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Policy and Advocacy Adviser - Wellness and Prevention

Beyond Blue

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Beyond Blue’s vision is that all people in Australia achieve their best possible mental health. Our mission is to work with the community to improve mental health and prevent suicide.

We aim to achieve this by:

  • Promoting mental health and wellbeing
  • Being a trusted source of information, advice and support
  • Working together to prevent suicide

Beyond Blue’s values are Collaboration, Respect, Enthusiasm, Excellence, Innovation and Integrity.

Key Accountabilities

  • Develop compelling and practical policy propositions to reform Australia’s mental health system, with a focus on policy reform to support promotion of wellbeing and prevention of depression and anxiety, in line with the Beyond 2020 strategy
  • Respond to emerging mental health and wellbeing policy and advocacy priorities
  • Develop, implement and evaluate advocacy strategies, to enable Beyond Blue policy propositions to be adopted
  • Develop policy submissions, briefing documents, presentations and correspondence, to support policy and advocacy activities
  • Partner with the Communities Group, to develop compelling policy solutions that are underpinned by the needs of the community, Beyond Blue’s data and insights, and Beyond Blue’s knowledge in wellness and prevention
  • Develop and manage strong stakeholder relationships, both internally and externally and proactively meet with key stakeholders, sharing insights and experiences
  • Represent Beyond Blue on advisory groups and committees as required
  • Proactively build awareness and understanding across Beyond Blue of State/Territory, national and international policy environments
  • Undertake research and analysis of policy issues relevant to Beyond Blue, including wellness and prevention
  • Contribute to the direction of Strategy, Policy and Reform team, and the Wellness and Prevention team

Team Relationships:

  • Provide support to the Policy and Advocacy team
  • Report on the progress of projects and activities to the Policy and Advocacy Lead
  • Build strong working relationships with Communications, Media and Government Relations team members

Organisational Relationships:

  • Provide policy and advocacy support and guidance to the Wellness and Prevention Team
  • Identify and establish productive working relationships with relevant internal and external stakeholders
  • Establish relationships and form coalitions with other organisations with similar priorities to advocate and support Beyond Blue’s policy priorities

Qualifications and key selection criteria

  • Tertiary qualification in public health, public or social policy, political or social sciences or economics (post-graduate qualifications highly desirable)
  • Experience working in policy and advocacy in a government department, statutory authority, community service agency or peak body
  • Relevant experience in mental health promotion or prevention, mental health or other complex social policy area
  • High level strategic thinking and judgement, conceptual, analytic and planning skills, demonstrated through examples such as developing advocacy strategies, background papers, briefings, position statements and policy submissions
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, with an ability to communicate with internal and external stakeholders from all backgrounds
  • Excellent relationship management including experience in proactively working collaboratively with people from all levels of an organisation and capable of handling delicate situations and sensitive issues
  • Prepared, well organised and able to prioritise and work to tight timelines and deadlines when required
  • Highly attentive to detail
  • Must be flexible, easy going with a "can do" attitude and ability to work through ambiguity

Beyond Blue is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability or age. We strongly encourage people from all cultural backgrounds to apply, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Applicants are encouraged to view the Beyond Blue Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan 2020-2022.

To apply

Please click the "Apply Now" button below. Applications should include a current CV with a cover letter that addresses why you would consider yourself to be a cultural addition to Beyond Blue and how your skills and experience would be attributes to the position. For detailed information about this position including the closing date please refer to the position description which can be accessed by clicking "Apply Now".

Preferred candidates will be required to undertake pre-employment screening, including a National Police Check and where required a Working With Children Check.

NOTE: Short-listing of candidates will commence prior to the closure of this role, so please do not delay submitting your application.

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