Cultural and Public Affairs Adviser - LE5

Australian High Commission
  • Location
    London , United Kingdom
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Mar 28

Position description

Applications are sought from persons interested in employment at the Australian High Commission in London as Locally-Engaged Staff.

Employment at the High Commission, London is conditional on the relevant authorities granting permission for you to enter, work and remain in the UK to work for the High Commission. The High Commission does not provide visa sponsorship and it will be your responsibility to obtain and continue to hold the requisite work permit/visa.

About the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)

The role of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is to advance the interests of Australia and Australians internationally. This involves strengthening Australia’s security, enhancing Australia’s prosperity, delivering an effective and high quality overseas aid program and helping Australian travellers and Australians overseas. 

The department provides foreign, trade and development policy advice to the Australian Government. DFAT also works with other Australian government agencies to drive coordination of Australia’s pursuit of global, regional and bilateral interests.

About the Position

The Cultural and Public Affairs Adviser is responsible for planning and delivering the High Commission’s cultural and public engagement strategy, providing advice on policy issues and promoting Australia’s interests in the UK. It is also responsible for managing Post’s strategic partnerships and sponsorship agreements and public diplomacy budget.

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

  • Develop and take the lead in implementing the cultural diplomacy program elements of the High Commission’s public diplomacy strategy and ensure projects achieve desired outcomes with appropriate evaluation and reporting
  • Assist the Executive, Head of Public Affairs and Canberra to plan, develop, implement and evaluate the delivery of Post’s public diplomacy program
  • Provide internal and external strategic advice on cultural policy and other government matters of public engagement issues and activities, including indigenous issues
  • Represent the High Commission at committees, meetings and events including briefing and negotiate with external contacts on complex and sensitive issues relating to Australia’s cultural and public diplomacy priorities
  • Support the High Commissioner, Deputy High Commissioner, ministers and Head of Public Affairs in high level meetings as required
  • Develop sponsorship and partnership agreements that support the cultural diplomacy program
  • Draft briefs, talking points, speeches, reports, correspondence and respond to cultural enquiries.  Deliver speeches on cultural related activities as required
  • Maintain a good working knowledge of current Australian and UK Government policies, including those relating to public and cultural policy, arts advocacy and funding, and Indigenous Australian issues
  • Be the first point of contact for the cultural and community sectors and develop and maintain productive relationships with key stakeholders, including government agencies and the wider cultural sector and community groups
  • Manage the High Commission’s online community hub (Australian Nexus) and support other High Commission social media channels through the development of targeted content
  • Manage the High Commission’s Public Diplomacy Budget and, as required, supervise the work of casual employees/contractors in the Public Affairs Branch
  • General administrative duties as required.


  • Knowledge of a range of cultural and public affairs policies, sectors, issues and activities
  • Understanding of broader Australian Government policies and priorities and guidelines
  • Sound understanding of the government’s financial, procurement and corporate partnership guidelines
  • High level communication and analytical skills; the ability to build and maintain relationships and a well-developed understanding of relevant policies and issues
  • Excellent leadership, communication and negotiation skills to manage complex and sensitive situations and issues, with an awareness of their possible impact on strategic, political or operational outcomes
  • Strong stakeholder management skills, including external and internal partners
  • Sponsorship and contract management
  • Planning and management of multiple projects
  • Supervise project delivery staff and provide expert advice to agencies within the Australian High Commission
  • Manage Branch Budget and financial projects
  • Work independently managing complex projects and relationships
  • Represent the Australian High Commission at public forums, including representation through social media and broadcast forums (such as Australian Nexus)
  • Sound understanding of digital technologies and their capabilities for the cultural affairs portfolio
  • A sound understanding of Australian, UK and global culture.


Please address each of the selection criteria for the role in the spaces provided on the application form.  Drawing on your prior experience, please provide examples of where you have demonstrated the required competencies or transferable skills.   

The word limit is strictly 250 words per response.  The panel will not assess responses that exceed the word limit.

A. Proven ability to create, develop and evaluate a wide range of cultural diplomacy projects, and align projects with strategy objectives.

B. Ability to effectively manage complex stakeholder relationships and strategic partnerships, with the ability to influence, negotiate and consult to achieve results.

C. Demonstrate strong judgment and problem-solving skills and the ability to manage competing priorities.

D. Excellent team-working, interpersonal and stakeholder management skills including experience working with senior level officials, executives and stakeholders.

E. In depth knowledge of the Australian arts and culture sector, policies, and issues and a good working knowledge of the UK cultural sector.

This position is a locally engaged position and will not be subject to any relocation allowances/packages or visa sponsorships. Applicants interested in applying for this position must currently have the right to work in the UK. The ideal candidate should be able to commence early June 2018.

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