Council on the Ageing (COTA Victoria) is the leading not-for-profit organisation representing the interests and rights of people aged over 50 in Victoria. For nearly 70 years in Victoria, we have led government, corporate and community thinking about the positive aspects of ageing.
COTA Victoria’s strategic and operational focus is on promoting older age as a time of opportunities for personal growth, contribution and self-expression. We believe there are obvious National, State, community, family and individual benefits from this approach.
COTA Victoria has an experienced Board; highly qualified, permanent staff located in a central Melbourne office location; and a broad State membership and volunteer base.
Vision: Ageing in Australia is a time of possibility, opportunity and influence
Purpose: COTA advances the rights, interests and futures of Australians as we age
Values: Respect, Diversity, Collaboration and Integrity
Strategic Priorities: For older Victorians, COTA promotes opportunities and protect rights. Our Strategic focus is on Policy, Health, Rights and Organisation activities.
Maintain our leadership in policy development and advocacy on behalf of older people in Victoria and Australia in general.
Health and Wellbeing
Continue to successfully manage and increase a portfolio of physical, mental and financial health projects and services designed to benefit and improve the quality of life of older Victorians
Maintain the position of Seniors Rights Victoria (a COTA program) as Victoria’s leading provider of information, legal aid and support, advice and education to help prevent elder abuse and protect the rights of older people.
Build COTA organisational efficiency and sustainability in Victoria through improvements to communications, marketing, knowledge management, income generation and volunteer management.
Seniors Rights Victoria (SRV) is a program of COTA Victoria which addresses and responds to older people experiencing elder abuse. Elder abuse is any act which causes harm to an older person, carried out by someone they and trust such as family or friends. Elder abuse may be physical, sexual, financial, psychological or social abuse, or neglect. As a specialist community legal center SRV’s services to older people experiencing abuse include a Helpline, specialist legal services, short term support and advocacy, and community education. In addition, SRV has broader policy, systemic advocacy, law reform and capacity building roles both in Victoria and nationally to raise awareness of elder abuse and promote prevention.
The position is located within the Policy and Advocacy Team and works closely with the Manager and Principal Lawyer and the SRV Team. The Policy and Advocacy Team integrates policy development, and advocacy with stakeholder and community engagement in relation to policy issues across all programs.
The position develops policy positions and fosters community and sector understanding in relation to elder abuse, including as a form of Family Violence.
- Provide leadership and advice on policy positions relating to older people experiencing elder abuse, drawing upon the experience of SRV staff and clients.
- Contribute to Family Violence sector and other government reforms reform through the provision of discussion papers and evidence to foster understanding of elder abuse and the implications of system changes.
- Identify and respond to emerging issues including from SRV casework and education, contribute to strategic and operational planning and support the development of existing and new projects.
- Undertake policy research and prepare briefs, reports, articles, and submissions to bodies including Government.
- Develop and maintain effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders, to ensure successful policy development, advocacy and implementation including through convening the Elder Abuse Roundtable
- Represent SRV at relevant consultative forums and work co‐operatively with identified stakeholders to contribute to policy development.
- Manage short-term projects within SRV, and supervise staff involved as well as volunteers and students on placement.
- Develop and implement plans to monitor and evaluate the impact of SRV services, including the development of data collection and analysis.
- Identify business development opportunities and develop funding proposals based on agreed policy priorities.
- Provide progress reports and ensure that all necessary policy related data is captured for reporting and monitoring purposes
KEY SELECTION CRITERIA
- Minimum of three years of experience in policy development and advocacy with an understanding of the non-government environment
- Degree in Law, Social Policy, Social Work or equivalent
- High level analytical skills in the formulation of social policy
- Experience in group facilitation and public speaking
- Experience in campaigning, influencing and advocacy
- Commitment to human rights, civic participation and the vision, mission and values of COTA Victoria
- Understanding of issues facing older people
- Ability to manage projects with tight deadlines in a timely manner
- High level interpersonal skills to build relationships with volunteers, staff and stakeholders
- High level written communication skills including report writing and plain English usage
- Must be physically capable to carry out administrative duties, involving extended periods of VDU use;
- This role requires some out-of-hours work and travel intra and interstate;
- Employment is subject to an ongoing satisfactory police check;
- Must provide evidence of being fully vaccinated for COVID-19.
ACCOUNTABILITY AND EXTENT OF AUTHORITY
- Statement of accountabilities for this position (if relevant) is outlined within the organisation’s Delegation of Authority.
OTHER RELEVANT INFORMATION
Location: Level 2, 424 St Kilda Road, Melbourne, Vic., 3004
Other: Council on the Ageing has an Enterprise Bargaining Agreement (EBA) that covers all COTA employees: 3 years from 12th May, 2021.
Salary Sacrificing: Available in accordance with Australian Taxation Office legislation and regulations, and in accordance with the Council on the Ageing’s Policy and Procedure
Self-Referral: It is COTA policy that no staff member or volunteer shall, under any circumstances, refer work to themselves, their families or other members of their firms.
How to Apply
Application MUST include:
- covering letter
- statement briefly addressing each of the key selection criteria (max 3 pages)
- current resume
Email application to: email@example.com