Projects Lead – Policy, Advocacy and Engagement

Employer: Queenslanders with Disability Network Ltd (QDN)

Region: Brisbane

Closing Date: 3 December 2019

Job Description:

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CLASSIFICATION: Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award 2010 – Social and Community Services Employee, Level 6

HOURS: Up to 38 hours per week (fixed term contract to 31 December 2020 with possibility of extension)

TOTAL REMUNERATION RANGE: $90,100.40–$92,820.00 per year (pro rata where applicable), plus 9.5% Superannuation, with available salary sacrifice option

LOCATION: Brisbane – inter/intrastate travel may be required

About Queenslanders with Disability Network Ltd (QDN)

QDN is a member based representative body of over 2000 people with a disability and their supporters. Our vision is that people with disability are active and valued citizens of Queensland. Our mission is to empower people with disability to be fully included as citizens in the social and economic life of the community.

QDN’s work is centred around a strong state-wide network of people with disability across Queensland, to inform, connect, lead and influence change to deliver an inclusive Queensland community.

QDN exists to:

  • promote and maintain active, vibrant networks that inform our work
  • let people know about the lives of people with disability and how to best talk with us
  • influence governments and others to bring about full and equal participation and citizenship, and
  • grow an independently sustainable, effective and accountable organisation that reflects our values, vision and mission.

QDN operates a statewide Knowledge Network by and for people with disability and delivers information to members about issues important to people with disability, as well as gaining feedback from the network to inform QDN’s policy work.

Currently there are 20+ virtual and face-to-face peer support groups in local communities supporting and involving over 1500 individuals with disability and their supporters.

The Knowledge Network also delivers engagement and consultancy services through ‘QDeNgage’ linking government, business, and providers to QDN Engagement Consultants who are people with lived experience. QDeNgage delivers training, co-design activities, speakers, and consumer representatives.

QDN also undertakes a range of strategic systemic advocacy and policy work to influence and bring about change to key issues important to people with disability.

The organisation also undertakes specific project work which is aligned to QDN’s mission, vision, and goals.


This position is responsible for leading the delivery of specified QDN projects which cover:

  • engagement and capacity building with QDN’s 20 peer groups and members across the State, including QDN’s current and emerging leaders with disability who take on a variety of voluntary roles across QDN’s work including local and statewide peer networks
  • funded projects;
  • new business opportunities under QDeNgage, and
  • contributing to the strategic big picture policy work of the organisation.


The Projects Lead reports directly to the CEO and has line-management responsibilities.


The appointee has reasonable autonomy and is accountable for the delivery of work assignments and projects, recognising when matters need to be referred to the CEO for resolution.


The roles and responsibilities of this position include a range of activities across specific projects and business development activities that include:

  • project establishment, implementation and evaluation phases, including stakeholder engagement, communication including the timely achievement of deliverables, within agreed budgets and performance levels
  • engaging with members and people with disability to inform our work and also build the capacity of people with disability to engage and have a voice within the policy context, and
  • delivery of associated project deliverables.


Fulfil the accountabilities of this role in accordance with QDN’s ethics, principles and values.

  1. Develop, deliver and lead activities and work across policy, systemic advocacy and consumer and community engagement that enable people with disability to have a strong voice in their lives, their communities and inform big picture policy work.
  2. Contribute to the growth and development of QDN, including QDN’s membership, its local peer groups and leaders, organisational business sustainability and QDeNgage.
  3. Deliver on the management and governance responsibilities to coordinate: internal resources, recruitment, management and direction of project staff; project planning, implementation and review; and compliance with relevant State and Commonwealth frameworks including QDN’s Quality Management System.
  4. Identify, prepare and communicate a range of information and feedback content for QDN projects, policies, project plans, reports, submissions, presentations, newsletters, website content, publications and communication material.
  5. Identify and establish productive working relationships with relevant government, private and not-for-profit organisations and agencies to influence state and national policy, and represent the position and views of QDN to all relevant internal and external stakeholders in a way that enhances the reputation of the organisation.


The essential knowledge, skills, and attributes of the appointee include:

  1. High level of knowledge and awareness of the disability sector and relevant Commonwealth and state legislation related to people with a disability.
  2. Demonstrated success in undertaking effective consumer and community engagement and building peer groups and the capacity of people with disability to inform, connect, lead, and influence, including working with people as volunteers.
  3. Demonstrated high level written and oral communication skills, with the ability to build and maintain effective working relationships and effectively communicate with a range of stakeholders, including QDN members, supporters and allies, Government and Community stakeholders.
  4. Demonstrated ability to source and write grant applications and funding submissions.
  5. Demonstrated high level of research and analytical skills.
  6. Capacity to lead in complex environments, facilitation skills and abilities to manage competing demands within limited timeframes.


Qualifications and relevant experience in the areas of disability, human services and/or social sciences.

The position is for a fixed term to 31 December 2020 with a possibility of extension. It is based in Brisbane, however travel intrastate and interstate may be required.

QDN operates under the Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award 2010 and the position is paid as a Social and Community Services Employee, Level 6 for a work week of up to 38 hours.

The total remuneration is $90,100.40–$92,820.00 p.a. (pro rata where applicable), plus 9.5% superannuation – the actual pay point will depend on the successful applicant’s experience and qualifications. Salary Packaging is available.


The ability to gain a cleared National Police History Check and possess a current Queensland Driver’s Licence.

The appointee must ensure that they hold and keep current the required registration to perform in the role (e.g. yellow or blue card, AHPRA, driver’s licence) and advise QDN of any change in circumstances that may impact on the continuation of registration or licence.


A probation period of three months applies. The Senior Manager will provide performance feedback at three months, as part of the process of probationary review. Performance appraisal will apply as per QDN Quality Management System.


To apply for the position of Projects Lead – Policy, Advocacy and Engagement, you will need to submit:

1.    A cover letter

2.    A short statement of no more than three pages which addresses each of the six selection criteria

3.    Your current Curriculum Vitae or resume including the names and contact details of two referees who have a thorough knowledge of your work performance. These will be contacted only following your expressed permission.

Applications must be submitted before 11:59pm on Tuesday, 3 December 2019, by email to [email protected] with the subject line Application: Projects Lead position via QCOSS

For more information

Please refer to our website for an overview of the services QDN provides.

If you would like to have a confidential discussion, please contact Michelle Moss on 07 3252 8566 or [email protected]


Suburb: Spring Hill
Postcode: 4000


Name: Michelle Moss