Director of Policy & Advocacy – Deadline Extended

Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia

An exciting opportunity to make this new role at Australia’s peak advocacy body for culturally diverse people your own!

  • Full Time
  • 2 years (with possibility of extension)
  • Salary range: Level 7 – Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Award
  • Location: Deakin, Canberra
  • Applications Close: Midnight 12:00 am, 15 March 2020


FECCA is the national peak body representing and promoting access and equity for culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities in Australia. FECCA’s national office, located in Canberra, is staffed by a small and professional team of policy officers. FECCA is responsible for a range of activities working with the Australian Government and its agencies as well as not-for-profit and private sectors.

FECCA’s work focuses on all aspects of Australia’s multiculturalism and covers a wide range of subject matter, including developing and advocating policies in many areas such as ageing, employment, immigration, access and equity, and health. Specific target groups include older people, women, youth and children, communities living in regional and rural areas, new and emerging communities, and people with disability.

About the Role

Reporting directly to the CEO, FECCA’s Director of Policy and Advocacy will be responsible for leading the policy and projects team to deliver high quality and influential outputs. Tasks and responsibilities will include: lead social policy and advocacy; high level and knowledgeable advice to the CEO on emerging policy and advocacy issues; lead, manage, support, and develop the team; manage project budgets; draft further grant proposals and suggest funding and partnership opportunities; maintain and develop relationships; represent FECCA on external committees and meetings.

Selection Criteria

  1. Demonstrated understanding or lived experience of issues of importance to people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds.
  2. Comprehensive expertise in policy development process, and in the production of policy products (such as submissions, reports, discussion/issues papers etc…) and demonstrated successful advocacy.
  3. Demonstrated experience in successfully leading, managing and developing staff to support and create the conditions for highly functioning productive and engaged teams to operate.
  4. Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the capacity to adapt to the needs of a range of audiences, including people from CALD backgrounds.
  5. Demonstrated stakeholder management skills, delivering quality outcomes.
  6. Highly developed project and budget management skills.
  7. Good understanding of parliamentary process and government legislative and policy setting processes.

How to Apply

People from CALD backgrounds and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are especially encouraged to apply.

  • Send your current resume / CV
  • Address the key selection criteria outlined above and any other relevant information or experience
  • Email the above documents to admin@fecca.org.au using the subject line: Director, Policy and Advocacy including contact details of two referees (one of whom is a current or recent supervisor)

For more information please contact Christina (office manager) on 02 6282 5755 or admin@fecca.org.au