Policy and Advocacy Officer

Deaf Aotearoa is looking for a Policy and Advocacy Officer to join the team. This is a newly developed role and the purpose of this role to help improve the outcomes of members of the Deaf Community by improving national policy and assisting in advocacy work. 

Deaf Aotearoa provides a workplace which values diversity, and where both New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) and English are used. We have a diverse workforce spread across the country. 

We are an equal opportunities employer and we have Deaf-friendly work practices in place. We employ Deaf and hearing people at all levels, NZSL interpreters are provided for all meetings and training courses. 

We encourage and support professional development and offer flexible, family-friendly work practices. 

We are strongly committed to following organisation standards that ensure we provide quality systems, work practices and services. We perform service audits and review our policies regularly. 

Job tasks and responsibilities 

Research and analyse proposed government policies and their effects on Deaf Aotearoa 

Prepare and draft policy documents 

Develop policy positions and communicate these to influence external policy environment 

Prepare and provide input to advocacy campaigns and review effectiveness upon completion  

Work with and support Deaf Aotearoa representatives to the DPO Coalition  

Monitor situations in the media that may require a response from Deaf Aotearoa 

Skills and experience 

Tertiary qualification or significant experience in public policy  

Strong understanding of advocacy principles  

Strong analytical skills 

Research and report writing skills 

Relationship building skills 

Experience in using variety of IT systems and applications (Microsoft Office)   

Ongoing commitment to Deaf Aotearoa’s Vision and Purpose 

Functional knowledge of New Zealand Sign Language appropriate to the role or fluency in Auslan, BSL, ASL or International Sign 

Experience in working with the Deaf Community 

Experience in the not-for-profit/community sector  

Commitment to the Treaty of Waitangi principles  

Applications for this position close 14th January 2022. 
This is a full-time, permanent position, 40 hours per week, located in our National office, in Wellington. 

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For more information, please contact Anna Foord at anna.foord@deaf.org.nz 

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