Issues & Outreach Coordinator


Position Title: Issues & Outreach Coordinator
Location: Level 14, 338 Pitt Street, Sydney
Supervisor Title: Lead Organiser
Hours: Full time (5 days/38 hours per week)
Employment contract: Permanent
Grade &Salary: SCHCADS Award Level 5.1 - $80,000 - $85,000 p.a. plus super

We are seeking a dogged Issues & Outreach Coordinator who thinks fast on their feet and leans into the work with tenacity until wins are achieved. This role will support Nature Conservation Council of NSW (NCC) as the peak advocate for conservation issues in NSW by:

  • providing fast and smart advice on a range of policy areas,
  • maintaining functional and pragmatic relationships with a variety of politicians, staffers and bureaucrats, and
  • supporting the coordination and collaboration with and between our member groups, and other potential partners, on shared interests


NCC and the environment groups we represent have been winning protections for nature in NSW for more than 60 years. We have been at the centre of many of the state’s iconic conservation battles and have notched up countless achievements for nature and local communities.

Today, we work to clean up the state’s dirty electricity system, end unsustainable tree-clearing, protect biodiversity, bring our rivers and coastal wetlands back to health, give marine life the protection it deserves, and provide leadership on fire policy, education and ecology.

You can find more information about our work as the voice for nature in NSW at


We are looking for someone:

  • who thrives in rapid response grassroots campaigning environments;
  • has a special talent for the effective interpretation of policy and for strengthening issues advocacy and political engagement; and
  • who is keen to coordinate with our member groups, and other partners, to advocate on key environmental issues, ensuring NCC continues to be a strong voice for nature in NSW.


We are an equal opportunity employer. We believe we are more effective when our team is made up of people with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We are committed to building on the perspectives, talent, experience, knowledge and skills that diversity brings to our organisation.

We are committed to diversity and inclusion and strongly encourage people of all cultures, genders, abilities, and experiences to apply.


As the Issues & Outreach Coordinator, your key responsibilities and strategic objectives will be to:

Political Relationships & Policy (50%)

  • Drive NCC’s active political engagement with all levels of government and public service by building and maintaining relationships with NSW and Federal politicians and bureaucrats;
  • Prepare and commission policy submissions, briefs, speeches, correspondence and questions for budget estimates and actively engage in established public consultation processes on environmental issues, including; biodiversity, forests, water and rivers, climate change, threatened species, land clearing, planning and other areas of policy interest to NCC and its members;
  • Foster relationships with experts, research institutions and NCC policy committees; and
  • Provide briefings and workshops on priority policies, and prepare effective communications on policy priorities, as appropriate for members of the public, key stakeholders, members of Parliament and bureaucrats.

Rapid Response Campaigning (25%)

  • Brief the CEO and staff on issues and opportunities for rapid response, and assist with the preparation of media lines as required;
  •  Conduct rapid response research into environmental issues to generate media stories and build the case for action; and
  • Work closely with our CEO, Campaigns and Communications teams to develop and implement political strategies for priority campaigns and rapidly respond to issues that are of interest to NCC that fall outside of proactive campaign plans.

Movement Building (25%)

  • Foster collaboration between NCC member groups and work with them to strengthen their issue advocacy and political engagement;
  • Develop and maintain partnerships with a variety of organisations from outside the environment movement with which NCC may have shared interests and goals; and
  • Develop NCC environmental policies as needed and manage business papers for NCC Annual Conference.


If you only meet some of these requirements, but you think you’re right for the role and are ready to learn and grow, we’re keen to hear from you. The role will be developed to meet the skills and experience of the right candidate.

Talent & Capabilities

  • A sound knowledge and understanding of the NSW political process, power dynamics, and key players;
  • A strong ability to rapidly source, interpret, analyse and share technical policy information, legislation, bills or similar (e.g. Industrial Awards or Collective Agreements); and
  • An ability to build and maintain strong relationships and collaborative partnerships with member groups and other stakeholders.

Skills & Experience

  • Experience working with media (e.g. pitching stories, providing background and coordinating logistics - not necessarily as a spokesperson);
  • Legislative or issue advocacy campaign experience with a political office, not-for-profit or similar organisation. Note NCC is a non-partisan organisation and welcomes candidates from across the political spectrum who share our core values; and
  • Demonstrated experience communicating complex policy details simply, in written and verbal formats.

Extra Points for

  • A sound understanding of community and workplace organising principles and experience organising with diverse communities;
  • Existing working relationships with a variety of MPs, staff and media in NSW Parliament; and
  • Tertiary qualifications in environmental planning, law, policy or science and/or active knowledge of NSW environmental law and policy.


We value our people and recognise their individual needs. Some of the many benefits of being part of our team are:

  • Flexible work arrangements
  • Access to long service leave accruals after 5 years
  • Salary sacrifice arrangements
  • Access to cultural leave


Applicants must have a legal right to work in Australia and a willingness to work flexible hours. We will review applications and interview suitable candidates throughout the advertising period so we encourage you to apply early.

To apply, please email the following documents to [email protected] by 9am Friday 13th December 2019:

  1. A cover letter individually addressing the selection criteria detailing and demonstrating why you are the best person for the position(no more than 3 pages); and
  2. A complete and current curriculum vitae.

For more information, please contact:

Jacqui Mumford
Lead Organiser
[email protected]
02 9516 1488



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