Senior Policy Officer

Sydney, NSW

Job summary:

As the Senior Policy Officer, you will be responsible for the development and implementation of Canteen’s policy strategy in relation to achieving optimal health and well-being outcomes for young people impacted by cancer and their families. This includes having in-depth knowledge of relevant literature and policies, consulting across the sector to ensure effective engagement on policy development, advocating Canteen’s policy positions to key stakeholders, and participating in initiatives to influence State, Territory and Federal Government and key sector policy players. This role gives you the opportunity to work with purpose and develop policy that will improve the lives of young people impacted by cancer.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Developing and implementing Canteen’s policy strategy
  • Undertaking policy analysis and providing advice on relevant policy issues
  • Preparing submissions, position papers, correspondence and reports.
  • Working with key internal stakeholders to ensure linkages between strategy, operations, research, policy and advocacy.
  • Monitoring, evaluating and reporting on the organisation’s policy initiatives. 
  • Consulting across the sector with external stakeholders to ensure effective engagement on policy development.
  • Advocating Canteen’s policy positions to key stakeholders
  • Contributing to Canteen research publications

Is this you?


  • Relevant postgraduate qualifications and substantial experience in policy, advocacy or communication in the area of health or social services.


  • Demonstrated experience monitoring policy changes, undertaking literature and policy reviews and providing advice based on policy interpretation. 
  • Demonstrated experience in developing or implementing a policy strategy.
  • Demonstrated experience and success in translating research and other evidence to inform policy and advocacy.
  • Demonstrated ability to produce high quality and persuasive written material such as academic papers, policy statements and briefing documents, and the ability to write in an easily understood style and format for a range of audiences. 
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the Australian political system and factors influencing policy direction and reform in Australia. 
  • Experience or interest in working with young people (desirable) 
  • Knowledge of, or experience in, the field of cancer or other chronic illness (desirable)

Personal qualities

  • High level of self-motivation and ability to think out of the square.
  • Strong organisational skills and the ability to manage competing priorities in a dynamic workplace. 
  • Excellent presentation skills in both formal and informal settings.
  • Demonstrated experience establishing and maintaining relationships internally and externally and bringing together multiple partners in support of common goals.

Employment Details:

Location: Sydney

Job type: Permanent, Part-time

Hours of work: 30 hours per week / 4-5 days per week


Application Info

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The closing date is 20th September 2020.

You can apply on our website below, alternatively, send your CV and covering letter address the selection criteria to

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