Policy & Advocacy Manager

Redfern  |  Full-time |  Fixed-term, to 30 June 2025

The Aboriginal Legal Service is offering an exciting opportunity to develop and implement strategies for policy, research, campaigns and advocacy to achieve change on priorities and solutions to end injustices. Enjoy coming to work each day with a purpose-driven organisation that makes a real difference.

This role would suit an experienced Policy Analyst with a strong knowledge of developing policy positions, preparing diverse corporate communications and presenting on advocacy issues. 

 

About the ALS

Born out of a protest movement, the Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) Limited is the primary legal service for Aboriginal people in NSW and the ACT. Our vision is to achieve social justice and equity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, families and communities.

We offer a diverse, inclusive and supportive work environment. We’re passionate about what we do and we work hard. The ALS values the health and wellbeing of our employees and we are proud to offer flexible work practices. Staff can choose to take advantage of benefits including salary packaging to maximise take-home pay.

 

About the role

The purpose of this role is to lead and manage a wide range of policy, advocacy, campaign and research matters and provides high quality advice and services to the ALS Executive.

You will develop and implement strategies for policy, research, campaigns and advocacy to achieve change on priorities and solutions to end injustices, including racism, over-incarceration, child removal, culturally safe legal help, and other systemic issues in the justice system.

Your skills and experience

  • Knowledge and understanding of the strengths of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities across NSW and the ACT
  • In depth knowledge and understanding of the injustices and issues affecting Aboriginal communities and individuals across NSW and the ACT
  • Ability to engage with Aboriginal people and communities and have an understanding and sensitivity to Aboriginal culture
  • Significant experience in policy analysis and policy development
  • Advanced research, analytical and information management skills including the ability to use these to formulate, interpret, analyse, implement and evaluate policy initiatives
  • Experience in advocacy and the development and implementation of campaign strategy
  • Advanced oral and written communications skills including preparation of correspondence, briefings, papers, and submissions, preparation of speech notes
  • Relevant tertiary qualifications and/or demonstrated experience working in a legal practice environment managing advocacy, policy development and addressing new policy initiatives/reforms
  • Demonstrated political awareness and astuteness combined with experience in government relations
  • Understanding and commitment to the effective implementation of Workplace Health & Safety and Ethical and Diversity practices in the workplace
  • Knowledge and appreciation of the cultural and social needs of Aboriginal people combined with continuing respect and support for Aboriginal cultural practices when considering service delivery and other support for clients, their families, communities and employees

Desirable

  • Previous experience working in an Aboriginal and/or Torres Islander community or not for profit organisation
  • Experience in media and/or public relations
  • Knowledge and experience of public messaging and communicating for change

How to apply

Applications for this position extended to Tuesday 24 January 2023.

 

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