At the Lowitja Institute our research is built on priorities identified by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We aim to produce high impact research, tools and resources that will have positive health outcomes for Australia's First Peoples. To guide this effort the Lowitja Institute has identified five key principles that underpin our approach to research. These are: 1. Beneficence – to act for the benefit of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the conduct of our research 2. Leadership by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 3. Engagement of research end users (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and communities, policymakers, other potential research users) 4. Development of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research workforce, and 5. Measurement of impact in improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s health.
As an integral part of the Policy team, the Senior Policy Officer is responsible for the design, implementation and evaluation of Lowitja Institute’s public policy and advocacy activity. The Senior Policy Officer is expected to personally contribute to the shaping and achievement of the annual Lowitja Institute’s Business Plan, which contributes to achievement of the Strategic Plan. Working across the organisation, the Senior Policy Officer will engage in cross-team initiatives. The Senior Policy Officer is expected to actively contribute to developing a flourishing team. Further, the Senior Policy Officer will encourage collegiality and a sense of belongingness within and across organisational teams that support or work with the Policy team and contribute to a flourishing workplace culture that promotes the values of the Lowitja Institute. This position will require interstate travel and work out of hours as directed by the CEO.
To be successful in this role you will be an experienced Senior Policy Officer, with highly developed conceptual, analytical and negotiation skills, strong organisational and leadership skills, along with having a flexible and collaborative approach to engage with stakeholders. A post graduate qualification in policy development, research/evaluation and project management, and experience working in a research or policy organisation would be desirable. The key responsibilities of the role include: • Develop and lead implementation of a Policy Program, including strategic policy analysis, policy position statements, and policy and advocacy products. • Build and maintain effective relationships both internally and externally to increase the Institute’s research and knowledge impact. • Collaborate with the Research and Knowledge Translation program to develop and implement an annual knowledge translation plan that achieves relevant research impact for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. • Oversee the evaluation of policy, advocacy and knowledge translation work and contribute to monitoring and evaluation activities within the organisation. • Contribute to development and implementation of the Lowitja Institute Business Plan. Key Selection Criteria 1. Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of matters concerning the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 2. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. As well as an understanding of cultural safety in an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander context with the ability to contribute to a culturally safe environment. 3. Significant experience in two or more of the following areas: policy development, re-search/evaluation and project management. 4. Demonstrated administration and organisational skills and able to show a track record of working well under pressure to meet tight timelines. 5. Strong leadership skills together with experience supervising and collaborating with a variety of personnel. 6. Clear understanding of national and jurisdictional policy cycles, production, impact, and evaluation.
· Attractive salary + super · Level 8 appointment · Access to PBI salary sacrificing options · An inclusive environment · Health Related Allowance · Professional Development Allowance
Melbourne or Canberra based. How to apply Applications should be submitted to [email protected] with the subject line “LOWITJA INSTITUTE – Senior Policy Officer” Your application should include: • a cover letter [maximum two pages] responding to the 6 selection criteria as detailed above • an up-to-date CV of no more than five pages which clearly details your skills and experience as relevant to this role How to get more information Additional information is available in the role description or by contacting the team at Pipeline Talent. Lesina Gibbs-Manuatu | Senior Talent Acquisition Specialist Email: [email protected] Ph: 0408 027 880 or 02 8001 6603