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Communications Coordinator, Victorian Higher Education State Investment Fund job with DEAKIN UNIVERSITY

  • Based at either Waurn Ponds or Burwood Campus, plus Work From Home
  • Full-time (36.75 hours per week), Fixed term until November 2023
  • HEW 6 $82,494 + 17% Superannuation

Founded in 1974, Deakin is a public university in Victoria with 61,000 students across five campuses: Melbourne Burwood, Geelong Waurn Ponds, Geelong Waterfront, Warrnambool, and the online Cloud Campus. We are a progressive and open-minded university, with the highest student satisfaction in Victoria and consistently ranked in the top 1% of the world’s universities.

The Victorian Higher Education State Investment Fund (VHESIF) is one of the most important investments in higher education infrastructure in a generation. Deakin’s program under the VHESIF is managed by the Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research with close engagement with other parts of the University. A total of ten VHESIF projects are being implemented by Deakin.

The Communications Coordinator is responsible for supporting the delivery of marketing collateral and communication activities for the VHESIF program at Deakin. Core to this role is the ability to deliver effective stakeholder engagement and communication, as well as an ability to deliver integrated workplans to support agreed business objectives.

Ideally you will be based at our Geelong Waurn Ponds campus but candidates seeking a Melbourne Burwood location are also encouraged to apply. Initially working from home, the work will entail 3 days per week on campus once the prevailing pandemic conditions improve. Working in a university environment, you will need to be able to work with researchers and translate complicated messages into everyday concepts. As written communications are your strength, you will be adept at understanding a target audience and then tailoring your work to write engaging copy.

Your key responsibilities will include the need to:

  • Support the delivery of VHESIF marketing activities, under the direction of the Communications and Marketing Strategist (VHESIF)
  • Plan and prioritize work and critical activities appropriately and recognize barriers to achieving outcomes while finding effective ways to deal with them and evaluating progress
  • Research, write, develop and implement marketing, web and communications campaigns, activities and collateral for the VHESIF projects
  • Work closely with all project team researchers, the Program Management Office, and the Deakin Research Communications teams
  • Develop compelling, insightful and accurate content for projects’ digital presence ensuring all content is on-brand and consistent in terms of style, quality, tone of voice and visual representation
  • Prepare engaging presentations and marketing/promotional materials to showcase and communicate projects’ efforts and achievements, using a range of technology and communication channels
  • Build new and productive relationships with a diverse range of stakeholders or key and influential individuals both inside and outside the University
  • Develop and implement practical, accessible solutions based on stakeholder needs

To be successful, you’ll have:

  • A degree with subsequent relevant experience; or
  • Extensive experience and specialist knowledge or broad knowledge in technical or administrative fields
  • An equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education/training in marketing & communications. insert discipline experience)
  • Demonstrated experience in sourcing, writing, reviewing content such as media releases, web content, online articles, social media posts that reflect the Deakin University brand identity and an understanding of target audiences

Please submit your updated resume and a short cover letter outlining your skills and experience for this role by Thursday 4 August 2022.

For a confidential discussion regarding this position, please contact Andrea Hammond via

Please note that whilst we still accept applications from any persons interested in our roles, we are currently prioritizing applications from those with current working rights in Australia and who are not affected by travel restrictions.

Successful applicants will need to comply with vaccination mandates imposed by the relevant state/territory government. Applicants who attend third-party sites to undertake University activities will also be required to comply with any other directions or requirements in place at the third-party location.

Are You Ready?

Deakin is a Victorian university with a global impact. We are an agile, dynamic and innovative university committed to making a positive impact through our excellence in education, research and innovation and the contributions we make to the wider community.

We understand that our reputation has been built on the dedication and expertise of our staff and we offer a dynamic and diverse working environment with opportunities to grow and develop careers. We believe that a progressive, thriving culture will ensure that people choose to come, and stay at Deakin and contribute to our ongoing success.

We value diversity and aim to build an inclusive environment that champions, embraces and respects differences. We support and encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and people of all abilities, cultures, sexual orientation, and genders.


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