Office of Abigail Boyd - Policy and Parliamentary Advisor

Closing Date

Saturday, May,15 2021 - 05:00 pm

Greens NSW Upper House MP Abigail Boyd is looking for a passionate, politically engaged person with digital campaigning skills to join her team in the role of Policy and Parliamentary Advisor. 

We are looking for someone to help us coordinate our various campaigns and build Abigail’s profile, while developing their skills in policy and legislation. 

Our team: 

Abigail is one of six Greens NSW MPs in the NSW Parliament, and her team consists of three Policy and Parliamentary Advisors and one part-time support staff.

Our team works across a variety of portfolios, including: 

  • Domestic Violence & Abuse
  • Treasury, Finance & The Economy
  • Mining, Coal & CSG
  • Women’s Equity & Economic Justice
  • Sex Worker Rights
  • Animal Welfare
  • Disability
  • Transport & Infrastructure
  • Hunter, Newcastle & Central Coast
  • Older People
  • Young People

As an office of a Greens NSW MP, we are bound by party policy and have a deep commitment to the party’s four pillars of social and economic justice, ecological sustainability, peace and disarmament, and grassroots participatory democracy.

The position:

Hours: 0.75-0.8 FTE, with some limited overtime and weekend work required; working days by negotiation

Remuneration: $86,957 p.a. pro-rata, including an allowance of $8,968, as set out by the NSW Parliamentary Remuneration Tribunal (designated as Parliament Secretary/Research Assistant position)

Location: based at NSW Parliament in Sydney, with flexible working arrangements available by negotiation

Contract: Permanent role with 6-month probationary period 

The Policy and Parliamentary Advisor is a dynamic and varied role, including (but not limited to) drafting communications materials, speechwriting, providing input into issues-based campaigning, providing policy and legislative analysis and advice, developing and managing stakeholder relationships, contributing to policy development, facilitating community organising, coordination of Abigail’s parliamentary business and undertaking research.

We are looking particularly for someone who has existing skills in digital campaigning, campaigns management, and familiarity with profile-building and media liaison. 

Parliamentary and legislative experience is not required, but you should have a familiarity with progressive politics and an enthusiasm to learn more about and work in policy. In this role, political instincts and a willingness to learn are more important than any formal qualifications. 

Our office is committed to building a diverse and inclusive team and work culture. The successful applicant will share, and live by, these values.

The full position description is attached.

Selection criteria:

You will be someone who:

  • Is committed to Greens principles of social and economic justice, ecological sustainability, peace and disarmament, and grassroots participatory democracy
  • Has excellent written and oral communication skills, including well developed interpersonal abilities
  • Has spent time in progressive politics, NGOs, the community sector, organising as an activist, or the union movement
  • Is experienced with project managing digital campaigns
  • Is keen to grow their skills in policy analysis and apply those skills to a parliamentary context
  • Has an eye for design and basic experience in graphic design for creating engaging social media content

Bonus points for: 

  • A track record of pitching and landing stories and managing relationships with journalists
  • Experience with writing engaging, persuasive copy (such as emails, published articles, or speeches)
  • Community organising experience
  • Proficiency with NationBuilder, or other similar CRMs
  • Proficiency with the Adobe Creative Cloud Suite (including: InDesign, PremierePro, Illustrator, Photoshop, etc) 
  • Previous experience working in a parliamentary context

How to apply:

To apply, please provide your resume (maximum 3 pages) and a cover letter (maximum 2 pages) addressing the above selection criteria and outlining why you’d be a good fit for the role. Please submit all application documents as one PDF file with your name in the title.

Applications should be sent by email using the subject line: “Application for Policy and Parliamentary Advisor” to matthew.thompson@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Inquiries about the position can be made to the office at matthew.thompson@parliament.nsw.gov.au or on 02 9230 3676.

Applications close at 5pm on Saturday 15 May 2021. However we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible.

Shortlisted applicants will ideally be available for an in-person interview in the week of 17 May 2021