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Impact Team Leader - Policy & Advocacy

Port Phillip EcoCentre

The mission of the Port Phillip EcoCentre is to connect and inspire people to care for our land, water, wildlife and wellbeing. Our team of scientists, teachers and 3000+ volunteers implement innovative environmental and climate action programs with a network of 120+ cross-sectoral partners.

Port Phillip Baykeeper is a flagship EcoCentre program that connects everyday bay users, community groups and organisations to learn about and protect the bay and its catchments for today and future generations. We combine citizen science and practical action to inform decision makers, educate our communities and improve coasts, the bay and its catchments in measurable ways. The Port Phillip Baykeeper role acts as an independent voice for the bay.

The purpose of the Impact Team Leader is to lead the Shaping best practice under Victoria’s new environmental laws project, and coordinate the Impact Team including our flagship Port Phillip Baykeeper program and citizen science projects; with a particular focus on the upcoming period of Victorian legislative, policy and management plan updates.


  1. Tertiary qualifications in law, social/public/environmental policy; or significant relevant experience.
  2. Proven ability to lead and coordinate a strong team, and to manage projects effectively.
  3. High level research and critical analysis skills, with proven ability to review policy and legislative frameworks, and develop policy positions, submissions to government, and related communications.
  4. Strong understanding of political systems and processes, in particular relating to the environment, including knowledge of key Victorian government, business and non-governmental organisations in the space.
  5. High level interpersonal skills, with proven success in developing effective, strategic and sensitive working relationships with government officials, community representatives, business, education institutions, constituents and coalitions.
  6. Exceptional written and oral presentation skills, with demonstrated ability to compile quality project reports, impact evaluations and grant funding submissions.

The position is a 12 months full-time contracted position of 5 days per week, with two potential contract extensions (performance dependent), at a salary of approximately $93,500 plus 10% superannuation. Please see the attached Position Description for more information. We are aiming for the person to start in January 2022.

Applicants must have full living and working rights in Australia, a full Victorian driver’s licence (or equivalent), a valid Working With Children card and be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, in accordance with the government directives for the sector.

For questions and more information, please contact April Seymore on 0466 284 964.

A position description is attached.

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