About the Role
Momentum for improving the quality of life for autistic people has never been higher: 85% of Australians have personal contact with an autistic person, autism is the highest diagnostic group within the NDIS plus a Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry sparking a commitment to a Victorian autism plan.
Amaze has been highly influential in shaping government policy at state and federal levels including being appointed to the NDIS Autism Advisory Group.
Amaze is seeking an experienced professional to lead its policy and advocacy team to develop robust policy platforms (via manifesto, position statements, submissions) that combines evidence with genuine community consultation with a highly engaged constituency. In addition to exceptional policy writing skills, demonstrated experience in developing and implementing advocacy campaigns through the media and at grass roots level will support Amaze to drive further change.
The position reports to the CEO and is part of a dynamic management team. Whilst experience in the disability sector would be advantageous, the ideal candidate will have a strong track record in policy development in government and/or the not for profit environment, experience of designing and implementing advocacy campaigns, excellent stakeholder engagement skills and possess political nous.
Amaze is committed to improving employment opportunities for autistic people. We do this through advocating to the broader community and employing autistic people at Amaze. We endeavour to provide support and adjustments through the recruitment process and throughout employment to the specific needs of autistic candidates and employees. Autistic people with the skills and experience outlined in the position description are encouraged to apply.
About the Organisation
Amaze is the peak body for autistic people and their families and carers in Victoria with a 25 year strategic plan horizon to achieve its social impact aspiration.
Amaze Social Impact, Purpose and Strategic Directions
Our Social Impact: Amaze aims for a society that i) respects the dignity of every person on the autism spectrum and ii) offers each of them opportunities for meaningful participation and to make a valued contribution.
Our Purpose: We build awareness and understanding of autism. We develop community capacity by working with others to help them value and support people on the autism spectrum and their families.
Outcomes to be achieved by 2040: 1) Community awareness and understanding of autism in Victoria increases over time; 2) Attitudes and behaviours towards people on the autism spectrum by the Victorian community (government, private and social sectors) improves over time; 3) Opportunities for meaningful participation and a valued contribution increase for people on the autism spectrum.
Build awareness and increase understanding of autism through media activity to promote facts and dispel myths, World Autism Awareness Day, provision of information and resources.
Advocate for positive change through quality, evidence based advice to governments and other organisations on critical issues for autistic people including early identification and assessment, NDIS, education, employment, mental health, women & girls.
Community engagement and capacity building through consultation with the autism community, improving knowledge, skills and capability of individuals and private, public and social organisations.
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