Alzheimer's Australia, the national peak body providing support and advocacy for people living with dementia, is seeking aNNIDR Communications and Membership Officer to support the work of The NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research (The Dementia Institute). The Dementia Institute is a key element of the Australian Government's $200 million initiative to boost dementia research. It is an initiative of the NHMRC and is administered by Alzheimer's Australia.
The Dementia Institute targets, coordinates and translates the strategic expansion of dementia research in Australia. The Institute will enable the activities of Australia's best researchers while also drawing on the expertise of consumers, health professionals, industry and policy makers to translate evidence into policy and practice. Through collaboration, including with international partnerships, achieving a 5 year delay in the onset of dementia by 2025 is the international priority set by the World Dementia Council to which the Dementia Institute will make a significant contribution.
Your new role offers an exciting opportunity to put your science communication passion into practice, joining a growing not-for-profit organisation in a booming industry. You will have ample opportunity to develop your skills and experience by leading the implementation of a range of new and traditional, online and social media activities aimed at increasing awareness and understanding of dementia, and the latest dementia research. Your ability to use communications tools and practices will also be applied to improving engagement with the Dementia Institute's membership of researchers and other stakeholders.
In this position, you will collaborate with other dedicated and talented Alzheimer's Australia's media and communications professionals across the country. Your peers in our national communications working group will be a source of inspiration, support and guidance at your disposal, while your daily work will be directed by the Dementia Institute's needs. Your bright and airy employee friendly workplace will be right in the hub of scientific excellence and close to transport at the NHMRC building in Civic.
To be considered, you will possess:
- Ability to communicate complex concepts and tailor these to specific audiences and stakeholder groups, including the ability to communicate scientific research effectively and credibly with audiences and individuals ranging from a lay person to a senior academic specialist
- Degree or relevant professional qualification in a related relevant discipline
- Ability to take an innovative approach to the Institute's communications, drawing on NHMRC and Alzheimer's Australia's commitment and support as appropriate, so that it has a big voice from a small base
- Excellent oral and written skills; excellent track record in writing media releases, opinion based articles and publications that are picked up across a range of media channels
- Confident networker with an ability to form alliances and partnerships with research, business and government leaders at the highest level (nationally and internationally)
- Demonstrated success in writing for and utilising social media platforms to drive campaigns and to build a network of followers
- Demonstrated experience in facilitating membership development, or equivalent experience in a research or commercial environment
- Ability to work within high-level political agendas across a complex matrix of stakeholder groups and able to exercise sound political judgement and influence
- A result oriented self-starter with lots of initiative, sound judgement and ability to work both independently and in a small team; high level attention to detail and evidence of a superior work ethic
- Well-developed interpersonal skills including ability to work with people from a wide range of backgrounds; a level of maturity and confidence; discretion in dealing with sensitive and confidential matters; Ability to empathise with people with dementia and their carers
Remuneration will be commensurate with qualifications and experience plus superannuation and generous fringe benefits (Tax benefits) available to employees of registered not for profit organisations.
Applications close 9 AM Friday August 11th, and must include a CV and a written response to the above selection criteria.
To discuss the role or obtain the position description, please contact:
Dr Christopher Pettigrew (available from Monday July 31 onward)
NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research
p: (02) 6217 9173 | f: (02) 6217 9035
Applications can be made by clicking here or via email to email@example.com