Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA) has an exciting opportunity for someone who is passionate about advancing human rights to work on a project that builds the capacity of women & girls with disabilities.

WWDA is the national Disabled People’s Organisation (DPO) for women and girls with disability in Australia. WWDA represents more than 2 million disabled women and girls in Australia. We are run by and for women with disabilities. We operate as a transnational human rights and systemic advocacy organisation. Our work is grounded in a human rights-based framework which links gender and disability issues to a full range of civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights.

Position Context

The national WWDA LEAD (Lead, Engage, Activate, Drive) Project – seeks to promote and advance the leadership, agency, autonomy, human rights and freedoms of women, girls, feminine identifying and non-binary people with disability, both individually and collectively.

WWDA has received Project funding from the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) ‘Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC)’ program which is administered by the Australian Department of Social Services (DSS) for the WWDA LEAD project which started in 2019.

Supported by this ILC grant, the WWDA LEAD project is undertaking a wide range of activities, including but limited to;

  • Promoting peer learning opportunities for WGwD
  • Developing a ‘Leadership Toolkit’ for WGwD
  • Providing direct support WGwD to undertake individual leadership training and coaching
  • Increasing opportunities for WGwD to participate in policy decision-making and media representation
  • Developing targeted, accessible information resources coupled with outreach to address the current gender disparity in the NDIS participants
  • Providing access to information resources developed by and for WGwD that promote the autonomy, freedoms, and agency of WGwD.

Selection Criteria

  1. A strong understanding of the human rights model of disability and a broad understanding of the key issues facing women and girls with disability in Australia through an intersectional lens.
  2. Demonstrated experience in large-scale externally funded project delivery, including skills in project planning, implementation, monitoring, reporting and contractual obligations.
  3. Demonstrated experience in providing sector development and/or capacity building activities for communities who experience marginalisation, oppression, and discrimination.
  4. Experience in content development for a range of audiences, particularly for digital media, including experience and/or qualifications in WordPress.
  5. Working knowledge of digital media platforms, including social media.
  6. Highly developed written and oral communication skills for a range of purposes and stakeholders, enabling the development and production of clear, accurate, evidence-based reports, toolkits, events, and communications products.
  7. A high level of initiative, adaptability and flexibility including an ability to deal with pressure, tight timeframes, ambiguity, and change, to modify approach and to adapt to new situations and to exercise judgement in complex decision-making.
  8. Capacity to work autonomously as well as a member of a small team.
  9. A commitment to working within the values of the organisation, including an intersectional feminist framework.

PLEASE NOTE: Applications submitted without a written statement (no more than three A4 pages long) addressing selection criteria will not be accepted.

About the Role

The Project Officer (LEAD) will work with the LEAD Project Manager, other WWDA LEAD team members, and other WWDA staff, including for eg: Director of Policy and Projects, Content Development Officer, Communications Officer, and Youth Development Officer to ensure the smooth running, implementation, and evaluation of the LEAD project.

The Project Officer will assist with all aspects of the project and work collaboratively with the whole WWDA staff team.

The Project Officer will also undertake a number of other tasks across WWDA associated with events, resources, stakeholder and member engagement and project communications using various platforms, including Zoom and social media.

WWDA is committed to disability, family and care inclusive work practices and our work is underscored by an intergenerational, intersectional feminist lens. The role can be based anywhere across Australia and will be guided by WWDA’s working-from-home policy.

WWDA deeply values lived experience. People with disability who come from First Nations communities, diverse ethnic, cultural, linguistic and religious communities or the LGBTIQA+ community are strongly encouraged to apply.

Further information is in the position description attached.

For accessibility enquires or any further information please contact WWDA LEAD Project Manager, Saphia Grant at lead@wwda.org.au