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Stakeholder Policy and Advocacy Project Officer

Be part of a team that makes a difference

Victoria's premier farmer lobby – the Victorian Farmers Federation - is seeking a Stakeholder Policy and Advocacy Project Officer to work with the Commodity Manager – United Dairyfarmers of Victoria (UDV) to develop and manage policy, communications and projects that support UDV policy.

About the role

The Stakeholder Policy and Advocacy Project Officer reports to the Manager – UDV and works closely with the UDV team to help develop policy, communications and manage projects that support UDV policy. The role involves helping develop UDV communications activities, including social media, newsletters, farmer information nights, the website and the annual conference, as well as assisting with the development and management of projects to support UDV policy and the dairy community.

The role also involves research, analysis, development and drafting of policy positions, and implementation of policy on behalf of the UDV, including communications and provision of advice to Council and Committees as required.

Key Duties & Responsibilities include

  • Assist the UDV in managing the development of policy papers and ensure successful implementation, including identification of issues, research and analysis, communication and monitoring of outcomes.

    Prepare articles relating to UDV policy and industry issues for newsletters, newspapers, media releases and social media, plus briefing notes, submissions and correspondence as required.

  • Maintain and develop contacts with appropriate officers in Government departments, ministerial staff, industry bodies and other organisations to promote the UDV position on policy issues.
  • Develop and manage projects including monitoring expenditure and benefits, writing milestone and final reports, and liaising with stakeholders.
  • Assist the Commodity Manager - UDV with organisation of Council and Committee activities, farmer information nights, the UDV annual conference and other events.

  • Monitor industry issues and debate in the media and parliament relevant to the dairy industry and keep relevant UDV stakeholders advised on these matters.

Skills and Experience

The successful applicant will require tertiary qualifications and or demonstrated experience in policy development, agriculture or project management.

Other skills required include:

  • An ability to prepare accurate and informative documentation to communicate effectively with employees, contractors, managers, members of the public.
  • Strong attention to detail and excellent time management skills.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
  • A familiarity of the dairy industry and dairy farming practices or the agricultural sector would be an advantage.
  • Strong initiative and the drive to make the role your own and become a central support function for the team.
  • An ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • A positive, proactive and can-do attitude, with the ability to quickly learn and grasp new issues.
  • As this role involves the handling of confidential and sensitive information, the ability to maintain confidentiality and trust within the Victorian Farmers Federation is an absolute requirement.
  • As some regional travel and overnight stays are required, a current Australian Drivers Licence and the flexibility to travel and work outside normal work hours are required.

Further details

The salary range is $50,000 to $60,000 per annum, plus superannuation, commensurate with experience.

Applicants must address the selection criteria in their application. The selection criteria can be found in the position description on the VFF website: www.vff.org.au/careers/ 

For more information contact the VFF Workplace Relations Department on 1300 442 481 or wr@vff.org.au. Applications close Monday 28 January 2019