We’re hiring: Communication and Events Officer


We are seeking a motivated and talented Communication and Events Officer to join our small, dynamic team.


  • Job type: 0.8-1.0 FTE (negotiable with the successful candidate based on their skills, experience and preferences); permanent contract
  • Location: Sydney (Camperdown) or Brisbane (Woolloongabba) – we have offices in both locations
  • Reports to: Head of Communication and Media
  • Salary: $73,000 – $80,000 per annum commensurate with skills/experience, plus superannuation and very attractive salary packaging options 

The Communication and Events Officer supports delivery and promotion of key Academy events and activities through which we advance research and innovation in Australia to improve everyone’s health.

About the role

The Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences is the impartial, authoritative, cross-sector voice of health and medical science in Australia. Our purpose is to advance health and medical research in Australia to improve everyone’s health. We do this by fostering leadership within our sector, providing expert advice to decision makers, and engaging patients and the public. At the heart of our work are our Fellows – an independent, interdisciplinary body of Australia’s leading researchers, elected by their peers for outstanding achievements and exceptional contributions to health and medical science in Australia. The Academy is a registered charity.

Reporting to the Head of Communication and Media, and also working closely with the Program and Events Manager, the Communication and Events Officer will support and coordinate aspects of the Academy’s communication outputs and events. With guidance and support from relevant colleagues, the Communication and Events Officer will: support the successful delivery of the Academy’s events; help draft and post content across multiple platforms such as social media, websites and newsletters; monitor and analyse analytics; draft and design creative content such as social media graphics, event programs and web banners; and collaborate on executing event and communication plans.

The successful candidate will ideally have gained experience from a previous communications and/or events role and will have an understanding of how such a role might work in a health, scientific or higher education environment.

They will bring their experience to help deliver our activities, assist us in reaching new audiences and improving participation and reach. The Communication and Events Officer will possess excellent interpersonal skills, exceptional organisation skills and a demonstrated ability to manage competing priorities to meet short- and long-term deadlines. The successful candidate will have meticulous attention to detail and be a team player, who relishes the opportunity to make a positive contribution across different aspects of the Academy’s work. They must be comfortable working closely with senior academics and health professionals, and will be able to maintain professional relationships with external stakeholders, collaborators and sponsors.

There is a real opportunity for growth in this role – the right candidate will be given opportunities to take on responsibility for particular projects if they have the capability and capacity to do so.

We have offices in both Sydney and Brisbane, meaning the successful candidate could work in either location. We are happy to consider this role on a either a 0.8 or 1.0 FTE basis. We are looking for someone to start this role in early 2024 – the start date is negotiable.

Main duties/responsibilities

  • Work with the Academy’s Head of Communication and Media to develop and deliver communication and marketing outputs for our activities. This includes working across social media, website, Google analytics, and e-news platforms, and the opportunity to contribute to writing copy.
  • Work with the Programs and Events Manager to plan and coordinate the Annual Meeting and our Life as a Clinician Scientist events. This includes tasks such as liaising with speakers, hotels, venues, caterers and transport companies; producing event materials; setting up online registration/pages and providing other administrative support as needed, to meet relevant timelines.
  • Create website, newsletter and social media content to promote the Academy’s work.
  • Produce and design event collateral, such as programs, sponsorship prospectuses and other printed materials, to meet relevant timelines.
  • Provide operational event support with registration lists, databases, invitations, reminders and confirmations, and onsite delivery of events, working with relevant internal and external stakeholders and sponsors in relation to venue set-up, catering, registration and audio-visual.
  • Support aspects of the Mentorship Program, including promotion, development of online resources, preparation of meeting papers, organisation of the annual mentorship workshop, and support for our Mentorship Committee.
  • Work with colleagues to research, define and develop ways to grow and improve our programs or develop new ones, including by collecting and analysing participant and evaluation data.

More detail on these duties and responsibilities is available in the position description, available from https://aahms.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/11/Communication-and-Events-Officer-PD-202311.pdf.

Applicants should provide the following:

  • Up to date CV with contact details of at least two referees.
  • A cover letter of not more than three pages including a statement to explain how the candidate meets the key eligibility criteria.

Applications should be sent via email to [email protected] and must be received by 9.00am AEDT on Wednesday 6 December 2023.

For further information on this role, please contact Katie Rowney, Head of Communication and Events at the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences: [email protected].

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