Employment Opportunities

Senior Policy Officer – Advocacy and Policy Lead

Shelter Tas is the State’s Peak Body for housing & homelessness. We are seeking an experienced candidate to join our dedicated team, who will play a key role in providing policy analysis, research, and expert advice to Shelter Tas and its member organisations, to support systemic advocacy on housing and homelessness issues in Tasmania.

This Hobart-based role is for approximately 30 hours per week (to be negotiated with the successful applicant), paid at Level 7 SCHCADS Award, and aligned with a five-year funding contract.



This is a senior position within Shelter Tas, providing expert advice and support to the CEO and staff, Shelter Tas Executive/Board and Policy Committee. It may include Acting CEO responsibilities when required, as well as a collaborative approach to working in a small team.

The Policy Officer will research and develop written submissions and documents for Shelter Tas to influence decision-making, inform stakeholders and raise awareness of concerns within the housing and homelessness sector.

Essential responsibilities include building and maintaining strong relationships with member organisations and external stakeholders, developing strategic responses to emerging issues, and analysing government policy and housing and homelessness issues that impact disadvantaged, vulnerable and low-income Tasmanians.



Shelter Tas will only consider applications that address ALL selection criteria.


  1. Relevant tertiary qualifications or appropriate expertise and experience in housing and social policy
  2. Capacity to deliver succinct, clear, evidence-based, and targeted communications in written and verbal form
  3. Understanding of current social policy issues, government processes and the impact of housing and homelessness policy on the community sector and service users, or the ability to develop this understanding quickly
  4. Demonstrated ability to synthesise complex information from a variety of sources and to analyse data trends and stakeholder reports (e.g. ABS and AIHW housing and homelessness data, as well as insights from our member organisations)
  5. Demonstrated capacity to work to strict deadlines under limited direction
  6. Adaptable approach to managing work in a small, busy team environment, including leadership or management experience


  1. Experience working in the housing and/or homelessness sectors
  2. Experience developing and maintaining networks with community organisations, peak bodies, and government agencies
  3. Current driver’s licence

More information can be found in the Position Description and Advice to Applicants documents.

Shelter Tas promotes equal employment opportunities, with all selection based on proven experience, qualification and/or training and the applicant’s potential to most efficiently undertake the responsibilities of the position.

 If you have any questions, please call (03) 6224 5488 or email Shelter Tas Admin and Project Coordinator, Trish Donnelly at training@sheltertas.org.au.

Applications close 9:00 am Tuesday 5th March 2024.