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Telethon Kids Institute

Senior Adviser - Government Relations

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The Opportunity
Here at Telethon Kids Institute we have a passion to make sure our research is both useful and used and to accelerate the translations of discoveries into real-world innovation and impact.

In this newly created role, you will be responsible for developing and implementing a strategy to grow the Institute’s relationships and responsiveness with policy makers at the local, state and federal levels.

Working closely with the Director, External Affairs, the role will develop processes to coordinate interactions with governments and provide timely policy and advocacy advice to support the Board and Leadership Team in pursuit of the Institute’s vision and mission.

About You
With a proven track record in strategic government relations and a great network, you will have:

  • Demonstrated ability to provide high level advice on government programs and policy development.
  • Demonstrated in-depth understanding of the political, parliamentary and legislative processes at the federal, state and local levels of government and as they pertain to the medical research sector.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct research and analyse information to provide well-informed strategic recommendations and guidance.
  • Excellent negotiation and presentation skills combined with outstanding oral, written and interpersonal skills communicating complex concepts.
  • Demonstrated ability to produce high quality written presentations, proposals, policies and briefings.
  • Degree qualified (in political science, public policy, economics, law, communications, public relations or related field).

Medical Research industry experience is not essential but would be an advantage.

Conveniently located in the Perth Children’s Hospital, this full-time opportunity will be offered at a 3-year contract initially.

Our Culture
Our aim is to create a workplace where people are respected and encouraged to fulfil their potential. We encourage a workforce that is innovative, eager to acquire knowledge and enhance skills; we embrace all employee differences and foster a culture that supports diversity and inclusion.

We value our people and in return, you will be rewarded with a competitive remuneration package and as a not-for-profit this includes salary packaging of up to $15,899 (increases your take home pay!) and the opportunity to be part of a long-standing organisation.

We offer excellent training and development opportunities and generous staff benefits including flexible working conditions, paid parental leave, social activities and a health and wellbeing program.

How to Apply
If you think that this is the right role and an exciting new challenge for you, please click on 'Apply Now' to navigate to our Career Site to view the Job Description and submit your application. You will need your CV and a cover letter to apply.

Your cover letter (no more than 2 pages) should specifically address your skills and experience as they relate to the qualities outlined in the “About You” section above.

Applications will only be accepted through our career portal.  If you are experiencing technical difficulties with our online portal, please direct your query to recruitment@telethonkids.org.au

For more information about the role please contact Elizabeth Chester, Director, External Affairs.

Contact Email: elizabeth.chester@telethonkids.org.au
Closing Date: 5pm, February 17, 2021 - Telethon Kids reserve the right to hire prior to the closing date.


The Telethon Kids Institute is committed to being champions of gender equity, diversity and inclusivity. We actively encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to apply for positions with the Institute to support our aim of improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal children and families and to continue to build a culturally competent, respectful and safe place to work.

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