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Campaign and Advocacy Coordinator - Western Australia

Justice Reform Initiative
  • Location: Western Australia
  • Full time: 38 hours a week
  • Contract to June 2023 (with likely extension)
  • Classified under SCHADS Award Level 7.1
  • $100, 260 per annum salary applied pro-rata + 10% Super
  • Reports directly to the Executive Director of JRI
  • Works in partnership locally with Social Reinvestment WA (SRWA)
  • People with lived experience of incarceration are encouraged to apply
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates are encouraged to apply

Are you an experienced campaigner and advocate? Are you passionate about reducing the numbers of people incarcerated across Australia? Do you have exceptional local jurisdictional knowledge of the justice and political systems in WA? Do you have an interest in evidence based justice policy? The Justice Reform Initiative is looking for a dedicated campaign and advocacy coordinator who is focused and excited about bringing about justice system change.

The Justice Reform Initiative is a new national justice advocacy organisation working to reduce over-incarceration in Australia and promote a community in which disadvantage is no longer met with a default criminal justice system response. This role will work closely with long standing WA justice reform organisation, SRWA.

The Justice Reform Initiative currently has a network of over 100 eminent Australians as patrons, including two former Governors-General, former High Court judges, former parliamentarians from all sides of politics and many other established community leaders. We also have strong support and partnerships with organisations and stakeholders around Australia who are all working to reduce incarceration. We are excited to start building our employee team in order to achieve our goal of reducing the numbers of people in prison by 50% by 2030. The advocacy and campaign coordinator will work directly with the Executive Director to implement the strategic plan and drive reform, and locally will work closely with SRWA.

Key Responsibilities

  • Leading the 'Jailing is Failing WA' advocacy project in partnership with SRWA. This project will map and research existing community based diversionary, post-release, and place-based programs that are providing, or have potential to provide effective alternative pathways to incarceration. This work will then be used to inform political and policy advocacy and in order to support a shift towards evidence based justice policy and effective resourcing of effective alternatives to substantially reduce incarceration
  • Work towards attaining cross-party support and political commitment to reduce incarceration in WA (alongside SRWA), including coordinating political delegations, developing parliamentary network groups, and retaining relationships with political staff and advisors)
  • Overseeing outward facing 'Jailing is Failing' public campaign work (including public speaking, public events, and media engagement)
  • Building partnerships with key stakeholders to build new campaigns where required, and elevate and support the aligned campaigns of other advocates
  • Stakeholder engagement: Building communities for justice reform in each jurisdiction; working to support existing advocacy and reform bodies; increasing the numbers of organisations and stakeholders working for change (including building relationships with stakeholders and organisations that are not currently connected with this work)
  • Working in partnership with Aboriginal people and people with lived experience of incarceration
  • Building and supporting the JRI supporter base in each local jurisdiction (working to increase supporters, retain supporter engagement and bring supporters together locally to build the capacity of the campaign)
  • Coordinating the work of the relevant state/territory patrons (including assisting to set up political and government meetings) and coordinating patron meetings in each jurisdiction
  • Working as required with the Executive Director and other JRI staff to provide jurisdictional expertise on a range of campaign, advocacy and strategy matters

Knowledge, Skills and Experience (Selection Criteria)

  • Experienced campaigner and advocate: Demonstrated ability to implement focused campaigns to achieve concrete and measurable outcomes. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively. Experience in a range of campaigning and communication tools
  • High level critical understanding of the criminal justice system in Australia: Experience (preferably more than three years) working in justice advocacy or adjacent/related areas. A deep understanding of the failures of incarceration, and a thoughtful approach to strategic change in this space
  • High level understanding of parliamentary and political processes: Experience in political lobbying, advocacy, and campaigning; understanding of the importance of a cross-party approach to political work in this space; demonstrated ability to maintain strong cross-party relationships
  • High Level Communication and Research Skills: Exceptional written and verbal communication skills alongside the ability to listen thoughtfully, summarise and thematise complex information in a range of different settings
  • Excellent Interpersonal Skills: The ability to relate to people from a diverse range of social and cultural backgrounds, and maintain professional, positive and warm relationships with staff and stakeholders
  • Demonstrated organisation and time-management skills: The ability to manage and prioritise competing demands (including working on short term urgent projects, alongside medium and longer-term projects). The ability to respond thoughtfully to multiple and competing demands, prioritise work, and manage multiple projects across multiple jurisdictions
  • Motivated and independent: The ability to work in a small team, with minimal supervision, and a high degree of autonomy, confidence, and independence
  • Integrity: Demonstrated experience working in environments which have required a high degree of integrity, judgement, confidentiality, sensitivity and thoughtfulness
  • Qualifications and Experience: At least three years experience working in a campaign, advocacy or associated role
  • The unrestricted right to work in Australia
  • Desirable: Experience in managing and supporting volunteers

For further information, or to speak with the Executive Director, call: 0401 940 340.

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