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Organisation : The Brotherhood of St Laurence

Location : Melbourne (Fitzroy)

Work type : Full-time

Sector : Community Development

Salary type : Annual Package

Application closing date : 24 Jan, 2020

About the role

Summary of program and its objectives:

The Research & Policy Centre (RPC) is one of eight Divisions of the Brotherhood of St. Laurence and aims to:

  • Produce a better understanding of the difficulties faced by people living on low incomes and the factors affecting their living standards and their life chances by drawing together practical and theoretical knowledge
  • Conduct research for the development of innovative policies and programs which aim to reduce disadvantage and hardship;
  • Evaluate the processes and outcomes of innovative social programs
  • Engage in analysis of policies, in particular their impact members of the community experiencing different forms of disadvantage;
  • Influence policy-makers and the community through the communication of research and evaluation findings and analysis and the broader message of the Brotherhood
  • Encourage all parts of the community to act in pursuit of positive social change.

The Research and Policy team is primarily involved in investigating causes of, and effective responses to, social exclusion and poverty and in making an informed contribution to policy development and advocacy for social change.


Main responsibilities of the role:   

The Senior Research Fellow is responsible for leading the development of the Youth team’s impact measurement, monitoring and evaluation approach, ensuring we can measure and communicate our impact on supporting service-connected youth in their transition to independence. The Senior Research Fellow will work with the Principle Fellow – Youth and other internal stakeholders to develop the strategic approach to impact measurement, monitoring and evaluation across the Youth team portfolio.

As part of this effort, the Senior Research Fellow will manage the RPC Youth team’s portfolio on youth transitions from care, and build on BSL’s research and policy work on youth foyers in partnership with the Foyer Foundation.


To meet the selection criteria, candidates will require:

  • An appropriate PhD qualification with extensive relevant experience or an equivalent combination of relevant experience
  • Expert knowledge of applied research methodologies, evaluation and impact measurement strategy, design and analysis
  • Thorough understanding of the social research and policy environment, including contemporary issues
  • Well-developed knowledge of relevant ethical research practices and codes
  • Demonstrated track record in managing a research project and multi-disciplinary team
  • Demonstrated ability to undertake high quality qualitative and quantitative analysis to meet project requirements and deadlines
  • Developed quantitative research skills, including skills in advanced applied statistical analysis
  • Demonstrated leadership and inter-personal skills to manage relationships with stakeholders including international bodies, government departments and external evaluators
  • Proven interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to build effective relationships and liaise across all levels both internally, externally and with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate and disseminate research findings tailored to other researchers, sector stakeholders, and policymakers
  • Demonstrated ability to identify and resolve problems and make appropriate recommendations
  • High level written communication skills, demonstrated through a track record of publications and reports
  • Expertise and competency with research related software (for example Stata, Nvivo and SPSS), bibliographic software such as Endnote, and Microsoft Office Programs including Word, Excel and Outlook etc.
  • Understanding of and empathy with the values and ideals of the Brotherhood


This is a full time position working 38 hours per week. Salary is 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 contact Mercy on To view a full position description, please click here.

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. 


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. 


About the organisation

Organisation Name : The Brotherhood of St Laurence

Australia is prosperous and our cities are regularly described as among the most 'liveable', but the harsh reality is there are too many pockets of disadvantage across the nation.

At the Brotherhood of St Laurence, we want to drive change to ensure that we have a compassionate and fair society where everyone has a sense of belonging.

Poverty is not just having too little money to live on. It can also mean being shut out from many other aspects of social and economic life that people commonly take for granted: a job, a home, being connected to community.

We want to influence public debates and convince governments, businesses and others to take action on issues affecting the most disadvantaged people among us.

A key aim is for the successful programs we develop to be adopted more widely by governments and other community organisations - indeed we work with partner organisations across the nation to implement our programs.

The Brotherhood of St Laurence was founded in 1930, amid the Great Depression, by the Anglican priest Father Gerard Tucker. He was a passionate campaigner for social reform in his day.

Today, we continue to work for the goal of an Australia free of poverty with our innovative programs, research and campaigns.  

How to apply

Position Description : 20190124 Senior Research Fellow FF PD

Applications not allowed for this job listing.

Please quote in application: Senior Research Fellow via Pro Bono Australia.




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