Employment Opportunities


The Centre for Independent Studies is looking for a Communications Manager to lead the communications and media strategy that will continue to build the CIS brand. 

The CIS is a research organisation that believes in smaller government, the free market and individual responsibility.  The Centre offers considered, evidence-based alternatives to current public policy. It is not a lobby group — nor does it align itself with any political party. As a think tank, the CIS aims for long-term, lasting change by informing decision-makers in Australia with reasoned argument — and by disseminating its message to the wider public through traditional and new media. The CIS offers considered opinions and ideas on topics after doing thorough research — we do not give opinion for opinion's sake.

The requirements are as follows:

  • A strong understanding of how to build a communications and media strategy and an ability to communicate and direct that strategy to the CIS team.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills, with the ability to create extremely high quality copy on tight deadlines.
  • An understanding of messaging and framing to engage all forms of media.
  • A strong grasp and interest in Australian politics and policy.
  • The ideal candidate will be passionate, hard-working, organised and detail-oriented. They must have good interpersonal skills and want to be part of an organisation that aims to change the way Australians think. 
  • An inquisitive mind that loves learning and implementing the continual developments in social media and other new media.
  • An understanding of the goals of the CIS. 
  • Experience in press and communications for educational advocacy, political and/or nonprofit organisations preferred but not essential.

The responsibilities include:

  • Building relationships with editors, producers and writers in all spheres of traditional and social media.
  • Designing and driving communications strategies for selling CIS products such as reports, events, research staff and guest personalities at the CIS.
  • Writing media releases, vetting opinion pieces, co-ordinating newsletters and member updates
  • Management and editing of Precis, the CIS' Annual Report
  • Collaboration on multi-media
  • Media training
  • Controlling and building the use of social media
  • Day to day administration and co-ordination which includes updating media contact database, logging media, sending out newsletters


  • Applicants should have a minimum 3 years experience in related industries.
  • Salary will be commensurate with experience. 
  • Interstate or overseas applicants must be willing to move to Sydney.
  • Position is based at St Leonards.
  • Applications close on Monday July 21. We reserve the right to commence interviews before the closing date.


Please include a cover letter addressing the position criteria, your CV and two referees. 

Jenny Lindsay, General Manager 
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A small number of short-term unpaid internships are available throughout the year. We select interns on three main criteria:

1. That the intern is studying in a field that we have a research interest in or that they are prepared to be involved in the project we offer them which may not be directly research oriented.
2. That a mentor within the CIS is available to work with the intern. We have found that the experience is less than satisfactory on both sides if there isn't a real project to be worked on and real support for the intern.
3. That you are available to work at our office in St Leonards, Sydney

Please send your CV and a cover letter explaining why you would like to intern at the CIS. We would also like to know your availability. For your information we have have interns who have worked with us for 12-14 weeks for 1 day a week and others who have worked 2-3 days a week over a shorter period of time in holiday periods.

Please send your application to Jenny Lindsay This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it