Full-time ongoing appointment Location: Mascot Identified role   Aboriginal Affairs is seeking a Policy Officer with strong research and communication skills to be part of a team responsible for supporting the agencies participation in social policy reforms. About Aboriginal Affairs Aboriginal Affairs NSW works alongside Aboriginal people and communities to make sure their voices are heard and their interests represented in government. By leading and influencing policy change in government, we support the long-term social, cultural and economic aspirations of Aboriginal people in NSW. Our agency works closely with Aboriginal communities and our staffing reflects the diversity of these communities. Over 50 percent of our staff, including senior leadership, identify as Aboriginal. We are also committed to providing a culturally safe and supportive workplace with flexible working arrangements for all staff. To learn more about our work visit www.aboriginalaffairs.nsw.gov.au   About Healing and Government Relations The Healing and Government Relations Directorate is responsible for the development and delivery of significant commitments under OCHRE the NSW Government’s plan for Aboriginal affairs, to better understand Government’s role in healing and to develop trauma informed responses for priority issues determined by Aboriginal communities in NSW, and Unfinished Business the NSW General Standing Committee report into reparations for Stolen Generations. The Directorate also leads works across the NSW Government to ensure policy reforms and approaches reflect the aspirations of Aboriginal communities.   About the role The Policy Officer supports the development and implementation of key policy and reform activities for Aboriginal Affairs.  This includes reviewing to cabinet submissions, supporting the participation of senior officers in interagency meetings, researching key policy issues, and developing communications and parliamentary materials.   To be successful in this role, you will need to collaborate effectively with other team members, other parts of the agency and external agencies on issues that impact Aboriginal communities. Your ability to think strategically and analytically will also be important for success. It is essential that you have strong written and verbal communication skills.     How to apply To apply for this role, please submit an application by clicking “Apply Online” below. To apply, you will need to attach a cover letter (max. 2 pages) and your resume (max. 5 pages) in either Word or PDF format. Please address any pre-screening questions and any essential requirements. We are looking for you to demonstrate your competence in the focus capabilities as outlined in the role description in your answer, so please develop your response with this in mind.   Note: the selection process will include a range of assessment techniques to assist in determining your suitability for the role.   Note: Aboriginality is a genuine occupational qualification and is authorised by Section 14 of the Anti-Discrimination Act, 1977.   If you are called to interview you will need to provide the following documents and your employment may be subject to the Department’s Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check to determine your suitability for employment.   Proof of Identity information Informed Consent Form Declaration for non-child work     PRE-SCREENING QUESTIONS Please provide an example of when you had to analyse a problem, an issue or approach, and provided advice to your manager including a proposed way forward. (300 or 400 words maximum). In this role, you will need to build and strengthen relationships with other stakeholders both internally and externally. Please describe your experience in building and maintaining successful relationships to foster a positive environment for change. (300 or 400 words maximum).   ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS Aboriginality Tertiary qualifications with a substantial research component and/or equivalent relevant experience Demonstrated ability to communicate sensitively and effectively with, and understand issues impacting on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.     Note: A recruitment pool may be created through this recruitment process. A recruitment pool is a group of applicants who have been assessed and identified as suitable for this role or similar roles, and who may be considered for a range of similar roles, including temporary, term or ongoing roles, over the next 18 months.