Vacancies at The Mandarin

By Zoe Dattner

January 14, 2019

We’re looking for permanent and casual writers to join our team in 2019.

Looking to go beyond the politics? The Mandarin is growing and we’re seeking a talented and energetic journalist to join our editorial team.

The Mandarin is Australia’s premier publication for public sector leaders and executives and the many stakeholders and suppliers interested in their work. By providing a thoughtful and respectful venue for the discussion of policy, programs and public projects, The Mandarin enables department and agency heads and their executives to share current issues and challenges facing public administrators in a complex, demanding and rapidly changing world.

The Mandarin is also an invaluable resource for business, community groups and public policy professionals wanting to better understand and collaborate in the development of policy, programs and regulation.

Reporting to the editor, we’re looking for a journalist, possibly junior or up to mid-career, to produce compelling stories, interviews and ‘deep dives’ into the issues, trends and changes that are most significant to senior members of the public sector.

We’re looking for someone who has an interest in public policy and an appetite for understanding the levers and machines operating at the heart of Australian government. From covering the latest developments for the sector, to uncovering innovative practices and advice, and conducting interviews with influential leaders, this person will make it their mission to communicate with and report on Australia’s public sector.

Key Selection Criteria

  • Excellent writing skills, with good judgement about what makes compelling storytelling;
  • Confident and keen to experiment and learn;
  • Collaborative work ethic and the ability to work in a team-oriented culture;
  • Motivated and self-directed, as well as receptive to editorial guidance;
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills, and comfortable with tight turnarounds, daily deadlines and audience targets; and
  • Has experience in a newsroom or government role.

We’re a digital company — and we take being savvy seriously

Being digital media savvy is an advantage, as is being flexible around and energised by the changes taking place in modern Australian media.

You’ll also be working in WordPress, writing for social media platforms, honing your SEO skills and using image editing tools.

Benefits & Culture:

The Mandarin is part of the Private Media network — home of sister publications Crikey and SmartCompany, and content agency Bureau. We’re a small, digital-first business that’s been around for 16 years, and we punch above our weight.

People love working here because we’re responsive to the changes in the media, highly collaborative, flexible when it comes to working arrangements, and deeply supportive of our fellow colleagues. We’re prepared to step in to help solve problems no matter how big or small.

We’re accountable for our actions, and fiercely independent when it comes to the journalism we create. It’s an excellent environment to grow and learn for folks who love to be challenged.

If this all sounds like something for you, please submit an expression of interest responding to the criteria above, along with your resume, to

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