09 Jun, 2021

Government Relations Advisor

  • Australian Association of Christian Schools
  • Remote (Canberra ACT, Australia)
Part time Education & Training

Job Description

The Australian Association of Christian Schools (AACS) is an advocacy organisation representing the interests of over a hundred Christian schools in every State and Territory across the nation. We provide our schools with a voice in the public sphere to ensure they can continue to deliver an authentic Christian education embedded in the teaching and life of the school.

The Government Relations Advisor will be responsible for driving timely and strategic political engagement, analysis and commentary to members on issues that impact Christian schools. Working closely with the Executive Officer, this role centres on further positioning AACS as a leading influencer in the Christian education sector and broader society. You will proactively drive policy and advocacy work towards the vision of AACS to defend and promote the value of Christian education in Australian society.

Key Responsibilities:

This position has broad impact and requires capabilities across political acumen, relationship management, stakeholder engagement, advisory skills, education policy, writing and presentation skills, influencing skills and external promotion. 

You will work closely with the Executive Officer towards implementing the AACS Strategic Intentions for maximum outcomes, to:

  • Enhance the profile and reputation of AACS through agile advocacy to government- both 'behind the scenes' and publicly;
  • Develop close working relationships with member schools to seek support and intelligence to achieve positive government relations;
  • Provide government relations advice to member schools and support schools with advocacy opportunities at a local level;
  • Prepare submissions to government inquiries on matters which impact the Christian school sector;
  • Undertake annual reviews and evaluation of advocacy activity.

The successful candidate will ideally have:

  • High level interpersonal skills and ability to influence both internal and external stakeholders without direct authority;
  • Ability to articulate and deliver key messages in all communications, including the ability to translate complex information into impactful, targeted messaging;
  • Established working relationships with Government agencies and the offices of political leaders from a cross section of parties;
  • Professional experience with a minimum of five years in educational policy, government relations, stakeholder management, advocacy, public affairs or political advisory roles;
  • Tertiary qualifications in government/legal affairs, policy, business or education.

Essential attributes:

The successful candidate must be a committed Christian of the protestant, evangelical tradition, with a demonstrated active faith in their local church. You will be a self-motivated person, able to work with limited supervision. 


This is a new 0.6 FTE position with the ability to work flexibly from home or within a Christian school office in Canberra or another major city (negotiable). 

The successful applicant must affirm and adopt, and agree to observe, the Statement of Faith as outlined in the AACS Constitution: https://www.aacs.net.au/pdf/Constitution%20for%20AACS%2022%20Nov%202017.pdf

A driver’s licence and the ability to travel interstate are also required.

Annual salary up to $100,000 (pro-rata) plus superannuation.

For more information and a confidential conversation about the role contact Vanessa Cheng on 0416 277 372.  

Applications close Monday 28 June 2021 and must include a Cover Letter and Resume with two referees.

Closing Date

28 June 2021

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