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Recruiting: Go8 Policy and Advocacy Support Officer – Canberra Based Role


The Go8 represents Australia’s leading research-intensive universities with seven of its members ranked in the world’s top 100 universities. We need to expand our small and enthusiastic Directorate team with a team support professional.

The role would suit someone keen to work within and supporting a fast-paced and high calibre team; where the main demand is advocacy and positioning for our members through excellence in policy development and external relations, both national and international.

Strong research and communication skills (written and verbal) are a must, as is proven attention to detail and the ability to analyse data and construct policy and political briefs to what are often tight, and competing, deadlines. An understanding of the university sector and/or the workings of a political office would be desirable but not essential.

This is a full-time position that can require the commitment to be available outside of normal business hours to fit with the demands of Federal Parliament and media.

It is a role for someone who is highly organised and a motivated “self-starter” capable of working independently. It is an excellent opportunity to both learn about and contribute to the navigation of a complex advocacy environment.

Position Description:


The Group of Eight Limited (Go8) comprises Australia’s elite, leading universities. Its membership is distinguished by the intensity, breadth and value of the research they perform, the research-informed nature of the education they offer and the leadership they bring to public policy on matters pertaining to both the higher education sector and broader public policy.

The Role

The Policy and Advocacy Support Officer role is an integral part of the Go8 team. The role provides high level project support to the activities of the Group of Eight Directorate and works closely with the Senior Executive team. It provides project support to new initiatives stemming from key policy areas including data analysis, research and international education.

Reporting Relationships

This position reports to the Chief Executive.

Core Responsibilities

  • Provide high level support to the Senior Executive team to identify opportunities and implement project initiatives
  • Play an important role in the strategic organisation of events such as policy briefings, conferences and other communication events through the provision of research and analysis as required. Contribute to the development of high level briefing papers, policy reports, speeches, government submissions and Board papers, under direction.
  • Undertaking background research, collating, analysing and presenting data to inform executive briefs, policy notes and discussion papers on key issues.
  • Under direction coordinating various projects, including planning and prioritising tasks and liaising with stakeholders to ensure timely delivery of outcomes.
  • Be willing and able to take on other relevant policy areas as and if required and be prepared to provide back-up support in the event of staff absences.
  • Occasional work may be required outside normal business hours.
  • Undertake other duties as required.

Position Requirements

  • A high standard of written communication including the ability to prepare high quality correspondence, reports and project updates.
  • An ability to manage competing priorities.
  • Proven ability to work independently as well as in a small team, using own initiative and judgement to manage a diverse range of stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated high level of organisational ability to work with accuracy, set priorities and meet multiple deadlines within required time-frames.
  • Experience in liaising with a diverse range of people and an ability to act with diplomacy and discretion when dealing with sensitive and confidential issues.
  • Understanding of the higher education sector is desirable but not essential

The role is offered on a full-time basis and located in the Canberra office.

To apply, please include your CV and a brief letter outlining your suitability for the role and email to: office@go8.edu.au

Application close 6.00 pm Sunday 21 July 2019

Any offer of employment will be subject to satisfactory verification of your right to work in Australia and may include a police clearance check.