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Policy & Advocacy Manager

If you're passionate about social justice, human rights, and bringing about systemic change, this might be the job you’re looking for.  

  • Advocate for systemic change and strive to influence government policy and legislation 
  • Permanent part-time (28 hours per week) 
  • Competitive salary: $103,716 - $106,851 per annum pro rata + salary packaging + above-award leave provisions 
  • Work with a small, experienced team advocating for progressive law reform and access to justice in NSW 

About the Policy & Advocacy Manager role 

This role will draw on the experiences of community legal centres and their clients to develop and coordinate systemic advocacy and law reform strategies and activities. No two days will be the same. Your work will be diverse and collaborative. You will coordinate and undertake research for law reform and policy submissions, deliver training to the community legal sector, meet with Members of Parliament, work with journalists to tell high-impact stories and amplify our community’s experiences, identify impactful solutions to inequality and injustice, and much more.

For a detailed summary of the role’s duties and accountabilities, please refer to the Position Description attached below. 

Skills and experience required 

  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice and human rights. 
  • A well-developed understanding of how laws and legal systems impact people’s access to justice, and a capacity to understand and articulate the need for law reform. 
  • Demonstrated commitment to working cooperatively and respectfully with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and organisations, and to being guided by their vision, experiences, perspectives and expertise. This includes commitment to making CLCNSW a place where Aboriginal people feel welcome and culturally safe. 
  • Qualifications in a relevant field (e.g. Law, Social Policy, Social & Community Development) or five-years’ experience working in a policy or advocacy role with a relevant organisation (e.g. community legal centre, Aboriginal Legal Service, Legal Aid Commission or non-profit social justice organisation). 
  • Demonstrated skills and experience developing and coordinating advocacy projects or activities. 
  • Demonstrated experience communicating with decision-makers and external stakeholders such as politicians. 
  • Highly developed research, analysis and written and oral communication skills, including the ability to communicate issues clearly and concisely. 
  • Demonstrated project management skills and experience, including strategy development, timeline management, and monitoring budgets, as well as staff management skills. 
  • Experience working in or with community or non-profit organisations. 
  • Demonstrated skills and experience in working in or with media, including social media. 

About Community Legal Centres NSW 

Community legal centres advocate for a fairer society and justice system. We are the peak-body for 41 community legal centres, and our sector helps more than 55,000 people every year to find solutions to their legal problems. Community legal centres have a long and successful history of bringing about systemic change through policy, advocacy and law reform. Informed by the experiences of our communities, we work to effect changes that will increase access to justice, particularly those experiencing financial hardship, housing or job insecurity, disadvantage, trauma, or discrimination. 

How to apply 

A full Position Description is attached below. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Please email your CV and a cover letter addressing the selection criteria to, using the subject line: Policy & Advocacy Manager.

If you have any specific questions, please call Imogen Brackin (Office Manager) on (02) 9212 7333 or email  

Applications close at 5pm on Friday 11 February.

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