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Research Officer

Brotherhood of St Laurence

We’re looking for a professional Research Officer 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 until December 2022, working 22.8 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.


Reporting to the Research Fellow leading the co-design of an early childhood education study, we seek an experienced researcher who can hit the ground running and assist in survey development and analysis. The survey will supplement in-depth qualitative fieldwork to explore how the Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY) is experienced by parents and children who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander. HIPPY serves children ages 4 and 5, and their parents, in preparing for their transition into school.

  • Support the development and implementation of the HIPPY study
  • Develop a survey instrument and support in survey analysis
  • Support the development of evidence and knowledge base within early childhood education and the home learning environment
  • Contribute to research and policy analysis

Salary will be in the range of $85,264.31 to $89,124.91 pro rata per annum, based on skills and experience plus superannuation.

The incumbent will primarily be working remotely (provided with a BSL laptop and phone) with some in-office days required as needed. 


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

We seek someone who is passionate about early childhood education, has experience in survey design and analysis, and has experience in conducting research with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. In addition to survey development, the incumbent will also need to have experience in providing logistical support for research projects. Strong interpersonal and excellent written communication skills are vital. A knowledge of, and respect for, ethical research methodologies is essential.

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

  • A tertiary qualification in sociology, anthropology, education, or psychology or other relevant field, with extensive relevant experience or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education/training
  • Developing knowledge of early childhood education, the home learning environment, the parent-child relationship, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities (current issues and debates in research and policy)
  • Understanding of the social research and policy environment, including contemporary issues


  • 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 Lisa Conley at lisa.conley@bsl.org.au, using the subject line: Research Officer enquiry via EthicalJobs, or 0491 050771 for a confidential discussion.

People who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander are strongly encouraged to apply.

To review the Position Description and address the 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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