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At the Centre for Policy Development, we believe our team is our key asset and we are committed to recruiting and retaining talented and ambitious individuals.

We build constructive, respectful working relationships — internally and externally — and we take equity and inclusion seriously. We are committed to listening, learning and growing.

We recognise the best solutions are developed when diverse voices contribute, so we try hard to integrate all perspectives into our work — especially those of people with lived experience of the issues we are trying to address.

Current opportunities

Unfortunately we have no current opportunities available. We do regularly post new openings however so we encourage you to check back again soon. Thank you for considering CPD.

Resilient People & Places Program - Policy Adviser

The Centre for Policy Development is looking to hire a proactive and passionate Policy Adviser to support our Resilient People and Places Program in our Sydney office. 

In this role you will be working on revolutionising social and human service systems in Australia so they better meet the needs of people and communities.

This is an exciting opportunity to work on some of the most important issues for our economy and society in Australia. Our 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. 

We believe our team is our key asset and we are committed to recruiting and retaining talented and committed individuals. We support flexible work and will consider either full-time or part-time for the right candidate. The successful candidate will be based in CPD’s Sydney office. Remote work on a hybrid model is a standard practice, and the specific work conditions, including the arrangement of days at home and days in the office, will be determined in discussion with your supervisor. 

We invite First Nations people, people of colour, people with lived experience of forced migration, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQI+ community, and people without a family history of tertiary education to apply for this role.

Salary

Starting at $83,000 + 11% superannuation, with higher salary available depending on experience and skills. 

Some Additional Benefits

  • Hybrid work.
  • Flexible hours.
  • Additional 5 days of Annual Leave after 3 years of service.
  • End of year leave: CPD gives as additional leave the days between Christmas and New Year. 
  • Study Leave: Up to 5 days of paid study leave per year.
  • Sabbatical Leave: 12 weeks paid leave every 5 years of employment. 
  • 14 weeks’ paid Parental leave (after one year of service at the expected due date + 12 months of unpaid parental leave).
  • Birthday Leave.
  • Floating Public Holidays.
  • Collaborative culture that will foster your skills, build your career and broaden your horizons.

 

How to Apply

Candidates are invited to apply via Google Form  by 12pm on Tuesday  27 February 2024.

If you have any questions, please contact Luana Viana on jobs@cpd.org.au.

About you

We are looking for someone who is motivated to understand and explore the policy and practice ideas that can reorient social and human services to better meet the needs of people and communities. First-hand experience of policy research is desirable but not essential. We are most interested in your passion for this topic, your proactivity, creativity and an ability to grapple with complex concepts and communicate them well.

This is an intermediate level position, so we would expect the successful candidate to have 3 to 5 years work experience.

You’ll be the right person for the job if:

  • you have some understanding of people and place centred approaches to social and human service policy and delivery, or related issues such as social and economic inclusion, gained through work, study and/or lived experience
  • you can write concisely and clearly, including creating presentations
  • you have a thoughtful, creative approach to understanding a problem and policy and practice research and analysis
  • you have the ability to take the initiative when faced with a blank page; developing new projects, methodologies, and ideas
  • you communicate respectfully and effectively with all types of people from all backgrounds, recognising the unique strengths and value each person brings
  • you’re able to work at pace on several different projects at once

 

Here is a taste of what you’ll do: 

  • Under the direction of the Program Director, conduct research and analysis on social and human service policy and delivery.
  • Working with collaboration partners, support the practical demonstration of innovative models and approaches to social and human service policy and delivery, and develop case studies of good practice.
  • Assist to convene policy and practice conversations, such as roundtables and workshops, with government and non-government stakeholders.
  • Build networks to support the program work, identifying and engaging key stakeholders across all sectors.
  • Support the administration of the program including scheduling meetings, preparing meeting materials, updating CRM.

 

About CPD

CPD is one of Australia’s leading independent policy institutes. At CPD, we are ambitious for long-term transformative change, and consistently have our eyes on our goals for Australia and our region: a government that is active and effective; a society that expands opportunity and social justice; an economy that is clean, innovative and productive; and a country that is respected for its leadership and cooperation.

You will be joining a smart and energetic team that is courageous with our contribution, but humble in the way we engage. We are committed to listening, learning and growing together.

We build constructive, respectful working relationships and we take equity and inclusion seriously. Our capacity to deliver real impact comes from a talented, collaborative team from a variety of backgrounds and experiences. The best solutions are developed when diverse voices contribute – especially people who are frequently and historically excluded from public policy decisions, and people with lived experience of the challenges our work addresses.  

To learn more about our work check out our recently updated impact page.

How we Shortlist

We use a de-identified selection process to try to reduce unconscious bias in the application process.

We will ask you to answer three (<250 word) questions as part of your application, and these answers will be de-identified before being reviewed by hiring managers who shortlist for interviews.

We encourage talented individuals from all backgrounds to apply and be a part of our mission to make a positive impact on public policies.

Your unique perspective and skills are valued here, and we look forward to reviewing your application.

Our culture

Ambitious for change

We are ambitious for long-term transformative change, and consistently have our eyes on our goals for Australia and our region.

Intellectually rigorous

We strive for intellectual rigor and invite curiosity and initiative across the whole team.

Collaborative and inclusive

We build constructive, respectful working relationships — internally and externally.

Trusted and reliable

Our analysis is evidence-based and thoughtful, and people know they can trust what we say and write.

Grounded and caring

We care about people and are compassionate colleagues and collaborators.

Fun and friendly

We bring fun to our work and don’t take ourselves too seriously.

Ambitious for change

We are ambitious for long-term transformative change, and consistently have our eyes on our goals for Australia and our region.

Intellectually rigorous

We strive for intellectual rigor and invite curiosity and initiative across the whole team.

Collaborative and inclusive

We build constructive, respectful working relationships — internally and externally.

Trusted and reliable

Our analysis is evidence-based and thoughtful, and people know they can trust what we say and write.

Grounded and caring

We care about people and are compassionate colleagues and collaborators.

Fun and friendly

We bring fun to our work and don’t take ourselves too seriously.

CPD internships

Internships are available on a case-by-case basis depending on research project needs. CPD only accepts internships that are part of an accredited program of study, and we are committed to ensuring mutual benefit and genuine professional development through the internship process.

All general applications should be addressed to ‘Centre for Policy Development’ and sent via email to admin@cpd.org.au. The subject line must be ‘Internship Application for CPD’. For specific roles, please follow the provided instructions.

Please provide an attached CV and cover letter. The cover letter must comment on a CPD research paper and a policy issue the applicant is passionate about. Applications that do not meet these criteria will not be considered.

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