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Manager, Policy & Reform

RMIT University
  • JR28258
  • Full-time, Fixed Term position until December 2026
  • Salary HEW 9 + 17% Superannuation
  • Based at the Melbourne CBD campus, and hybrid ways of working

About You

As the Centre for Innovative Justice’s Manager, Policy & Reform, you will support the Associate Director, Research, Advocacy and Policy to develop and lead projects, with a particular focus on:

  • the end-to-end planning and execution of multiple research and fee-for-service projects;
  • managing client and other stakeholder relationships across multiple levels; and
  • working with minimal oversight to manage project teams and deliver project outputs which clearly distinguish the work of the CIJ in policy environments and contribute to policy reform.

You will provide intellectual leadership, capacity building and support across the team in relation to project design, management and delivery, as well as to advance innovative strategies to achieve evidence-based reform.

Additionally, you will contribute to continuous improvement of the CIJ’s operations, including by identifying and implementing specific initiatives, practices and methods that increase the CIJ’s impact.

To be successful in this position, you’ll have (in line with the position description):

  • Demonstrated high level experience in complex research, policy analysis and policy development.
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of the process of law reform, including government, legislative and political processes, stakeholder engagement, advocacy and public interest litigation.
  • Demonstrated understanding of contemporary issues impacting the justice system and adjacent sectors.
  • Demonstrated project management experience.
  • Experience delivering complex reviews and evaluations will be highly regarded.
  • Highly developed problem-solving skills.
  • Exemplary communication skills, including the ability to communicate complex ideas clearly and with a view to the needs of the audience.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a self-directed environment and to be accountable for the planning and execution of multiple streams of work.
  • A commitment to social justice, human rights and the promotion of innovative strategies for delivering justice.
  • A legal qualification will be highly regarded.

Please Note: Appointment to this position is subject to passing a Working with Children and National Police Check.

About the Centre for Innovative Justice

The CIJ (within the College of Business and Law) researches, teaches and promotes modern and innovative ways of delivering justice both through formal court processes and within and across the broader justice system.

The CIJ’s objective is to drive, develop and expand the capacity of the justice system to meet and adapt to the needs of its diverse users, and to contribute in a positive way to addressing the underlying issues that bring people into contact with the justice system.

Click here for further details about CIJ.

To Appply

Please submit your CV and covering letter addressing your suitability for this position by clicking on the ‘Apply Now’ link at the top of this page.

For further information about this position, please see the Position Description hyperlinked below or contact Kassie McKnight (Senior Talent Acquisition Advisor) via email [email protected] using the subject line: Manager, Policy & Reform enquiry via EthicalJobs.

Position Description - Manager, Policy & Reform

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RMIT has a strong dhumbali (commitment) to the employment, development and retention of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people within a culturally safe environment; we strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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