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Senior Research Specialist - Melbourne / Sydney

The Parenting Research Centre
  • Conduct research evaluation projects that improve outcomes for children
  • Flexible opportunity:  4-5 days a week
  • Plus, additional paid company leave
  • Location: Melbourne or Sydney

About the Parenting Research Centre

The Parenting Research Centre (PRC) seeks better outcomes for children by increasing effectiveness in the way families are supported in their parenting. We work collaboratively with our clients to deliver tailored, outcomes-focused solutions based on the best available evidence.

We are an independent, non-profit organisation and work with governments and community organisations in the fields of child health, education and welfare.

About the Opportunity

PRC is now looking for a Senior Research Specialist to join the team in the Melbourne office (although we are all currently working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic). This position will take on leadership and project management of three key pieces of research which require subject matter expertise in parenting and family support along with strong survey design, data analysis and interpretation skills.

As a Senior Research Specialist, you will manage complex projects as well as project managers leading their own projects.  Externally, you will manage key stakeholder relationships and you will contribute to business growth by leading the development of successful tenders and project proposals.

More specifically, some of your key duties will include: 

  1. Design, establish and deliver projects requiring strong quantitative research methodologies
  2. Survey design and implementation for large scale data sets
  3. Oversee data analysis including utilising SPSS for multivariate analysis
  4. Build high performing project teams, and facilitate strong relationships both internally and externally
  5. Work in an integrated way with project teams led by others as required, bringing high-level research and evaluation expertise to help achieve project outcomes.
  6. Follow research quality control processes, including accurate reporting of research and oversee quality of project outputs
  7. Manage complex stakeholder relationships, including funders, and represent the Centre at relevant forums
  8. Lead the development of competitive tenders and consultancy/contract project proposals

About You

This role would suite someone with a post graduate qualification in a social science, such as psychology, epidemiology or related discipline that requires complex data analysis. 

You will be highly skilled and experienced in, designing and conducting quantitative research, especially survey design and quantitative data analysis of large scale and/or population-level datasets. 

Your relevant knowledge in family, children or parenting fields coupled with an established track record in establishing and delivering research and evaluation projects within agreed timeframes will be required. 

Additionally, your experience and confidence using statistical software (e.g. SPSS) for multivariate analysis (e.g. multiple regression, factor analysis, logistic regression) will ensure success in this role.

Your exceptional written and verbal communications skills will ensure a high level of personal productivity and work impact, while your excellent interpersonal skills ensure your ability to engage with a wide range of professionals, client groups and other stakeholders.

Ideally you will be solutions focused and have a demonstrated capacity to overcome obstacles and challenges to project delivery, in addition to using a continuous quality improvement approach.

PhD level research training and strong qualitative research skills are desirable, but not essential.

About the Benefits

In recognition of your hard work and dedication, you will enjoy a supportive, flexible and autonomous working environment, plus;

  • 5 weeks leave each year with the option to purchase additional leave;
  • Support to develop your skills and practice; and

Best of all, you will gain tremendous satisfaction in this rewarding role where you will have the opportunity to support parents in achieving better outcomes for children.

If you're ready for a new challenge and want to join a supportive and dynamic organisation — Apply Now!

We encourage people from different backgrounds to apply, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds and people with disabilities.

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