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Policy and Engagement Officer

Physical Disability Council NSW

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The Physical Disability Council of NSW (PDCN) is the peak advocacy body for the 1 million plus people living with physical disability across the state. Join us as our Policy and Engagement Officer and work to amplify the voices of people with physical disability across PDCN’s policy objectives and priorities.

ABOUT YOU

Are you a people person wanting to make a difference?

We are looking for someone with excellent written and verbal communication skills who has a genuine interest in social justice and community engagement. Capable of producing high quality written outputs, you will be working to build strategic relationships with PDCN members, across the disability sector and assisting the Policy Manager to influence key decision-makers.

ABOUT THE ROLE

Supporting the Policy Manager in driving systemic change for people with physical disability across NSW, the Policy and Engagement Officer will produce high quality policy outputs, develop strategies to amplify the voice of people with physical disability across PDCN’s policy objectives and priorities and work towards building strategic partnerships across the disability sector.

  • Assist the Advocacy Manager to collect high quality qualitative and quantitative data for use across PDCN’s strategic advocacy work

  • Write and contribute to the development of a range of written outputs, including submissions, position papers, and opinion pieces for PDCN media

  • Identity key issues for people with physical disability across NSW and contribute to the development of PDCN’s policy objectives and priorities

  • Accurately convey the experiences and perspectives of people with physical disability and promote PDCN’s strategic and policy objectives in a variety of forums including consultations and standing committees

  • Interpret and evaluate various sources of information on a wide range of topics impacting people with physical disabilities

  • Build on and sustain PDCN’s policy-focused engagement with our membership through a variety of means, including, online, social media, phone, and face to face consultations

  • Investigate mechanisms and opportunities to extend PDCN’s policy outreach into key areas – including CALD disability communities, ATSI communities and rural and regional areas

  • Establish and maintain strong connections with relevant disability advocacy organisations with a view to collaboration and information-sharing

  • Work collaboratively to continue to build membership and retain member participation across the Interagency Policy Officers Working Group

  • Assist the Policy Manager in meeting ongoing reporting commitments.

KEY SELECTION CRITERIA

Talent & Capabilities

  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice issues

  • Strong ability to take initiative, responsibility for tasks and work independently

  • Demonstrated capacity to work as part of a small, tight-knit team

  • An ability to build and maintain strong relationships and collaborative partnerships with member groups and other stakeholders.

Skills and Experience

  • Qualifications in law, public policy, social work, or relevant training, or experience

  • Demonstrated high level analytical and problem-solving skills

  • High level research skills, including the capacity to interpret complex data

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including social media proficiency

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a genuine interest in community organising

  • Excellent organisational skills, including the capacity to prioritise and meet deadlines

  • High level computer literacy, including the ability to use Microsoft Office suite, and work with online databases

Desirable

  • Lived experience of physical disability

  • Experience working with qualitative and qualitative data, including survey design

  • Training and/or practical experience in community organising

  • Experience working with online meeting platforms such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams

  • Capacity to travel within NSW

THE BENEFITS

This position is paid under the Social, Community, home Care and Disability Services Award Level 5

You will have the opportunity to also access a range of benefits including:

  • Salary packaging (reduce the tax you pay and increase your take home pay)
  • Leave loading
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Flexible working arrangements

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

  • NSW Police Check, Working with Children Check, COVID 19 Vaccination, Current driver’s licence (preferred)

For further information, please email: hayley.stone@pdcnsw.org.au using the subject line: Policy and Engagement Officer enquiry via EthicalJobs, or call 02 9552 1606.

A position description is attached.

Persons with physical disability encouraged to apply.

Applicants must have a legal right to work in Australia.

We will review applications and interview suitable candidates throughout the advertising period, so we encourage you to apply early.

A position description is attached.

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