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Research Fellow

Brotherhood of St Laurence

We’re looking for a professional Research Fellow with relevant experience who wants to join our 2,000+ team of staff and volunteers to make a difference on a Maximum Term Part-Time basis, working 30.4 hours per week based in Fitzroy.

The Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) has a clear vision – an Australia free of poverty.

For almost 90 years, we have worked with policy makers and the community for systemic change that will prevent and alleviate poverty in Australia.

We are passionate about the work we do.

We strive to create change that lasts for a more compassionate and just society - a society in which we can all fully participate in social, civic and economic life with the dignity and respect we all deserve.


The position will conduct and manage rigorous and relevant applied social research and policy analysis within the Youth Opportunity Team within the Research and Policy Centre. This role will lead key parts of the research and evaluation efforts of the National Youth Employment Body (NYEB). The NYEB was established by the Brotherhood of St Laurence in 2018 to enable a coordinated, multi-sectoral, place-based response to youth unemployment.

  • Manage two streams of NYEB research and evaluation, including an outcomes evaluation and the development and testing of a labour market regional analysis tool. 
  • Manage the design, development and preparation of both qualitative and quantitative data collection instruments. 
  • Contribute to and manage an evidence and knowledge base that furthers the youth employment research and policy agenda.
  • Support the overall RPC strategic leadership and management

Salary will be in the range of $100,750.11 - $104,959.39 pro rata per annum, based on skills and experience plus superannuation.


Passion for supporting the mission of BSL, and delivering excellence in your role, are just the start.

To be considered for the role and be successful in it, we’re looking for an who has the following key skills and experiences:

  • An appropriate post graduate qualification with extensive relevant experience or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education/training. 
  • Well-developed knowledge of the field of youth employment, including current issues and debates in research and policy. 
  • Well-developed understanding of the social research and policy environment, including contemporary issues. 
  • Well-developed knowledge of relevant ethical research practices and codes.
  • Demonstrated project management skills.
  • Well-developed organisational skills, including the ability to manage staff, plan workload, prioritise and meet deadlines. 
  • Demonstrated proficiency with research related software (Nvivo and SPSS) bibliographic software such as Endnote and Microsoft office software (Word, Excel, Access etc). 


  • Extensive salary packaging options to reduce amount of tax you pay
  • Career development opportunities
  • Leave loading of 17.5%
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Employee Assistance Program


BSL employees enjoy a range of flexible work options and other attractive benefits. Recognising that there is no ‘one size fits all’ pattern of work–life balance, the organisation endeavours to provide options to suit the needs of all staff.

If this looks like a role that’s right for you, APPLY NOW or contact Joseph Borlagdan on jborlagdan@bsl.org.au, using the subject line: Research Fellow enquiry via EthicalJobs for a confidential discussion.

To review the Position Description and Key Selection Criteria, please click here.

We are an EEO and understand the importance of diversity and inclusion. We recognise that everyone has the right to an equitable, safe and productive environment and to be treated with dignity and respect.  We welcome applications from all people regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, cultural background, disability or sexual orientation. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply. 

Successful applicants will be subject to pre-employment checks including criminal history and working with children. Recruitment decisions are based on the key inherent needs and requirements of each role, and candidates are selected based on their unique strengths and characteristics.  Applicants must have proof of working rights in Australia.

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