Job category: Electorate Officer B
Location: Melbourne electoral office
Travel required: Very occasionally
Salary range: $61,063 - $71,292
Position type: FTE
Electorate Staff Allowance: $3,686 - $7,375
Reports to: Adam Bandt MP
Applications accepted by email to Emma.Garbutt@aph.gov.au Applications close 5 pm Tuesday 1 October 2013.
The position is offered under the Members of Parliament (Staff) Act 1984 and conditions are outlined in the Commonwealth Members of Parliament Staff Collective Agreement 2012 -2015. The salary package is supplemented by an electorate staff allowance in recognition of the irregular hours and other special features of this position. Generous employer-sponsored superannuation is also offered.
Roles and Responsibilities
1. Develop and maintain relationships with individuals and groups within the electorate, including organising and attending meetings on the Member's behalf, managing information and implementing community strategies;
2. Identify existing and potential issues in the electorate related to community and constituent concerns that require the Member's attention and implement timely solutions including necessary administrative work;
3. Develop and oversee all community campaigns including liaison with stakeholders and, where necessary, volunteer, communications, and events coordination;
4. Coordinate staff and volunteers supporting community liaison responsibilities;
5. Provide the Member with informed advice on policy matters relating to Melbourne including researching party policy, liaising with elected representatives, developing policy responses, submissions and other resources;
6. Coordinate consultation with constituents and groups on relevant policy issues;
7. Liaise with elected councillors, government departments and parliamentary liaisons where necessary;
8. Other responsibilities as lawfully directed by the Member and Chief of Staff.
The position holder will be expected to work some evenings and weekends and this is compensated for in the ESA.
1. Highly developed written, oral and interpersonal communication skills.
2. A demonstrated interest in politics and sound political judgment.
3. Strong analytical skills.
4. Demonstrated ability to manage competing priorities and work to tight deadlines in a dynamic environment.
5. Outstanding organisational skills.
6. Ability to work as part of a team, under time constraints and strict deadlines, with a minimum of supervision.
7. Demonstrated facilitation and negotiation skills when working with stakeholders with different views.
8. Excellent computer skills in word processing, database packages and internet and email programs, preferably Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access and Outlook).
9. Capacity to comprehend complex issues, think strategically and adapt to changing circumstances.
The following abilities and personal qualities are desirable:
- Understanding of the Australian political context, and local issues and context in the electorate of Melbourne.
- Sound knowledge and understanding of Australian Greens' policies and major issues and how they relate to other political parties and NGOs' policies.
- Awareness of party structure and operations of the Australian Greens.
- Experience of working in a political, community or lobbying organisation.
- Relevant tertiary qualifications and experience (eg. social sciences or politics).
- Flexibility and initiative.
- Ability to work co-operatively in a close, teamwork environment.
- Enthusiasm and self-direction.
- Creativity and imagination.
- Ability to work effectively and amicably under pressure.
- Ability to establish and maintain strong working relationships with a wide cross section of individuals and organisations.
- A respect for sensitive and confidential information.
- A commitment to the Australian Greens' Charter and principles.
- Current driver's licence.
- Sense of humour.
A probationary period of 3 months, with the option of extending by a maximum of two months, will apply.
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