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Organisation : Centre for Policy Development

Location : Melbourne, Sydney (CBD)

Work type : Full-time

Sector : Community Development

Salary type : Annual Package

Salary : $65,000 - $85,000

Application closing date : 24 Nov, 2023

About the organisation

Organisation Name : Centre for Policy Development

CPD is one of Australia’s leading independent policy institutes. At CPD, we are ambitious for long-term transformative change, and consistently have our eyes on our goals for Australia and our region: a government that is active and effective; a society that expands opportunity and social justice; an economy that is clean, innovative and productive; and a country that is respected for its leadership and cooperation.

You will be joining a smart and energetic team that is courageous with our contribution, but humble in the way we engage. We are committed to listening, learning and growing together.

We build constructive, respectful working relationships and we take equity and inclusion seriously. Our capacity to deliver real impact comes from a talented, collaborative team from a variety of backgrounds and experiences. The best solutions are developed when diverse voices contribute - especially people who are frequently and historically excluded from public policy decisions, and people with lived experience of the challenges our work addresses.  

We believe our team is our key asset and we are committed to recruiting and retaining talented and committed individuals. We support flexible work and will consider either full-time or part-time for the right candidate. The successful candidate will be based in CPD’s Sydney or Melbourne office. Remote work may be possible. We invite First Nations people, people of colour, people with lived experience of forced migration, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQI+ community, and people without a family history of tertiary education to apply for this role.

To learn more about our work check out our latest Impact Report.

Our CPD team enjoys the following:

  • Being part of a team that is at the cutting edge of changing policies to make Australia and the region better. From tackling climate change to early childhood education; ensuring the wellbeing of future generations to improving employment services; changing policies on migration to enhancing Australia-Indonesia ties, you will be fulfilled by helping to bring about enormous impact. You will also be working with the smartest policymakers and private sector leaders.
  • A collaborative culture that will foster your skills, build your career and broaden your horizons.
  • Flexible and hybrid working - employees can work from home or another location and can work flexible hours.
  • 4 weeks annual leave plus additional leave between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day (additional 3-4 days each year)
  • Study leave - 5 days per year
  • Birthday leave - 1 day per year
  • Compassionate leave - 4 days per year
  • Personal/carers/sick leave - 10 days per year
  • Wellbeing leave - leave after intense periods of work
  • Paid parental leave for all parents. 
  • We are also finalising a salary and benefits policy with more benefits to come shortly. 
  • Birthday gift voucher - $30 
  • Floating public holidays
  • Access to newspaper and magazine subscriptions
  • A pet-friendly work space
  • End-of-trip facilities (i.e showers, bike storage)

About the role

The Centre for Policy Development is looking to hire a proactive and passionate Program Officer in the Early Childhood Development Initiative.  

In this role you will be providing program support and project management for the team, enabling policy analysis and system reform in the ECD space, so that Australia can become the best place to be and raise a child. The team is involved with policy work focused on improving paid parental leave, maternal and child health, early childhood education and care, transitions to school, wraparound and integrated services, and related policy areas that support families and young children from birth to 8 years old.

This is an exciting opportunity to work on one of the most important issues for our society and economy and society in Australia. Our team enjoys frequent interaction with policymakers in government, media, and the wider policy world. You’ll be joining a close-knit team that delivers real impact at senior levels of policymaking. 

The key responsibilities for the role are program support and project management:

  • reporting to the Early Childhood Development Program Director, you will oversee project management for the Early Childhood Development Initiative Program: coordinating across 
  • teams, tracking progress, ensuring planned projects are delivered on time
  • organise major policy engagement activities for Early Childhood Development Initiative, such as roundtables and other convening events, including sending invitations, developing agendas, setting up virtual platforms, organising logistics and travel
  • support our program teams and contribute to our research projects
  • write grant applications, impact statements, funder reports, and other program-level documentation
  • help prepare outputs for publication – working with the comms team, designers, typesetters and others
  • contribute to wider project planning and strategy across the team
  • support the Program Director in managing the program, including by scheduling internal and external meetings.

Communications and Events

  • Contribute to and participate in the broader CPD team, including weekly staff meetings, annual retreat.
  • Where required, assist with CPD’s events program, including roundtables, public forums and CPD’s signature event, the John Menadue Oration.  Activities will include logistics, publicity, invitations and registrations, venue hire, catering, flights and accommodation, budget management, event presentations, distribution of briefings and communications materials, and post-event reporting, analysis and recommendations.

What we will offer you

We highly value work flexibility, encouraging our team to manage their own working hours and providing the option to work on a hybrid basis. We will consider either full-time or part-time for the right candidate.


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