• 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).

SENIOR ADVOCACY OFFICERS DUTIES ARE AS FOLLOWS:

  • Working closely with the Director, the successful candidate will have responsibility for the following:
    • Identifying, networking and connecting supporters and volunteers;
    • Supporting volunteers to assist with objective aligned campaigns;
    • Creating campaign, advocacy and outreach strategies that aim to improve workplace conditions, safety and economic security of women in society;
    • Increase the advocacy capacity of the Centre to better inform the COVID-19 response and recovery efforts;
    • Engaging in research and engagement activities that inform and respond to improve workplace conditions, safety and economic security of women in society;
    • Designing and delivering pro-active education sessions to target groups about rights at work, and available support services;
    • Identifying opportunities in local, state, and federal policy to improve the economic security and workplace conditions of women and vulnerable workers;
    • Elevating working women in state and national discussions about economic and social policy;
    • Creating, building upon or joining campaigns that elevate the voices of women and vulnerable workers;
    • Representing the Centre in the community and media;
    • Creating webpage resources to assist women and vulnerable workers in maintaining pathways to education and work;
    • Determining appropriate actions in light of the latest news, contemporary contexts and policy development.

THE SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATE WILL HAVE:

  • A track record of building effective relationships and networks with stakeholders in industrial, economic, and/or feminist spaces;
  • Experience in lobbying government;
  • A strong understanding of gender politics and the intersection with labour/employment policy;
  • The capability to facilitate meetings and group work, with the ability to engage and encourage participation;
  • A record of managing projects to successful outcomes with multiple stakeholders in complex and uncertain environments;
  • An ability and confidence to inspire, engage, develop and lead people to take action through positive conversations;
  • Demonstrated experience in managing research and analysis in policy, including identifying gaps in government policy and research;
  • 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 feminism, justice and workers’ rights.

Women from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds, women from culturally diverse backgrounds, LGBTIQ women and women with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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