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Organisation : Brotherhood of St Laurence

Location : Melbourne

Work type : Contract/Temporary

Salary type : Other

Application closing date : 6 Feb, 2022

About the organisation

Organisation Name : Brotherhood of St Laurence

About the role

We’re looking for a professional Senior Policy Advisor with relevant experience who wants to join our 2,000+ team of staff and volunteers to make a difference on a 12 month maximum term part-time basis, working 30.4 hours per week based in Fitzroy.

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.



The position will lead the development and implementation of the youth employment policy agenda of the National Youth Employment Body (NYEB). The NYEB was established by the Brotherhood of St Laurence in 2018 to enable a coordinated, multi-sectoral, place-based response to youth unemployment. The aim of the NYEB is to enable collaborative place-based efforts that enable young people to secure decent work while addressing the needs of industry for a diverse and adaptable workforce. The NYEB is building on international evidence and the Brotherhood’s research, policy and practice experience in developing and delivering innovative education and employment models.

  • Lead the translation of social policy ideas within the NYEB. 
  • Contribute to the identification and management of the NYEB’s research and policy priorities. 
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of the NYEB’s youth employment policy agenda. 
  • Contribute to BSL policy development, influencing or advocacy activities, particularly as they relate to the advocacy agenda of the NYEB. 
  • Monitor, analyse and report on social policy trends in youth employment.
  • Support the overall RPC strategic leadership and management. 
  • Contribute to the development of funding proposals and submissions. 
  • Contribute to the identification of funding sources and partnership opportunities.


Salary will be in the range of $100,750.11 to $104,959.39 pro rata per annum, based on skills and experience plus superannuation.



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 someone who has the following key skills and experiences:

  • A postgraduate social science or policy degree with extensive relevant policy experience
    or an equivalent combination of relevant tertiary education and policy experience.
  • Well developed knowledge of the field of youth employment, including current issues and
    debates in research and policy.
  • Well developed understanding of the social research and policy environment, including
    contemporary issues.
  • Well developed knowledge of relevant ethical research practices and codes.
  • Well-developed interpersonal and communication skills to build effective relationships, advise and liaise with a broad range of people across all levels, both internally and externally including people of all ages and from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with bibliographic software such as Endnote and Microsoft office software (Word, Excel, Access etc).



  • Extensive salary packaging options to reduce amount of tax you pay
  • Career development opportunities
  • Leave loading of 17.5%
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Employee Assistance Program



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 Kira Clarke at for a confidential discussion.

To view the Position Description to address the Key Selection Criteria, please click here

Applications close: Sunday 6 February 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.

How to apply

Applications not allowed for this job listing.


Please quote in application: Senior 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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