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Director Legal, Policy and Research

Reporting to the CEO, this critical leadership role at Yoorrook will suit someone who can lead and support staff to deliver complex policy, research and legal work in a dynamic and time-sensitive environment.  As a key member of the Management Team, this role will work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders to contribute to a positive, collaborative, innovative and culturally safe workplace.


You will have significant legal, research, policy, analytical and communication skills as well as experience leading teams to achieve high performance and to promote innovation and collaboration.

You will have a proven track record of establishing and sustaining constructive relationships with a wide range of stakeholders to ensure effective engagement and consultation, including by communicating sensitively and appropriately with First Peoples and people from a range of backgrounds.

You will have experience working on First Peoples’ policy, research or legal issues and understanding of Aboriginal self-determination and cultural safety.


Applications close 10 October 2022 and should include:

  • Your resume; and
  • A cover letter which addresses the key selection criteria as found in the position description (within two pages).

For a confidential conversation about the role, please contact Yoorrook’s CEO, Hugh de Kretser on 0403 965 340.


Yoorrook’s Letters Patent requires it to prioritise the employment of First Peoples. First Peoples are strongly encouraged to apply for all roles at Yoorrook 

Diversity and inclusion drives Yoorrook’s success. Yoorrook welcomes applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences, including First Peoples, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, people who identify as LGBTIQA+ and people with disability. Applicants are encouraged to discuss flexible arrangements during the recruitment process.

Preferred candidates may be required to complete a Pre-employment Declaration and Consent Form. Employment of successful candidates may be subject to a National Police Check.

This position is only open to applicants with relevant rights to work in Australia.

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