We are seeking a Modern Slavery Lead

We are looking for a Modern Slavery Lead to join our team. We are seeking an expert on modern slavery in Australia with excellent communication skills.

This is a part time role, 3 days per week on a 12 month contract, with a probationary period of 6 months.

About us

The Mercy Foundation is committed to social justice and addressing the root causes of poverty and inequality in our community. The Mercy Foundation is a not for profit organisation that strives to end homelessness, end human trafficking and slavery and bring about greater social justice in communities across Australia.

The Mercy Foundation achieves its mission through its grants programs, advocacy, education and research.

The Mercy Foundation is a work of the Sisters of Mercy North Sydney and all activities reflect and align with Mercy philosophy, values and ethos. This alignment extends to the expected behaviour of employees of the Mercy Foundation.

The Mercy Foundation acknowledges and recognizes that every child and adult is valued and respected and has the right to feel safe and therefore has a zero tolerance to abuse. We are committed to building safe environments for all people who interact with the Mercy Foundation.

The role may involve presenting to or interacting with students and applicants are required to have a Working with Children Check.

The Mercy Foundation can offer flexibility with hybrid work options and attractive salary packaging.

About you

The Mercy Foundation is seeking a modern slavery expert with excellent communication skills to join our team. You will have expertise in content knowledge about modern slavery in Australia. It is desirable that you also have experience in the development and implementation of social media communications and can craft compelling, evidence-based communication materials to achieve the Mercy Foundation’s objectives.  We are seeking a person who is passionate about social justice and human rights.

The position

The Modern Slavery Lead will work closely with the CEO to develop the Mercy Foundation’s strategy and plan to address modern slavery in the first 6 months and then implement the plan according to its timeline. Note that the Mercy Foundation has a particular focus on addressing domestic servitude in Australia.

The Modern Slavery Lead will:

  • Develop and implement the strategy and plan for the Mercy Foundation’s work to address modern slavery in Australia.
  • Develop evidence-based policy responses to emerging issues
  • Develop resources to influence efforts to end modern slavery in Australia
  • Draft submissions to government and other consultations
  • Build collaborative relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Represent the Mercy Foundation at forums and network meetings
  • Build the Mercy Foundation’s presence in the sector
  • Advise the Mercy Foundation of modern slavery risks in its supply chains.

Over time, it is envisaged that the person will assist the CEO in addressing other social justice issues prioritised by the Mercy Foundation.

The Mercy Foundation is a small organisation and demonstrated ability to work in a small team is highly regarded.

A Bachelor degree or higher in social work, human rights, communications or related field is preferred.

This position is a 12 month contract 0.6 FTE with a probationary period of 6 months. The salary is $90,000 FT ($54,000 for 0.6 FTE) + 11.5% superannuation.

If you have any questions or would like further information about the role, please contact
Sue Mowbray, Chief Executive Officer of the Mercy Foundation by email : sue.mowbray@mercyfoundation.com.au.


To apply for this role, candidates are asked to:

  • Provide a one-page statement (maximum 750 words) outlining how your skills, knowledge and experience make you the right person for the role. You should include details of relevant achievements or examples that demonstrate your suitability.
  • Provide a current resume detailing recent employment history.

Please email your application to Sue Mowbray, Chief Executive Officer at sue.mowbray@mercyfoundation.com.au.

Applications close at 11.55pm, Monday 22 April 2024.