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Senior Policy and Research Officer (VPSG5)

Job posted: 02/08/2022
Applications close: 16/08/2022 (Midnight)
6 days remaining

6 days remaining

Job Description

Location: Melbourne | CBD

Job type: Part time

Organisation: Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission

Salary: $103,920 - $125,735

Occupation: Policy

Reference: VG/DJ5677_AUG

Reference: VG/DJ5677_AUG

Occupation: Policy

Salary Range: $103,920 - $125,735

Work location: Melbourne | CBD

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission is an independent statutory body with responsibilities under Victoria’s key human rights laws - the Equal Opportunity Act 2010, the Racial and Religious Tolerance Act 2001, the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 and the Change and Suppression Practice Prohibition Act 2021.

Our vision is for a fair, safe and inclusive Victoria where every person is respected and treated with dignity. We work with others to eliminate inequality and build a community that respects and promotes human rights and equal opportunity.

We are a small and buzzing organisation that embraces creativity, accountability, rigour and empathy as our values. Our teams are filled with highly-motivated, conscientious and collaborative people who love what they do and uphold our values.

We know that our work has the greatest impact when it is informed by diverse experiences and perspectives.

We strongly encourage Aboriginal people, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and people with disabilities to apply.

We strive to build and maintain an inclusive workplace that brings out the best in our people and we support flexible work arrangements.

If you have the skills to do this job and think you'd be a good fit for our organisation, we'd love to hear from you!

  • Exciting opportunity to work on key equal opportunity and human rights issues
  • VPS5 Classification salary range ($103,920 - $125,735) plus superannuation
  • One (1) ongoing, part-time position available
  • Part-time position - 0.6 FTE (negotiable days/hours)

About Us

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission is an independent statutory body with responsibilities under Victoria's key human rights laws: the Equal Opportunity Act 2010, the Racial and Religious Tolerance Act 2001, the Change or Suppression (Conversion) Practices Prohibition Act 2021 and the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006.

The Commission's vision is for a fair, safe and inclusive Victoria, where every person is respected and treated with dignity. Our mission is to engage and influence law and policy makers, institutions, communities and individuals to protect and promote human rights in Victoria. We seek to fulfil this vision and mission through a range of functions under our laws. We advocate for our laws, we inform and educate people about their rights and responsibilities under these laws, we offer a free and impartial dispute resolution service, we receive reports about change or suppression practices and we conduct voluntary reviews of programs and practices to facilitate compliance with the law. We also undertake research to identify, understand and find solutions to systemic causes of discrimination, sexual harassment, human rights breaches and matters arising from the operation of change and suppression practices. We conduct investigations to identify and eliminate systemic discrimination, sexual harassment and into issues that indicate change or suppression practices that are systemic or persisting, and we intervene in court and tribunal proceedings that involve equal opportunity and human rights issues.

The Policy and Research branch identifies and addresses systemic equal opportunity and human rights issues in Victoria. To achieve this, we provide high quality, strategic policy advice, and conduct best practice research to build a strong evidence base for protecting and promoting human rights in Victoria. The branch also leads the Commission's reviews of organisational programs and practices to determine compliance with the Equal Opportunity Act and the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act.

The workforce: We are a small and buzzing organisation that embraces creativity, accountability, rigour and empathy as our values. Our teams are filled with highly motivated, conscientious and collaborative people who love what they do and uphold our values.

We know that our work has the greatest impact when it is informed by diverse experiences and perspectives. We strive to build and maintain an inclusive workplace that brings out the best in our people. We encourage, support and celebrate our diversity.

We understand that work life balance is important and we actively support flexible work across all our roles.

About the Role

Reporting to the Acting Head of Policy and Research, the Senior Policy and Research Officer will be responsible for scoping key equal opportunity and human rights issues; gathering and critically analysing evidence related to those issues; and providing high quality, evidence-based and implementable policy advice and recommendations to address the issues. They will play a key role in leading the Commission's key law and policy reform agenda.

The Senior Policy and Research Officer will also be responsible for delivering complex, sensitive and best practice research, resulting in quality, publishable reports and other material. In addition, they will work closely with internal and external stakeholders to deliver the branch's policy and research priorities.

The Senior Policy and Research Officer will be expected to be able to contribute to work in the Commission's strategic priority areas: embedding a human rights culture; improving workplace equality; protecting human rights in closed environments; and reducing racism.

About You

As our ideal candidate, you will possess:

  • Knowledge and experience in policy and research in relation to equal opportunity and human rights issues.
  • Technical expertise in in relation to reducing racism, disability and/or other equality issues is highly desirable.
  • Knowledge and understanding of Victoria's key human rights laws, or demonstrated ability to obtain this quickly.
  • Experience managing complex research including designing market research methodology, facilitating focus groups, analysing and synthesizing data and report writing.

For further information please refer to the position description attached.

How to Apply

Please click the Apply button on this advertisement. Applications should include a resume and covering letter. Attachments can be uploaded in .doc, .docx, .pdf, .txt or .rtf formats. 

The successful candidate will be required to undergo pre-employment checks which may include national police checks and misconduct screening. 

If you require adjustments to the recruitment and selection process, or require an alternative format to any of the application material, please don't hesitate to get in touch with the contact person listed on this ad. 

FOR INTERNAL VPS EMPLOYEES:

For all VPS employees, due to the new JSE policy, please apply through the JSE only to be considered for this position.

For this particular vacancy, priority consideration applies to Victorian Public Service (VPS) and select employees of the Victorian Public Sector who apply through the Jobs Skills Exchange (JSE) jobs board platform.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

The department is committed to providing and maintaining a working environment which is safe and without risk to the health of its employees consistent with the department's obligations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (Vic).

Therefore, there is a requirement that all DJCS employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to undertake duties outside of their homes.

Prior to commencement of employment with the department you will need to provide evidence that you are vaccinated against COVID-19. Acceptable evidence includes:

  1. COVID-19 digital certificate (available via your myGov account)
  2. Your immunisation history statement (available via your myGov account) or
  3. A letter from the GP who vaccinated you.
Senior Policy and Research Officer (VPSG5)

Job type:

Part time

Job classification:

VPSG5

Contact:

Emily Yates on 0408 960 434 | Emily.yates@veohrc.vic.gov.au

Senior Policy and Research Officer (VPSG5)