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Media and Communications Assistant

Cancer Council is Australia’s leading cancer charity, working towards a vision of a cancer-free future. We currently have an opportunity for an entry-level media and communications professional to join our national team at Cancer Council Australia, based in Sydney. Working across a broad range of tasks, this role will support the media and communications team by providing administrative and project coordination support to ensure the effective and timely delivery of activity. If you are looking for a rewarding entry-level communications and media relations role, this is a fantastic opportunity to get your foot in the door in the not-for-profit sector and gain a broad range of and valuable hands-on experience.

To be successful in this role you will need:

  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • A good “news sense” and understanding of the Australian media landscape.
  • Excellent time and project management skills.
  • Highly developed organisational skills.
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Passion for social media.
  • Interest in communicating about health issues.
  • High computer literacy, including experience with word processing, spreadsheet, database and presentation programs.

Ideally you will also have:

  • Tertiary qualifications in communications or a related field.
  • Some experience in communications or media relations in either an in-house or agency environment.
  • Understanding of and commitment to the not-for-profit sector.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should follow the simple instructions below to ensure your application meets the requirements for consideration by Cancer Council Australia.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are encouraged to apply. This position is open to Australian citizens and residents with permission to work full-time in Australia.

A full Position Description is available here.

Your application should include:

  1. A cover letter explaining your interest in the position.
  2. A statement demonstrating how you meet each of the selection criteriain the position description.
  3. Copy of your resume.
  4. Details for two referees. - See more at: cancer.org.au/aboutus/jobs/how-to-apply.html

Applications can be made via email to: hr@cancer.org.au

Closing date for applications is Tuesday 14th January 2020.

No recruiters please.


First Nations Fellow

Cancer Council Australia’s mission is to lead a cohesive approach to reduce the impact of cancer. Our current strategic plan has a strong focus on reducing inequalities in cancer, including working with Australia’s First Nations Peoples to co-design cancer control policy and together improve cancer outcomes.

In working to achieve this goal we have partnered with the Charles Perkins Centre at the University of Sydney to host a Fellowship Program that supports talented early to mid career researchers and health professionals to develop their project management and policy skills, gain valuable industry experience with Australia’s leading cancer charity and have the opportunity to shape cancer control policy and programs for First Nations Peoples.
The successful candidate for this role will be a self-motivated and committed individual with a track record of connection to, influence with and standing in First Nations communities and public policy or service provision.
The position will be hosted by the Charles Perkins Centre at The University of Sydney, and embedded in one or more of the following where the incumbent will be provided structured mentoring and support:

  • Charles Perkins Centre research and education hub
  • DVC Indigenous Strategy and Services Portfolio
  • Faculty of Medicine and Health
  • Poche Centre for Indigenous Health
  • Sydney Policy Lab

The position will be part time at 0.2 FTE with flexibility regarding when these hours are worked and is intended to be part of a team of up to three First Nations Fellows. Fellows will work on both independent and collaborative initiatives; developing policies and programs designed to improve cancer outcomes for First Nations peoples, supporting the development of collaborative relationships and joint activities between Cancer Council Australia and First Nations organisations (particularly peak bodies and community controlled health organisations), and progressing Cancer Council Australia’s key focus on addressing inequalities in cancer outcomes. It is envisaged that all Fellows will have the opportunity to develop their policy and program leadership capacity and build on their prior clinical or research experiences.
This is an identified Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander position.

The tenure of the position will be from 1-3 years depending on the circumstance of the applicant(s).

See full job description here

How to Apply
Interested applicants should follow the instructions below to ensure your application meets the requirements for consideration by Cancer Council Australia.
Please submit an Expression of Interest for this role that includes:

  1.  A cover letter explaining your interest in the position
  2. A statement demonstrating how you meet each of the selection criteria in the position description (maximum 1000 words)
  3. A copy of your resume (maximum 1000 words)
  4. Confirmation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander identity (as per 2015 University of Sydney Policy – click here to view document)
  5. Details of two referees

Email application to: hr@cancer.org.au
No recruiters please.


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