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Manager - Government Relations - Flexible Location

Our Watch Limited

About Our Watch

Our Watch is a national leader of primary prevention of violence against women and their children.

Our vision is an Australia where women and their children live free from all forms of violence. Our role is to stop violence before it starts. We work to embed gender equality and prevent violence where Australians live, learn, work and socialise.

About the role

Working as one of three Managers within the Government Relations, Policy and Evidence Directorate, this role is responsible for managing Our Watch’s government relations work, leading a team of Senior Advisors and Advisors.

This important leadership role will be responsible for:

  • developing and implementing Our Watch’s Government Relations Strategy
  • building and managing stakeholder relationships, particularly with Commonwealth, State and Territory parliamentarians and their staff, and with government agencies and departments.
  • providing support and advice to governments to progress structural, legislative and policy reform to address the drivers of, and prevent, violence against women
  • managing Our Watch’s specific partnerships with State and Territory Governments, including supervision of Our Watch staff ‘embedded’ in State and Territory Governments and expanding this model across jurisdictions
  • providing support and advice across the organisation to support the Director Government Relations, Policy and Evidence, CEO and Board engagement with Ministers, government representatives, other political stakeholders and key decision-makers
  • working collaboratively with other non-government stakeholders.

The role also works in a range of other ways to engage Ministers, governments, policy makers and key decision makers in all jurisdictions, to:

  • communicate and promote Our Watch’s policy positions and build governmental support for and commitment to the vision and work of Our Watch
  • drive legislative, regulatory and policy changes required to prevent violence against women, in line with the evidence base outlined in Change the Story: A shared framework for the primary prevention of violence against women and their children in Australia and other Our Watch publications and work
  • support Our Watch’s government Member Representatives.

About you

You will be an experienced leader and have significant government relations experience, strong stakeholder engagement and partnership skills, and strong people management skills. Key to the success of this role will be the ability to develop strong, collaborative relationships with other Managers and teams within the GRPE Directorate and across Our Watch. You will also be expected to play a constructive and effective leadership role within Our Watch, including as part of the organisation’s Leadership Group.

Why work for us

Our Watch is strongly committed to the wellbeing of its employees. We work to continuously improve the policies and processes that ensure an engaging, safe and inclusive environment for the people who work here. Some of the benefits of working with Our Watch are:

  • Commitment to work life balance for staff, including flexible hours/ ways of working
  • Ongoing learning and development opportunities including paid professional development
  • Wellbeing programs, such as our Employee Assistance Program
  • Adjustable sit/stand desks
  • Best practice parental leave
  • Annual leave loading of 17.5%
  • Innovative leave policies, such as floating public holiday leave, cultural leave and violence leave.

To apply, please go to our website at https://www.ourwatch.org.au/about-us/work-with-us/ to view the position description.

Please click Apply Now and follow the instructions.

This role can be worked remotely from any location within Australia, hybrid work arrangements available in Victoria. Work from Home options are available.

Our Watch recognises and values diversity among its staff and strongly encourages suitably qualified people from all backgrounds, especially people who have a strong understanding of intersectionality either by working with diverse population groups or a lived experience.

Our Watch is committed to increasing employment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the organisation. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.

Our Watch encourages applications from people with disability. We want to provide a positive, barrier-free recruitment process and supportive workplace. If you require modifications with the application process to meet your access needs please contact us.

Applications will be assessed as received, this role will remain open until successfully recruited.

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