Penington Institute, an independent and not-for-profit organisation, actively supports the adoption of approaches to drug use that promote safety and human dignity. It does so through thought leadership, community education, front-line worker training, research and policy formation.
The successful candidate will work as part of a small and high-functioning team that reports to, and collaborates with, the Manager, Research and Policy on strategic policy, research and advocacy activities.
- Take a proactive role in identifying and staying informed about policy issues relevant to drug use.
- Draft high quality submissions and reports to government, the Executive, key strategic committees and other stakeholders.
- Engage with key stakeholders to keep abreast of developments and intelligence from front-line workforces and various networks.
- Source and analyse relevant policy, research and data, presenting recommendations to ensure that Penington Institute makes well-informed, evidence-based decisions.
- Write content on policy issues for our publications (media releases, websites, publications and campaign materials).
- Contribute to other projects as required.
We offer a dynamic working environment and are located in Carlton, in the heart of the vibrant Lygon St precinct.
The position is a full-time or negotiated part-time contract for two years. The remuneration package will be negotiated with the successful applicant.
Ensure your application includes a cover letter addressing the selection criteria and a current CV.
For further information on this position, please contact Dr Karen Gelb on +613 9650 0699.
Submit your application to Anna Rolle, email@example.com.
Applications close on Friday 29 October at 5pm; you are encouraged to apply as early as possible.
Key Selection Criteria
Applicants should have:
- A relevant tertiary qualification or demonstrated equivalent competency.
- Experience in policy development.
- Excellent policy analysis, research and report writing skills, conceptual skills and a high degree of analytical and problem-solving skills.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills and high-level consultation skills.
- Excellent planning and organisational skills and demonstrated ability to set priorities and meet deadlines.
- Demonstrated ability to determine long-term planning and key strategic directions and develop, implement and improve policies, processes and procedures.
- Ability to work with a high degree of autonomy and initiative in a complex and confidential environment.
- Experience in government and political processes is desirable.
People with a multi-lingual or diverse background, or with personal experience of drug use issues, are encouraged to apply.
- Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with colleagues as an active member of a team.
- Demonstrated high level interpersonal, communication, liaison and organisational skills to be applied across a range of differing cultural environments and diverse communities and organisations.
- Able to participate and contribute to continuous improvement in a diverse and multidisciplinary team’s functioning in a cooperative and collaborative manner.
Builds and utilises stakeholder relationships
- Builds networks within the wider community, sourcing and developing potential contacts relevant to the position and Penington Institute.
- Maintains strong, positive relationships both internally and externally.
- Finds innovative solutions to resolve issues.
- Builds trust through consistent actions, values and communication.
- Keeps stakeholders up to date with issues and developments, escalating stakeholder issues as appropriate.
- Holds Australian citizenship, permanent residency or proof of eligibility to work on an unrestricted basis in Australia.