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Aboriginal Health Council of WA

450 Beaufort Street, Highgate 6003
Perth, WA, Australia

Phone: 9227 1631
Web Site: ahcwa.org.au

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Senior Policy Officer - Closing the Gap


Job Description:

Location: Highgate
Employment Type: Full-time
Employment Category: Fixed Term until 30 June 2024
Remuneration: $86,569.58 - $98,112.19 per annum pro rata + superannuation + salary sacrifice

The Senior Policy Officer - Closing the Gap, reports to the Project Manager - Closing the Gap. The role sits within the newly established Closing the Gap Social Services team, which is responsible for managing the establishment of a consortium of Western Australian Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations (WA ACCOs) with social services representation from, at a minimum, the housing, disability and early childhood care and development sectors.

To view the full position description and selection criteria, click here, or visit https://www.ahcwa.org.au/

About You

To be considered for this position, you must have:
- Tertiary qualifications in a relevant discipline (community development, social science, public health, public policy etc.) and/or equivalent knowledge and skills.
- Minimum 2-3 years' experience working in a health, social or public policy environment in a similar role.
- Demonstrated skills in providing strategic policy advice.
- Considerable skills and practical experience in the formulation, development, analysis and evaluation of policy.
- Excellent written communication skills, including the ability to prepare high-quality written materials including submissions, position papers, briefing notes, reports and correspondence.
- Highly developed interpersonal skills including negotiation and consultation skills, and the ability to proactively establish and sustain effective stakeholder relationships.
- Excellent time management skills, with the ability to manage competing priorities and meet strict deadlines.
- High level of initiative with the ability to be proactive and work autonomously as required.
- Strong computer skills with advanced Microsoft Office skills in Outlook, Work, Excel and PowerPoint.
- Demonstrated ability to uphold the principles of cultural sensitivity including an ability to communicate effectively and sensitively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Ideally, in addition to be above, we are looking for someone who:
- The person identifies as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and is acknowledged as such by their community.
- A sound understanding and/or working knowledge of the National Agreement on Closing the Gap.
- Policy experience in the area/s of Aboriginal health, housing, disability and/or early childhood care and development.
- Demonstrated ability to uphold the principles of cultural safety including an ability to communicate effectively and sensitively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The position involves working within a multicultural organisation where the majority of employees, clients and stakeholders identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander. Candidates must be able to demonstrate an understanding of the issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their ability to communicate sensitively and effectively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Please note: In addition to the above skills and experience, the successful candidate will be required to submit a National Police Clearance (dated within 3 months) prior to appointment.

Applicants for this position must be legally entitled to work in Australia and will be required to provide evidence of this entitlement, such as an Australian or New Zealand passport, birth certificate, or foreign passport with a relevant working visa.

About the Benefits
While you will face diverse new challenges in the role, you will also enjoy an attractive remuneration package including a base salary of $86,569.58 - $98,112.19 per annum pro rata plus superannuation. You'll also gain access to generous salary packaging options, which will greatly increase your take home pay. 

In addition, you will have access to a number of fantastic benefits including:
- Flexible work arrangements and a family friendly work environment
- Support to further invest in your career through additional training and development
- Up to 10 days' Study Leave per year
- 17.5% Annual Leave loading
- Bring Your Dog To Work Day
- Employee Assistance Program
- Up to 2 days' Volunteer Leave per year
- Health and wellbeing initiatives

For further information about this position please call a People and Culture Representative on 08 9227 1631.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.

Salary: $86569.58 - $98112.19 per annum

Location: Australia and Oceania, Perth


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Full time


Perth, WA, Australia


Senior Policy Officer - Closing the Gap


Nonprofit-Social Services




$86,569.58 per year