NGO Recruitment’s NFP Hiring insights and salary snapshot 2022

Policy Advisor

Organisation Name Suicide Prevention Australia (SPA)
Location Sydney
Date Posted 2022-09-16
Job Type Permanent / Full Time
Job Number 636668
  • Help save lives by supporting suicide prevention policy development
  • Suits candidates passionate about advocacy and solving systemic problems
  • Progressive working environment | WFH flexibility | NFP salary packaging


The Organisation
Suicide Prevention Australia (SPA) is the national peak body for the suicide prevention sector. SPA is a member-based organisation that’s guided by people with lived experience of suicide, counting amongst its members the largest and many of the smallest organisations working in suicide prevention, practitioners, researchers and community leaders.
SPA exists to provide a clear, collective voice for suicide prevention so that together lives can be saved and, through collaboration and shared purpose, works towards the ambition of a world without suicide.

Benefits & Culture
  • As a workplace SPA focuses on being positive, ambitious and strategic
  • 35 hour working week (for full time) with additional paid leave over Christmas
  • Opportunity to develop your policy skills in a supportive, collegiate, impact driven team
The Role
Reporting to the Manager Policy and Government Relations, you will support SPA’s policy team to generate evidence and supporting resources to progress government and community advocacy and engagement.
You will do this by undertaking:
  • Research for, and drafting of, submissions, reports and briefs
  • Analysis to help build a strong evidence base for policy initiatives
  • Identifying and highlighting new opportunities for policy thinking in suicide prevention
  • Monitoring changes in the media, political, government and policy landscape
  • Administrative support for Policy Committee, Lived Experience Panel and other meetings
  • Assisting in consultations with community support providers and those with lived experience
  • Assisting with maintaining effective relationships across a range of stakeholders
Skills Required

You are passionate about social impact and want to apply your skills and experience to solving systemic problems. You may be looking to develop your policy skills and gain practical experience within a supportive and experienced team, or you may have experience in a similar position researching and analysing policy issues.
You thrive working in a collaborative fast-paced environment and you can demonstrate:
  • Skills in research and writing for outputs such as submissions, reports, briefings
  • Knowledge around policy development and government processes
  • Ability to communicate with a diverse range of stakeholders
  • Strong time management skills and ability to work to deadlines
  • Administrative support skills such organising meetings and note-taking
If you value being part of an impactful team that make a real difference, please apply by sending your CV with a cover letter responding to the skills required section above. Alternatively, please call Louise Furlong on 02 8243 0570 with specific questions.

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