Walkley Foundation – Work With Us

Employment opportunities

The Walkley Foundation has celebrated and supported great Australian journalism since the Walkley Awards were established by Sir William Gaston Walkley in 1956.

We have two exciting opportunities to join us in working with the Australian media to champion excellence and best practice in the craft. Both roles are based in Sydney at our Redfern offices.

First and foremost, you will need to understand journalism and be a team player. Our values of independent thinking, integrity, creativity and inclusiveness underpin our commitment to maintaining a respectful, collaborative and friendly team culture. Everyone in our team is involved in the success of the Foundation. We work hard and punch above our weight, while still understanding the importance of a healthy work/life balance. It is exceptionally  rewarding to work with the best journalists in Australia, providing professional development, fostering excellence and inspiring the next generation of talented reporters across all platforms.   

We work independently and collaboratively with media organisations to enable Australian journalists to tell the stories of our nation and to strengthen our democracy.

Learn more about our objectives in our  2021 business plan

We are looking for:

Professional Development Manager

Permanent Full-Time

One of our strategic objectives is to elevate the craft through professional development and that is exactly what you will be doing.

This role will oversee the external professional development programs that the Walkley Foundation delivers to the industry. Its primary purpose includes developing a strategy for assessing needs and skills gaps within the industry, project management and implementation of existing and new programs, and assessing outcomes and measuring impact.

This is a team-focused collaborative role, with significant industry engagement.

The Walkley Foundation’s programs currently managed under this role include, but are not limited to:



Mentoring Program

Leadership Training

Diversity and Inclusion Training

Masterclasses (webinars and live)

Digital Training

Requirements for the role:

  • Demonstrated success as a training, education or professional development manager, or current knowledge and practice of effective learning and development methods
  • Strong understanding of journalism and digital work practices
  • More than five years’ experience in project management with budgeting skills
  • Familiarity with e-learning platforms and practices
  • Excellent communication, negotiation and leadership skills
  • Strong writing and communications skills
  • Ability to plan, multi-task and manage time effectively
  • Tertiary qualifications in journalism, education, human resources or another relevant field 

How to apply:

Email barbara.blackman@walkleys.com for position description and application details.

Applications close: 5pm, June 30, 2021


Communications project manager

Contract, 2 days per week until December 2021

We need a journalist or communications professional with at least five years’ experience to work with the communications team in developing and executing communications to inform and promote specific projects and the Walkley Foundation brand.

It’s a busy time of year for us as we head to Tamworth in November to celebrate community and regional journalism at the Walkley Awards and a regional news summit. Tamworth is known as the home of the Golden Guitar, but this year it will play host to the Gold Walkley Award as we announce the year’s best journalism. 

Requirements for the role:

  • Superior written and verbal communication skills
  • Five or more years working as a journalist or in a communications role
  • Strong understanding of the media industry in Australia
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment

How to apply:

Email barbara.blackman@walkleys.com for position description and application details. 

Applications close: 5pm, June 30, 2021