Strategic Advocacy and Policy Manager

We are seeking an experienced Strategic Advocacy and Policy Manager to lead and manage our strategic advocacy involving high-level stakeholder engagement aimed at achieving systemic change through law and policy reform and public discourse.
Job Details
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Department: Victoria Legal Aid
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Policy
Classification: VLA5
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/1920
Closing Date: 24-Nov-2019
Salary Range: $112,202 - $142,802
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: Strategic Advocacy and Policy Manager PD #1920.pdf (PDF, 114KB)


Strategic Advocacy and Policy Manager Candidate application form.docx (Word, 271KB)


Contact: Rowan McRae, Executive Director, Civil Justice, Access and Equity
02 9269 0136

Position Details

  • Management opportunity in strategic advocacy and policy
  • Full time maximum term position up to 12 months
  • Salary commensurate with experience, range: $112,202 - $142,802 plus superannuation
  • Attractive employee benefits including salary packaging

About the role:
Part of the Civil Justice program leadership team, you will lead and advise on the development and implementation of strategic advocacy campaigns and initiatives. You will support evidence-based advocacy and data-driven program planning that places client experience and outcomes at the centre of our work. You will build strong and influential relationships with a diverse range of stakeholders across the legal assistance and community sectors.

You will have an opportunity to work across a range of civil justice reform projects, including robo-debt and migration strategic litigation, the Royal Commission into Victoria's Mental Health System, improving the National Disability Insurance Scheme for our clients and preventing and addressing sexual harassment in the workplace.

About you:
You will be an experienced people manager with experience in leading high impact strategic advocacy campaigns. You will have extensive knowledge and experience in the areas of law relevant to the Civil Justice program, which includes administrative law and laws relating to mental health and disability, discrimination, migration, tenancy and social security. You will have highly developed policy development and project implementation skills, including analysis, research and writing skills.

Critical to your success in this role will be your interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to influence and negotiate with stakeholders across all levels, build collaborative relationships and ability to engage with clients to share their stories. Your ability to think laterally and innovatively when developing strategies and solutions will be essential.

You will enjoy working in a high functioning and collaborative team with a strong unity of purpose of seeking to change the law where it impacts disproportionately on people experiencing disadvantage.

About Victoria Legal Aid:
Our vision is for a fair and just society where rights and responsibilities are upheld. With over 800 staff employed in 15 offices across Victoria, we help people with their legal problems by providing information, advice and education with a focus on the prevention and early resolution of legal problems. We also provide legal representation to those who need it most.

Employee benefits:
We offer attractive employment benefits including salary packaging (making part of your salary tax-free), flexible working arrangements, family friendly policies and opportunities for professional development. Whilst the work is challenging, you will be rewarded with a culture that is focused on achieving quality outcomes for disadvantaged Victorians.

How to apply:
Submit a current resume and completed candidate application form (listed within the file attachments as a Word document). You must complete the candidate application form to be considered for this role. Separate responses to the KSC outlined in the position description are not required. Please also include the contact details of two referees.

For further information review the attached position description or contact Rowan McRae, Executive Director, Civil Justice, Access and Equity on (03) 9269 0136.

Applications close by 11.59pm on Sunday 24 November 2019


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