Careers at the Brotherhood

Principal Policy Advisor

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Work type: Permanent Full-Time
Location: Fitzroy
Categories: Research and Fellowships

The Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) has a clear vision – an Australia free of poverty.

For almost 90 years, we have worked with policy makers and the community for systemic change that will prevent and alleviate poverty in Australia.

We are passionate about the work we do.

We strive to create lasting change for a more compassionate and just society - a society in which we can all fully participate in social, civic and economic life with the dignity and respect we all deserve.

We’re looking for an experienced communications leader who wants to join our 2,000+ team of staff and volunteers to make a difference.

The role

Reporting to the Director of Policy Research, the Principal Policy Advisor is responsible for contribution to, and co-ordination of, the development of policy work across the Policy Research Centre (PRC) in support of BSL’s strategy and policy priorities.

Key deliverables for the role include:

  • Actively working with stakeholders to ensure policy strategy serves BSL’s systemic change agenda, and supports the broader strategy for policy and advocacy engagement with government
  • Driving policy development and policy partnerships
  • Coordinating the PRC’s policy contribution to ensure a coordinated and strategic approach to government relations and advocacy
  • Leading the development of policy position papers, report and briefs, and providing policy briefs for government facing communications events.
  • Leading and undertaking the writing of submissions to government consultations and inquiries in collaboration the PRC and BSL Program Divisions
  • Identifying and mobilising opportunities for policy responses that are consistent with mission and strategy
  • Advancing BSL’s policy and influencing agenda, including by representing BSL publicly and with decision makers in support of BSL advocacy strategy
  • Building and strengthening external policy alliances, and initiating and maintaining relationships for policy development

What we’re looking for

Passion for supporting the mission of BSL, and passion for delivering excellence in your role, are just the start.

To be considered for the role and be successful in it, we’re looking for an experienced senior policy advisor who has, amongst other capabilities, the following key skills and experiences:

  • Relevant tertiary qualifications
  • Extensive experience in a similar role, including senior level public policy experience in government, thinktank, peak or community organisations, and with demonstrated success in developing effective policy positions with and for government
  • Exceptional political nous and knowledge of the workings of government and the policy landscape relating to the Community sector  
  • Extensive government relationships and ability to extend these contacts across BSL
  • Exceptional written and verbal communicator, adept at framing, positioning and influencing.  
  • Experience working collaboratively with Policy, Research, Advocacy, Program and Communications teams
  • Excellent stakeholder engagement and organisational skills, ability to initiate projects, juggle competing demands and meet tight deadlines. 
  • Exceptional attention to detail, collaborative team-based approach  
  • Passion and understanding for social justice
  • Ability to travel interstate and work irregular hours, as required

This is a full-time position, with head office based in Fitzroy.

Salary: Competitive salary on offer dependent on skills and experience. Salary packaging available.

Closing date: Wednesday, 2 December 2020 - Please note interviews may commence prior to the closing date. 

Click Apply now to submit your application for this role. 

Enquiries: For confidential enquires contact Shelley Mallett 0438 022985 

As part of BSL’s recruitment and selection process, applicants will be required to undergo pre-employment checks as required, applicants will be subject to, but not limited to, the following checks: National (and International if applicable) Police Check, Victorian Employee Working with Children Check, Right to Work in Australia, Disability Worker Exclusion Scheme Check and current professional registration.

The Brotherhood of St. Laurence has a vision of an Australia free of Poverty. We embrace, and value, diversity of culture, working arrangements, sexual orientation and gender identity to ensure our workforce is representative of the community that we work within. We promote a workplace that actively seeks to include and welcome unique contributions of all people. We embrace and celebrate the value of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff, their skills and contribution to our organisation. 


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