An exciting opportunity to contribute to a communication and engagement strategy for autism research in Australia.
- Salary Package: From $85,148 to $93,989 p.a. (Hew Level 6), plus 17% employer's superannuation and annual leave loading
- Appointment Type: Part time, Fixed Term (3 days per week, 24 months)
- Macquarie University (North Ryde) location
- Given current Australian Government COVID-19 border restrictions applications for this position are only being accepted from Australian citizens or permanent residents or people currently residing in Australia with full working rights.
This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to a communication and engagement strategy to bridge the gap between the scientific study of autism and the everyday experiences of autistic people. Recent research demonstrates that autistic people, their families and educators often feel that there remains a sharp divide between autism science and key aspects of everyday autistic life, despite significant public investment in that science. The School of Education in the Faculty of Arts is seeking an Engagement Officer to work on a program of innovative public engagement projects and events, that seeks to change that.
You will work within a team of autistic and non-autistic researchers, including Professor Liz Pellicano at Macquarie University to develop and implement a communication and engagement strategy to engage with autism communities in Australia and promote awareness of autism research and its findings via multiple communication channels.
This project is part of a Future Fellowship by Professor Liz Pellicano funded by the Australian Research Council. Professor Pellicano’s ongoing research within the Macquarie School of Education seeks to transform autism science and is committed to working with autistic scholars and activists and their allies, as collaborators in research. For more about Liz’s work, see https://researchers.mq.edu.au/en/persons/liz-pellicano
You will draw on your previous related work experience in developing and sustaining deep relationships with the autistic and autism communities in Australia and more broadly. You will show initiative and proactiveness in designing and facilitating a variety of innovative public engagement projects and events and work collaboratively with health, education and disability journalists, clinicians, community groups and other key stakeholders. You will have a passion for communication and engagement and a keen interest to become a part of a vibrant and enthusiastic team.
The ideal candidate will have well-developed interpersonal communication skills with an ability to build and maintain working relationships across a diverse group of key stakeholders.
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To be considered for this position, please apply online by submitting your CV and a cover letter that demonstrates how you meet each of the following selection criteria:
- A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education or vocational training and experience.
- Experience in contributing to and executing an innovative and proactive community engagement strategy using multiple channels.
- Relatability and passion to work with the autism community in Australia including autistic people, their families, educators, researchers and various community stakeholders.
- Good experience building and maintaining strong reciprocal relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
- Demonstrated written and oral communication skills with an ability to adapt style and approach to audiences.
- Good working knowledge of MS Word, Excel, database software, event management, CRM and associated reporting.
For further information regarding this role, please view the position description. Engagement Officer_Education_PD_HEW6_Jan 2021.docx
Specific Role Enquiries: Professor Liz Pellicano, Macquarie School of Education at firstname.lastname@example.org
General Enquiries: Mal Sawley, HR Administrator at email@example.com
Applications Close: Friday, 29 January 2021 at 4pm (AEDT)
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