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Policy Research Officer

Summer Foundation

Your strong research background in public policy will provide the team with up-to-date and relevant evidence to support the development of robust public policy analysis.

Reporting to the Summer Foundation Policy Manager, you will:

  • Research and analyse qualitative and quantitative data, policy reports and case studies related to disability, health and housing;
  • Consult with stakeholders and gather and collect data to inform policy, including with people with disabilities and service providers;
  • Draft policy submissions, briefing papers, presentations and other publications;
  • Contribute to the identification of emerging policy issues and opportunities to contribute to policy influence and solutions.
  • Interpret government policy changes in health, housing and disability; and
  • Support and participate in policy team meetings and other relevant Summer Foundation activities and events.

You will need to display a ‘can-do’ attitude and actively contribute to developing a culture of excellence, responsiveness and flexibility. Excellent communication, organisational and report writing skills are essential.

Essential Criteria

  1. Experience writing policy briefs, submissions to inquiries and policy reports.
  2. Excellent written communication skills
  3. Understanding of a rights-based approach to disability support
  4. An understanding of the NDIS and on policy issues impacting on people with disabilities who have high and complex support needs
  5. A commitment to reflective practice and a demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a team environment
  6. Willingness and capacity to travel interstate with overnight stays as needed

Desirable criteria

  1. An undergraduate degree in policy, law or social sciences
  2. Lived experience of disability

Core Competencies

The Job Holder’s values will match those of the Summer Foundation. The Summer Foundation’s values include:

Vision: We are creative, innovative and resourceful. We continually strive to be the best

Integrity: We act with integrity and honesty in everything we do

Communication: We communicate openly by exchanging information and actively listening to all stakeholders

Team Spirit: We value and recognise the contribution of our colleagues, both locally and globally. We enjoy working together to achieve outstanding results and total job satisfaction

Corporate Responsibility: We act responsibly within our community and care for the environment

Work related Competencies

Communication develops business plans, policy framework, project development proposals and briefs on highly complex issues for consideration by the Executive management team, demonstrating a high level of knowledge and expertise in the project area and providing expert analysis

Influence and Negotiation ~ Gains agreement to proposals and ideas; Builds behind-the- scenes support for ideas to ensure buy-in and ownership; Uses chains of indirect influence to achieve outcomes.

Stakeholders and relationship focus ~ Establishes and maintains relationships with people at all levels; Forges useful partnerships with people across government and industry; Builds trust through consistent actions, values and communication;

Planning and organising ~ Establishes systems and procedures to guide work and track progress; Recognises actual and potential barriers and finds effective ways to deal with them.

Other Relevant Information

  • The position description is indicative of the initial expectation of the role and subject to changes to Summer Foundation goals and priorities, activities or focus of the job.
  • Part time (0.6 FTE) negotiable
  • 12 month contract

People with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applications close at 11.59pm on Wednesday 12 August.

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