Public Diplomacy Manager (LE5)

Australian Consulate-General Shanghai

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) Office of the Australian Consulate-General Shanghai is seeking applicants to fill the following locally engaged position:

  • Public Diplomacy Manager (LE5)

The above position is open to Chinese and Australian nationals.

The successful applicant will be offered an initial fixed term contract of 12 months with the possibility for extension and are subject to a probationary period.

The annual basic salary for this position is CNY 221,623.2 plus the employer’s social security contributions.

Your application, written in English, addressed in the title ‘Application for Public Diplomacy Manager + your name’ must include:

  • A one page pitch of no more than 1000 words outlining how your skills, experience and qualifications make you the best person for the job;
  • Curriculum vitae including your nationality and country of residency. If you are an Australian citizen in China, please advise your Chinese visa category.
  • Contact details for two work-related referees (at least one should be your current or recent supervisor)

Applications and inquiries should be emailed to acgshanghai.recruitment@dfat.gov.au. Closing date for applications is 1pm, Friday 17 February 2023. Please consider your application unsuccessful if you have not received any contact within four weeks from the closing date.

What should I include in my pitch?

  • Your one page pitch is a chance to tell us why you are the right person for the job. We want to know why you want to work at the Australian Consulate General, why you are interested in the role, what you can offer us, and how your skills, knowledge, experience and qualifications are applicable to the role. In a nutshell – why should we hire you?
  • Try not to duplicate information that can already be found in your resume, but do highlight any specific examples or achievements that will demonstrate your ability to perform the role.

    About the Australian Government’s 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 Public Diplomacy Manager plays a key role in the Consulate, ensuring high quality development, implementation and evaluation of public diplomacy and alumni programs. In close consultation with Consul (Policy), the Public Diplomacy Manager manages program and event budgets. As a key public facing role, the Public Diplomacy Manager manages sponsorship outreach and stakeholder relations in Shanghai and East China, including with the business community. The role may require local travel and supervising junior team members.

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

    • In close consultation with Consul (Policy), manage and develop content for the Consulate’s online presence, including in coordination with China mainland post.
    • Perform other duties and back up as required.


    • Tertiary qualifications and/or a strong track record of experience in one or more of the following fields: arts and culture, media, public/community relations, event management.
    • Demonstrated management experience in a busy fast-moving environment.
    • Superior ability to think creatively, show initiative, work under pressure and meet deadlines.
    • Proven organisational skills, ability to handle multiple tasks and prioritise effectively.
    • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team environment with flexibility, and consult effectively with internal and external stakeholders.
    • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to liaise with government representatives, and develop and maintain a wide range of relevant contacts.
    • Demonstrated ability to think strategically and develop written strategy documents.


    • Demonstrated strong familiarity with Australian arts and culture, media and community relations
    • Media and event management experience would be an asset.