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Senior Manager Government Relations

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Work type: Permanent
Location: Australia Wide
Categories: Communications, Transformational Development, Relationship Management

We are seeking a strategic influencer who can support better outcomes for the world’s most vulnerable children and their communities across all sides of politics. As the Senior Manager Government Relations for World Vision Australia, your role is to influence policies and practices as our in-house political lobbyist.

Based in Canberra, you will grow and strengthen cross-party political support for our priority advocacy programs. You will be responsible for managing our political engagement and working with our CEO and Head of Policy and Advocacy to ensure World Vision Australia’s position as the ‘go-to’ organisation for key areas for parliamentarians and Government.

You will advance our policy agenda on issues such as climate change, first nations, children in the aid programme, women’s economic empowerment and conflict/fragility.

Key responsibilities will include:

  • Identifying and building relationships with influencers relevant to our priority areas within all levels of government
  • Engaging and persuading political influencers to support our World Vision Australia policy and practice change agenda
  • Working cross functionally to support policy/advocacy and wider business objectives
  • Information exchange and advice to our internal business teams

 To be successful in this role you will be a savvy negotiator with excellent relationship building skills. You will also require:

  • Substantial experience working in politics and policy, particularly with the Australian Government, and political representatives
  • Demonstrated success in achieving political change
  • Strong network of political influencers with the ability to build and consolidate networks across the political spectrum, both within political offices and government departments
  • Proven ability to identify opportunities for political change and execute lobbying strategies to influence decision-makers
  • Advanced qualifications (or relevant professional experience) in public policy change, government relations, political studies or similar
  • Comprehensive understanding of the Australian political landscape and constituencies
  • Understanding of structures and processes of the Australian Government & the Australian public service
  • An interest in international or community development principles and practices and the Australian aid program

Working for World Vision means you are making the world better 

It is not every day that a job comes along that lets you change the world. Working for World Vision means looking forward to turning up at work because you know you are about to do something meaningful. It means working with 35,000 staff and 3.3 million supporters in 100 countries who will stop at nothing to help children live better lives. Join a team that is bold and courageous, and where job satisfaction goes beyond financial reward. 

The selection process 

For your information, the interviews will start immediately, and the role may be filled before the closing date.

We embrace diversity, employing people from a variety of cultural and religious backgrounds. We take our Safeguarding responsibilities seriously and we are committed to providing an environment that is safe for children. Our stringent recruitment procedures make sure the safest and most suitable people work with the children in our programs. All successful candidates will undergo a criminal record and Working with Children check prior to employment. We provide our staff and volunteers with ongoing supervision, support, and training in their work with vulnerable children and their families. World Vision Australia participates in the Inter-Agency Scheme for the Disclosure of Safeguarding-related Misconduct in Recruitment Process within the Humanitarian and Development Sector. 

Who we are

World Vision is a Christian organisation that empowers everyday Australians to create meaningful change for children through relief, development, and advocacy work.

We offer great benefits such as salary packaging, flexible working arrangements for our employees.

For more information on World Vision and the work we do, please visit our website:  

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World Vision Australia is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organisation that is dedicated to transforming the lives of children and communities by tackling the causes of poverty. We are dedicated to increasing opportunities for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people in line with our Reconciliation Action Plan

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