Position Description

Director of Policy and Engagement

Position description: Director of Policy & Engagement

Reporting to and working closely with the CEO, the Director of Policy and Engagement develops Science & Technology Australia’s policy strategy, research, Parliamentary engagement and other strategic projects. This role helps to shape how STA influences policy on science, technology, engineering and mathematics. This is a proactive, high-energy position for a skilled policy developer, writer and networker. The successful candidate will have a deep interest in policy detail and debate, impeccable broad policy and political connections, follow the news cycle closely and be able to work
swiftly and accurately to tight deadlines.


  • Keep across policy debates and the news cycle to identify and execute opportunities for STA to advocate and shape policy ideas, and generate media and public discussion;
  • Develop high-quality policy proposals for STA to advocate to Government, Parliament and the public;
  • Support the STA STEM Sector Policy Committee to develop STA policy positions and prepare responses to public inquiries, reviews and consultations;
  • Cultivate and maintain key relationships to develop STA’s engagement with Federal and State Governments and Parliamentarians;
  • Remain across policy changes and political developments relevant to science and technology and advise STA leadership on responses;
  • Plan strategic activity to proactively engage the STEM sector on issues of political and policy significance to science and technology;
  • Brief STA’s public spokespeople to present at Parliamentary hearings, major speeches, in public forums and major media interviews;
  • Run STA’s STEM Ambassadors program training and supporting STEM professionals to build long-term relationships with their matched federal MP or Senator;
  • In collaboration with the STA Events manager, provide input on speakers and content for STA flagship events including Science Meets Parliament and Parliamentary Friends of Science; and
  • Other duties as required, including but not limited to logistical, administrative and communications support.

Key selection criteria:

  • Strong experience in high-quality policy development and strategy, drafting policy submissions, and engaging in Parliamentary policy processes;
  • A nuanced understanding of the STEM policy and political landscape and an ability to forge influential relationships across the Parliament and public service;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to operate with a diverse range of people in the STEM sector and policy analyst networks;
  • An ability to write well and quickly, take responsibility and work unsupervised including problem-solving, sound judgement, and decision-making skills;
  • Outstanding attention to detail and time management, and an ability to juggle competing priorities and respond quickly and professionally as issues unfold;
  • A passion for STEM and a commitment to the principles of diversity, fairness and equal opportunity.

Applicants should prepare a response of up to two pages to the selection criteria, along with a current resume and examples of policy work you have produced.

Please send your application to ea@sta.org.au by 10am AEST Monday September 13.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants are especially encouraged to apply.

Salary negotiable based on experience and expertise.

About STA:
Science & Technology Australia is the peak body for Australia’s science and technology sectors. We represent 92 member organisations and, through them, more than 88,000 STEM professionals. Join a small and high-energy team working flexibly and with a deep commitment to ensure STEM expertise informs policy, and public and media discussion.