Australian Consulate-General
New York
United States of America


Position Vacant: Director of Public Diplomacy

The Australian Consulate General in New York invites applications for the position of Director of Public Diplomacy for a start date of mid-October 2016. 

The terms of employment will be in accordance with the New York-Based Terms and Conditions of Employment. Employment will be offered on a contract basis, for an initial period of two years, at the LE7.1 level with an annual salary of US$91,930. Continued employment is subject to successful completion of a 3 month probation period.

The Australian Consulate-General in New York offers a package that includes recreation and personal days, medical and dental benefits, employee assistance program and a pension plan.

The Australian Consulate-General in New York will not be responsible for any costs incurred when applying for a US visa, relocation costs, nor the return of the officer and family to their country of origin at the end of the contract.

Job description

The Director Public Diplomacy is responsible for leading and directing a small team in support of the Australian Government’s diplomatic and public diplomacy objectives in New York.  The position is often required to work after hours and on weekends. 

Tasks and functions

The key responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to:

  • Develop and implement the Consulate’s public diplomacy strategy and annual program and oversee the Public Diplomacy section and resources, including forecasting the annual budget.
  • Provide the Consul-General with complex research, advice and reporting on policy developments and business insights. This includes analysis of current political and economic trends and the provision of high-level reporting and advice to senior management.
  • Provide advice and contribute to program development for high-level official visits, and manage media arrangements for visiting Ministers and senior government officials.
  • Act as the first point of contact for all media enquiries and manage the Consulate’s external communications, including traditional, online and social media outreach.
  • Represent the Consulate at external events and meetings, and provide advice on the Consulate’s public diplomacy program to US and Australian contacts.
  • Build and maintain key internal and external stakeholder relationships.
  • Direct and coordinate quality assurance practices and set key performance indicators for public diplomacy projects, and evaluate and report on outcomes to internal and external stakeholders.

Selection criteria

  1. Demonstrated experience in government, communications and/or cultural relations.
  2. Experience managing a team and other resources to effectively plan and deliver a diverse and demanding work program.
  3. Experience in building networks and developing partnerships to achieve organisational objectives.
  4. Strong analytical skills with the ability to communicate clearly and persuasively.
  5. Demonstrated experience in implementing and managing social media outreach to achieve program objectives.

Security designated position

Owing to Australian national security regulations:

  • Applicants must be Australian Citizens or Australian dual nationality citizens to satisfy security requirements.
  • Applicants must be willing to undergo security checks necessary to obtain an Australian National Security clearance.


Please download the application package here.

Your completed application package must be emailed by 0900 23rd September 2016 (NY time) to
Late or incomplete applications will not be taken into consideration.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted. The Australian Consulate-General - New York is committed to protecting the privacy of your personal information. Information provided will be used for recruitment and employment purposes only.


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