Senior Policy Officer

Job No: Berry3377
Location: Richmond

  • Are you experienced in developing, influencing and shaping public and social policy?
  • Are you interested in joining a leading Victorian not for profit?
  • Permanent, full time position, with salary package equivalent to $111,000pa (inclusive of base salary, super and salary packaging)

For over 140 years, Berry Street has adapted to a changing world, and we will continue to adapt to achieve our purpose. We believe children, young people and families should be safe, thriving and hopeful. Our Vision for 2022: Together we will courageously change lives and reimagine service systems. We look forward to working with children, young people, families, carers, staff and partners to achieve this vision. Together.

The Opportunity

We are seeking a Senior Policy Officer to join the Public Policy and Media team. The team influence and shape public and social policy that effects the needs of the families, children and young people with whom Berry Street works. It also engages key influencers, stakeholders and the public to raise awareness Berry Street’s services, advocacy, fundraising and brand and help progress Berry Street’s public policy and advocacy agenda.

The Senior Policy Officer works in conjunction with the Head of Public Policy and Media to develop and implement Berry Street’s policy and advocacy agenda and to garner support from key stakeholders and partners. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Undertake, analyse and present research, evidence, data and other relevant contextual information to inform and progress Berry Street’s public policy and advocacy agenda and provide policy advice.
  • Monitor coordinate and prepare the response to public policy, legislative, regulatory and media developments that may affect Berry Street’s reputation, operating environment and public policy agenda.
  • Support the Head of Public Policy and Media to scan the public policy and media environment to identify, plan for and act on opportunities to influence public policy areas that impact on the families, children and young people Berry Street works with and promote the Berry Street brand.
  • Manage deliverables in accordance with robust project management methodologies, including producing project plans where objectives are clearly defined, action steps for achieving them are clearly specified and project risks are managed appropriately.

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About You

  • A team player who has strong conceptual and analytical capabilities.
  • Skilled in synthesising and communicating complex information in a simple way that adapts to varying audiences.
  • Ability to operate with minimal supervision, demonstrating professional judgement, an ability to navigate potential issues and appropriately escalate or seek guidance as necessary.
  • A minimum degree qualification in social sciences or related field.
  • Demonstrated experience working in policy development, including preparing policy proposals, policy research and analysis to inform a public policy.
  • Intermediate to advanced Microsoft Office skills.
  • Staff must hold or be able to obtain a valid Working With Children's Card, current drivers licence at all times and undergo a Criminal Records Check prior to employment.

The Benefits

  • Salary Packaging (up to $15,900 per annum, plus additional packaging available for meals/accommodation).
  • Flexible work arrangements and generous leave conditions.
  • Access to the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), including access for staff members’ immediate family.

How to Apply

Please submit applications, including resume and cover letter addressing your suitability for the position, as soon as possible as they will be assessed as received.

Queries to Leanne Roberts, Head of Public Policy and Media on 03 9421 9311.


Berry Street is committed to being a child safe, child friendly and child empowering organisation. In everything we do we seek to protect children. We are committed to the cultural safety of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children; children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds; children with a disability; children who identify with a sexual and or gender minority identity. We aim to ensure every individual is treated with dignity and respect regardless of their cultural background, ability, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, spirituality or religion.

 Aboriginal people; people from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds and people with a disability are encouraged to apply.




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