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Research Consultant


Research Consultant

Are you an early-career researcher passionate about politics and social policy? Essential is one of Australia's leading strategic communications agencies and we are looking for a dynamic, inquisitive and detailed-focussed researcher with experience in academic, advocacy or market research to join our Melbourne team, focusing on quantitative research. You will play a central role in compiling the fortnightly Guardian Essential report diving deep into political attitudes, work on bespoke projects for Essential's diverse group of clients and work with directors to adapt emerging technologies to our research practise.

About Essential

As Australia’s leading progressive communications agency, Essential exists to make organisations of social value stronger using integrated, evidence-driven communications. Our campaigns engage and activate the public, influence policy outcomes and shift public opinion.

We win campaigns and make organisations stronger.

Essential is a full-service agency that delivers research, strategy, communications, campaigns, media, digital, fundraising, advertising and production.

Our research and communications methodology, developed and tested for over 20 years, ensures our client’s communications are evidence based. We believe that the better our research is, the more likely our clients’ campaigns are to succeed.

About the role:

As our Research Consultant, you will play a critical role in ensuring our polling runs smoothly. Your duties will include scripting and checking surveys, writing and checking reports and presentations, developing charts and tables, and analysing data. You may also have the opportunity to assist in the booking, recruitment and administration of qualitative research.

The range of clients and issues on which you'll work will help you build your career in social research, as well as helping to win serious and lasting change on behalf of some great clients.

As a Research Consultant, your work will be guided under the direction of our Research Director.

Key selection criteria

  1. At least 1 years’ professional experience in a busy research, data analysis or academic role desired but not essential
  2. Tertiary qualification in mathematics, statistics, psychology or political science preferred
  3. Good writing skills, including the ability to clearly and effectively communicate quantitative results.
  4. Excellent organisational capabilities, with a flexible approach and proven ability to manage multiple projects and responsibilities
  5. Solid interpersonal and communication skills with a personable yet professional demeanour and be adept at developing relationships with various levels of staff
  6. Exceptional attention to detail
  7. Proactive and comfortable working in a fast-paced environment with conflicting deadlines
  8. Ability to confidently provide timely and accurate support to senior staff, including Directors
  9. Experience with statistical software (Q or SPSS) and in developing high quality and attractive presentations in PowerPoint or similar
  10. A good understanding of the progressive social and political environment within which Essential works and a commitment to its values.

Job benefits and perks

  • Attractive package with 6 weeks annual leave
  • Generous training budget so you can build your skills on the job
  • Salary range: $64,000 (+super)
  • Central CBD location, close to public transport

We are currently trialling a hybrid system for working from home and in the office, and this is very likely to continue in the future.

If you are interested in the role, please apply now and more details can be revealed to those candidates who are most closely aligned to the requirements of the role.

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