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 email@example.com by 10am AEST Monday September 13.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants are especially encouraged to apply.
Salary negotiable based on experience and expertise.
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.