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Principal Policy Advisor

Organisation : Brotherhood of St Laurence

Location : Melbourne

Work type : Full-time

Profession : Community Services, Education & Training

Salary type : Other

Application closing date : 2 Nov, 2021

About the role

We’re looking for a Principal Policy Advisor, Research and Policy Centre with relevant experience to join BSL’s Research and Policy Centre team based in Fitzroy but working remotely during lockdown.

The Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) has a clear vision – an Australia free of poverty.
For almost 90 years, we have worked with policy makers and the community for systemic change that will prevent and alleviate poverty in Australia.

We are passionate about the work we do.

We strive to create change that lasts for a more compassionate and just society – a society in which we can all fully participate in social, civic and economic life with the dignity and respect we all deserve.



You are an experienced Policy Advisor and Analyst, ideally with government experience. You are comfortable working with research evidence and researchers translating that work into a strong policy framework. You can provide strategic leadership of the BSL policy agenda in collaboration with the Director of RPC and Senior Program and Practice Leaders in the organisation. You are able to navigate multiple views and understandings of policy and advocacy. You are eager for an opportunity to lead, inspire, and progress an agenda for systemic change in the BSl space.



The Brotherhood of St Laurence Research and Policy Centre (RPC) explores the ways Australians are impacted by poverty and inequality. As the longest running and largest social policy research centre in a non-government community sector organisation in Australia, the RPC advances the BSl’s missions to promote systemic change through policy, research and evaluation activities. We have responsibility for seeding new approaches to social policy, programs and practice that help shape a better future for individuals, households and communities experiencing poverty, inequity and social exclusion. We currently have research teams that focus on Youth Opportunities (16-24 year olds), Work and Economic Security, Inclusive Communities, Early Childhood Education, and Energy and Climate Change.



We are seeking Principal Policy Advisor to lead a whole of organisation approach to policy agenda. Based in the Research and Policy Centre, this role is responsible for leading the BSL’s Policy Advisors and RPC’s Policy Groups, working closely with the Director of RPC and the BSL’s Executive Director, to advance the strategic policy agenda for the organisation.


The role will also work closely with other policy roles in the organisation, to ensure that BSL’s policy positions are integrated, robust and of high quality. The incumbent will develop and mobilise strong internal and external networks to support the policy agenda of the organisation.


This is a permanent full-time position working 38 hours per week. Salary will be based on skills and experience with attractive salary packaging options.



Passion for supporting the mission of BSL, and delivering excellence in your role, are just the start.

To be considered for the role and be successful in it, we’re looking for an applicant who has the following key skills and experiences:

  • Relevant tertiary qualifications
  • Strong experience in a similar role, including senior level public policy experience in government, thinktank, peak or community organization with demonstrated success in developing effective policy positions with and for government
  • Exceptional political nous and knowledge of the workings of government, and the policy landscape as it relates to the community sector
  • Strong existing government relations, with the ability to create access for BSL leaders.
  • Experience working in an organisation collaboratively with research, policy and program teams
  • Strong stakeholder engagement skills, with the ability to achieve alignment and collaboration among individuals and groups with often disparate objectives and demonstrated ability to work successfully in a highly matrixed or stakeholder heavy, fastpaced environment



BSL employees enjoy a range of flexible work options and other attractive benefits. Recognising that there is no ‘one size fits all’ pattern of work–life balance, the organisation endeavours to provide options to suit the needs of all staff.


If this looks like a role that’s right for you, APPLY NOW or contact Shelley Mallett on 0438 022 985 for a confidential discussion.

To view the position description and address the Key Selection Criteria, please click here

Applications close: Tuesday 2nd November at 11:55pm

The Brotherhood of St Laurence adheres to Government mandates in relation to COVID-19.


We are an EEO and understand the importance of diversity and inclusion. We recognise that everyone has the right to an equitable, safe and productive environment and to be treated with dignity and respect.  We welcome applications from all people regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, cultural background, disability or sexual orientation. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.

Successful applicants will be subject to pre-employment checks including criminal history and working with children. Recruitment decisions are based on the key inherent needs and requirements of each role, and candidates are selected based on their unique strengths and characteristics.  Applicants must have proof of working rights in Australia.

About the organisation

Organisation Name : Brotherhood of St Laurence

How to apply

Please click on the apply now button for further details.

Please quote in application: Principal Policy Advisor via Pro Bono Australia.

Profession: #Community_Services, #Education_and_Training
Sector: #Children, #Community_Development, #Community_Engagement, #Community_Support_Services, #Consulting, #Disabilities, #Education_and_Employment, #Employment_Services, #Families, #Foundations_Trusts_and_Philanthropy, #Health_–_General, #Homelessness_and_Affordable_Housing, #Indigenous, #Other, #ResearchMedical_Research, #Social_Enterprise, #Youth_and_Young_People

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