LGNSW Positions Vacant

Senior Policy Officer (Aboriginal)

  • This is an identified position – applicants must be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent
  • Permanent position
  • Sydney CBD location

We’re looking for an experienced and motivated Senior Policy Officer to assist LGNSW’s advocacy and to provide advice on local government policy issues as required.

The organisation

Local Government NSW (LGNSW) is the peak body for councils and related organisations in our State. LGNSW advocates on behalf of members and their communities on policy to decision makers at state and federal levels. We provide a comprehensive range of services including industrial relations representation, management services and training.

The role

The Senior Policy Officer (Aboriginal) is part of a team in the Advocacy Division. The position holder will provide advice, information, capacity building and other support to councils on emerging and ongoing policy issues. The position holder will research, develop and implement policies and strategies relevant to local government in a wide range of areas. The position will also develop LGNSW’s position on Aboriginal issues and encourage Aboriginal people to participate in Local Government as elected councillors or through employment.

The person

You will have demonstrated experience in providing expert advice to guide the delivery of consistent and effective high-quality policy outcomes. You will have a track record of maintaining detailed knowledge of relevant subject areas to identify and respond to issues within a policy framework. Your strengths will be your analytical skills and your ability to liaise with stakeholders effectively, to ensure policy positions are coordinated, aligned to member feedback and consistent with LGNSW’s position. You will be positive, results-driven and understand the key role of policy in a member organisation.

Essential Requirements

  • Must be of Australian Aboriginal / Torres Strait Islander descent
  • Analytical, strategic thinking and research skills
  • High level verbal and written communication, presentation and negotiation skills, including ability to communicate with Aboriginal people and communities and to build and maintain relationships
  • Ability to work with others at all levels, to work productively with minimal supervision and to set priorities
  • General knowledge of council practices and policies, NSW legislation and the political environment local government operates in 
  • Computer literacy
  • Experience in or understanding of state and local government and Aboriginal Affairs
  • Relevant Tertiary Qualifications or equivalent experience 

How to apply

Please download and review the position description before submitting an application. 

Applications should include:

  • A covering letter which clearly details your skills and experience as relevant to the position accountabilities and essential requirements detailed in the position description
  • An up-to-date resume
Send applications to jobs@lgnsw.org.au. Please contact Margaret Kay on 02 9242 4082 if you have any enquiries.

Applications close at 9am on 26 February 2018.

Local Government Procurement Board 

Applications are being sought from eligible, suitably qualified persons who wish to be considered for appointment to the Board of Local Government Procurement Pty Ltd (LGP).

Local Government NSW is seeking expressions of interest from suitable applicants to fill a number of positions on the Board of Local Government Procurement. Established in 2006, Local Government Procurement is responsible for achieving best value for money in the procurement of goods and services primarily for local councils in NSW. Further information about LGP can be found at the LGP website.

Five people will be appointed to the board; a chair and four members.

The terms of appointment will start by 1 July 2018. Initial appointments will be for two or three years.

As a minimum, applicants must demonstrate how they meet at least two of the following criteria:

  • A working knowledge and/or commercial experience in strategic procurement and supply chain management
  • Experience as a CEO, senior executive and/or director
  • An extensive working knowledge or understanding of the NSW local government sector.

Applicants must also demonstrate knowledge or experience in two or more of the following areas:

  • Developing business strategy and strategic planning
  • Board governance and obligations under the Corporations Act
  • Financial management, auditing and accounting
  • Risk management and compliance
  • Formal training in governance or as a director.

If you wish to apply for one of these positions you must complete the application form and address the essential criteria as well as demonstrate relevant knowledge and/or experience as listed above. Further information about these positions is available in the information pack.

Completed application forms and resumes must be emailed to executive.assistant@lgnsw.org.au or mailed to Magdalena Przybylo, Executive Assistant, Local Government NSW, Level 8, 28 Margaret Street, SYDNEY 2000. 

Short-listed applicants will need to be available to attend an interview in the week beginning 26 March 2018.  After having read the information pack, applicants with further inquiries may contact Susan Budd, LGNSW Senior Manager Governance and Culture, by email at susan.budd@lgnsw.org.au or call her on 02 9242 4005.

Applications close at midnight on 23 February 2018.


Please see senior council vacancies for opportunities within NSW councils.