Program Development and Communications Manager- CHASS

Program Development and Communications Manager

Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS)

We have a position coming up for a Program Development and Communications Manager. Our current manager is leaving to become CEO of Craft ACT – a wonderful opportunity for Avi but very sad for us. We have adopted a clear communications strategy and established databases and planning schedules for HASS on the Hill so the job is well set up for someone coming in. See below for further details of the position.

Helen O’Neil

Executive Director

Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

T: 02 6201 2740

M: 0417 230 540


University of Canberra

Bruce ACT 2617

Program Development and Communications Manager


The Program Development and Communications Manager will be reliable, confident, adaptable and willing to accept responsibility. The position requires a variety of organisational and planning skills to support the effective operation of a small office team focussed on service for member organisations and implementing the Council’s strategic plan. The position requires experience of marketing and/or public relations and an interest in the Council’s sector of the humanities, creative arts and social sciences. The ability to maintain a website to support a communications plan aimed at reaching the membership and broader public targets is desirable.

Duty statement

Under the general direction of the Executive Director:

Program development

* Devise and construct CHASS programs relevant to the Council’s strategic plan and goals, including the annual HASS on the Hill event bringing researchers to Canberra to meet and brief policy makers. * Manage all aspects of these events, including

* Drafting programs and budgets, * Negotiating with speakers, * Managing venues, * Web information and * Delegate registration, * Sponsorship, * Catering and * Travel


* Support membership services through a communications plan for member organisations and CHASS networks of researchers, educators, practitioners and artists

* Manage a communications strategy based on the business plan’s goals for promotion and advocacy covering events, web, print and email media

* Identify potential new members for CHASS and work with Office and Membership Manager on maintaining levels of service for existing Council members


* Maintain orderly office and financial procedures with Office Manager and Finance Officer to ensure program and communications budgets are tracked and reviewed * Draft correspondence relevant to events and communications schedule * Support CHASS’ budgeting and costing of strategic planning goals * Supervise staff as necessary * Contribute to discussion on policy * Carry out other tasks as required

Selection Criteria

1. Demonstrated experience in managing events, networks and workshops including budgets, timelines and scheduling responsibilities.

2. Proven ability to deliver a communications program using online and print media, within the context of a communications and media strategy.

3. Ability to work under pressure, meet deadlines and set priorities in organising programs and events.

4. Good interpersonal skills and the ability to maintain good relationships within a small team.

5. An interest in building networks around issues and research projects.

6. An understanding of budget processes and its relationship to delivering organisational goals.

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