Policy Officer

Homelessness NSW

Applications Closing: Friday, October 11, 2019 - 17:00

Key objectives of the position

The position has a focus on building Homelessness NSW’s capability in leading policy discussion to effect social change and achieve outcomes to prevent and address homelessness.

The position aims to ensure the seamless planning and coordination of Homelessness NSW projects, including its biennial conference, policy forums and other events.  This may also have a regional and rural focus.


The key responsibilities of the position are to:

  • Develop and manage key Homelessness NSW policy events, including its biennial conference and policy forums;
  • Support the implementation of other Homelessness NSW policy projects;
  • Develop and support Homelessness NSW knowledge base on key policy issues;
  • Develop and maintain effective relationships with relevant stakeholders;
  • Liaise with the CEO &  Manager, Policy and Research regarding requirements, including project planning, budgets and other duties to ensure the smooth management of projects
  • Administrative duties such as promotion, bookings, catering and function inquiries
  • Other duties consistent with the position and as directed from time to time by the immediate manager


The position will have responsibility for managing project budgets. 


Staff reporting to this position – Nil

The position reports to the Manager, Policy and Research

Category: Policy & Research
Field: Policy and Research
Employment basis: Full-time, Part-time
Job Location: Inner City Sydney
About us

Homelessness NSW

Homelessness NSW is a not for profit organisation that operates as a peak agency for its 120 member organisations to prevent and reduce homelessness across NSW. Our members include small, locally based community organisations, multiservice agencies with a regional reach and large state-wide service providers.

Homelessness NSW has a vision of ending homelessness in NSW.  Its purpose is to advocate and provide leadership on homelessness issues across NSW and to support effective service delivery to those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Homelessness NSW:

  • develops and assesses policies that impact on homelessness
  • advocates to Governments, business and the broader community to improve policy and program initiatives that affect homelessness
  • provides extensive information and education about the causes of homelessness and the diverse program and service delivery approaches that are taken to tackle it;
  • provides significant amounts of support and advice regarding organisational change and development and service delivery design in the homelessness sector
  • works collaboratively with other peak housing, homelessness and broader human services organisations at the NSW and national level
Position details
Essential Selection Criteria:

Selection criteria

  • High quality project management skills, including an ability to prioritise and meet deadlines
  • Extensive social policy and research experience
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work in partnership with a range of stakeholders
  • Ability to work independently and in a small team
  • Computing and administrative skills, including Word, Excel, budgets, event bookings  

Personal requirements

  • Enjoy working with people
  • Good organisational and time management skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Great interpersonal skills
  • Good communication skills
  • Able to collaborate, problem solve and work to deadlines
Other Information:

The position is paid at SCHCADS level 8 and is available on a full time basis (although part-time is negotiable). Salary sacrificing is available.

 The position is funded until 30th June 2020

Contact details
Contact Name: Tamara Sequeira
Contact Email: tamaras@homelessnessnsw.org.au
Contact Phone: 0408301864
How to apply

Interested applicants should provide a cover letter addressing the selection criteria and an up to date resume to Tamara Sequeira, A/CEO, Homelessness NSW by COB Friday 11th October 2019

For a copy of the Position Description please email tamaras@homelessnessnsw.org.au

Date posted: 26 September 2019

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