Communication Officer - Science Communication

The Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (DJPR) was established on 1 January 2019 to ensure Victoria's strong economic performance by growing industries and regions. Here at DJPR, we're making sure Victoria's economy benefits all Victorians by creating more jobs for more people, building thriving places and regions and nurturing inclusive communities.

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Department: Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Communications, Marketing and Media
Classification: VPSG4
Work Location: Melbourne - Northern Metro
Reference: VG/022417A
Closing Date: 20-Feb-2020
Salary Range: $85,279 - $96,759
Job Duration: Until 18 January 2021
Attachments: 022417 Gr 4 Communication Officer - Science Communication PD 301219.doc (Word, 150KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Jen Bladon-Clark
03 9032 7186

Position Details


  • $85,279 - $96,759 (Plus Superannuation)
  • Fixed Term, until 18 January 2021
  • Usual hours of work: Full Time (flexibility may be available)
  • Usual work location: Bundoora (flexibility may be available)

The Communication Officer will research and write materials contributing to the effective communication of science outcomes and assist in planning and tracking communication initiatives.  The role involves writing materials that showcase the positive impacts on agriculture of AVR science outcomes for a range of communication vehicles including newsletters, media releases and websites. You will work closely with research scientists to develop content that clearly and accurately describes the impacts of complex agricultural bioscience research and innovation programs to industry and communities. You will also liaise with Agriculture Victoria's media unit to coordinate approval and timing of media releases and preparation of media spokespeople.

The successful candidate for this position will demonstrate –

  • excellent written communication skills, including demonstrated ability to write clearly and with flair in a range of writing styles;
  • ability to write clearly about complex science for non-technical audiences;
  • understanding of Victoria's agriculture sector, and experience in writing about agriculture for non-technical audiences;
  • highly developed skills in editing and proofreading; and
  • ability to work under minimal supervision and with multi-disciplinary teams.

The position of Communication Officer – Science Communication is part of Agriculture Victoria Research branch in the Agriculture Victoria group.  Agriculture Victoria works with industry and community stakeholders to support the agriculture, food and fibre sector to become more globally competitive, innovative and resilient.

For a confidential discussion, please call Jen Bladon-Clark, Governance & Communication Manager on 03 9032 7186.

Successful candidates will be required to undergo a National Police Records Check prior to commencing employment with the Department.

For further information on the position, please see the attached position description.  To apply, please click the ‘Apply Now' button below.

Applications close at midnight on 20 February 2020 and must address the Key Selection Criteria outlined in the Position Description.

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