Head of Policy and Advocacy

Shelter WA is the independent peak body for social and affordable housing and ending homelessness in Western Australia.

• Take your career to the next level with this high profile peak body
• Visible industry role where you will lead, engage and advocate
• Truly flexible organisation open to your work arrangement needs

Our vision is that all people living in Western Australia have housing that enables them to thrive. Our strategic priorities are to champion the development of an effective housing system by bringing all parts of the housing system together to drive positive change for our community.

This is an amazing growth opportunity to take the next step in your leadership career; making a genuine difference with this small but passionate and influential organisation.


The Head of Policy and Advocacy provides leadership, research, engagement, guidance and input on policy and advocacy strategy.

Key Accountabilities include (but are not limited to):

• Leading collective advocacy to drive positive change.
• Overseeing and ensuring multi-dimensional engagement with stakeholders including, government, homelessness services, community housing providers, research institutions, other service providers, industry, and Shelter WA members.
• Overseeing the delivery of a sector development plans, strategies and activities to build the capability and capacity of the sector.
• Delivering exceptional policy, research and practice papers targeting members, the community sector, government and industry.
• Developing advocacy strategies centred in evidence-based policy positions to drive systemic reform.
• Leading a small team of passionate advocates.

Critical to the success of this role will be your solid experience in a social policy and advocacy role; we are seeking someone with a minimum of 5-10 years’ expertise. A sound understanding of housing and homelessness sector will be highly regarded. You will be a solid researcher with skills in data analysis and strategic thinking. Your ability to develop professional and well written documentation, through research and engagement, will also be essential.

As a small team we require someone who can be agile and adaptable, someone who can be hands on but also strategic. You will need to be self-motivated and outcomes focused in delivering results for the organisation and sector.

In return you will have the opportunity to work for an organisation that is collaborative and passionate to drive reform and change. You’ll work with diverse and interesting stakeholders at a strategic level to deliver our reform agenda.

Shelter WA is are open to negotiating working arrangements that will work best for the chosen candidates; this may include part-time/job share, working from home components or a fixed term secondment. Lived experience of homelessness or housing challenges, coupled with the knowledge, skills and experience needed for this role, will strengthen your application.

For further enquiries, please contact Rose Voce at Briscoe Consulting on 0434 272 272 or via email. To submit your application please email your resume with a one page cover letter to careers@briscoeconsulting.com.au ref no. 13840737.