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Director, Office for Justice, Ecology and Peace - Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, Canberra, ACT

  • Permanent, full-time role (37.5 hours per week)
  • Location: Canberra - however location is negotiable for the right candidate.
  • Convenient city location, free onsite parking (when in Canberra)
  • A flexible, friendly and supportive culture
  • Remuneration $115,000 -125,000 Total Salary Package Including Superannuation

About the opportunity

The Director, Office for Justice, Ecology and Peace will promote the work of the Bishops Commission for Social Justice, Mission and Service (the Commission) in the field of social justice.

The Director is responsible for the following:

  • Work closely with the Executive Secretary to the Commission and subject matter experts in researching, developing and drafting the Australian Catholic Bishops’ annual Social Justice Statement and associated resources, and to assist with its launch and promotion.
  • Manage and deliver projects approved by the Commission that deal with the promotion of social justice and the overcoming of injustice, poverty and oppression, in collaboration with others.
  • Provide advice to the Commission, and other commissions and agencies as requested, on social justice issues in the Church and society.
  • Develop and implement strategies in line with the Commission’s priorities to maximise public engagement in social justice issues, for example to prepare, produce and distribute publications (such as the Social Justice Trends e-newsletter).
  • Represent the Office for Justice, Ecology and Peace at meetings of the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council and any other meetings as required and support and engage with the Council to foster relations with national networks.
  • Develop policies for the consideration of the Commission and advice of the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council.
  • Engage with the meetings of the network of diocesan directors of justice and peace.
  • Manage, develop and maintain an on-line presence for the Office for Justice, Ecology and Peace and its range of publications.
  • Prepare an annual operations programme setting out a schedule of activities and targets against which performance can be measured.
  • Management of the Office budget and supervision of contract staff from time to time.

About You

Ideal candidates will have the following skills, knowledge and experience:

  • Working knowledge of and demonstrated commitment to the Catholic Church and its teachings (particularly on social justice).
  • Understanding of the national and global socio-political and economic situation as it affects people suffering from poverty, injustice and the abuse of human rights.
  • Tertiary qualification in theology, social sciences, economics or other academic field such as Catholic Social Teaching with relevance to the mandate and objectives of the organisation.
  • Familiarity with government institutions and the processes of policy advocacy.
  • High level research and writing and editing skills.
  • Demonstrated experience working in complex, collaborative structures.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Microsoft Windows operating systems and Microsoft Office applications software.

About Us

The Catholic Church in Australia is served by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (the Conference), the permanent collegial assembly of the Bishops of Australia.

The General Secretariat exists to support the work of the Bishops Conference, which meets twice each year but is a permanent institution that operates between plenary meetings through the Permanent Committee and bishops commissions.

The work-based mission and values of the Catholic Church of Australia are that work is for people, not people for work. Our vision is that through work, individuals contribute to the common good and achieve fulfilment as human beings. The Church teaches that employees and employers are regarded as partners in their place of work and their respective roles. Mutual respect, esteem and goodwill underpin the relationship between the employer and the employee. Employees are encouraged and enabled to see their work not merely as a source of income but as providing a service and a benefit to others in society.


The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference is an equal employment opportunity employer. On offer is a full time, ongoing competitively remunerated role.

The preference is that this position be Canberra-based. Our office is situated in a convenient central CBD location in Braddon, ACT, with free onsite parking working with supportive colleagues. Flexible working is on offer with hybrid work from home options available for suitable candidates. For applicants willing to relocate, relocation assistance is available.

Applicants from outside the Canberra area with a willingness and ability to work from home and travel to Canberra on a regular basis, will also be considered. A discretionary budget for accommodation and travel expenses will be covered by the Conference for the successful candidate when travelling from outside the Canberra area.

How to Apply

To be considered for this role, applicants are required to submit a current resume along with a cover letter addressing each of the criteria listed under the heading “Knowledge, Skills and Experience” in the Position Description.

Please email applications to [email protected].

The Position Description can be accessed here or requested via email to [email protected]

Enquiries regarding this role can be addressed to: [email protected]

Applications close 9am AEST Monday the 18th of July 2022.

If you meet the criteria listed under the heading “Knowledge, Skills and Experience” in the Position Description and you're interested in contributing to a purposeful employer that values its people, complete the application process by clicking Apply Button, and we will contact you.

Additional Information for Applicants

The successful applicant must be eligible to work in Australia and may be required to provide a Working with Children Check or a suitable Police Check as part of the recruitment process.

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