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Senior Policy and Project Officer – Working Women’s Centre (JOB-211479)

Melbourne, Australia
$100,000.00 to $108,000.00 per annum

Women’s Legal Service Victoria | Melbourne CBD | Immediate start | Hybrid working model | Full time or Part time - negotiable (minimum 0.8EFT) | Fixed Term until 28 August 2028

  • Be a part of a feminist community organisation supporting Victorian women.

  • A fantastic opportunity to build the role and make it your own.

  • Your expertise will directly contribute to building a more gender-equitable society.

  • Hybrid working model (part in office/working from home), promoting a true work/life balance.

  • A welcoming, passionate, and supportive work culture

  • Competitive remuneration, bonus leave days, flexible work arrangements, salary packaging

Your new role
You will provide strong project management, policy and law reform, and stakeholder engagement expertise to the new Victorian Working Women’s Centre (WWC Vic), being delivered in collaboration by three community legal centre partners and Women’s Legal.

  • Developing and delivering a low reform advocacy plan

  • Developing of community education, workforce development and prevention workplans

  • Stakeholder engagement to improve the system response for women experiencing employment and discrimination legal issues

This is a full time or part time (minimum 4 days) position.

What you’ll need to succeed
To succeed in this role, you should have strong project management and research skills. Your ability to engage collaboratively with external stakeholders will be key to your success.

  • Experience delivering projects, law reform and advocacy initiatives

  • A tertiary degree in a relevant discipline

  • Knowledge of gender equity and prevention of gendered violence and experience working on projects to drive change in workplaces is highly desirable

What you’ll get in return
In return for your dedication, we offer competitive remuneration, bonus leave days, flexible work arrangements, salary packaging, and a vibrant, supportive work culture.

The detail:

  • 5 weeks annual leave!

  • Above-award remuneration

  • A strong commitment to your professional development, personal development, and wellbeing

  • A very flexible working environment that supports work-life balance

  • A hybrid working model that supports both in-office and work-from-home arrangements

  • Salary packaging (which can add up to $15,900 in tax-free pay every year)

  • Fresh fruit available in the office

  • Access to our Employee Assistance Program

Our Purpose:
To improve outcomes for all women, with a specific focus on victim-survivors of family 
violence by:

  • Providing high quality legal services for Victorian women who are disadvantaged or marginalised by structural and systemic barriers​​​​​​​,

  • Assisting women and professionals that work with women, to better understand the law and navigate the legal system safely, and

  • Advancing gender equality by challenging unsafe and discriminatory policies and laws and informing and advocating for legal and policy initiatives that respect and promote the rights of women

Our culture
We’re continually building on our culture of inclusivity, collaboration and safety so our teams and individuals thrive. Our values are more than words – they’re actions we take together.

Together, we are:

Authentic: We are reliable, trustworthy and transparent about how we work. We reflect on our work and take responsibility for our actions.

Collaborative: We are stronger when we work together. By sharing power and privilege with diverse voices, we achieve better outcomes. We respond to requests for help with generosity.

Courageous: We are brave, resilient and face challenges with integrity. We unapologetically advocate for our goals and back one another to take considered risks to increase our impact.

Inclusive: We believe respect, equality and opportunity must be afforded equitably and to everyone. We understand this will require critical reflection on where power lies and how it functions, and active effort to disrupt it.

Purposeful: Our services respond to the community, laws and people we work with. We value curiosity and relish opportunities to improve our work.

To apply
Submit a resume and covering letter to tell us how you are the right candidate for this role. Please ensure the cover letter addresses how you personally align to Women’s Legal values that are listed above.

See the Women’s Legal ‘Work with Us’ page for a full position description.

Any other enquiries can be emailed to Ruth McKendrick, HR Officer at hr@womenslegal.org.au

We will begin shortlisting immediately, so please apply as soon as possible.

Equal Opportunity Employer
We recognise our work benefits greatly from the unique knowledge, skills and expertise of individuals with diverse experiences, including those with lived experience of family violence, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, women with disability and women from migrant, refugee or non-English speaking backgrounds. If this is you, we strongly encourage you to apply.

Women's Legal relies on an exception under the Equal Opportunity Act to employ women only.