The Australian Consulate-General in New York invites applications for the position of Public Diplomacy Officer for a start date of 07 March 2016. Reporting to the Director of Public Diplomacy, the Public Diplomacy Officer is responsible for working as a part of a small team in support of the Australian Government’s diplomatic and public diplomacy objectives in New York.
Tasks and Functions
The key responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to:
Assist the Director of Public Diplomacy to develop the Consulate’s annual public diplomacy program and independently deliver and report on program initiatives and events.
Advise the Director of Public Diplomacy on cultural relations activities and develop partnerships to promote Australian arts and culture and economic diplomacy objectives
Manage public diplomacy events, including all logistical arrangements such as guest lists, catering, entertainment and technical support.
Manage and track event budgets, and procure relevant goods and services in accordance with DFAT financial guidelines.
Build and maintain relationships with internal and external stakeholders, and represent the Consulate as required.
Manage public enquires on public diplomacy activities as required.
Assist with logistical arrangements for high-level official visits.
Provide back-up for the Public Affairs Officer as required.
A Princeton PhD, was a US diplomat for over 20 years, mostly in Eastern Europe, and was promoted to the Senior Foreign Service in 1997. For the Open World Leadership Center, he speaks with
its delegates from Europe/Eurasia on the topic, "E Pluribus Unum? What Keeps the United States United." Affiliated with Georgetown University for over ten years, he shares ideas with students about public diplomacy.
The papers of his deceased father -- poet and diplomat John L. Brown -- are stored at Georgetown University Special Collections at the Lauinger Library. They are manuscript materials valuable to scholars interested in post-WWII U.S.-European cultural relations.
This blog is dedicated to him, Dr. John L. Brown, a remarkable linguist/humanist who wrote in the Foreign Service Journal (1964) -- years before "soft power" was ever coined -- that "The CAO [Cultural Affairs Officer] soon comes to realize that his job is really a form of love-making and that making love is never really successful unless both partners are participating."