AHV Careers

Policy Officer

  • Work Type/s: full time, 12 month contract
  • Location: Based in Melbourne (North Fitzroy)
  • Applications close: 30 July 2021

Aboriginal and/ or Torres Strait Islander peoples highly encouraged to apply.

Reporting to the Manager, Strategic Policy, Advocacy and Communications, the Policy Officer is responsible for undertaking policy and secretariat work with respect to developing, documenting and embedding the various policy positions adopted through the governance framework of the Aboriginal Housing and Homelessness Forums and AHV. The Policy Officer is expected to research, analyse and evaluate a wide range of information, options and other data to develop policy positions and proposals in relation to the administrative and operational functions of the organisation. 

The Policy Officer will:

  • Undertake research and analysis (including the identification of best practice) in respect of specified areas for policy and program development.
  • Provide high quality and timely written materials including correspondence, briefings and presentations and/or project briefs.
  • Co-ordinate a range of business plan and other reports and briefing papers for the Executive Management Group and the Board and its subcommittees.
  • Build and maintain relationships with internal and external stakeholders across the sector and with like agencies to develop and refine policy positions, protocols and program design.
  • Provide information and advice to the executive group on statutory and other matters that may impact on AHVs operations and responsibilities.
  • Keep abreast of current stakeholder reports, data and other information sources and provide advice on their anticipated impact on AHV.
  • Contribute to the development of strategies which will enable AHV to undertake appropriate roles and responsibilities and to deliver efficient and effective services to the community.
  • Project management including planning, resourcing, implementation and achievement of agreed deliverables.
  • Program development including leading program design and development of program specifications, procedures, guidelines and other documentation.

We are looking for someone who will bring a client centred focus to the role and with the following key attributes and skills:

  • Awareness and appreciation of Aboriginal societies and cultures and an understanding of the issues affecting Aboriginal people in contemporary Australia and the diversity of circumstances of Aboriginal people.
  • Awareness and knowledge of the Mana-na woorn-tyeen maar-takoort Framework.
  • Experience in developing a diverse range of corporate and operational policies, program procedures and manuals by undertaking the various aspects of the policy making process; such as research, development, consultation, drafting, implementation and review.
  • High level interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to work collaboratively within and across teams to ensure the completion of common goals.
  • Demonstrated ability to clearly and concisely present information both in writing and verbally, together with the ability to communicate complex concepts to a broad audience.
  • Demonstrated analytical, problem solving and negotiation skills, particularly when working with a diverse range of stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of the roles of Local, State and Federal Governments and the community housing and homelessness sector.
  • Highly organised with the ability to work on multiple tasks, manage competing priorities and work under pressure to meet deadlines.

Aboriginal and/ or Torres Strait Islander peoples highly encouraged to apply.

This position is based in our North Fitzroy office.
A current Victorian driver’s license, National Police records check and a Working With Children Check are required for this position.

To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter addressing the key selection criteria in the attached position description by COB 30 July 2021.
Applications should be sent to jobs@ahvic.org.au using the subject line: Policy Officer 

Please direct inquiries about the position to Louise Carey on 0491 732 321.


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