Jenny Leong MP, the Greens Member for Newtown, is recruiting for an Advisor to join her and the Newtown team.
We are looking for an experienced person who will take a leading role in ensuring our team delivers for the people we represent as well as our campaigning priorities. If you have experience working in policy, communications or campaigning, enjoy working in a fast-paced and people-focused environment, have good political judgement, experience managing projects and a passion to change the world then we hope you will apply to join us in our Newtown Electorate Office.
Our small, high intensity team is passionate, dedicated, and experienced. We are committed to building strong communities, serving the good people of the Newtown electorate as well as working collectively towards significant social and environmental change.
The Newtown Electorate Office has three full-time ongoing positions, one Electorate Officer and two Senior Electorate Officers.
Sometimes we help people one-on-one to resolve a specific issue with public housing maintenance, at other times we are organising and participating in community actions with tens of thousands of people. We work across local matters, statewide portfolios and global issues - we are committed to collective action, community empowerment and contributing to the diversity of people who are engaged and connected to politics.
About the role
As an Advisor* to Jenny Leong MP you will be expected to provide strategic advice and day-to-day support to the Member of Parliament in their role as well as have responsibility for specific policy areas,and projects.
In this role you will be responsible for providing high level strategic and political advice to the Member for Newtown. Importantly, you will also share our commitment to the principles of the Greens and our passion for changing the world.
Our team works collaboratively and flexibly on many areas of work, so to be successful in this role, you will bring expertise or experience in one or more of the following areas:
- Media and communications
- Policy and research
- Constituent casework
- Parliament and legislation
- Community organising and outreach
You are not expected to have skills in all of these areas to apply. Knowledge in one of more of our portfolio areas of housing, climate change, women’s rights, LGBTIQ+ rights, anti-racism, multiculturalism or human rights would also be an advantage.
*Note: this role has previously been advertised as a Senior Electorate Officer, which is the general title given to this position by the Department of Parliamentary Services. Applicants for this previous recruitment are still being considered and do not need to reapply.
We are actively encouraging people of culturally diverse backgrounds who are interested in this position to put an application in, even if you don’t think you meet every single bit of the selection criteria. We are committed to addressing the lack of diversity in politics.
This position is full-time – with the expectation that it will continue in to an ongoing permanent role. The NSW Parliament requires all positions to be initially recruited for 6 months. The position is then converted to ongoing employment, subject to satisfactory performance.
Maximum total remuneration package $110,718 pa including salary ($78,736 – $90,253 pa), an all incidence allowance ($9,179 pa) employer's contribution to superannuation and annual leave loading. Salary will be commensurate with skills and experience.
Further information to assist you with applying for this position:
- Position Description
- Parliament of New South Wales website
- NSW Parliament pre-employment requirements
How to apply
Applications must be lodged online through http://iworkfor.nsw.gov.au/
To apply for this position please attach to your application:
- Your covering letter [maximum one page] which outlines your reasons for wanting to undertake the role.
- Your up-to-date resume [maximum two pages] which clearly details your skills, including work, volunteer and community experience as relevant to this role.
- Your specific response [maximum two pages] to the below Selection Criteria.
Your resume and response to the following Selection Criteria will be the initial assessment method used to determine your suitability for this position compared to other applicants. The completeness and relevance of your application may determine whether or not you are called for an interview. (Please note that you should respond to the specific selection criteria below – not the generic selection criteria in the position description link.)
Selection Criteria (maximum two pages)
The following Selection Criteria form a specific part of the selection process. Applicants are required to address each of these essential criteria items specifically in their application.
Applicants are also invited to address any of the relevant desirable criteria that they meet.
- Demonstrated commitment to the core principles of the Greens as well as an interest in and understanding of Australian politics and parliament.
- At least five years’ experience in a coordination, policy, organising role, or similar.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills, and the ability to undertake research, analyse policy and legislation, and prepare briefs.
- Communications experience, including developing media and comms strategies, drafting media releases and emails, liaising with journalists and producing materials.
- Highly developed interpersonal skills and experience supervising the work of staff and volunteers.
- Superior organisational skills as well as experience planning and delivering on projects to deadline in a high pressure environment.
- A high level of digital competency, including an ability to use office software, social media, databases, websites and digital communication tools
- Policy expertise in one or more of our portfolio areas (listed above)
- Design/layout, social media, photography or database skills
- Activist, community organising or event coordination experience
Technical assistance: Should you encounter any technical problems, please contact ‘I work for NSW’ helpdesk 1800 562 679 (Monday - Friday).
Enquiries about the role: please email [email protected] or call 9517 2800.
Closing date: Monday 4 April 2022