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Senior Research Officer - Foyer Foundation

Employer: Brotherhood of St Laurence
Work Type/s: Contract, Full Time
Classification/s: Housing & Homelessness, Policy & Research, Youth
Sector/s: Not For Profit (NFP)
Location: Melbourne

Job posted on: 20 March, 2019.
Applications close: 01 April, 2019. (Expired)

  • Are you a researcher or evaluator interested in applying new evaluative approaches to complex systems?
  • Would you like to work closely with services to test and adapt new ways of working?
  • Full-time, 12-month maximum term position available
  • Conveniently located on bustling Brunswick St, Fitzroy

Summary of program and its objectives:

The Research and Policy Centre at the Brotherhood of St Laurence is uniquely positioned. We work closely with the Brotherhood’s service development and delivery on the ground, and connect this work with broader social policy advocacy.  As one of the largest research centres outside of academia, we seed 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.

The Foyer Foundation and BSL share common goals and have entered into a partnership with one another to leverage the relevant expertise of both organisations and enhance the complementary roles each organisation plays in the Australian Youth Foyer movement.

Foyers are integrated learning and accommodation settings for young people, typically aged 16 – 24 years, who are at risk of or experiencing homelessness. Foyers provide a point in time service that enables young people to develop and achieve educational and employment pathways. 

Main responsibilities of the role:   

The Youth Research Team at the Brotherhood of St Laurence Research and Policy Centre is seeking a Senior Research Officer to build on our research and policy work on Youth Foyers to support the development of an impact measurement, monitoring and evaluation framework across Youth Foyers nationally. In partnership with the Foyer Foundation, the role will collaborate with foyers in a diversity of contexts to devise a framework to support ongoing adaptive learning and development.

In partnership with the Foyer Foundation, the Senior Research Officer will build on BSL’s research and policy work on Youth Foyers to support the development of an impact measurement, monitoring and evaluation framework across Youth Foyers nationally. 

This role will require travel to youth foyer sites across Australia.

To meet the selection criteria, candidates will require:

Essential Qualifications

  • 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 quantitative data collection and analysis
  • Demonstrated experience designing, administering, and analysing surveys for social research
  • Demonstrated experience reporting on quantitative data to inform stakeholder decision-making
  • Demonstrated proficiency with research related software (for example SPSS, Stata) 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.
  • Experience working in applied social research or evaluation.

This is a full-time, 12 month maximum term position, working 38 hours per week.

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

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. 

A copy of the position description and screening questionnaire can be downloaded at

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