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This position is an important leadership position within the NSW HIV sector and in the development of health policy and responses for LGBTQ+ people in NSW.

ACON is here for community health, inclusion, and HIV responses for people of diverse sexualities and genders. We provide a range of services designed to improve the health and wellbeing of our communities.

  • We’re looking for a committed, experienced, innovative and high performing employee to lead our Policy, Strategy and Research team and function.

Our new manager will have a strong track record in work relevant to this important Division within ACON.  Ideally, the successful candidate will have a well-developed understanding of HIV and LGBTQ+ Health, policy issues relevant to the populations ACON serves, and the strategic context within which ACON operates – being NSW’s largest and leading HIV and LGBTQ+ health promotion organisation.

This key position at ACON is responsible for developing and managing ACON’s engagement with, and participation in, policy, research, and grants development processes. Our manager will facilitate an integrated approach to policy and research that enhances ACON’s evidence-based methods of program & service delivery, advocacy, and the development of new projects. This is a busy and highly rewarding role for a person with an interest in a broad range of issues, and a passion for the development of policy and evidence generation.

The role will both drive and be responsible for the development and maintenance of key strategic relationships with Government and other stakeholders, and key decision makers.

Additionally, our manager also supports organisation wide strategic processes, to facilitate improved engagement with ACON’s communities and to support the senior leadership team in determining strategic priorities for the organisation.

This is a fantastic role and we are keen to welcome another high-calibre employee to ACON.


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Job Category Policy & Research
Job Field LGBTIQ
Employment Basis Full Time
Location Inner City Sydney

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Tertiary qualifications at a postgraduate level.

Essential Criteria

  1. Demonstrated high level ability to understand how research intersects with policy, advocacy, program and service development, and funding opportunities.
  2. Demonstrated capacity to work in a strategic capacity to coordinate, lead and ensure ACON is involved in policy activities, including: relationship building, the identification of policy opportunities and representing the interest of ACON’s communities on committees.
  3. Demonstrated experience preparing submissions, policy papers, position statements and other policy documents, and experience seeing these through consultation processes and to finalisation.
  4. Demonstrated knowledge of research processes, ethics processes, writing reports and other papers.
  5. Demonstrated ability to chair committees, follow through on actions and incorporate the views of diverse stakeholders into decision making.
  6. Demonstrated superior communication skills, including written and verbal presentation skills, diplomatic and effective liaison, and interpersonal skills.
  7. Demonstrated skills in people & project management, including the ability to effectively manage competing priorities.
  8. Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team to organise, administer, prioritise, and meet deadlines.
  9. Understanding of and commitment to ACON’s communities, particularly people with HIV and sexuality and gender diverse people and the policy issues that are relevant to their health, wellbeing and inclusion.

Desirable Criteria

  1. Tertiary qualifications at a postgraduate level.
  2. Understanding/knowledge of current health issues regarding HIV and LGBT communities.
  3. Understanding of knowledge management and organisational learning issues.

Other Information

For more information about the role please contact, Brent Mackie, Associate Director, Policy, Strategy & Research at or (02) 9206 2000.

How to Apply

If you think this is the job you have been looking for, find out how to apply at

All applications must include:

1.       a completed ACON application form

2.       a document addressing the Selection Criteria

3.       your resume.

ACON Health

ACON is Australia’s largest health organisation specialising in community health, inclusion and HIV responses for people of diverse sexualities and genders.

Contact Brent Mackie, Associate Director, Policy, Strategy & Research
Phone number (02) 9206 2000
Email address

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