Government Relations Coordinator

Football Australia

  • Sydney New South Wales Australia
  • Full Time, Contract/Temp
2 Jul 2022
Applications 0


Football Australia (FA) is the national governing body for football in Australia, situated on the lands of the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. We acknowledge the histories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and commit to building a brighter future together.

Football Australia took transformative steps in 2020 and released its 'XI Principles - for the future of Australian football', which advances eleven principles that underpin a bold and innovate 15-year vision and new strategic agenda for Australian football.

At the center of the XI Principles is the recognition of the strength and diversity of the Australian football family. We are a melting pot of two million participants represented by over 200 different cultures. No other sport within the Australian sporting landscape offers the type of inherent diversity which football does. This diversity in culture, ideas, and experience makes us strong and prepares us to take advantage of the opportunities embodied in the XI Principles.

Reporting to the Senior Manager - Government Relations, this Sydney-based role will ensure the smooth and efficient operations of the Government Relations Function within Football Australia and across designated geographical territories.

There are two key aspects to this role. One is the ability to foster strong relations with peers within all levels of government and Football Australia's nine Member Federations, therefore delivering effective outcomes for Football Australia, and the second being, demonstrated ability and competence to support the administrative functions of Football Australia's Government Relations Activities.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Assist in the preparation of briefs and political profiles ahead of meetings
  • Collate and develop and distribute government relations written products - examples include letters, briefs, proposals
  • Organise meetings, acting as connection between Football Australia staff, including CEO's office, and political/departmental staff with Government offices
  • Organize weekly GR team meetings and send out notes and action items for the week
  • Develop utilising Football Australia current resourcing a relationship management tool to collect, collate, record and manage interactions with current and potential future contacts
  • Perform data analyses to support reporting and decision-making and prepare reports and talking points for working groups
  • Monitor issues and potential regulations impacting Football Australia
  • Establish effective working relationships and collaborate with peers in Government offices and member Federations to advance Football Australia programs and strategies
  • In collaboration with the Communications Team, develop and manage regular campaign communications and distribution networks in rolling out campaigns as required
  • Distribution of relevant media releases to government relations mailing lists
  • Monitor all funding opportunities across federal and state governments and advise appropriate FA staff/Member Federations of actions and or requirements
  • Work with other 'Football' staff, both internally and externally, to execute GR team meetings and logistics

Experience and skills required:

  • 2-3 years' experience in Government or local council offices
  • Previous experience lobbying within Governments
  • Previous experience working with Government on policy development (desirable not essential)
  • Exceptional research, written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstratable strong Microsoft Office skills
  • Proven ability to work effectively with and influence a diverse range of stakeholders
  • Highly organized and detail oriented
  • Self-motivated, intuitive problem solver
  • Collaborative mindset and strong interpersonal skills
  • Remains positive and productive in high pressure and stressful situations
  • Demonstrates critical thinking, communication, and relationship-building skills
  • Action oriented and results focused
  • Flexible and resourceful
  • Diplomacy and strong customer service approach
  • Grant writing experience
  • Microsoft Dynamics experience
  • Flexibility to travel - international, intrastate and interstate
  • Weekend and evening work will be required on a regular basis
  • A valid paid/employee Working with Children Check or willingness to obtain one
  • Full working rights within Australia

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Application Closing Date: 1 July 2022.

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