Our vision is of a world where women, families and communities live free from violence, have equal rights and opportunities and the freedom to reach their potential.

Domestic Violence NSW is a place where we work together to make a difference, and know that every part of our organisation strives to help others, give back and change lives. We also get the chance to collaborate with leaders, politicians, and the justice system, while working with our members and groups on the front lines. No matter what we are doing, there’s always a way to get involved and work towards ending gender-based violence, once and for all.

Positions Available

Team Manager | Policy, Advocacy and Research

Full or part time

  • Work for purpose as part of a collaborative, hardworking and high performing team
  • Hybrid working environment, inner city location, full or part time
  • Benefit from a long-term contract until 30th June 2025
  • Maximise your earnings with salary packaging available
  • Salary Range SCHADS 8.1


A core part of our work is to contribute to national and state policy responding to and preventing domestic, family and sexual violence. The Policy, Advocacy and Research Manager will be responsible for the DVNSW team delivering policy analysis, research, and strategic advice on issues to further DVNSW’s mission of ending gender-based violence. The Policy, Research and Advocacy Manager takes the lead in DVNSW’s work in the areas of research, evaluation and policy with a view to ensuring best practice policy is facilitated on a state and federal level, in the best interest of DVNSW members and the victim-survivors they support. Stakeholder management is key, as the role engages with a range of external stakeholders including members of parliament, various government departments, external consultants and community leaders. The manager will be responsible for managing the success of the DVNSW policy team and offer leadership and initiative within the broader team and sector.

Reporting to the CEO the role will include;

  • Policy Development and Advocacy
  • Sector Consultation and Stakeholder Engagement
  • Leadership of a small, passionate team.
  • Operational overview of all policy team & DVNSW’s processes and procedures.

Please read the full Position Description for detailed description of role responsibilities here.

Success measures in this role include:

  • Delivery to DVNSW’s strategic implementation plan.
  • Delivery to DCJ/other contractual funding or grant requirements.
  • High quality experience in policy submissions and evaluation reports.
  • Positive stakeholder feedback.
  • Demonstrated leadership and contributions to team and organisational performance.


  • 5+ years’ Policy and Advocacy experience in the domestic and family violence services sector.
  • Policy and Advocacy experience in the housing and homelessness services sector.
  • 3+ years’ experience in management/ leadership role.
  • Relevant qualifications, or experience, in Social Science, Health Science, criminology or a related field.
  • Understanding / experience in working in a Not-for-Profit organisation.
  • Understanding / experience working in a membership or Peak organisation.
  • Strong leadership and initiative.
  • Flexibility and skills to step into areas outside role and to manage senior-level responsibilities, according to organisational need
  • Excellent analytical and communication skills (both written and verbal) including the ability to translate data in an engaging manner.
  • Strong interpersonal, relationship building and conflict resolution skills including effective listening, empathy, discretion, diplomacy and the ability to build and sustain relationships.
  • Strong organisational, time management and planning skills, including ability to meet deadlines, establish priorities and work under pressure.
  • Strong understanding of intersectionality and the ability to apply within a policy context.
  • Proven ability to work remotely and act on own initiative.
  • Accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Strong understanding of the NSW government policy environment.
  • Passion and commitment to social justice, a gendered analysis of domestic and family violence and gender and cultural safety.
  • Strong analytical and research skills to formulate policy and advocacy positions within a broad and complex framework.
  • Understand and manage complex and competing internal and external stakeholder needs, working collaboratively with many stakeholders.
  • Strong understanding of the importance of intersectional and lived expertise input to policy.
  • Female – being a woman is a genuine occupational requirement of this position under Section 126A of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977.

In return for your skills and commitment, DVNSW offers you the opportunity to:

  • Maximise your earnings with salary packaging available
  • Work for purpose as part of a collaborative, hardworking and high performing team
  • Enjoy the flexibility to choose the days and hours that suit you whether working from home or our office
  • Access to Employee Support and Wellbeing Programs, professional development and mentoring

DVNSW welcomes applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, workers of all ages, people with disabilities and people who identify as LGBTIQ. We care deeply about creating a workplace where our team members feel valued, respected, and empowered. We live and work by our values we’re all about creating better experiences – for our members and for each other. We work hard to create a safe and inclusive environment for all and are committed to providing equal opportunity regardless of gender identity, race, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation or life stage.

We encourage applicants to view the position description, prior to applying, for full details on the key responsibilities of the role.

Please provide a cover letter addressing selection criteria and a current CV.

All offers of employment are subject to satisfactory background checks including a National Police Check, Working with Children Check, disclosure of previous or current disciplinary action, referee checks, proof of eligibility to work in Australia and qualification checks.

Enquiries about this role should be directed to Rebecca Plummer on hr@dvnsw.org.au, using the subject line Team Manager | Policy, Advocacy and Research or via phone on 02 9698 9777.