Director of Policy & Advocacy

Employer: Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia
Work Type/s: Full Time
Classification/s: Executive & Senior Management, Legal & Human Rights, Management, Mental Health & Counselling, Policy & Research
Sector/s: Not For Profit (NFP)
Location: Canberra & ACT

Job posted on: 13 December, 2019.
Applications close: 27 January, 2020 9am

  • Location: Canberra office
  • Salary range: Level 7 – Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Award
  • Contract term: Two years (with possibility of extension)
  • Hours: 75 per fortnight – Full time


FECCA is the national peak body representing Australians from culturally and linguistically diverse communities. 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, including providing secretariat services to the FECCA Executive, working with the Australian Government and its agencies as well as not-for-profit and private sectors, and promoting access and equity for all Australians from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds.

FECCA supports the national agenda on multiculturalism, including the promotion of racial, religious, ethnic and cultural harmony in the community.

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 focus groups include older people, women, youth and children, communities living in regional and rural areas, new and emerging communities, and people with disability.

FECCA adheres to the principles and practices of equal employment opportunity, industrial democracy, and occupational health and safety. All FECCA staff are expected to contribute to applying these principles and practices in the workplace.

Reporting relationship

The position reports to:

  • FECCA Chief Executive Officer

Reporting to this position:

  • Policy staff

Key responsibilities

In conjunction with the CEO, the position:

  1. Leads the implementation and evaluation of social policy and advocacy in relation to people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds, consistent with the strategic directions set by the FECCA Executive, under the direction of the CEO.
  2. Provides high level and knowledgeable advice to the CEO on emerging policy and advocacy issues, together with proposed approaches to these issues.
  3. Leads, manages, supports, and develops the Policy team in accordance with organisational policies, standards and procedures.
  4. Manages and monitors the policy budget, including reporting and acquittal of relevant funding agreements or grants and the drafting of further grant proposals and suggested ideas for funding, partnerships and other opportunities relevant to policy projects.
  5. Has oversight of the preparation of complex documents as part of the organisation’s policy and advocacy work. For example, submissions to parliamentary committees and inquiries.
  6. Maintains and develops productive relationships with: governments; relevant public and private sector and community organisations; and researchers in fields relevant to the work of FECCA.
  7. Leads routine and regular consultations with FECCA member organisations and partners, together with other consultations on specific issues with relevant organisations.
  8. Represents the organisation, as delegated, on external committees and at meetings.
  9. Supports the CEO in the:
    • day-to-day management of the organisation as directed by the CEO;
    • provision of secretariat support to the FECCA Chair and Executive; and
    • identification of potential funding sources to support FECCA’s work.

Selection criteria


  1. Demonstrated understanding or lived experience of issues of importance to people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds.
  2. Highly developed conceptual and analytical skills, and experience in providing considered, sensitive and concise policy advice on complex issues which may be publicly sensitive.
  3. Comprehensive understanding of and the ability to articulate to staff the elements required in the policy development process, and in the production of policy products (such as submissions, reports, discussion/issues papers etc…).
  4. The ability to engage with quantitative and qualitative research evidence to inform policy.
  5. Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the capacity to adapt to the needs of a range of audiences, including people from CALD backgrounds.
  6. Demonstrated success in conducting and reporting on targeted and general consultation processes.
  7. Demonstrated stakeholder management skills, delivering quality outcomes.
  8. Highly developed project and budget management skills.
  9. Demonstrated successful advocacy on issues.
  10. Demonstrated experience in successfully leading, managing and developing staff to support and create the conditions for highly functioning productive and engaged teams to operate.
  11. Good understanding of parliamentary process and government legislative and policy setting processes.


  1. A tertiary qualification in a field related to social or public policy.
  2. Previous experience working in CALD social policy or service delivery.
How to apply for this job

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

Send your current CV, a cover letter addressing all of the selection criteria and contact details of two referees (one of whom is a current or recent supervisor) to
C/O Mohammad Al-Khafaji, FECCA CEO, to admin@fecca.org.au using the subject line: Director, Policy and Advocacy application 

Deadline for applications: 9 AM (AEST) Monday 27 January 2020.