As a member of a small team supporting Australian diplomatic officers, the Public Affairs and Visits Officer develops and implements the Embassy’s Public Diplomacy program.
Duties include the following:
- Promote Australia’s economic credentials and support our economic diplomacy objectives
promote our economic, science and innovation, cultural and education assets
promote Australia as an education, tourism and investment destination.
- Establish and maintain a network of contacts in order to promote Australia’s interests
establish and maintain an extensive network of contacts
influence perceptions of Australia at home and abroad
promote collaboration and exchange between Australian organisations and their international partners
act as media liaison officer during visits from Australia
organise press conferences and draft press releases as required.
- Manage the Embassy’s public diplomacy program in an effective and efficient manner
develop and implement the Embassy’s public diplomacy and media strategies
manage the Embassy website and social media strategy
respond to a broad range of information requests
maintain and organise public affairs resource materials.
- Organise programs for visits to Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela for Embassy staff and visitors, as well as for visits to Australia.
- Assist in planning for Embassy functions and receptions, including alumni engagement events.
- Conduct targeted research on a range of political and economic issues in
Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela.
- Work on the Embassy’s Direct Aid Program (DAP).
- As required, undertake translation and interpreting tasks from English to Spanish and Spanish to English.
- As required, act as the Ambassador’s Personal Assistant.
Applicants must meet the following criteria:
Language: superior oral and written proficiency in Spanish and English.
Education: a university degree.
Experience: a minimum of two years’ work experience.
Familiarity with Australia is not essential, but may be an advantage. Experience in public affairs/international relations or a similar area may be an advantage.
Conditions of Employment:
The salary will be approximately CLP 1,300,000 per month, plus meal allowance, dependent on experience and qualifications. An offer of employment will be subject to the successful completion of a police check and probity assessment. Applicants must be permitted to work under Chilean law. Relocation costs will not be covered by the employer. The position is to cover maternity leave (approximately nine months) and will include a three month probation period, starting in June 2016.
How to apply:
Candidates must send, before 12:00 noon on Friday 20 May 2016 (Santiago time), an email containing the following two attachments in Microsoft Word or PDF format:
1. A covering letter, in English, of no more than 750 words, which addresses the following selection criteria, including relevant examples:
superior oral and written communication skills in Spanish and English
development and maintenance of effective interpersonal relationships with team members and external clients
strong organisational and administrative abilities, including management of competing priorities
strong research and reporting abilities, including against deadlines
ability to develop visit programs with attention to detail and under limited direction
2. A current resume of no more than two pages, in English, including the names and contact details of two referees. The selection committee will not contact referees prior to an interview round.
*note: your covering letter should not repeat information in your resume*
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."