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Senior Policy Officer

Senior Policy Officer

Job Title: Senior Policy Officer
Job Type: Permanent
Location: Sydney
Industry: Charities
Reference: 3297162
Contact Name: Rhonda Newman
Contact Email: rhonda@beaumontpeople.com.au

Job Description

Senior Policy Officer | DVNSW

• Full time – Continuing position until June 2023
• Join the high performing, passionate team at DVNSW
• Experience in the domestic and family violence sector is essential!

Domestic Violence NSW (DVNSW) is the peak body for specialist Domestic and Family violence (DFV) services in NSW. They work to eliminate domestic and family violence through the leadership of the specialist DFV sector and the NSW policy environment. In 2021, DVNSW were awarded the contract to represent Women’s Domestic Violence and Court Advocacy Services (WDVCAS). The team at DVNSW collectively work towards a world where women, families and communities in NSW live free from violence, have equal rights, equal opportunities, and the freedom to reach their potential.

The role
The Senior Policy Officer is a newly created role, responsible for delivering policy analysis, research and strategic advice on issues specific to the role of the WDVCAS’s in the NSW DFV service system.

You will take the lead in engaging members and stakeholders to research views and priority areas of research, evaluation and policy with the goal of assisting the DFV sector in achieving best practice and delivering quality, especially across the justice system.

Responsibilities of the role are:
• Undertake high-level research into DFV services, practice and outcomes, reporting on results and forming recommendations on best practice
• Undertake research to identify opportunities for DVNSW to present submissions
• Apply analytical and research skills to formulate policy positions within a broad and complex framework
• Prepare high-quality written advice, briefings, submissions and other correspondence on policy, policy direction, service quality and outcomes measurement
• Investigate policy or program options, and prepare reports and submissions on outcomes and initiatives in relation to ADVO and criminal justice response to DFV
• Drive policy, practice and law reform in the area of ADVO and related DFV criminal charges, to achieve more positive court outcomes for women and their children.
• Engage and support the WDVCAS’ across the state through consultation and regular engagement
• Advocate on behalf of, the specific role of WDVCASs in the domestic and family violence service system in New South Wales
• Support and input to DVNSW program reporting for government funding contracts

To be a successful applicant for this position you will meet the following selection criteria.
• Current or previous employment experience in a WDVCAS; or a detailed understanding of WDVCAS policy and practice
• Demonstrated experience in the domestic and family services sector and a strong working knowledge of legislation, legal processes and legal policy issues regarding domestic and family violence in NSW
• You will need strong relationship building skills, ideally obtained through past experience managing relationships with government departments and key NGO stakeholders
• You will need excellent writing, communication and analytical skills
• You will preferably have a background in law, criminology and/or social work and social policy

How to apply
If this sounds like something that you would be interested in, please apply with a cover letter outlining your previous experience and the reason for your application along with your full resume.

DVNSW is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer and welcomes applications from people from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds.

There is no closing date for this role, all applications will be reviewed as they are received, and successful applicants will be contacted promptly.

Beaumont People has been contracted to recruit this role on behalf of Domestic Violence NSW, therefore all queries must be directed to Rhonda Newman at Beaumont People.