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Senior Planning, Advocacy and Research Officer - North Bendigo

Bendigo and District Aboriginal Co-op

Who we are;

The Bendigo & District Aboriginal Cooperative (BDAC) is an ACCO (Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation) registered as a member under the umbrella of VACCHO (Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation) and represented nationally through NACCHO (National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation).

BDAC provides a range of specialist services for clients based primarily in the Dja Dja Wurrung including Health and Wellbeing services, Family and Community Services and Corporate services.

Position Objective;

Working collaboratively within the CEO’s office, with the Executive and across the wider organisation, the Senior Planning, Advocacy and Research Officer will play a key role in supporting and undertaking high quality planning activities, advocacy and policy responses and submissions, and research activities.

This position will require a high level of research, analytical and writing skills, and as well a sound level of understanding and knowledge of Aboriginal issues and policy.

What benefits we are offering;

  • $80,000 - $90,000 per annum (based on 38hrs, skills & qualifications)
  • 2years Fixed Term contract
  • Part Time 3days p/week or Full-Time 38hrs p/week
  • Access to Salary Packaging
  • 10.0% Superannuation

We can offer you;

  • Flexible hours
  • Flexibility to work from home
  • A friendly, welcoming, diverse workplace

Some of the Key Responsibilities;

  • Assist in the development of BDAC’s planning, advocacy, policy and research agenda in line with the strategic plan, and work with colleagues across BDAC, and relevant external stakeholders to achieve our strategic objectives.
  • Scan and maintain a strong working knowledge of major Aboriginal health and wellbeing and family and community services policies and reforms across portfolios, at both a state and federal level.
  • Interpret government policy frameworks and provide authoritative and strategic advice.
  • Identify and respond to new and emerging opportunities to influence the policy agenda relevant to BDAC.
  • Source and interpret evidence, data and research to inform planning and advocacy.
  • Research, write and prepare briefings, position papers, reports and submissions, within short timeframes if required.

Key Selection Criteria

  • Understanding of and respect for Aboriginal culture and/or experience of working in Aboriginal Community Controlled sector.
  • Understanding and knowledge of government, policy and Aboriginal issues, at a state and national level, particularly in relation to family and community, and health and medical services.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to work with Aboriginal organisations, communities, mainstream organisations and individuals in culturally appropriate ways.
  • Ability to identify and analyse problems, establish appropriate solutions and recommendations using analytical and conceptual skills.
  • Strong research and analytical skills, including desktop and participatory research.
  • Strong organisational and time management skills with experience in delivering projects.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with ability to communicate complex ideas simply, along with a superior attention to detail.
  • Preferred Education, Training and/or
    • A post-graduate degree in a relevant field, or equivalent.
    • Experience in a similar role in the government or non-government sector, preferably in Aboriginal affairs.

Should an applicant be the preferred candidate, background checks (Police check, reference check and Working with Children's Check) will be completed prior to the candidate’s employment being confirmed.

For more information about this position check out the position description (attached) or contact our human resources team on (03) 5442 4947 or recruitment@bdac.com.au using the subject line: Senior Planning, Advocacy and Research Officer enquiry via EthicalJobs.

We can only accept applications from individuals who have the right to work in Australia.

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.

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