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As the peak body for specialist family violence services in Victoria, it’s an exciting time to join Safe and Equal as we continue to be an independent voice and an amplifier for our members and stakeholders to ensure we have a world-class specialist informed family violence system.

At Safe and Equal, we are: 

  • accountable, act ethically and have integrity. 
  • independent, expert and trusted. 
  • curious and courageous, we learn, and from this we create opportunities. 
  • creating our own future. 
  • striving for gender equity and a socially just world. 

Intersectional feminism is at the foundation of who we are and how we work; it is the primary framework we use to deepen our understanding of the family violence evidence base, build coalitions and partnerships, and engage in critical reflection. 

Our strategic priorities

Safe and Equal is a product of the action, leadership and expertise of the practitioners, victim survivors and leaders who have come before us. As we renew our commitment to change, we know that collaboration and partnership will be key to achieving our vision for a world beyond family and gender-based violence, where women, children and people from marginalised communities are safe, thriving and respected. 

Our key priorities include: 

  1. Developing Practice and supporting workforces 
  2. Strengthening and connecting organisations, sectors and systems 
  3. Building momentum for social change 
  4. Building a strong peak organisation 

For more information on our strategic priorities and history, read our Strategic plan 2021-2024.

Access and inclusion

We recognise the strength and value in a diverse workforce and actively foster an inclusive workplace that celebrates the contribution made by all our people. 

We value and expertise of people from diverse communities and acknowledge the importance of centring the voice of lived experience. We strongly encourage applicants who are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, culturally, religiously and linguistically diverse, young people, older people, women, people who have experienced family violence, and people who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and gender diverse, intersex, queer or asexual.  

We provide flexible work arrangements, remain open to new approaches and actively foster an inclusive workplace that celebrates the contribution made by all our people. 

We are committed to access and inclusion and currently working towards achieving Rainbow Tick accreditation. 

Staff benefits

Under the organisation’s EBA, Safe and Equal offers employees: 

  • Generous salary packaging (total of up to $18,550), as well as above award wages and conditions under the Enterprise Agreement 
  • Monthly RDO 
  • Individual annual Professional Development budget 
  • Leave benefits such as Christmas Shutdown Leave, Gender Affirmation leave, Family Violence Leave, Cultural and Ceremonial Leave, Compassionate Leave, Paid Parental Leave, Study Leave and Community Service Leave 
  • 13 days of paid personal/carer’s leave per annum 
  • Access to an Employee Assistance Program (EAP). 
  • Flexible working arrangements 

 Additionally, staff working for Safe and Equal are eligible for the Portable Long Service Benefits Scheme. Portable long service means you accrue long service benefits for all your years in a single industry, rather than with a single employer. It’s ‘portable’ because it moves with you if you change employers but remain in the industry. 

Volunteer and student placement positions

We do not have regular volunteer or student placements at Safe and Equal however if you are interested in being involved, please send through your resume and cover letter to recruitment@safeandequal.org.au, describing your ideal role, your background and interest in the organisation. We will keep your details on file for future volunteer or student placement positions.

Current vacancies

Evidence and Advocacy Advisor - apply before Wednesday 28 September 2022

  • Exciting opportunity to implement a broad program of family violence evidence and knowledge translation work, with a key focus on building sector capability
  • Be part of meaningful change working for the peak body for Victorian family violence services
  • Generous salary packaging (total of up to $18,550), as well as above award wages and conditions under the Enterprise Agreement
  • Work for an organisation that is committed to access and inclusion and has recently achieved Rainbow Tick accreditation

ABOUT THE ORGANISATION

In 2021, Domestic Violence Victoria (DV Vic) and the Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria (DVRCV) merged to become a new entity – Safe and Equal. Connecting strength, capacity, and resources for greater impact, Safe and Equal is the peak body for Victoria’s specialist family violence services supporting victim survivors.

Safe and Equal recognises the value and expertise of people from diverse communities and acknowledges the importance of centring the voice of lived experience. We strongly encourage applicants who are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, culturally, religiously and linguistically diverse, young people, older people, women, people who have experienced family violence, and people who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and gender diverse, intersex, queer or asexual.

We provide flexible work arrangements, remain open to new approaches and actively foster an inclusive workplace that celebrates the contribution made by all our people.

Safe and Equal offers employees a monthly RDO option, individual annual Professional Development budget, generous leave benefits including (but not limited to) Christmas Shutdown Leave, Gender Affirmation leave, Family Violence Leave and Cultural and Ceremonial Leave, and access to an Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

THE ROLE

Safe and Equal plays a leadership role in designing and influencing innovative policy to prevent and respond to family violence, as well as building workforce capability and representing the specialist family violence sector in a range of contexts.

The Evidence and Advocacy Advisor will work closely with members and colleagues to develop and deliver strategic and effective policy advice, messaging and advocacy with a view to effecting systems-level change on behalf of the family violence sector and all people experiencing or at risk of family violence.

In particular, this role will deliver on key projects to support sector sustainability, system accessibility, and better outcomes for people experiencing or at risk of family violence.

Here are some examples of what you will achieve in the next two years as the Evidence and Advocacy Advisor:

  • Lead the collection, analysis and reporting on relevant quantitative and qualitative data to maintain a snapshot view of family violence service capacity and demand
  • Coordinate the development and implementation of a family violence service outcomes framework
  • Support the establishment of a family violence focused Outcomes, Practice and Evidence Network
  • Strengthen the business case for ongoing investment into specialist family violence responses

We’re looking for a candidate who has:

  • A tertiary qualification in a relevant discipline
  • At least 3 years’ experience working in evaluation, research, strategy, policy, advocacy, or social change
  • Lived experience, or an in-depth understanding, of the ways that gender inequality intersects with other forms of inequality and oppression to limit people’s access to services, support, and safety
  • Experience working with adult and/or child victim survivors of family violence, working with specialist family violence services, and/or working within the family violence response system
  • Demonstrated experience managing successful, collaborative relationships with multiple and diverse stakeholders
  • Skills and experience in developing strategic goals into actionable projects, strategies and implementation plans, including managing multiple and sometimes competing priorities
  • Demonstrated experience in preparing high quality written communications in a variety of formats and for a broad range of audiences
  • Highly developed interpersonal and verbal communication skills, including influencing and negotiation skills, ability to listen and adapt to audience needs, and ability to lead and facilitate groups
  • Excellent project management and time management skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively as part of a close-knit team as well as independently, and to flexibly manage workload and competing demands

For more information about the key responsibilities, pre-employment checks and salary expectations of the role, download the position description.

If you think this role might be right for you but you’re unsure about any of the listed criteria, please contact us for a confidential discussion.

 

APPLICATION

To apply, send a cover letter responding to the key selection criteria and a copy of your resume to recruitment@safeandequal.org.au.

If you have questions about this position contact Louise Simms on louisesimms@safeandequal.org.au

Applications close at 9am, Wednesday 28 September 2022.

Policy and Advocacy Advisor - apply before Wednesday 28 September 2022

  • Exciting opportunity to play a key role in advancing key policy changes
  • Be part of meaningful change working for the peak body for Victorian family violence services
  • Generous salary packaging (total of up to $18,550), as well as above award wages and conditions under the Enterprise Agreement
  • Work for an organisation that is committed to access and inclusion and has recently achieved Rainbow Tick accreditation

 

ABOUT THE ORGANISATION

In 2021, Domestic Violence Victoria (DV Vic) and the Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria (DVRCV) merged to become a new entity – Safe and Equal. Connecting strength, capacity, and resources for greater impact, Safe and Equal is the peak body for Victoria’s specialist family violence services supporting victim survivors.

Safe and Equal recognises the value and expertise of people from diverse communities and acknowledges the importance of centring the voice of lived experience. We strongly encourage applicants who are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, culturally, religiously and linguistically diverse, young people, older people, women, people who have experienced family violence, and people who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and gender diverse, intersex, queer or asexual.

We provide flexible work arrangements, remain open to new approaches and actively foster an inclusive workplace that celebrates the contribution made by all our people.

Safe and Equal offers employees a monthly RDO option, individual annual Professional Development budget, generous leave benefits including (but not limited to) Christmas Shutdown Leave, Gender Affirmation leave, Family Violence Leave and Cultural and Ceremonial Leave, and access to an Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

 

THE ROLE

Safe and Equal plays a leadership role in designing and influencing innovative policy to prevent and respond to family violence, as well as building workforce capability and representing the specialist family violence sector in a range of contexts.

The Policy and Advocacy Advisor is a newly re-oriented position, which will play a key role in devising and executing strategic plans for advancing key policy changes in line with the organisation’s advocacy strategy and based on evidence, practice expertise and lived experience.

Here are some examples of what you will achieve in the next 12 months as the Policy and Advocacy Advisor:

  • Analyse identified policy issues and develop relevant, concise and timely positioning, messaging and advice
  • Develop and execute advocacy plans designed to effect specific systemic changes
  • Undertake desktop research and consultation to produce written briefings, position papers, reports and proposals on relevant and evolving issues
  • Prepare submissions and responses to relevant consultation processes on behalf of Safe and Equal and the Victorian specialist family violence sector
  • Contribute to the design and development of project proposals and provide advice and support for key projects as required

 

We’re looking for a candidate who has:

  • A tertiary qualification in a relevant discipline (for example, public policy, social science, law reform, community development) or commensurate experience
  • At least 3 years’ experience working in policy, advocacy, or social change, within the public or community sector
  • Lived experience, or an in-depth understanding, of the ways that gender inequality intersects with other forms of inequality and oppression to limit people’s access to services, support, and safety
  • Experience in and aptitude for engaging and influencing diverse stakeholders, and building partnerships to progress advocacy into action and effect change
  • Understanding of the drivers, dynamics, and impacts of family and gender-based violence
  • Sophisticated analytical skills, including the ability to source, synthesise and critically evaluate evidence and data from diverse sources
  • Well-developed, proactive and creative problem-solving skills, including the ability to design innovative solutions and identify the necessary levers to get things done
  • Demonstrated experience in preparing high quality written communications in a variety of formats and for a broad range of audiences
  • Strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills, including presentation, consultation, and facilitation
  • Ability to work collaboratively as part of a close-knit team as well as independently, and to flexibly manage workload and competing demands

 

For more information about the key responsibilities, pre-employment checks and salary expectations of the role, download the position description.

If you think this role might be right for you but you’re unsure about any of the listed criteria, please contact us for a confidential discussion.

 

APPLICATION

To apply, send a cover letter describing how you meet the key selection criteria and a copy of your resume to recruitment@safeandequal.org.au.

If you have questions about this position contact Louise Simms on louisesimms@safeandequal.org.au

Applications close at 9am, Wednesday 28 September 2022.

Prevention Sessional Trainer / Facilitator - multiple roles available

  • Exciting opportunity to design, develop, deliver and review high quality training packages with the flexibility of casual employment
  • Be part of meaningful change and work for the peak body that specialises in family violence services for women and children in Victoria
  • Work for an organisation that is committed to access and inclusion and has just received Rainbow Tick accreditation

 

ABOUT THE ORGANISATION

In 2021, Domestic Violence Victoria (DV Vic) and the Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria (DVRCV) merged to become a new entity – Safe and Equal. Connecting strength, capacity, and resources for greater impact, Safe and Equal is the peak body for Victoria’s specialist family violence services supporting victim survivors.

Safe and Equal recognises the value and expertise of people from diverse communities and acknowledges the importance of centring the voice of lived experience. We strongly encourage applicants who are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, culturally, religiously and linguistically diverse, young people, older people, women, people who have experienced family violence, and people who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and gender diverse, intersex, queer or asexual.

We provide flexible work arrangements, remain open to new approaches and actively foster an inclusive workplace that celebrates the contribution made by all our people.

 

THE ROLE

As a sessional trainer and/or facilitator you will be given the opportunity to design, develop, deliver and review high quality training packages across the Primary Prevention portfolio. You will have significant autonomous and proactive skills/approaches to your work.

Over the next 12 months, you will achieve;

  • Delivery of Prevention in Practice and Unpacking Resistance, as part of calendar offerings and fee for service request
  • The review and update of training packages
  • Facilitate communities of practice, workshops and associated learning forums
  • Be a part of an engaged and passionate Sessional team
  • Have access to professional development opportunities
  • Work as part of a team to deliver the training roster/scheduled allocations, to meet the Workforce Development deliverables and fee for service opportunities

The Primary Prevention Sessional Team are highly valued and have meaningful connection points with the Primary Prevention Unit.

To be successful in this role, you must have experience in one or more of the following:

  • A strong understanding of evidence-based feminist framework that addresses all violence against women (including family violence) as a gendered issue
  • Delivery of training for participants from a wide range of backgrounds and organisations across Victoria, either as a sole trainer or in a co-facilitation role
  • Design and develop or review high quality training and materials relating to family violence for a range of audiences to support workforce development activity and meet training deliverables
  • Facilitate communities of practice, workshops and learning forums that are part of the broader Prevention team activities

 

For more information about the key responsibilities, pre-employment checks and salary expectations of the role, download the position description.

 

APPLICATION

To apply, send a cover letter describing how you meet the key selection prompts (as noted below) and a copy of your resume to recruitment@safeandequal.org.au

 

Key Selection Prompts

We are seeking to grow and diversify the key skills and expertise across the team, from training design and review, training delivery and facilitation skills. We understand applicants may have experience in one or more of these key components. To better understand your experience when applying, please incorporate short responses to the following questions (where relevant).

 

Please outline your experience to the following:

  1. Delivery of primary prevention training packages, to a wide range of audiences. Please outline content knowledge where applicable.
  2. Designing, developing and/or reviewing primary prevention training packages or workshops.
    Please outline content knowledge where applicable.
  3. Facilitation of communities of practice, workshops and learning forums

If you have questions about these positions, contact Erica Wastell at ericawastell@safeandequal.org.au

 

Multiple positions available; applications will be assessed as they are received.

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