First listed on: 21 April 2021

Policy and Research Coordinator


  • Convenient Sydney location
  • Flexible working options - work from home and the office
  • Role is available Part Time Fixed Term - Contract until 30 June 2022
  • Working to improve the health and wellbeing of LGBTI people and communities at the national level.
  • Salary: SCHADS Level 5 $83,895.24 - $87,692.80 plus salary packaging


LGBTIQ+ Health Australia (LHA) is the national peak health organisation in Australia for organisations and individuals that provide health-related programs, services and research focused on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex people and other sexuality, gender, and bodily diverse people and communities.

LHA works with legislators, policymakers and service providers to help them understand and address the needs of LGBTIQ+ people and communities. We support LHA members to have a stronger policy voice and partner with researchers across the country on issues of LGBTIQ+ health and wellbeing.

ABOUT the role

We are looking for a motivated, innovative and high-performing policy professional to use their writing, advocacy and people skills to influence national policy. The successful applicant will have capacity to respond quickly to urgent and emerging issues, while balancing the delivery of ongoing projects and strategic priorities.

The position is situated in the Policy and Research Team, working closely across LHA programs and member organisations. The work focuses on high quality and timely policy papers, submissions, research, discussion papers, events and resources for internal and external purposes.

All roles at LHA place the needs of LGBTIQ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, BrotherBoys and SisterGirls as a priority across all of our programs. It is a requirement that all staff ensure that all aspects of their work that LGBTIQ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, BrotherBoys and SisterGirls are considered and incorporated. 


To be successful in this role, you will have:

  • Tertiary qualifications in relation to policy, public health, gender studies, education, social science or other relevant fields.
  • Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to the health and human rights of LGBTIQ+ people and communities. 
  • Demonstrated experience of working in environments where a high degree of judgement, imitative confidentiality and sensitivity.
  • Experience undertaking high quality policy consultation, research, analysis and development.
  • Experience in planning and implementing strategies and campaigns to bring about change. 
  • Broad knowledge of health and wellbeing issues affecting LGBTIQ+ people in Australia, including policy issues and the social determinants of health.
  • A proven track record of planning and using diverse influencing strategies to achieve organisational goals.
  • Capacity to respond quickly to urgent and emerging issues, while balancing medium and long-term projects and strategic priorities.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Outstanding interpersonal and negotiation skills for achieving results while maintaining important relationships and for representing the organisation.
  • Excellent administrative, organisational and prioritisation skills and the ability to work with a demanding workload in a timely way.
  • Capacity to work productively and collaboratively in a team both with LHA, its member organisations and mainstream health and wellbeing organisations.
  • Ability to work collaboratively to resolve complex issues, including with stakeholders who may hold differing views and conflicting interests.   
  • Demonstrated skills of working in a small team environment, with minimal supervision.
  • Excellent judgement to manage and advise on sensitive issues that may involve reputational risk. 
  • Strong initiative and self-motivation and ability to work autonomously and as part of a team.
  • Proven ability to build professional rapport through phone, email, video conferencing and face-to-face communications.
  • Proactive problem-solver and self-starter who shows initiative.


To view the Position Description with the full role overview and list of accountabilities and selection criteria, please email 

Please provide a covering letter with your updated CV answering the following questions:

Question 1

Give an example where you had to identify and overcome barriers to collaboration with internal or external stakeholders. How did you resolve the issues and what did you learn from the experience?

Question 2

Describe a recent work-related situation where there were tight deadlines to be met. What strategies did you use to ensure the quality of your work? What would you do if you were unable to meet those deadlines?

Contact – Emma Smith -, using the subject line: Policy and Research Coordinator enquiry via Seek or call 02 9119 2360.


  • If you have any access requirements or need to submit your application in alternative format, please contact us to discuss.
  • You can apply verbally over the phone or through a face-to-face meeting if you cannot submit a written application.
  • You will need to tell us about your previous work experience, your suitability for this role and your answers to the target questions.

We encourage people from diverse backgrounds including people with disability, LGBTI+ people and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to apply.

Interviews will be held as suitable applications are received. 

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