Research, Policy and Advocacy Advisor

Position Purpose

This is an exciting position for a person with a passion for the social sector to join SociaLink, an innovative, growing organisation that works with and supports social services in the Western Bay of Plenty.  SociaLink provides value adding support for non profit social sector groups, organisations and entities. through information gathering, analysis and action that facilitates networking, collaboration, learning, research and advocacy.   As an independent and apolitical entity SociaLink can provide a voice for the sector to local and central government on issues impacting on social services and the communities they serve.

The mission of the Research, Policy and Advocacy advisor is to:

  • Manage the Mapping the Social Sector database including:
    • responding to requests for data from the database
    • undertaking further analysis of the Mapping the Social Sector findings and preparing reports
    • encouraging organisations to update their information via the database portal
    • assist the General Manager to use of the information arising from the Mapping the Social Sector project to support advocacy and facilitate social sector conversations
  • Help build the collective voice of the social services sector to be able to respond to issues of interest to the sector.
  • Identify research needs and where appropriate link with research or researchers, and/or determine when SociaLink can facilitate or advocate for research to be undertaken
  • Represent the views of the social sector in relation to policies affecting the sector including preparing and lodging submissions
  • Raise awareness of the value of the social sector and career paths within the sector
  • In conjunction with the General Manager, engage with local/central government and stakeholders to raise and discuss any concerns that the social sector may have.

About you

  • You have excellent communication skills – both kanohi ki te kanohi (face-to-face) and report writing
  • You have experience in using databases to extract information and prepare reports
  • You are passionate and have experience in working in social services
  • You have experience in policy analysis and influencing policy
  • You understand local and central government policy development processes
  • You have experience in preparing submissions
  • You have an understanding of Te Ao Maori and the needs of Maori social services
  • You have an understanding of the role of research, evidence and evaluation in informing the work of the social services sector
  • You have a relevant degree or qualification
  • You enjoy variety and can prioritise work
  • You are a self starter and are able to work independently
  • You are highly organised and can juggle multiple tasks
  • You are creative and innovative in your approach to work.

Download the full Research, Policy and Advocacy Advisor job description 2018 . The vacancy closes at 5pm on Tuesday 1 May.

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