Senior Research Officer

at Brotherhood of St Laurence

To meet the selection criteria, candidates will require: Essential


  • A postgraduate social science degree with extensive relevant research experience or an equivalent combination of relevant tertiary education and research experience.
  • developed knowledge of the relevant field (current issues and debates in research and policy)
  • developed understanding of the social research and policy environment, including contemporary issues
  • developed knowledge of relevant ethical research practices and codes


  • developed research skills in qualitative data collection and analysis, and basic quantitative descriptive analysis
  • demonstrated proficiency with research related software (for example Nvivo) bibliographic software such as Endnote and Microsoft office software (Word, Excel, Access etc) developing record of publications (reports, journals and peer reviewed publications)
  • demonstrated project management and organisational skills, including the ability to manage staff, plan workload, prioritise and meet deadlines
  • well-developed interpersonal and communication skills to build effective relationships, advise and liaise with a broad range of people across all levels, both internally and externally including people of all ages and from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds

  • demonstrated stakeholder engagement skills

  • demonstrated presentation skills
  • capacity to develop media skills
  • capacity to develop leadership and negotiation skills

Applied research skills

  • Demonstrated ability to respond to external data queries and conduct relevant analysis
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate and disseminate research findings tailored to other researchers, sector stakeholders, and policymakers
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct research in an applied research setting


  • understanding of and empathy with the values and ideals of the Brotherhood
  • Seeks the common good through compassion, a generosity of spirit and reliance on evidence.
  • Collaborative. Works with others to achieve common goals; has a spirit of teamwork and supports staff.
  • Strong attention to detail.


  • understanding of issues relating to young people experiencing disadvantage.

This is a part time, maximum term position until June 2020 working 30.4 hours per week.

Salary will be in the range of $83,242.95 - $87,519.72 per annum (pro rata), based on skills and experience plus superannuation. Attractive salary packaging provisions are available to increase take home pay.

A copy of the position description and screening questionnaire can be downloaded at . For further information about the role phone Joseph Borlagdan on (03) 9483 2497.

As part of the Brotherhood’s recruitment and selection process, applicants will be required to undergo pre-employment checks as required, applicants will be subject to, but not limited to, the following checks: National (and International if applicable) Police Check, Victorian Employee Working with Children Check, Right to Work in Australia, Disability Worker Exclusion Scheme Check and current professional registration.

How to Apply for this job

To apply: Applicants are required to submit a resume and complete the screening questionnaire. Applicants who do not complete the screening questionnaire will not be considered for shortlisting. Email written applications to: Applications close: Wednesday 13th February 2019, 5pm The Brotherhood of St Laurence has a vision of an Australia free of Poverty. We embrace, and value, diversity of culture, working arrangements, sexual orientation and gender identity to ensure our workforce is representative of the community that we work within. We promote a workplace that actively seeks to include and welcome unique contributions of all people. We embrace and celebrate the value of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff, their skills and contribution to our organisation.

Melbourne Victoria Australia

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