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Junior Advocacy Officer – POC Placement Program

We are partnering with Democracy in Colour to offer an opportunity for a person of colour to join the Working Women’s Centre team in this Junior Advocacy Officer position and develop their advocacy skills. This is a participant role in Democracy in Colour’s POC Placement Program – an on-the-job training program for campaigners of colour.

 

This program is about finding emerging campaigners of colour, supporting their talent, and pushing organisations to centre their voices for real, lasting change. It places emerging leaders in paid campaigning roles in advocacy NGOs alongside a training and mentoring program run by Democracy in Colour. As part of the program, the successful applicant will work within WWCSA, and spend on average a half day per week participating in training and professional development as part of the placement program.

 

WHO ARE WE?

The Working Women’s Centre SA Inc is a not-for-profit organisation that provides an industrial service to vulnerable working women and others.  The Centre was established in 1979 and has been advising, supporting and advocating for vulnerable women and migrant workers for 40 years.  The Centre provides support, advice, information and representation to women who face issues in their employment in both federal and state jurisdictions.

The Centre is also concerned with the structural inequalities for women in the workplace, and conducts outreach, community education and advocacy for the equal participation of women in the workforce and community. Current key focuses of the Working Women’s Centre include precarious work, sexual harassment, wage theft, women in male-dominated industries and the impact of COVID-19 on young women.

 

CONTEXT OF THE POSITION

Young people, especially young women, have been disproportionately impacted by the enduring effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The South Australian Government has provided a one-off grant allocation to the Working Women’s Centre SA Inc to inform the development of effective policy and practice responses to the unique employment-related needs of young women (12 – 30 years old) in the wake of COVID-19. We have already begun working on a project enhancing and creating secure employment opportunities for young women (12 – 30 years old) in response to COVID-19. The successful applicant for this role will take responsibility for rolling out the rest of the project.

The Junior Advocacy Officer will work primarily on issues facing women under 30, with a focus on temporary visa holders, First Nations women and women from low socioeconomic groups.

 

EMPLOYMENT CONDITIONS

This is a full-time (35 hours per week) 12-month term contract position.

Employment conditions are specified in the Working Women’s Centre Inc Enterprise Agreement 2018. Presently, the Junior Advocacy Officer role is not set out in the Enterprise Agreement. The Enterprise Agreement is due for renewal and the classification will be added.

The position is based at the Working Women’s Centre in Adelaide SA but requires the capacity to undertake regional and remote travel occasionally. Some out of hours work is required.

Benefits include the following:

  • Competitive salary $60,000
  • Generous salary sacrifice options
  • 12.0% superannuation
  • Flexible workplace
  • 35-hour week (plus reasonable overtime stipulated in the EBA)
  • TOIL entitlements
  • Weekly training and professional development through the Democracy in Colour POC Placement Program

 

We encourage applications from all cis and trans women, as well as non-binary people who are comfortable working on advocacy that focuses on the experiences of young women.

The successful applicant will be required to get a working with vulnerable people check if successful.

If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to get in contact with the Director Abbey Kendall at abbey@wwc.org.au.

 

To apply, please fill out this application form, attaching a cover letter and CV.

Applications close at 5pm on Thursday 18th of March, 2021.

We’re Hiring! Senior Advocacy Officer

Work type: Permanent Full time (35 hours)
Sector – Not for Profit
Location – Adelaide
The Working Women’s Centre SA Inc is a not-for-profit organisation that provides an industrial service to vulnerable working women and people. The Centre was established in 1979 and has been advising, supporting and advocating for vulnerable women for 40 years. The Centre provides support, advice, information and representation to women who face issues in their employment in both federal and state jurisdictions. The Centre is also concerned with the structural inequalities for women in the workplace, and conducts outreach, community education, and campaigning for the equal participation of women in the workforce and community.

The position is subject to ongoing funding.

Employment conditions are specified in the Working Women’s Centre SA Inc Enterprise Agreement 2018. Presently, the Senior Advocacy Officer role is not set out in the Enterprise Agreement. The Enterprise Agreement is due for renewal and the classification will be added. Some out of hours work is required.

CONDITIONS:
Competitive salary $86,963.00
Salary Sacrifice available
12.0% superannuation
Flexible workplace
35-hour week (plus reasonable overtime stipulated in the EBA)
TOIL entitlements
WORKING WOMEN’S CENTRE OBJECTIVES
Enhance women and vulnerable people’s participation in and contribution to workplace arrangements that improve their economic prosperity and welfare.
Increase women and vulnerable people’s knowledge of the legal, policy, and institutional frameworks that promote workplace reform, including employment conditions, and fair and efficient arrangements for remuneration and safe work.
Provide a safety net of industrial relations related services to women and vulnerable people who are otherwise unable to access them to enable them to participate effectively in the labour force.
Enhance work-related services provided by other organisations to women and vulnerable people.
The Senior Advocacy Officer is responsible to the Director. The role will require supervision of junior advocacy officers and volunteers to the Centre. The role will require the Senior Advocacy Officer to lead, in conjunction with the Director, campaigns and advocacy projects that relate to the Centre’s objectives. Presently the Centre is engaged in advocacy and campaigning projects on the following issues:

The impact of COVID-19 on young women in South Australia;
Wage Theft;
Sexual Harassment in the Workplace;
The intersection of women’s economic security, precarious work, and family violence;
Increasing the participation of women in male-dominated and non-traditional roles including science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

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We’re hiring! Graduate Junior Industrial Officer role

The Working Women’s Centre has recently secured funding from the Fair Work Ombudsman and we are looking for a full-time Graduate Junior Industrial Officer to join our growing team! Apply before the 25th of January.
Conditions:
Competitive salary $60,000.00
12% superannuation
Flexible workplace
35-hour week (plus reasonable overtime stipulated in the EBA)
TOIL entitlements
A Junior Industrial Officer’s duties are as follows:
Support Senior Industrial Officers to provide information and industrial advice to vulnerable people who are primarily not members of unions and who do not have their own lawyer.
Provide industrial and legal advice across a wide range of federal and state legislation concerning industrial and employment matters.
Support Senior Industrial Officers to represent clients in conciliation, arbitration, and court hearings with respect to industrial claims and disputes.
Work closely with the Director and Senior Industrial Officers on other tasks as required.
The successful candidate will have:
A legal qualification and eligibility to be admitted to practise in South Australia.
An introductory understanding of the Australian Industrial Relations system and workplace law.
An understanding of the role of the Fair Work Act2009 and Fair Work Regulations 2009.
A commitment to principles of unionism
A commitment to gender equity and feminist politics.
Demonstrated abilities in negotiation and conflict resolution.
Demonstrated high level written and oral communication skills.
Exceptional time management skills and demonstrated ability to prioritise tasks.
A demonstrated commitment to the principles of justice and worker’s rights.
Understanding of gender politics and the intersection with labour/employment policy

we are hiring a junior industrial officer

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