ACOSS Senior Policy and Advocacy Officer

ACOSS seeks a dynamic, driven, highly skilled Senior Policy and Advocacy Officer to join its team.

This is a key leading role helping set the policy direction of the organisation and work collaboratively with ACOSS’ organisational members, networks and affected individuals to design and promote policies that will reduce poverty and inequality in Australia and improve the lives of people experiencing poverty and disadvantage.

You will ideally have a strong policy and practice experience in human service delivery and community development, with expertise in community services, health, and/or education. A sound understanding of social security, employment and economics is desirable.

You will have the ability to skilfully lead ACOSS’ advocacy and policy in core areas to achieve maximum impact, including through: the design and management of policy, advocacy and research projects; rapid response to external developments; representation of ACOSS externally as required; and strong collaboration with diverse stakeholders.


Responsibilities and Selection Criteria

The responsibilities for this position, along with salary rates, selection criteria and other details are set out in the Position Description which is available on the ACOSS website at:



Applications close 7 July 2017 and should include:

  • A cover letter – setting out interest in, and claims for, the position
  • Short statements addressing both Essential and Desirable Selection Criteria (maximum two pages)
  • Current Resume (at least two referees will be required at interview stage)

Applications are to be emailed to and should be addressed to:

Private and Confidential
Cassandra Goldie
Australian Council of Social Service


Enquiries about the position are encouraged and should be made to Rebecca Vassarotti on 0408 668 963 or Renata Franz, ACOSS Operations Manager, on 02 9310 6200.

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