Senior Policy Advisor

Organisation Name The Federation of Community Legal Centres (Victoria)
Location Melbourne
Date Posted 2018-11-22
Job Type Contract or Temp
Job Number 53740


  • Peak body for Community Legal Centres in Victoria
  • Influential role that affects change and add value to the community legal sector
  • 12-month fixed term contract; CBD location


The Organisation
The Federation of Community Legal Centres (Victoria) Inc is the peak body for community legal centres (CLCs) across Victoria. They lead and support the community legal sector in fighting for a fairer, more just community, support members to provide independent community-based legal services and advocate for social justice and a fair legal system.
Community legal centres are independent, not for profit community organisations. They provide free lawyers, social workers and legal education to the public, especially to people who can’t afford a lawyer, or who are facing injustice or inequality because of their race, gender, sexuality, class, religion or other identity. They fight for human rights, equality and social justice.

Benefits & Culture
  • Full NFP salary packaging
  • Flexible working environment

The Role
In this role you will be pivotal in communicating and advancing the priorities and objectives of the Federation and add value to the work that CLCs do.
You will proactively identify policy, advocacy and campaigning priorities to build credible cases for change through strategically navigating the political, legal, and social and media landscapes by building and maintaining diplomatic relationships with diverse stakeholder groups.
Specifically you will:
  • Develop strong relationships with members, political decision makers and the wider community sector
  • Engage with members to identify, support and represent the membership’s policy issues
  • Drive policy and advocacy on issues that impact the community legal sector
  • Monitor and analyse relevant legislation and public policy to provide expert advice
  • Produce briefs, submissions, op-eds and talking points tailored to a variety of audiences

Skills Required

Due to the technical nature of the role and the requirement to understand legal practice and legislation, it is preferred that you will be a qualified lawyer who has a deep understanding on how the legal system can influence social inequality. You will have demonstrated experience writing and providing high level policy advice within a social justice, advocacy or political setting.
With your exceptional interpersonal skills and a strategic mindset, you have proven expertise to identify and develop strong partnerships, collaborate, negotiate and influence a diverse range of stakeholders at all levels.
You also have superior time management skills where you are adept at working in a fast paced environment with ever changing priorities.

If you are passionate about social justice and compelled to ensure that the priorities for the Federation are on the policy and political agenda, then click apply to submit your resume together with a cover letter. For further information, please contact Emma Naglieri on 03 8319 4070.

Please be advised you can upload two attachments, including your resume and covering letter when submitting your application.