Senior Research Officer – Amplify Social Impact

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Organisation : Centre for Social Impact

Location : Sydney

Work type : Contract/Temporary

Sector : Education & Training

Salary type : Annual Package

Salary : $95,462 - $103,318

Application closing date : 29 Mar, 2020

About the role

At UNSW, we pride ourselves on being a workplace where the best people come to do their best work.

UNSW is currently implementing a ten-year strategy to 2025 and our ambition for the next decade is nothing less than to establish UNSW as Australia’s global university. We aspire to this in the belief that a great university, which is a global leader in discovery, innovation, impact, education and thought leadership, can make an enormous difference to the lives of people in Australia and around the world.

UNSW Business School is a leader in business education and research in the Asian region and one of the largest Business Schools in Australia with more than 16,500 students, 500 academic and professional staff and more than 80,000 alumni and partners. The Business School offers a full suite of business degree programs at undergraduate, postgraduate, coursework and research levels, including the AGSM MBA programs and a range of Executive Programs.

 About The Centre for Social Impact (CSI)

The Centre for Social Impact (CSI) is a national research and education centre dedicated to catalysing social change for a better world. CSI is built on the foundation of three of Australia’s leading universities: UNSW Sydney, The University of Western Australia, and Swinburne University of Technology.

Our research develops and brings together knowledge to understand current social challenges and opportunities; our postgraduate and undergraduate education develops social impact leaders; and we aim to catalyse change by drawing on these foundations and translating knowledge, creating leaders, developing usable resources, and reaching across traditional divides to facilitate collaborations.

CSI National and CSI UNSW is located on the UNSW Sydney campus (Kensington) within the UNSW Business School where the centre is aligned with the strategic priorities of the University and from where it leads interactions with students, alumni, industry, government, professional bodies, and the community. 

 About the role

  • $95,462 – $103,318 per annum plus 9.5% superannuation and leave loading
  • 12 month fixed-term contract
  • Full-time (35 hours per week)

The Senior Research Officer – Amplify Social Impact will be responsible for identifying, updating and linking national data sources such as from HILDA (the Household Income and Labour Force Dynamics in Australia survey), ABS (Australian Bureau of Statistics) and other sources) with data generated by CSI’s suite of evaluation projects. The linkage and analysis of this data is to be conducted on the Amplify Online platform with guidance on statistical requirements and end-user need to be directed by The Senior Research Officer – Amplify Social Impact. They will have excellent quantitative and data dissemination research skills and conduct research that contributes to CSI’s strategy and Amplify including the measurement and reporting of social impact. These objectives will help to increase the centre’s reputation for research leadership in social impact by establishing a strong, thriving, high quality research environment.

The role of Senior Research Officer – Amplify Social Impact reports to the CSI Research Director and has no direct reports 

Specific responsibilities for this role include:

  • Develop, refine and maintain the ASP database management system and Master Data Spreadsheet for ABS, other, and HILDA data
  • Develop and submit ethics applications, and other approvals where relevant
  • Oversee collection of data from HILDA, ABS, other sources, and any CSI reports, run regressions and analyse on an ongoing basis for insights, developing new reports and updating website.
  • Update and revise Amplify reports with the new data and findings.
  • Add new indicators, domains or datasets to the Australia’s Social Pulse database, including updating database management procedures and coordinating receipt of dataset extracts from agencies when needed
  • Undertake quantitative (and, if appropriate, qualitative) research and evaluation as well as other research tasks such as, literature reviews, data analysis and writing in areas that contribute to CSI’s strategy and research agenda;
  • Manage and lead small research and evaluation projects and assist in the coordination of larger projects; organise and oversee research milestones, meetings with partners and the project team;
  • Participate in the preparation of research proposals and funding applications;
  • Develop, and manage strong working relationships with key stakeholders internal and external to CSI and ensure CSI and UNSW is well represented;
  • Actively participate in relevant research events (e.g. workshops and conferences);

 About the successful applicant

To be successful in this role you will:

  • A degree in Social Science (quantitative) or discipline relevant to CSI with subsequent relevant experience or an equivalent level of knowledge/experience gained in a relevant professional field including:
    • Social, demographic, or economic measurement techniques;
    • Statistical methods;
    • Indicator Development
  • High-level quantitative data management skills and a proven record in the management and use of large datasets/databases
  • Demonstrated experience/proficiency with Stata, SPSS, Excel, Access, or other quantitative database Software
  • Demonstrated ability to work with, write for, communicate with, and present to a range of audiences regarding quantitative statistics and research findings

You should systematically address the selection criteria listed within the position description in your application. Please apply online – applications will not be accepted if sent to the contact listed.

Download File Position Description – Senior Research Officer Amplify.pdf


Hayley Randall

Talent Acquisition Consultant

Applications close: 11:30pm, 29th March 2020

UNSW aspires to be the exemplar Australian university and employer of choice for people from diverse backgrounds. UNSW aims to ensure equality in recruitment, development, retention and promotion of staff, and that no-one is disadvantaged on the basis of their gender, cultural background, disability, sexual orientation or identity. We encourage everyone who meets the selection criteria to apply.


About the organisation

Organisation Name : Centre for Social Impact

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