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Communication Manager National Collections and Marine Infrastructure (NCMI)

Date: 14-Sep-2021

Location: Canberra, ACT, AU

Company: CSIRO

The Opportunity


  • ​​​​​​2-year position, generous salary, and benefits, flexible working conditions inc WFH 
  • Develop & drive comms strategies to support significant programs and initiatives
  • Apply today to join Australia's National Science Agency!


CSIRO's National Collections and Marine Infrastructure (NCMI) Business Unit manages collections of plants and animals of Australian and international significance, hosts and contributes to the Atlas of Living Australia, manages the Environomics Future Science Platform, oversees a program of Engineering and Technology for marine and atmospheric science, and hosts the Marine National Facility on behalf of Australia.


We are seeking a Communication Manager who can use their professional communications expertise to develop, lead, implement and evaluate communication and engagement strategies of Business Unit (BU) and Enterprise importance. In this role you will be responsible for leading the creation and delivery of integrated communications and corporate affairs for NCMI, primarily focused on external communications and stakeholder engagement, but with an application to internal audiences as an important stakeholder and message proponent.  You will be responsible for leading the development of the communications plan and working with the leadership team to build out the engagement strategy.  


To be successful in this role you will have a history of working in complex environments, managing competing and changing priorities, and can display exceptional interpersonal skills. This dynamic, senior role reports to the Executive Manager of Corporate Affairs and requires management of a team of communication advisors, and collaboration across the NCMI Business Unit, and Corporate Affairs teams.

Your duties will include:

  • Partnering with and contributing to the NCMI leadership team to develop, deliver and evaluate communication and engagement strategies that align with both the BU strategy and the Corporate Affairs strategy.
  • Using communications expertise, developing strong trusted advisor relationships with senior leaders across the BU and other stakeholders to deliver communication priorities for science and business to fulfil CSIRO's purpose.
  • Delivering integrated plans leveraging media relations, stakeholder engagement, digital and social, content and marketing communications to build and protect the CSIRO brand - focusing on ensuring we are relevant, engaging and accessible.
  • Identifying and managing issues in conjunction with the Executive Manager including planning, messaging and mitigation. Liaising with media to identify and develop compelling stories about CSIRO science.
  • Initiating, developing or commissioning strong content for use in digital or media to illustrate CSIRO science and impact - focusing on it being relevant, engaging and accessible.


Location: Adelaide, SA; Brisbane, QLD; Canberra, ACT, Hobart, TAS; Melbourne, VIC; Perth, WA; Sydney, NSW

Salary: AU$115k - AU$135k plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Specified term of 2 years

Reference: 77473

To be considered you will need:

  • A relevant tertiary qualification coupled with relevant experience in Communications – public relations, marketing, digital, media, or journalism.
  • Communication management experience in a complex business encompassing:
    • Strategic planning and implementation, calculating risk, problem-solving, effective team and budget management
    • Producing creative communication strategies delivered through multiple channels
    • Delivery of high-profile communications campaigns resulting in widespread national media coverage, stakeholder engagement, and client satisfaction
  • Experience assessing the risk and opportunities of identified strategies, options, and actions and ability to overcome setbacks to achieve organisation-wide goals. 
  • A history of delivering effective leadership (strategic and people) through significant change, and creating a culture committed to values-based behaviour that fosters innovative problem solving, continuous improvement, and knowledge sharing.
  • The ability to build and maintain strong professional and collaborative working relationships across boundaries with experience in issues management and stakeholder engagement, and contemporary communication practices to achieve positive outcomes.
  • Evidence of previously managing and leading a high-performing team, with a particular focus on instilling creativity and visionary thinking among team members, ensuring high standards of service delivery as well as technical output.


For full details about this role please review the Position Description


To be appointed to this position you must be an Australian/New Zealand Citizen, or an Australian Permanent Resident currently residing in Australia.

The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check or equivalent.

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. 

Diversity and Inclusion

We are working hard to recruit people representing the diversity across our society, and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish. 


At CSIRO Australia's national science agency, we solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology. We put the safety and wellbeing of our people above all else and earn trust everywhere because we only deal in facts. We collaborate widely and generously and deliver solutions with real impact. 

Join us and start creating tomorrow today!

How to Apply

Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.

Applications Close

Sunday 26 September 2021, 11:00pm AEST