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Position title: Program Manager – Public Advocacy
Reporting to: Executive Director


Position summary
Changes in ‘how we do democracy’ will come with momentum from three areas –

  1. Influence with senior decision makers,
  2. Organised constituencies, and
  3. Mass mobilisation.

This role carries the responsibility for strategic planning and tactical execution for points #2 & #3.

As a research foundation, spreading the understanding of tested reform options is an essential function. Research which is not spread and engaged with has little public value.

Your goals will be twofold: close engagement with other influential advocacy and special interest groups who are in the public sphere, and specific focus on building wide popular understanding and appreciation for reforms involving randomly-selected people working to find common ground through deliberation.

Success in the role would see the Program Manager delivering messaging and programs with publicly-known advocacy organisations across the political spectrum. In the mass-mobilisation area, you will design and deliver a program to connect 100,000+ people to the mission of deliberative democracy, newDemocracy and its affiliates and/or similarly minded groups.

As an integral member of a small team, the Program Manager participates in strategic planning and operational delivery.

The newDemocracy Foundation seeks to change how we do democracy. The successful candidate will appreciate the importance of a non-partisan, non-ideological approach to achieve this.

Duties and responsibilities
Program design and delivery

  • Produce and deliver a plan for widespread engagement for democratic reform
  • Identify, connect with and influence organisations of influence to include aligned democratic innovation messaging in their work.

Public Advocacy

  • Promote a complex democratic reform proposition in simple terms to a variety of audiences.

Qualifications & Skills

  • Personal presence and public speaking ability. Must be able to command a room.
  • High degree of familiarity with deliberative democracy and deliberative methods, e.g. citizens’ juries.
  • Personal interest in democratic innovation. Must be well read.
  • Creative approach to problem solving.
  • ‘Get Stuff Done’ mentality.
  • Ability to work with minimal direction and to apply sound judgment in situations where you may not have complete information. You can deal with ambiguity.
  • Strong group work skills.
  • Strong writing skills.
  • Proficiency with digital communication tools: web design, graphic and video production capabilities would be well regarded.
  • Ability to interact with people of all ages and cultural backgrounds. For example, confidence using the phone to speak with people from all backgrounds.
  • Ability to work flexible hours: the role is for a four-day week, but the nature of advocacy and project work can involve evenings and weekends.

We will enter into an initial 12 month contract with the successful candidate who will need to have a business/ company structure for this contract.


To Apply

Please provide a CV (up to 3pg) and cover letter to iain.walker@newdemocracy.com.au
Any questions regarding the role can also be sent to that address.

Applications accepted until Tuesday, June 9th.