Research and Policy Officer – Unions NSW

Position Title:                    Research and Policy Officer

Position Location:              Sydney, NSW

Employment Status:        Ongoing (subject to probation) / Full Time

Position reports to:    Director of Campaigns & Strategy

Positions reporting to this position are:    Nil.

Unions NSW

Unions NSW is the peak council of trade unions in NSW representing over 600,000 members and 60 affiliated unions and trades and labor councils and is part of the broader trade union movement.

Job Role

The Research and Policy Officer position is a full-time position working under the direction of the Director of Campaigns & Strategy to identify, coordinate and manage research and policy related tasks to implement Unions NSW strategic plan.

These tasks will range from preparing briefing notes on areas of policy, researching and drafting submissions to consultations and parliamentary inquiries, and the monitoring of parliamentary business.

Key Responsibilities:

Under the direction of the Secretary and the Director of Campaigns & Strategy to work to develop and implement Unions NSW campaigning goals by undertaking the following activities:

Professional and lived experience:

Essential criteria:

  1. Demonstrated commitment to the principles of the trade union movement.
  2. Demonstrated experience in policy development, legislative advocacy or research roles.
  3. Excellent qualitative and quantitative research and analytical skills, including the ability to gather and interpret data from multiple sources and apply it to policy recommendations.
  4. Demonstrated understanding of state and federal government decision making and consultative processes.
  5. Strong written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to simplify complex information for diverse audiences.
  6. Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively with minimal supervision to complete allocated tasks.
  7. Demonstrated ability to manage a high-volume workload, multi-task and meet deadlines.
Desirable Requirements:
Conditions and Entitlements:

An attractive remuneration package will be offered to the successful applicant, which includes:

Salary will be commensurate with demonstrated skills and experience of the successful candidate.

Hours of work

35 hours per week which may include some out of hours work and reasonable overtime during peak campaigning periods.

How to Apply

Unions NSW encourages applications from people who will enhance our diversity of people, cultural experiences, and perspectives.

  1. To apply for this role, please submit a CV (of no more than 3 pages) and a separate Cover Letter addressing the Essential Criteria.
  2. Send copies of your CV and Cover Letter to Ms. Amy Patrk via email:
  3. Applications close 5:00pm on Friday 28 June 2024.
  4. For inquiries, please contact Unions NSW on (02) 9881 5999.