Policy & Innovation Lead, Biodiversity Council

University of Melbourne
February 14, 2024
Offerd Salary:$115,137 - $124,622
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Contract Type:Fixed-term for 2 yea
Working Time:Full time
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Policy & Innovation Lead, Biodiversity Council

Job no: 0061221 Location: Parkville Role type: Full-time; Fixed-term for 2 years Faculty: Science Department/School: Biodiversity Council Salary: UOM 8 – $115,137 - $124,622 p.a. plus 17% super

  • Play a key role in the Council's ability to influence government and industry policies and programs to achieve significantly improved outcomes for biodiversity
  • Salary packaging, subsidised health and wellbeing services, fitness and cultural clubs, Myki discounts, and a 25% discount on graduate courses to our staff and their immediate families!
  • About the Role The Policy and Innovation Lead, a pivotal member of the Biodiversity Council executive team, plays a crucial role in researching, consulting, and formulating the organisation's positions on contemporary policy, initiatives, and innovations impacting biodiversity. Engaging with diverse stakeholders, including government officials, First Peoples, NGOs, philanthropic entities, universities, and experts, the incumbent aims to drive the Biodiversity Council's change agenda. This strategic position focuses on influencing governmental and industrial policies, ultimately striving for significantly improved biodiversity outcomes. Leveraging experience, expertise, and effective communication skills, the Policy and Innovation Lead identifies and activates collaborative opportunities to address Australia's biodiversity crisis and bring about positive change.

    Your responsibilities will include:

  • Research and deliver incisive analysis of policy initiatives and developments in the biodiversity, conservation, climate change and environmental sectors to the Biodiversity Council executive team and Expert Councillors.
  • Identify, cultivate and maintain strong relationships with key stakeholders including universities, governments, First Peoples, NGOs, philanthropic organisations, scientists and experts in the biodiversity, conservation and environmental sectors.
  • Identify strategic opportunities to collaborate with Expert Councillors, other experts, First Peoples, NGOs, governments, universities, local communities and others to achieve impact – and turn those opportunities into effective action.
  • Shepherd the development and lodgement of policy submissions on topics agreed in consultation with the Executive team and Chief-Councillors.
  • Represent the Biodiversity Council and its position in key forums such as government and business panels, conferences, the media, and public events.
  • Who We Are Looking For Our ideal candidate brings extensive experience in a similar role, showcasing a proven ability to collaborate with and work within universities across diverse disciplines to achieve tangible outcomes. Your track record includes successful stakeholder engagement, clear communication, and effective negotiation across various sectors, demonstrating your capacity to influence strategic decision-making in complex, matrix environments.

    Your effective operational experience in complex environments, combined with a strong track record of successful stakeholder engagement and collaboration across diverse sectors, reflects your suitability for this role. You are passionate about Australia's biodiversity, and have the capacity to understand and rapidly master biodiversity knowledge and its implications for policy, First Peoples, business and community.

    You will also have:

  • Post-graduate qualifications in a relevant field.
  • Demonstrated experience in conservation, environmental and/or climate change policy, including an ability to quickly and creatively identify and realise opportunities to advocate for and achieve change.
  • Demonstrated experience in successful stakeholder engagement and in communicating clearly and negotiating effectively with a broad range of groups/people to achieve concrete outcomes.
  • Experience in a start-up environment, and ability to work flexibly in a small team and manage constantly shifting priorities.
  • A collegiate approach to working with internal and external stakeholders, with a commitment to open and transparent communication, and sharing of knowledge and networks.
  • For further information regarding responsibilities and requirements, please refer to the attached PD.

    Please note: To be considered for this role you must have current valid work rights for Australia. Visa sponsorship is unavailable.

    Your New Team – The Biodiversity Council The Biodiversity Council was founded by 11 Australian Universities to drive action on biodiversity by increasing public, political and industry understanding of Australia's biodiversity crisis and support for evidence- based solutions.

    The council is currently hosted by The University of Melbourne with additional oversight from an advisory board. It receives financial support from philanthropists.

    The Biodiversity Council's mission is to be a trusted expert voice communicating accurate information on all aspects of biodiversity, to ensure biodiversity and Country prosper. Our Biodiversity Councillors are leading experts, in science, Indigenous knowledge, law, policy, economics, behaviour change and communications. Effective inclusion of First people's expertise and perspectives is fundamental for the Biodiversity Council.

    What We Offer You! In addition, we offer the opportunity to be part of a vibrant community and enjoy a range of benefits, including generous leave provisions, salary packaging, health and well-being services and discounts on graduate courses. For more information, check outour benefits page!

    About the University of Melbourne We're tightly connected with the community, both at home and abroad. We take pride in our people, who all contribute to our mission to benefit society through the transformative impact of education and research. Discover more via our website and stay connected with our stories and people on LinkedIn.

    Be Yourself The University of Melbourne values the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community and welcomes and celebrates diversity. First Nations people, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, parents, carers, people of all ages, abilities and genders, and people of diverse ethnicity, nationality and faith are encouraged to apply. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the diversity of the community in which we live. For more information please visit our Diversity and Inclusion page.

    We are dedicated to ensuring barrier free and inclusive practices to recruit the most talented candidates. If you require reasonable adjustments, please contact Kim Groizard at [email protected], with an email containing your name and contact details for a confidential discussion. Please ensure your email is titled "Reasonable Adjustments Request".

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants We aspire to be the University of choice for Indigenous Australians, with unprecedented investment to attract, nurture and retain Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and staff. Tangible support through a range of programs and initiatives will ensure that you personally succeed and flourish while at the University of Melbourne.

    For further information, including our 2023-2027 Indigenous strategy please visit -https: // about.unimelb.edu.au/reconciliation/murmuk-djerring

    Join Us! If you feel this role is right for you, please apply with the following documents:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter outlining your suitability for the role as related to the Selection Criteria found in the Position Description
  • ^For information to help you with compiling short statements to answer the selection criteria and competencies, please go to https:// about.unimelb.edu.au/careers/selection-criteria

    If you have any questions regarding the recruitment process, please feel free to contact us via email at [email protected], ensuring that you include the Position Number and the Job Title as the subject. Please do not share your application to this email address.

    If you have any particular questions regarding the job please follow the details listed on the Position Description.

    Applications close: 14 FEBRUARY 2024 11:55 PM Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT) / Melbourne time zone.

    Position Description:0061221Policy & Innovation Lead, Biodiversity CouncilPD.pdf

    Advertised: 17 Jan 2024 12:05 AM AUS Eastern Daylight Time

    Applications close: 14 Feb 2024 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time

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