Details

Hours 

4 days (30.4 hours) per week (negotiable)

Remuneration

Classified at SCHCADS Award Level 7 (YACVic pays above award rates). 

Status

Permanent ongoing role. YACVic pays above Award rates.

Location

Melbourne CBD.

About Youth Affairs Council Victoria (YACVic)

Youth Affairs Council Victoria (YACVic) is the peak body and leading policy advocate on young people's issues in Victoria. YACVic’s vision is that young Victorians have their rights upheld and are valued as active participants in their communities. YACVic is an independent, for-purpose, member driven organisation that represents young people (aged 12-25 years) and the sector that works with them.

About the role

The Policy Manager is a key role within the organisation, responsible for developing YACVic’s policy responses as identified above and identifying emerging advocacy issues. The Policy Manager often represents YACVic at high-level meetings focused on policy.

Key responsibilities 

  1. Develop policy positions (for example, papers, submissions, strategic briefings) in priority areas, as determined by YACVic Membership, Policy Advisory Group, CEO, broader youth sector and young people.

2. Develop policy responses to Victorian Government policy positions and program delivery. Where appropriate, develop policy responses to initiatives by federal and local governments.

3. Resource YACVic’s members, young people and the wider youth sector through the provision of policy analysis and background information pertaining to current policy issues relevant to their work with young people.

4. Co-ordinate the meetings of the Policy Advisory Group, or other consultation mechanisms, to ensure the views of YACVic’s members and the sector are represented in our policy responses and research work.

5. Undertake effective consultation with stakeholders through a range of mechanisms such as forums, surveys, targeted consultations.

6. Work cooperatively with other community peaks and agencies to ensure the needs of the sector and young people are identified and addressed.

7. Promote and support the participation of young people in consultations, debate and policy development at all levels of the organisation and broader community.

8. Undertake specific issue-based research projects.

9. Support the policy work of the Koorie Youth Council, Youth Disability Advocacy Service and the Victorian Student Representative Council through communicating regularly with their teams and ensure our advocacy echoes their priorities.

10. Represent YACVic on relevant external committees, groups and at professional conferences, as negotiated with the CEO, and present to groups as appropriate.

11. Write content for websites and bulletins as appropriate.

12. Attend regular staff meetings and participate as a member of the wider staff team.

13. Carry out any other duties as required by the CEO.

Key selection criteria 

Essential

  1. Experience with or a strong commitment to working in the youth/community sector within a social justice framework;

  2. Proven skills in policy research and analysis, including the ability to contribute to policy debates in accordance with YACVic’s philosophy;

  3. A demonstrated, high-level ability in written communication;

  4. An understanding of and sensitivity to issues affecting young people and those working with young people, including Aboriginal youth;

  5. An understanding of the practice and principles of sound consultation mechanisms;

  6. Highly developed interpersonal, liaison and negotiation skills;

  7. Highly developed organisational skills and ability to work independently;

  8. An appropriate tertiary qualification.

Employment conditions

YACVic is an Equal Opportunity Employer. People with disabilities, people from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds and Aboriginal people are encouraged to apply for this position.

YACVic promotes the safety, wellbeing and inclusion of all children and young people, including those with a disability, those who are Aboriginal or those from refugee or migrant backgrounds. We take child protection very seriously.  All employees are subject to screening and assessment against child safety standards, including rigorous background, identity and reference checks. The successful applicant will require a current Working with Children Check and Police Check (costs reimbursed) and must agree to adhere to our child safe policy and code of conduct.

Employment conditions

We promote the safety, wellbeing and inclusion of all children and young people, including those with a disability, those who are Aboriginal or those from refugee or migrant backgrounds. We take child protection very seriously.  All employees are subject to screening and assessment against child safety standards, including rigorous background, identity and reference checks. The successful applicant will require a current Working with Children Check and Police Check (costs reimbursed) and must agree to adhere to our child safe policy and code of conduct.

Application process

Email your application to Stephanie Brenkovich, HR Office Manager at [email protected] with Policy Manager in the subject line.

In order to be considered for this position, you must include:

  • a brief cover letter stating where you saw the job advertised;
  • your resume, including contact details for a minimum of two referees, including your last line manager (we will not contact referees without your permission).
  • a separate document detailing your response to each Key Selection Criteria.

Only applications that follow the above process will be accepted and considered for interview.

Applications close 05:00pm Friday 26th April with interviews to be held on Monday 6th May in Melbourne CBD.

If you have any questions about the role, please contact Stephanie Brenkovich, HR Office Manager, phone 0438 638 734