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Policy and Engagement Officer


Reporting to the CE, the Policy and Engagement Officer will lead strategic policy and advocacy development, advice, research, communications and engagement.

  • Impact policy that improves life for older South Australians
  • Permanent part-time position, 0.6 - 0.8 FTE negotiable
  • Based in our new Hutt Street office


COTA SA is an older people's movement run by, for and with older people. We represent the aspirations, interests and rights of more than 630,000 older South Australians. COTA SA reflects the diversity of modern ageing in terms of living arrangements, relationships, income, health, ambitions and aspirations. COTA SA connects with thousands of older people each year throughout SA and our policy and advocacy is guided by the COTA SA Policy Council made up of older South Australians from a diverse range of backgrounds. COTA SA is part of the COTA Federation made up of independent COTAs in each state and territory and COTA Australia.


You will have a grasp of contemporary social policy and advocacy issues and tactics, be an outstanding communicator across a range of platforms, be committed to widespread engagement and partnership and have a savvy ability to leverage influence. You will be committed to supporting the diverse voices of older people to be heard, a passion for teamwork and a contemporary grasp of digital systems and communication.


The Policy and Engagement Officer will provide strategic advice to the Chief Executive on issues of importance to older South Australians, supporting COTA SA’s mission. Using a range of engagement, research and communication methods, the Policy and Engagement Officer will be responsible for identifying, researching, drafting and promoting COTA SA’s policy through collaboration with older people and other key stakeholders including Government and the media. The Policy and Engagement Officer will oversee COTA SA’s representation on external consumer bodies, assist with the work of the COTA SA Policy Council and other advisory and think tank forums, represent COTA SA to Government and other organisations, and coordinate public policy-related inquiries.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Identifying, framing and researching issues of importance to older people.
  • Engaging with older people from diverse life experience and backgrounds.
  • Designing and implementing approaches that maximise opportunities for older people to be heard and to be influential.
  • Partnering with other organisations and people.
  • Devising effective communications to maximise the profile and reach of COTA SA advocacy.

We would love to hear from you if you:

  • Have a degree in journalism, media, communications, public policy, social sciences, economics or related disciplines.
  • Can demonstrate an exceptional ability to research, engage and communicate in relation to issues that matter to older people.
  • Have a track record in partnering with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Can show us you are able to establish credibility and gain the confidence of people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Have advanced verbal, digital and written communication, research skills, time management and an ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.

The role is offered on a 0.6 - 0.8 FTE basis to be negotiated with the successful candidate. Salary will be negotiated based on skills and experience. Generous salary packaging is available. This is a permanent part-time position, subject to a six-month probation period.

The position is based in our new Hutt Street offices with regular travel within SA required along with periodic travel interstate. The position will demand flexibility of working hours from time to time.

View the position description available below or by clicking here.

Enquiries to Chief Executive, Jane Mussared by phoning COTA SA on 08 8232 0422.

This is a rare opportunity to join the energetic, passionate, and skilled COTA SA team as we work together to influence the future of ageing well in SA.

No agency enquiries.

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