crop and Disease Management (CCDM) is a national research centre co-supported by Curtin University and the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC). Launched in 2014, the centre’s major aim is to reduce the economic impact of crop disease for Australian growers.

About the role
A rare opportunity awaits for a Communications Officer to assist the Extension Coordinator in building the profile of the CCDM as a national research centre in crop and disease management.

Your primary responsibilities involve using traditional and digital media tools and activities to engage CCDM’s major partners in the Australian grains and related agricultural industries.

In this role you will
•Build content for all CCDM communications platforms, including website, newsletters, blog posts, case studies, and extension materials, as part of an ever-evolving content strategy.
•Be responsible for the upkeep and day-to-day management of the Centre’s website to enhance key stakeholder engagement and improve user experience.
•Creation and coordination of CCDM - and associated - social media, in conjunction with the Extension Coordinator.
•Provide design and desktop publishing support to extension and engagement activities involving CCDM and partners
•Be at the forefront of creative extension initiatives aimed at ensuring CCDM is at the leading edge of communication and engagement technology in Australia.
•Provide support in the coordination of various CCDM events and extension opportunities, as required, by the Extension Coordinator.

About you
•Completion of a tertiary qualification in Agricultural Science / Agribusiness, communication or related discipline with subsequent relevant experience, or an equivalent combination of relevant work experience.
•Substantial experience in communication, social media, marketing or public relations, or other related disciplines.
•Be a digitally-savvy operator who preferably has a strong background in agricultural or science communication
•Proven understanding of issues in rural Australia and farming systems.
•Proven professional writing and communication skills, including the preparation of clear, accurate and timely communication materials, targeted at a specific audience with a diverse capacity for acquiring information around crop and disease management.
•Shown talent in a range of computing skills and experience in web design, development and management, with a strong understanding of Content Management Systems and an enthusiasm to find new technical solutions to communication challenges.
•This is a dynamic and busy role that presents exciting opportunities to expand and extend your digital and science communication attributes. We are looking for someone who loves coming up with new ideas and working with a team of people to help those ideas come to fruition.
Supporting a diverse workforce

Curtin University embraces diversity and inclusion and invites applications from women, men and intersex individuals who share the University's values, ethics, international outlook, value diversity and have an informed respect for indigenous people.

How to apply

You are encouraged to respond specifically to the selection criteria.

Please note, screening and interviews may take place prior to the advertised close date.

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Benefits and Remuneration: The salary ranges presented are those which are contained within the University's Enterprise Agreements; as are the employee benefits which include employer superannuation contribution at the rate of the current Government Superannuation Guarantee amount up to 17 percent, study assistance, a comprehensive salary packaging and wellness programs and flexible and family friendly work practices.
Contact Person: Carole Kerr, Extension Coordinator,
John Noonan, Senior Lecturer,
Valuing Diversity and Affirmative Action: Curtin University embraces diversity and inclusion and invites applications from women, men and intersex individuals who share the University's values, ethics, international outlook, value diversity and have an informed respect for indigenous people. We are committed to making reasonable adjustments to provide a positive, barrier-free recruitment process and supportive workplace, therefore, if you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at time of application. We will then work with you to identify the best way to assist you through the recruitment process. All personal information will be kept confidential in compliance with relevant privacy legislation.
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