Hermes Editor

Location: USYD Camperdown Campus


Hermes is the oldest literary journal in Australia. In this role, up to four Editors function as a team and with The USU Creative Awards staff in the production of this esteemed publication.
Hermes is part of an exciting collaboration called THE USU CREATIVE AWARDS. The USU Creative Awards showcases and awards the best in USYD student art, word and music. 
Hermes will be acting as the printed creative catalogue for the Awards and publishing a wider and more diverse range of student works in 2019.


In this role, Editors perform as a team in the production of this esteemed publication.  The Editors are responsible for:

  • Reviewing submissions received via The USU Creative Awards
  • Managing and Filing submitted works
  • Shortlisting works
  • Proof reading submitted works and making them ready for Design
  • Proof reading draft designed versions of the catalogue before it goes to print
  • Editing contributors works as required
  • Managing contributors to meet production deadlines
  • Completing assigned Ad Hoc duties
  • Assisting with the event management of the Launch Event as part of the USU Creative Awards in October 2019

This role will require commitment from the Editors of (approximately) 6 and a half months, beginning in April 2019 and ending in October 2019. This will include being present during semester break i.e. July 2019.


Hermes Editors will need to be committed to work a minimum of 5 hours and maximum of 30 hours. Work is inconsistent due to the nature of editing a journal - with different peak times and quiet weeks throughout Semester 1 and 2.
It is strongly recommended that no holidays be planned to coincide with the appointment period. Any potential holidays or exchange programs should be discussed with your supervisor before you commit to them.
Working hours will be further clarified at the interview stage of recruitment, so you can plan the Hermes workload around University and other commitments. 



Essential Availability Criteria

  • Current University of Sydney Student
  • An active USU Membership. It’s FREE – join here
  • Able to commit to at least 5 hours per week from April 2019 onwards
  • Able during the July semester break
  • Available for an interview of approximately 30 minutes during Weeks 4 and 5 of the Usyd Calendar i.e. Weeks starting on 18 and 25 March between 9am to 5pm
  • Available to attend the compulsory USU induction on Monday, 1st April between 9am and 5pm

Essential Competency Criteria

  • Computer literacy, specifically MS Word
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines
  • Able to commit to the stipulated hours required in office to produce Hermes 
  • Proven attention to detail
  • An interest in publications and design
  • A thorough knowledge of previous editions of Hermes
  • Demonstrated knowledge of USU and its activities
  • Demonstrated written and/or creative design ability
  • Ability to perform effectively in a team environment
  • A willingness to comply with the law on copyright and defamation and USU policies
  • Willingness to meet the KPIs set for this role

Desirable Criteria

  • An active ACCESS Membership or willingness to obtain
  • Have USU ACCESS Rewards Member OR USU ACCESS Life/Multi-Year Member
  • Experience in editing a publication (online or print)
  • Experience in/studying in the fine arts, literature or music industry
  • Strong understanding of, and interest in, social media
  • Demonstrated knowledge of other USU publication



Student Editors are eligible to be paid an honorarium of up to $500 each, to be paid after the launch of Hermes. Applicants should note that payment is contingent on the achievement of KPIs. If Board or Management does not believe that all requirements of the position have been fulfilled, honorarium payment may be withheld. 


Short-listed applicants must be available for an interview of approximately 30 minutes duration during Weeks 4 and 5 of the USYD Calendar i.e. Weeks starting on 18 and 25 March between 9am to 5pm. Please indicate your availabilities when applying.
Applicants selected for an interview must be prepared to offer a critique of past editions of the journal.

The recommendation of the selection panel will be taken to board for ratification in June. You will receive notification of the panel’s decision as soon as possible after that date.


Successful applicants will be required to be available for the compulsory USU induction on Monday 1st April 2019 between 9am and 5pm and from then onwards for the production of the publication.


Monday, 11th March 2019 at 10am




Out of consideration to other applicants, we cannot guarantee that applications received after the closing time will be considered, so we strongly suggest you give yourself ample time to submit your application electronically.

  1. Review the position description before applying
  2. Scroll down to complete the application form below
  3. Attach your resume (maximum 2 pages in MS Word or PDF format only)
  4. Attach a Cover Letter (maximum 2 pages, in MS Word or PDF format only) addressing the selection criteria, detailing why you wish to be a Hermes Editor, an outline of what you liked about last year’s Hermes Journal and what you would like to see done differently for the coming year
  5. Attach examples of your previous written and/or design work (maximum 10 A4 pages – Word or PDF format only) 

You are advised to complete your application with the awareness that the Events take place on and in venues which have significant environmental and heritage considerations in place.        

Your application material will be kept on file and not returned to you.  If we have your material on file we may refer to it and/or consider you for other roles.  Please indicate if you would prefer that we not keep your material on file.  Please supply no original material.

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Founded in 1874, the USU (University of Sydney Union) is proudly Australia’s oldest and largest not-for-profit student organisation, dedicated to providing students with the best possible university experience. 

Led by a student board elected by our members, the USU provides fun things on campus, such as festivals, events and parties. We also run an amazing array of programs, including INCUBATE, our award-winning launch pad for startups, an active volunteering program and an International Language Exchange, to name a few. In addition, we support over 200 Clubs and Societies as well as operate bars, food and retail outlets across campus, providing great coffee, fresh affordable food, graduation gown hire and official USYD merchandise


We are committed to promoting a workplace of equal opportunities. We promote healthy living and aims to protect the health and safety of staff, members and visitors to the University by providing a Smoke-Free Workplace. We do not accept unsolicited agency applications.


Due to the volume of applications received, shortlisted applicants will be contacted within approximately 4 weeks of the role’s closing date (or 4 weeks from the date of application if there is no specified closing date).


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