Policy Officer

The Australian Academy of Science is seeking a dynamic, motivated and effective Policy Officer to join its growing Science Policy team.

The Academy is an independent, not-for-profit organisation established by Royal Charter in 1954. It has an elected Fellowship of around 530 leading Australian scientists who contribute their time and expertise to provide independent, authoritative and influential scientific advice, to support excellence in Australian science, to promote international scientific engagement, and to build public awareness and understanding of science.

This is a key position within a policy and projects group of approximately 15 staff and part of a broader Secretariat of around 80 people who work to support activities undertaken by the Academy

Position information


This is an ongoing, full-time position at the Academy’s Officer 7 classification. Part-time appointments (at least 0.6 FTE) may also be considered.

Academy Classification Base Salary Superannuation at 17% Package
AAS7(1) $84,750 $14,409 $99,159

As well as the 9.5% Superannuation Guarantee, the Academy pays an additional 7.5% contribution to superannuation (for a total of 17%). Alternatively, employees may choose to take the additional 7.5% as base salary. Other additional benefits include 17.5% leave loading, paid stand down over the New Year break, flexible working hours, an employee assistance program, options to salary sacrifice and free city parking.


Australian Academy of Science, Ian Potter House, 9 Gordon Street, Acton, Canberra.

Application information

Applications for the position must include a cover letter, a statement of claims against each of the selection criteria and a curriculum vitae with contact details for two referees.

Applications should be forwarded by email to: hr@science.org.au

Applications close at 5.00pm AEDT on Friday, 18 January 2019.

Further information on the position is available from:

Khaled Chakli - Manager, Policy and Advocacy
Phone: (02) 6201 9448
Email: khaled.chakli@science.org.au

Position details

Position title: Policy Officer
Department: Science Policy
Responsible to: Manager, Policy and Advocacy
Responsible for: Nil
Hours: Full-time (37.5 hrs/week). On occasions, work outside normal office hours will be required. Part time hours may be considered.
Tenure: Ongoing, subject to funding availability.
Classification: Classification AAS7(1)
Date reviewed: 25 September 2018

Position description

The Policy Officer is a vital role in the Academy’s Science Policy team. The successful applicant will work closely with Academy Fellows, other scientists and colleagues to develop influential policy submissions, reports, strategic plans and discussion papers and to engage with government officials and sector stakeholders on science and public policy priorities for Australia.

The successful applicant will need to have a good understanding of government policy development processes and an ability to develop clear and concise policy reports and advice for government and industry stakeholders.

This role will suit an experienced policy professional interested in working closely with Australia’s pre-eminent scientists to inform scientific and related public policy. A track record of success in providing evidence-based policy advice is essential, as is a broad understanding of public policy and current issues in science and technology. A tertiary level qualification in a science-related discipline, experience in project management, and qualitative and quantitative research skills would be an advantage.

Duties and responsibilities

Working closely with the Manager, Policy and Advocacy and members of the Policy team:

  • Take responsibility for working with Fellows and committee members to deliver significant policy projects, including a current ARC-funded project on Big Data in research.
  • Work with colleagues to develop policy submissions, position papers and discussion papers on relevant science or public policy issues.
  • Contribute to the Academy’s policy and advocacy objectives by identifying relevant and emerging issues, providing strategic advice, and undertaking desktop research and data analysis as required.
  • Proactively identify and draw on the expertise of Fellows, National Committee members, Earlyand Mid-Career Researcher (EMCR) Forum members and colleagues to inform and shape policy development.
  • Work with the Academy’s Fellowship section to provide responses to calls for nomination of Fellows to expert committees, often working to tight deadlines.
  • Liaise with internal and external stakeholders including the Academy Fellowship, National Committees for Science, other Learned Academies, relevant government agencies, the higher education sector, industry representatives and international organisations.
  • Prepare briefings, correspondence, discussion papers and presentations on science, education and research issues.
  • Perform other duties as directed in support of general Science Policy Section efforts

Qualifications and experience

  • A tertiary degree in a relevant field is essential.
  • Project management, research and data analysis skills and experience are desirable.

Selection criteria

  • A track record of success in the development of influential evidence-informed policy advice.
  • Proven ability to consult effectively with a broad range of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills including the ability to work effectively with colleagues and establish strategic relationships with multiple stakeholders.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent time management skills and a proven ability to produce timely and high-quality work under pressure and working to competing deadlines.
  • A commitment to workplace diversity, workplace participation, WH&S and equity principles.

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