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Manager - Strategic Policy, Advocacy and Communications - Identified role

Aboriginal Housing Victoria
  • Work Type/s: Full time, ongoing
  • Location: Based in Melbourne (North Fitzroy)

This position is open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants only.

Do you want to work in an environment where people come first, are well supported and valued?

Do you want to make a difference to the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and families?

Are you looking for an opportunity to demonstrate your skills and maximise your potential through learning and development opportunities?

Aboriginal Housing Victoria (AHV) is an Aboriginal community organisation responsible for managing more than 1,500 rental properties for Aboriginal and/ or Torres Strait Islander people living in Victoria.

Our vision is to ensure that Aboriginal Victorians secure appropriate, affordable housing as a pathway to better lives and stronger communities.

In addition to being the largest Aboriginal Registered Housing Agency in Australia, AHV is the lead agency for Victoria’s Aboriginal housing and homelessness policy, Mana-na worn-tyeen maar-takoort. As the housing and homeless policy lead in the Aboriginal community, AHV has responsibility to work in partnership with the Government to secure the resources and reforms to implement the policy, while we support sector development to empower Victoria’s Aboriginal community to determine its chosen housing future.

AHV's housing services are targeted to those most in need of support. Through the provision of secure housing by an Aboriginal landlord, AHV helps strengthen and maintain Aboriginal communities and cultural ties.

The Manager, Strategic Policy, Advocacy and Communications an exciting new role responsible for achieving effective strategic advocacy, policy and communications goals at AHV. This includes effective leadership, people management, task management, and risk, compliance and financial performance of the team.

The role will provide inspiring leadership and people management support to their staff, oversee the day to day work of the team and will operate within the AHV Delegations Register.

Key responsibilities of the Manager, Strategic Policy, Advocacy and Communications include:

  • Lead the development and implementation of policy and advocacy, media and communications strategies, to support the delivery of AHVs Vision and goals.
  • Oversee the development of high-level quality media responses and provide advice on emerging media trends and complex communications issues.
  • Manage the development and implementation of AHVs policy and advocacy reform agenda.
  • Develop strong working relationships with AHV stakeholders, government funders, and oversee the management of AHVs core funding contractual requirements with the Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments, ensuring continued core government funding for the Team.
  • Ensure close collaboration with the other function Heads to ensure the transfer of research, data, clinical and specialist insights into effective media, communications and policy content.
  • Lead the provision of high-quality advice and support to the Executive Team, CEO and Board.
  • Represent AHV at various forums and ensure the community voice is at the centre of the policy table.
  • Monitor and revise AHV and partners progress against the goals in the Mana-na woorn-tyeen maar-takoort – Every Aboriginal Person Has a Home (Victorian Aboriginal Housing and Homelessness Framework).

We are looking for someone who will bring a client-centred focus to the role and with the following key attributes and skills (KSC):

  • Awareness and appreciation of Victorian Aboriginal societies and cultures and an understanding of the issues affecting Aboriginal people in contemporary Victoria including the diversity of circumstances of Indigenous people.
  • Experience in managing strategic policy, advocacy and communications.
  • Highly organised with the ability to work on multiple tasks and manage competing priorities.
  • The ability to clearly and concisely present information both in writing and verbally, together with the ability to communicate complex concepts to a broad audience.
  • Ability to provide high quality customer service to internal and external stakeholders, maintaining professional relationships at all times.
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team in a professional and ethical manner under pressure and to tight deadlines.
  • Knowledge of the roles of Local, State and Federal Governments and the community housing and homelessness sectors.
  • Understanding of the specific issues that organisations need to address to communicate effectively with the Victorian Aboriginal community and local elders.
  • High level understanding and use of standard office software including email, Microsoft Word and Excel and skill in developing and/or administering web sites and other online media (or the capacity to develop these skills)
  • Experience in delivering projects within agreed timeframes.
  • Experience in management the contractual, regulatory and legislative requirements of funded programs.

In return we offer:

  • A competitive remuneration and generous salary packaging benefits that increase your take home pay
  • Substantial learning and development opportunities
  • An organisational culture that is genuine about kindness, compassion, courtesy and dignity
  • Job satisfaction from making a difference every day
  • A friendly and supportive work environment

This position is open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants only

A relevant tertiary qualification is preferred.

A current Victorian driver’s licence is required.

A National Police Records Check and a Working with Children Check are required for this position.

This position will be based in our North Fitzroy office when COVID-19 restrictions allow us, but will be working from home until further notice.

A position description is attached.

Please direct enquiries about the position to Louise Carey on 0491 732 321.

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