Position Available

Role: Senior Advisor to a Member of Legislative Assembly.

Reports to: elected Member of the Assembly.

Purpose of the Role:

To support an elected Member of the Legislative Assembly, by providing high level parliamentary secretariat, policy research assistance and ongoing constituent work.

Key Responsibilities:

1. Work collaboratively and in partnership with the elected Member to ensure the Member is prepared and supported to fill their role at all times by;

  • Providing research assistance as required for Assembly and Committee business;
  • Preparing speaking notes or speeches as required;
  • Providing a secretariat function by keeping minutes or records of discussions and meetings, monitoring, and following up on action items to ensure an effective and efficient office operation;
  • Reviewing diary commitments and providing briefings prior to meetings and events as necessary; 
  • Providing adequate and accurate information in a timely manner; and 
  • Supporting the member with other duties as necessary.

2. Build and maintain successful partnerships and networks in consultation, collaboration and/or in conjunction with the Member through:

  • Fostering effective working relationships with other Assembly Members’ offices, government and the non-government sectors; 
  • Representing the office at the request of the Member; 
  • Participating in electorate based projects and initiatives as required; and
  • Identifying and building networks with Government and non-government sectors to support the work of the Office.

Note: The incumbent will be required to work flexible hours to enable attendance, where necessary, at events and other activities that may be held in the evening and on weekends.

Key skills (shall include some or all of the following)

  • Strong collaboration, partnership, networking and relationship building skills.

Oral and written communication:

  • Ability to present complex ideas and issues in a clear and concise manner.
  • Communicate confidential information clearly and concisely.

Research and analytical:

  • Undertake in-depth research and analysis of policy and legislation.
  • Keep up to date with developments in policy and social issues.
  • Maintain an interest in current affairs and ability to recognise issues of importance and relevance to the Member.

Political awareness:

  • Sound understanding of ACT parliamentary procedures and processes.
  • Sound understanding of the ACT political system, and the structure and operation of political parties.

Planning and organisational:

  • Adaptability and capacity to respond to an ever changing environment; often under pressure.
  • Strategy development, planning and implementation skills.

Qualifications and Prerequisites

  • Appointment to this position is subject to a 6 month probationary period.

While experience as a political advisor is not required the successful applicant will need to demonstrate the ability to:

  • apply analytical and research skills to provide advice and briefings;
  • establish and foster relationships with a range of people and stakeholders;
  • work to deadlines under competing priorities in a constantly changing work environment; and
  • operate effectively in a team environment, contributing positively to team operations and working relationships.

Expressions of interest (of no more than 2 pages) together with a current CV can be emailed to orr@act.gov.au by 5pm on Tuesday 28th February.
All applications will be held in the strictest confidence.

Note: A written exercise will be also be undertaken as part of the interview process.