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Policy Engagement Officer - Energy

Employer: COTA Victoria
Work Type/s: Contract, Part Time
Classification/s: Aged Care & Seniors’ Rights, Policy & Research
Sector/s: Not For Profit (NFP)
Location: Melbourne

Job posted on: 21 March, 2019.
Applications close: No Deadline – please apply as soon as possible

  • Three Month, Part Time Position (0.60 EFT)
  • Rewarding Opportunity-Not for Profit
  • Salary Packaging and Fringe Benefits available

About the Organisation

Council on the Ageing (COTA Victoria) is the leading not-for-profit organisation representing the interests and rights of people aged over 50 in Victoria. For nearly 70 years in Victoria, we have led government, corporate and community thinking about the positive aspects of ageing.

Program Background

The position will work in the Policy and Communications Team within COTA alongside other policy officers, the Policy Development Committee – comprised of volunteers – and energy advocates who are representing COTA Victoria on various bodies.

Position Overview

The position will provide leadership to COTA's work on energy and specialist advice on the energy market, particularly as it affects older people. It will also investigate ways to ensure the sustainability of energy a key priority for COTA.


  • Respond to current consumer representation demands in energy and identifying where COTA representation is most needed
  • Provide policy briefing support and information to build the capacity of COTA consumer representatives and policy team
  • Develop advocacy and influencing strategies that COTA Victoria can pursue on issues of energy affordability, healthy homes and empowering older people to understand and exercise informed choice in the energy market
  • Coordinate and assist in a funding application for an ongoing Policy Engagement Officer – Energy position

Benefits and Perks

This is a fantastic role for a passionate policy officer to support an organisation dedicated to supporting older Victorians.

In addition, you will enjoy:

  • An attractive remuneration package;
  • 9.5% superannuation contribution;
  • Generous salary sacrifice & fringe benefit entitlements;
  • Pro-rata 4 weeks' paid annual leave and leave loading and a flexible working environment;
  • Being part of a friendly, collaborative team that is welcoming, supportive and enjoy making a difference.

Key Selection Criteria


  • A strong understanding of current energy policy issues as demonstrated through previous work or volunteer experience
  • Ability to identify and resolve complex problems and make appropriate recommendations
  • Previous experience in the development of community level influencing strategies
  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills
  • Collaborative work ethos
  • A strong commitment to community engagement and ability to communicate and consult with people from diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds
  • Well-developed organisational, time management and record keeping skills
  • Knowledge and competency in Microsoft Office programs.


  • Knowledge and understanding of how energy issues impact on older people
How to apply for this job

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