Senior Adviser, Policy, Advocacy and Research

Join a progressive and innovative organisation committed to social change and advocacyApply your advanced communication skills to inform and influence public policy Flexible Friendly organisation, hybrid work options availableThe Benevolent Society’s vision is to build a just society where all Australians can live their best life. For more than 200 years we have supported people at the margins of society: children, young people, and their families; First Nations Australians; older people; carers and people with disability. We are an independent, non-religious service provider which supports people to live life their way. We use our practice wisdom to mobilise social movements that advocate for anyone in need and create social change. We aim to influence social change, to contribute to a more just society for all Australians. Our priority social impact areas reflect our practice expertise in child, youth and family services, aged care services and disability services, as well as the broader areas of First Nations engagement and collaboration; building the care and support economy and driving meaningful and enduring systems change to address complex social problems. The Impact Team is a small and dynamic team based in the TBS national office in Glebe.DutiesDevelop the policy, social change platforms and evidence bases upon which to advocate for national reform in the TBS priority social impact areasEngage with key policy makers and influencers, campaign partners and supportersAdvise on policy positions related to TBS priority social impact areas and coordinate input into relevant government inquiriesDevelop advocacy strategies to drive social policy changeCollaborate in translating research and evaluation outputs into policy and advocacy recommendations and collateralWork with internal stakeholders to build understanding and support for advocacy initiatives and priorities, and work with external stakeholders, peer agencies, public sector and elected officials to advance TBS’ goals in the TBS priority social impact areasOur Benefits   We support people to live their best life. That includes you, our employee. A ‘best life’ is unique to everyone and can change as life changes. Here are a few things you might be interested in:   Salary Benefits - You can package up to $15,900 pa of you pre-tax salary to pay for everyday expenses before income tax is calculated, meaning you take home even more pay!Motor Vehicle Packaging Options – to suit your lifestyle.  Work/Life Balance - Flexible work arrangements including part time hours, hybrid home/office work arrangements, 1 accrued day off a month for full time employees.  Recognition and Reward – Sector competitive remuneration, various recognition programs and access to long service leave after 5 years   Wellness - Fitness passport + Employee Assistance Program + opportunity to purchase additional leave.   Professional development – We tailor career development opportunities to all employees and volunteers for career enrichment, fulfilment, and growthSkills and ExperienceWe want you to be successful in your new role! This means you’ll have tertiary qualifications in a relevant field and:Demonstrated experience in national advocacy campaignsDemonstrated experience in First Nations engagement and collaboration initiatives, especially the Closing the Gap targets and strategyUnderstanding of relevant and current social policy issues nationally and globally as they affect one or more of TBS’ priority social impact areasUnderstanding of the skills of social policy development, including policy research and analysisStrong written and oral communication skillsAbility to build relationships, influence others, and create changeUnderstanding of social / media and other communication strategies for influenceEffective time-management skillsApply Now! To apply please submit your current CV along with Cover Letter (maximum 2 pages) discussing your reasons for applying and suitability for the role.Applications close 11th June 2023.Have any questions? Contact Janet on 0422 635 350 for a friendly conversation.  Role Statement 15000 AUD Australia - NSW Sydney CBD, Inner West & Eastern Suburbs Glebe 2037