Expression of Interest

Queensland Greens MPs

Closing Date

Wednesday, June,29 2022 - 09:00 am

Are you passionate about climate action? About social, racial and economic justice? Building mass movements and organising for the transformative and radical change we desperately need?

Here’s your chance to help make history and join the most exciting movement in progressive politics. 

About Us

Elizabeth Watson-Brown, Stephen Bates and Max Chandler-Mather were elected as MPs for Ryan, Brisbane and Griffith at the recent 2022 federal election. Penny Allman-Payne will be joining the Senate as Queensland’s second Greens Senator. Their election will change the face, scope and possibility of progressive politics in Queensland forever.

Each MP-elect will lead a small, dynamic team of passionate, dedicated, and experienced staff. These teams will contribute to a more just Australia, by listening to, standing up for, and serving their local electorates. The teams will work collectively towards significant change in the areas of social and economic justice and action to tackle the climate crisis.

Each Member-elect is transitioning into the Parliament and are currently being allocated offices and resources. They anticipate positions commencing as soon as possible in July. These positions will be offered for either a fixed period (non-ongoing) or an ongoing basis. Each office will likely have a combination of some part-time and some full-time roles, with exact days, pay and working conditions dependent on the role and individual office.

Electorate staff will primarily be helping people with one-on-one advocacy to resolve a specific issue affecting them, at other times they will organise and participate in community and Greens-led campaigns as well as creating and executing strategic actions and providing policy and media advice within the Parliament to make change. The MPs will work across local matters, federal portfolios, and the Parliament.

About the Roles

The Members-elect are now accepting expressions of interest for staffing positions within their offices. 

A number of positions (full-time or part-time at 3-4 days per week), in either a fixed period (non-ongoing) or an ongoing basis, are available within each electorate office. Each role will support the Parliamentarians,the establishment and operation of theirElectorate Office at the beginning of their 3-year term (6-year term for the Senate).

Each of these roles will be remunerated at a level commensurate with skills and responsibilities.  Suitable candidates will be invited to discuss their application, possible roles, salary and working conditions at an interview in late June.

Roles within the offices of the three Lower House MPs  will primarily be based in Brisbane, within the electorates of the MP Roles within the Senate office will be primarily based in Gladstone (however, if you’re located in Canberra please also consider applying). Travel will be required of some roles to support the Parliamentary work of the Member-elect. The provisional  commencement date will be after 1st of July, 2022 for all roles.

Even if you feel you do not possess all the required skills or experience for the role/s you’re interested in, we’d encourage you to apply and provide us with information on your other relevant or aligned skills.

All positions will be offered under the Members of Parliament (Staff) Act 1984, and employment conditions are outlined in the Commonwealth Members of Parliament Staff Enterprise Agreement 2020-2023. In addition to your salary, generous employer-sponsored superannuation of 15% is offered along with ongoing training and professional development facilitated by the employment framework.

The Office The Roles Description
Penny Allman-Payne Senior Adviser - Strategy and Policy  The Senior Advisor will drive and execute the Parliamentary,policy and strategic work of the Senate Office including committee work. They will support the Senator on policy formulation and other matters of policy, including assisting with electorate and federal issue campaigns. Speech writing for Parliament also forms part of this role. A demonstrated understanding of Australian  politics  and alignment with Greens values will be essential.  Experience in high level parliamentary and policy work will be highly advantageous.  This role will involve regular travel to Canberra for sitting weeks. . Part-time considered. Hours and working conditions to be negotiated.
Penny Allman-Payne Media & Communications Adviser 

 

(full-time)

 

The Media Communications Adviser  will be responsible for all outward communications for the Senator. This includes creating, driving and executing the media and communications strategy incorporating traditional and new media (including social media), as well as email communications and speech writing. A demonstrated  understanding of Australian politics and alignment with Greens values  will be essential, and experience in media or journalism will be highly desirable. This role will work closely with the Leaders Office and involve regular travel to Canberra and within Queensland 
Penny Allman-Payne Campaigns & Advocacy Officer  The Campaigns and Advocacy Officer will be responsible for creating and executing local and portfolio campaigns by working closely across the team and managing volunteers. The focus of this role is building strong relationships with community and advocacy groups, and being the liaison point between these and the Senator’s work in Parliament (including by drafting speeches, questions on notice and Ministerial correspondence). It will also include some direct advocacy work for constituents, as well as providing guidance to the Constituent and Office Manager on reactive  communications. Experience in community organising, NGOs and/or advocacy, event management and volunteer management will be highly advantageous for this role. Part-time considered. Hours and working conditions to be negotiated.
Penny Allman-Payne Office Coordinator and Executive Assistant The Office Coordinator and Executive Assistant is responsible for the day-to-day running of the Senate Office, as well as coordinating the Senator’s travel and calendar. This role is responsible for managing the Senate Office budget - including travel and work expenses and claims for the Senator.. It will also oversee and manage constituent assistance  by drafting emails, speaking with constituents and referral of constituent cases to relevant team members as necessary. Exceptional communication, relationship building/maintenance, organisational and time management skills are a must for this role. Part-time considered. Hours and working conditions to be negotiated.
Max Chandler-Mather Policy & Comms Advisor (full time) Support the MP on policy formulation and other matters of policy including assisting with federal issue campaigns. Lead the MPs communications including via written materials, media and some social media. This role will include travel to Canberra during most sitting weeks.
Max Chandler-Mather Constituent & Office Manager (part-time or full time) Assisting constituents needing help from the office and taking responsibility for the day-to-day running of the Griffith Electorate Office. This includes drafting emails, speaking with constituents on the phone,  managing logistics and calendars for the MP,  including travel and work expense management and claims for the MP. Exceptional communication , organisational and time management skills are a must for this role. 
Max Chandler-Mather Community Organiser (part-time or full time) Works closely with the Campaign Director to run campaigns fighting for social change on priority issues for the local electorate and people of Griffith. This includes volunteer management, grassroots campaigning, event management and some constituent support. Experience in event management in particular will be highly advantageous for this role. 
Max Chandler-Mather Constituent Caseworker (part-time or full time) Assisting constituents needing help in particular areas of support such as NDIS, centrelink, or immigration. This role will take a case management approach to assisting constituents with more complex matters, and  include supporting people who are struggling or marginalised and need help navigating bureaucracy. Experience working in a similar advocacy setting will be highly advantageous.
Elizabeth Watson-Brown Office Manager & Constituent Support (full time) Responsibility for the day-to-day running of the Ryan Electorate Office. This role is responsible for managing EO budget including travel and work expenses and claims for the MP and staff, and managing logistics and calendars for the MP. It will also support basic constituent needs including by drafting emails, speaking with constituents, referral of constituent cases to relevant team members as necessary. Exceptional communication, relationship building/maintenance, organisational and time management skills are a must for this role. Administration experience will be highly advantageous.
Elizabeth Watson-Brown Constituent Manager (full time) Responsible for overseeing the EO response to constituent needs including direct work for constituents and managing cases with more complex support needs such as NDIS, centrelink, or immigration. The more complex constituent needs will be undertaken with a case management approach and include supporting people who are struggling or marginalised and need help navigating bureaucracy. Experience working in an advocacy, social services or legal support setting will be highly advantageous.
Elizabeth Watson-Brown Campaigns Manager (part-time) Responsible for creating and executing local campaigns relevant to the constituents of Ryan. This role will include building strong relationships with community groups, and being the liaison point between existing groups working in these communities, the Ryan EO, and the MP’s work in Parliament. This role will develop and manage local campaigns to support the Ryan EO strategic goals and will provide the direction for the Community Organiser role, with both roles reporting directly to the Chief of Staff. Experience in campaign management in particular will be highly advantageous, as will a strong connection to the Ryan area and understanding of local issues. This role will include travel to Canberra during some sitting weeks.
Elizabeth Watson-Brown Community Organiser (part-time Works closely with the Campaigns Manager to run local campaigns fighting for on-the-ground change on priority issues for the constituents of Ryan. This includes volunteer management, grassroots campaigning, event management and some constituent support. Experience in community or workplace organising, event management and volunteer management will be highly advantageous for this role. An understanding of the local issues in the Ryan area will also be an advantage.
Stephen Bates Office Manager (full time)

This role includes responding to constituent communications, calendar management, and office/budget logistics.  The Office Manager will manage the calendar and travel bookings for the MP.

This person will have excellent written communication and organisational skills.

Stephen Bates Community Campaign Organiser & Constituent Liaison (full time)

Connecting with the Brisbane community and identifying opportunities to assist with community-led campaigns for social and legislative change. Assisting community campaigns to host forums, rallies, and events.

This role will include relationship-building, volunteer management, event management, and constituent support as required.

Contributes to strategic parliamentary business matters relating to the electorate and electorate issues.

Stephen Bates Policy & Communications Advisor (full time)

The Policy & Comms Adviser will carry out relevant policy research, assist with parliamentary activities, and provide advice and support in parliamentary business.Works with the Community Campaign Organiser to identify local issues to amplify in the Parliament.  The person appointed will accompany the MP on parliamentary business, public engagements and community meetings as required.  This will involve travel to Canberra and irregular hoursA Law/Policy/Social Science background/qualification is highly desired.

Responds to portfolio and other correspondence regularly and liaises with portfolio stakeholders

Stephen Bates Constituent Caseworker (FT or PT)

Providing high quality service for Brisbane constituents seeking assistance, specifically for constituents requiring help navigating government services.

Experience working with people of diverse and disadvantaged backgrounds is advantageous.

There are also two roles in Senator Larissa Waters’ office being advertised: a full time, permanent Media Advisor; and a one year full time parental leave Campaigns and Communications Advisor. The roles are based in Brisbane and would commence in July. Details of selection criteria and position descriptions will shortly be available on the Ethical Jobs website.

About you

An understanding of Australian Politics, alignment with progressive Greens values, a commitment to making positive change, strong communication and professional relationship management skills,  professional integrity, and a track record as a flexible team player are essential requirements.

We invite people with one or more of the following skills and experience to apply:

  • Strategic leadership and management to achieve political objectives
  • Research, legislative, parliamentary and policy skills 
  • Political campaign management and organising skills
  • Communications skills including traditional and new media, email, copy or speech writing 
  • Executive assistance and management of a political office including strong attention to detail, systems creation and execution
  • Community or workplace organising abilities, including volunteer management, strategic campaign planning and capacity building

How to apply

Please include the reference QLD010 in the subject line of your email.

Please include in your cover email which 1-5 roles you’d like to be considered for, including in which office, in your preferred order. Applications without this information will be unable to be processed further. 

Additionally, please write a maximum of two pages in answer to the questions below and provide a two page summary of your CV, submitted together in a single PDF document of up to 4 pages in total to qld.recruitment@greens.org.au

  1. Why do you wish to work in the role/s you’ve expressed interest in?
  2. What skills and experience do you have that equip you for working in this role to support the operation of the Member-elect’s office?  
  3. The Australian Greens are a political party based on four key principles: Ecological sustainability, grassroots democracy, social justice and peace and non-violence.  How do these align with your values?
  4. In Queensland the Greens made history this election, with a record statewide vote and the election of three lower house MPs. What do you think were the key components of the Greens success here, and what should these MPs be prioritising in commencing their work to fight for change and retain these seats in 2025?
  5. Successful applicants will have demonstrated professional integrity, strong communication and professional relationship management skills and a track record of working as a flexible team player. How have you shown evidence of these in your life and/or work?
  6. Is there anything else you would like us to know that would help us understand you and how you would contribute to the team?
  7. Please confirm you can legally work in Australia.  If you are working in Australia under visa conditions  please also include a current VEVO statement.
  8. Please provide  any relevant information about your existing commitments or applicable notice periods.  and if  you are seeking part-time or full-time work (where the role/s provide opportunity for either) and your preferred commencement date.

Applications will receive consideration as they arrive and we encourage you to submit your application as soon as it’s ready. Applications will be accepted and considered until 9am Wednesday 29 June 2022, with the possibility of extension or another round at a later date. 

The Greens are an equal opportunity employer. We know that strength comes with diversity and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds. We encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as well as people of any ability, race, religion or gender identity to apply. Even if you feel you do not possess all the required skills or experience for the role/s you’re interested in, we’d encourage you to apply and provide us with information on your other relevant or aligned skills.