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Director of Policy and Advocacy
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The South Australian Council of Social Service Inc. (SACOSS) is the peak body for the non-government community services and health sectors. With a broad mandate for driving social policy change  our organisational members are drawn from across the not-for-profit sector with a deep commitment  to eliminating poverty, inequality and injustice in SA.

Our longstanding Director of Policy & Advocacy recently decided to take up a new role and we are now on the search for the right person to fill this key leadership role. 

Reporting to the CEO, this role requires someone who can  manage and mentor a small  team of social policy researchers in identifying and prioritising the most important drivers of poverty and then advocating and campaigning for change across a broad range of policy areas.  The role involves representing SACOSS to government and the broader community, while building alignment and shared purpose in the community services sector as we engage others to become allies in influencing decision makers.

The successful candidate will demonstrate a finely developed ability to traverse complex environments and a changing political landscape, be able to provide clear direction, and identify and leverage program and policy opportunities for SACOSS.

As a member of the Leadership Team this role will involve working collaboratively to respond to emerging opportunities and challenges and contributing to the development of SACOSS’ strategic and operational plans. 

The role requires excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and the ability to design, implement and maintain consultation and engagement mechanisms and activities to ensure that SACOSS policy, advisory and advocacy initiatives are informed by the experiences of our members and people with a direct experience of poverty and disadvantage.

The role involves oversight of the production of high-quality research papers, submissions and reports that are accessible, evidence based, informative and engaging. 

Prior experience working within the not-for-profit sector is a necessity and the successful candidate is likely to have specialist and/or technical knowledge of policy area and the sector, as well as a broad understanding of theories and practices underpinning public policy, social disadvantage, change and advocacy.  You will have relevant tertiary qualifications in a related discipline, and will have significant demonstrated experience managing and delivering policy and advocacy campaigns. 

The role requires a highly motivated self-starter with excellent organisational, project management and team skills who is able to take the initiative in driving new projects and work well under pressure to deliver high-quality outcomes.

You'll possess excellent leadership which will enable you to manage, support and develop others to achieve organisational goals and objectives.

The position is offered at full-time or close to full-time hours, and flexible working arrangements are available. 

Please include a detailed response addressing the Skills/Knowledge/Experience profile outlined in the position description for this role (available above) with your application. Please note that applications close on Thursday 1st of September.

Want to know more? Please contact  Ross Womersley, on (08) 8305 4222.

SACOSS is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.