- Sydney • Glebe
- Job posted on: 6th Jan 2022
- Applications close:
The Physical Disability Council of NSW (PDCN) is the peak advocacy body for the 1 million plus people living with physical disability across the state. Join us as our Policy and Engagement Officer and work to amplify the voices of people with physical disability across PDCN’s policy objectives and priorities.
Are you a people person wanting to make a difference?
We are looking for someone with excellent written and verbal communication skills who has a genuine interest in social justice and community engagement. Capable of producing high quality written outputs, you will be working to build strategic relationships with PDCN members, across the disability sector and assisting the Policy Manager to influence key decision-makers.
Supporting the Policy Manager in driving systemic change for people with physical disability across NSW, the Policy and Engagement Officer will produce high quality policy outputs, develop strategies to amplify the voice of people with physical disability across PDCN’s policy objectives and priorities and work towards building strategic partnerships across the disability sector.
Assist the Advocacy Manager to collect high quality qualitative and quantitative data for use across PDCN’s strategic advocacy work
Write and contribute to the development of a range of written outputs, including submissions, position papers, and opinion pieces for PDCN media
Identity key issues for people with physical disability across NSW and contribute to the development of PDCN’s policy objectives and priorities
Accurately convey the experiences and perspectives of people with physical disability and promote PDCN’s strategic and policy objectives in a variety of forums including consultations and standing committees
Interpret and evaluate various sources of information on a wide range of topics impacting people with physical disabilities
Build on and sustain PDCN’s policy-focused engagement with our membership through a variety of means, including, online, social media, phone, and face to face consultations
Investigate mechanisms and opportunities to extend PDCN’s policy outreach into key areas – including CALD disability communities, ATSI communities and rural and regional areas
Establish and maintain strong connections with relevant disability advocacy organisations with a view to collaboration and information-sharing
Work collaboratively to continue to build membership and retain member participation across the Interagency Policy Officers Working Group
Assist the Policy Manager in meeting ongoing reporting commitments.
Talent & Capabilities
Demonstrated commitment to social justice issues
Strong ability to take initiative, responsibility for tasks and work independently
Demonstrated capacity to work as part of a small, tight-knit team
Skills and Experience
Qualifications in law, public policy, social work, or relevant training, or experience
Demonstrated high level analytical and problem-solving skills
High level research skills, including the capacity to interpret complex data
Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including social media proficiency
Excellent interpersonal skills and a genuine interest in community organising
Excellent organisational skills, including the capacity to prioritise and meet deadlines
High level computer literacy, including the ability to use Microsoft Office suite, and work with online databases
Lived experience of physical disability
Experience working with qualitative and qualitative data, including survey design
Training and/or practical experience in community organising
Experience working with online meeting platforms such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams
Capacity to travel within NSW
This position is paid under the Social, Community, home Care and Disability Services Award Level 5
You will have the opportunity to also access a range of benefits including:
For further information, please email: email@example.com using the subject line: Policy and Engagement Officer enquiry via EthicalJobs, or call 02 9552 1606.
A position description is attached.
Persons with physical disability encouraged to apply.
Applicants must have a legal right to work in Australia.
We will review applications and interview suitable candidates throughout the advertising period, so we encourage you to apply early.
A position description is attached.