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Policy and Advocacy Lead

Justice Connect
  • 12-month fixed-term contract (potential extension subject to funding)
  • Part-time @ 30 hours per week (0.8 FTE) – (0.6 FTE also considered)

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join one of Australia’s most successful public interest and social justice organisations. In the face of rising levels of unmet legal need, Justice Connect designs and delivers high impact interventions to increase access to legal support and progress social justice. 

about us

We are committed to taking an impact-focused approach, applying research and design principles to develop our products and services to ensure they make a tangible difference for our clients and sector peers.  We deliver services that assist both people and community organisations. Those we assist often struggle to navigate the law, are unable to use the law in their daily lives and experience the impacts of harsh and unjust laws. We aim to prevent and to solve legal problems so that we can prevent the negative impacts on people’s lives and organisations and empower the community to use the law as a force for good.  

Homeless Law is our specialist legal service for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness across Victoria. We work closely with pro bono lawyers to provide hundreds of people with legal representation, advice and information. We channel pro bono effort through our innovative service models to ensure that pro bono hours deliver real impact for the community. 

Our services are outreach based and client centred, and we don’t just focus on legal issues. Homeless Law's social workers and our relationships with the homelessness and wider-community sector build our capacity to holistically understand and respond to clients with a diverse range of needs.

about the position

As the Policy and Advocacy Lead, Homeless Law, you’ll play a leadership role in developing and delivering high-impact advocacy and strategic engagement work, focussed on progressing social justice for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness. 

This role will draw on the experience of clients and the Justice Connect team to develop key law reform and policy positions, achieve systemic change on key advocacy priorities and maintain effective collaborations across the legal and community sector to maximise our impact. 

The role will also directly contribute to implementing Justice Connect’s strategic priorities and values as set out in the Justice Connect strategy.

The Policy and Advocacy Lead, Homeless Law will play a key role in developing and delivering impactful systemic advocacy and strategic engagement work, particularly focussed on progressing social justice for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

key selection criteria

Qualifications:

  • Tertiary qualification in public policy, government relations, law, or a related discipline

Experience:

  • Experience in, or a strong commitment to, working in the legal and community sectors within a social justice framework.
  • Experience in systemic advocacy, public policy and/or campaigning.

Knowledge, Skills and Attributes:

  • Demonstrated research, analytical, conceptual and critical thinking skills
  • An understanding of, and sensitivity to, legal and non-legal issues affecting people experiencing or at risk of homelessness.
  • Highly motivated with excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills, including experience writing concise policy and law reform submissions, reports and presentations
  • Demonstrated skills in successfully managing stakeholder relationships and working in multi-disciplinary settings
  • Understanding of government policy making and implementation processes, as well as policy analysis and political systems
  • Excellent organisational skills and ability to work under pressure, operate independently and coordinate with others
  • Highly motivated, diligent, and strategically-minded
  • A commitment to Justice Connect’s strategy, vision and values, and an interest in social justice and human rights issues

For a detailed summary of the role requirements, please refer to the Position Description attached below.

benefits

Justice Connect offers employment benefits including salary packaging (making part of your salary tax-free), flexible working arrangements, above award annual leave provisions and opportunities for professional development.

Justice Connect is an organisation that strives to show leadership, operate sustainably and demonstrate our effectiveness.

You will be rewarded with a workplace culture that is professional, committed, collaborative and creative and where you can make a real difference through your work.

To submit your application, please follow the Apply Now instructions below. 

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