Senior Communications Officer

  • Not-for-profit sector
  • Varied role in writing, editing and health communications
  • Opportunity to lead key communication channels
  • Full-time role preferred – but part time considered
  • 12-month contract, with possibility of extension

 About The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre

The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre is a $22.6 million initiative funded over five years to transform the way research is conducted and used in preventing chronic disease. It is a national collaboration involving many of Australia’s internationally leading experts in prevention, with 31 investigators from five states and territories and more than 20 universities, and government, non-government and private sector agencies. The Centre is based at the Sax Institute, an independent, not-for-profit organisation that improves the health and health services of Australians by enabling the use of research in policy making.

About the role

We are seeking a Senior Communications Officer to plan, write, edit and produce high-quality communications about the Centre, its work and people, as well as about key issues in the prevention of chronic disease. This is a new position that has been created to fulfil the increasing communications demand of the Centre. This person will work with the Communications Manager to plan and implement our communications strategy, and will be responsible for leading the e-newsletter strategy and implementation and event communications.

About you

The successful applicant will have excellent writing and editing skills and be skilled at devising and producing a variety of communications for a mix of audiences. Experience as a health journalist or in health communications will be highly regarded, as will experience in digital communications and the ability to bring innovation to our online communications.

The successful applicant will work at the Sax Institute in Ultimo. They will be employed on a 12-month contract, with a possibility of extension. Our preference is for a full-time role, but we will consider part time.

Essential selection/performance criteria

Tertiary qualifications in communications
At least five years’ experience as a journalist or writer, or in a communications role
Demonstrated high-level writing and editing skills, with proven ability to communicate complex ideas in an engaging and readable way
Proven ability to plan, write and produce a variety of communications to engage different audiences.


Experience in health writing, editing and communications/publications
Hands-on experience in leading social media strategy and implementation
Demonstrated understanding of, and interest in, public health
Experience in media relations.

About the benefits

Competitive salary, including salary packaging
Professional and friendly environment
Excellent location – near Central Station.

How to apply

To apply, please send your CV and a cover letter addressing the selection criteria to with the subject heading – Senior Communications Officer Application

Download the position description

To be eligible to apply for this position you must have an appropriate Australian or New Zealand work visa.
For more information, please contact the Communications Manager, Marge Overs: or (02) 9188 9577.

Applications close: Monday 15 February