Senior Policy Adviser

Centre for Policy Development
Location Sydney or Melbourne, Australia
Application deadline 24 November 2023
Contract type Permanent
Hours Full-time
Salary $90,000-$105,000 + 11% superannuation.
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The Centre for Policy Development is looking to hire a proactive and passionate Senior Policy Adviser in the Early Childhood Development Initiative. 

About the Centre for Policy Development

The Centre for Policy Development (CPD) is one of Australia’s leading independent policy institutes. CPD was established in 2007 as an institute for long-term policy development, in an effort to counteract the focus on short-term fixes and political gains in Australian policy making. CPD is independent and non-partisan. It is open about its values as well as its funding sources. It is not an academic research unit, a lobby group or a campaign body. It is not affiliated with any political party. Its founders were John Menadue AC and Miriam Lyons, who were the inaugural Chairperson and Executive Director.

About the role

In this role you will be working on policy analysis and system reform in the ECD policy space, so that Australia can become the best place to be and raise a child. You will be 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. The 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.

Key roles and responsibilities

  • Working closely with the Program Director and key stakeholders, produce original research and policy papers in the Early Childhood Development Initiative.
  • Deliver rigorous quantitative and qualitative analysis and policy recommendations, communicating in plain and accessible language.
  • With the Program Director, assist with the development and execution of program-related events, including convening of the ECD Council and Steering Group, and other program related activities.
  • Build networks to support the program work, identifying and engaging key stakeholders across all sectors.

Experience and skills

This is a senior position, for someone looking to hone their policy development skills and make a difference in a key area of social policy. You will be the right person for the job if:

  • You have at least 6 years of experience in early childhood development policy or related social policy areas from government institutes, research institutes, policy institutes, peak bodies or non-government organisations.
  • You have experience in fostering stakeholder relationships, with an interest in convening and connecting stakeholders as a critical part of policy development.
  • You are motivated by long-term, big-picture systems reform, and want to meaningfully impact current reforms/reform opportunities in early childhood development.
  • You are motivated by policy and practice, and keen to deliver on reform opportunities in the early childhood development space.
  • You like working in a collaborative, fast-paced environment.