Research Officer

Hours: Part time, maximum term of 4 months at 22.8 hours per week

Location: Fitzroy

Applications close: Wednesday, 26 July 2017 at 5pm

An exciting opportunity exists for a Research Officer to contribute to research in relation to youth unemployment, local labour markets, and the development of innovative employment service models for young people.

Summary of program and its objectives

The Research and Policy Centre is one of eight divisions at the Brotherhood of St Laurence and has responsibility for seeding new approaches to social policy, programs and practice that help shape a better future for individuals, families and communities experiencing poverty, inequality and social exclusion.

Our research and policy practice is guided by our commitment to the development of knowledge and evidence that is:

  • ethical
  • robust
  • independent but not neutral; we stand with and for people and places experiencing poverty, inequality and social exclusion
  • accessible to diverse audiences.

Main responsibilities of the role

The purpose of the Research Officer is to contribute research in relation to youth unemployment, local labour markets, and the development of innovative employment service models for young people. This study forms part of a broader research program on work and economic security.

To meet the selection criteria, candidate will require:


  • a relevant tertiary qualification with extensive relevant experience or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education/training.


  • developing knowledge of the relevant field
  • understanding of the social research and policy environment including contemporary issues
  • knowledge of relevant ethical research practices and codes.


  • demonstrated research skills
  • demonstrated capacity to write for academic publication
  • demonstrated time management and organisational skills including the ability to plan workload prioritise and meet deadlines
  • demonstrated proficiency with research related software E.g. Endnote, Microsoft Office Software (Word, Excel, Access etc)
  • capacity to develop publication record
  • capacity to develop presentation skills
  • capacity to develop project management skills.


  • seek the common good through compassion, a generosity of spirit and reliance on evidence
  • desire to work collaboratively to achieve common goals; generosity of spirit
  • strong attention to detail.

The position is a part time, maximum term position of 4 months working 22.8 hours per week. Salary will be in the range of $63,874 to $66,965 per annum (pro rata), based on skills and experience plus superannuation. Attractive salary packaging provisions are available to increase take home pay.

For further information about the role please view the Research Officer position description (PDF, 114kb) or phone John Van Kooy on (03) 9483 2463.

To apply

Applicants are required to submit a resume and complete the screening questionnaire »

Email written applications to: recruitment(at)

Applications Close: Wednesday, 26 July 2017 at 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. Applicants should be aware that as required, we conduct police and working with children checks as we acknowledge the importance of Child Safety.

Application process

In making an application for a position at the Brotherhood all applicants must:

  • read the position description
  • provide a brief cover letter
  • complete the application process as specified in the vacancy. Failure to complete the application process as specified in the vacancy may result in rejection of your application.
  • provide a current resume outlining your work history, details of any relevant qualifications and licences and two referees, either current or most recent Manager.
  • recommended applicants will be required to undertake Psychometric testing. Further assessments may include skills testing and presentations.

Applicants not shortlisted for interview will be contacted as soon as practicably possible. 

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Police and Working With Children Checks

The Brotherhood works with children, youth and vulnerable people and requires all staff to undertake a Police Check and, where applicable, a Working with Children check, prior to commencement. A person's criminal history does not automatically exclude an individual from working or volunteering at the Brotherhood. Police Checks are administered and paid for by the Brotherhood. 

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Please note:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply
  • For more information or assistance with your application, please contact the Human Resources Team on (03) 9483 2444 or email: recruitment(at) 
  • The Brotherhood is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

If you would like some more information about our recruitment process or require assistance with your application please contact our recruitment team at recruitment(at) or visit Jobs at the Brotherhood on our website.

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