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Government and Political Relations Manager

  • Join one of the world's largest and most respected conservation organisations
  • Workplace flexibility including monthly RDO
  • 2 year fixed term contract

About the organisation

WWF’s global vision is to stop the degradation of the planet’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature. WWF-Australia is part of the WWF International Network, the world’s leading, independent conservation organisation. We are active in over 100 countries and have close to 5 million supporters internationally. In Australia and throughout the oceanic region, we work with governments, businesses and communities so that people and nature can thrive within their fair share of the planet’s natural resources.

WWF's mission is to halt the decline of threatened plants and animals and to support their recovery. We do this by addressing the threats that affect them using the best available science while working in partnership with communities, Indigenous groups, government and business. The world is changing fast. Our wildlife and wild places face unprecedented challenges. The result is people yearn more for nature and are connected with each other like never before. We know that we can achieve more by partnering, sharing, empowering communities, forming alliances and building a movement for the environment. Working together is the answer. It is our goal to bring about this unified voice for nature.

Learn more about our 60 year history by watching the video below.

About the role

The Government and Political Relations Manager drives the high-level political engagement strategy for WWF-Australia working collaboratively on the design, development and delivery of the strategy, coordinating political engagement and building internal capability for effective advocacy. The role cultivates opportunities across both Federal and State/Territory governments and with non-government parties and parliamentarians, to progress the influence and uptake of priority WWF policy-based asks spanning across all strategic priority areas.

Skills, knowledge and experience

  • Experience in the development and delivery of political and government advocacy strategy within a complex, changeable environment.
  • Significant high level government relations and protocol skills.
  • Experience and understanding of Australian Federal and/or State/Territory political and policy environments and processes.
  • A proven track record working across and within multiple teams with sometimes divergent agendas and/or timeframes.
  • A knowledge of current environmental conservation and sustainable development issues.
  • Advanced interpersonal, verbal and written communication, influencing, negotiation and advocacy skills.
  • The ability to manage up constructively with an outcome focus.
  • The ability to work collaboratively in a flexible team-based environment.

Ideally you will have an interest in environmental conservation, and be aligned with WWF’s vision, mission and I-CCaRe Values.

WWF values diversity and is building a workforce that reflects the community we serve. WWF is an equal opportunity employer and Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander peoples, people from culturally & linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds, sex, sexuality and gender diverse (LGBTQIA+) community members, and people living with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


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