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Manager, Policy and Advocacy (Full Time, permanent) – Abbotsford


  • Generous salary packaging options available
  • Extra days off between Christmas and New Year
  • Employee Assistance Program with supportive, confidential counselling for personal and work concerns


Djirra is committed to Child Safety and as part of Djirra’s screening requirements all staff must have (or are able to obtain) a Working With Children’s Check and a National Police Check. In addition, if you lived in a country other than Australia for 12 months or more in the last ten years then the results of an international police check prior to commencement will be required. You must also demonstrate an understanding of children’s safety.

Some of the responsibilities are:

  • Preparing clear and concise policy papers, presentations, reports and briefings.
  • Providing timely and high quality advice on complex and sensitive policy issues and proposals and preparing and reviewing reports and briefings.
  • Liaise, negotiate and collaborate across Djirra and with a broad range of stakeholders on the development of policy responses.
  • Represent Djirra on key stakeholder committees and groups and contribute to relevant committee and governance processes.



  • Demonstrated extensive knowledge and understanding of the Victorian Aboriginal community, particularly in relation to the impact of family violence on Aboriginal women.
  • Demonstrated policy development, research and review, formulation, and implementation based on good organisational knowledge and understanding of current issues, resulting in an ability to effectively address strategic, environmental and operational requirements.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks, timelines and priorities in a complex and rapidly changing environment, under limited supervision.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate sensitively and effectively with members of the Aboriginal community.
  • Ability to prepare project briefs, reports, service plans, and policy options and recommendations on complex issues which are clear, exhaustive, and provide strong support for a preferred position or action.
  • Ability to build effective relationships with a diverse range of stakeholders and confidently argues complex concepts, negotiating with tact and diplomacy on difficult issues.
  • Developed problem solving skills and the ability to develop contingency plans and ensuring stakeholders are actively engaged in the problem-solving process.
  • Effective and developed stakeholder management skills


To find out more about the position (full job description available) and how to apply, refer to our Get Involved page on our website

Only applications received via the website will be considered. Applications must include your resume and covering letter and all applicants must answer the questions at the bottom of the application form.

Applications for this position will close as soon as a suitable candidate is sourced, therefore we strongly encourage your application as soon as possible. We also strongly encourage Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people to apply.

If you would like to know more about the role or about the work we do, please call Teresa Kyprianou, Human Resources Advisor on (03) 9244 3333.

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Job Details

  • Role Category
  • Job Type Full Time
  • Location Melbourne
  • Job Posted 27/11/2020
  • Application Close
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