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Senior Social Research & Information Officer


The focus of the Senior Social Research & Information Officer's work is to ensure Western Sydney Regional Information and Research Service's (WESTIR) objectives are met by monitoring available information; collecting and analysing pertinent information (including statistics) and ensuring dissemination of such information to individual, community, government and other users of WESTIR services, especially those in Greater Western Sydney.

They will provide expert advice particularly in WESTIR’s research, evaluation and training activities. Supervision of the research team is required. The person should have knowledge of the not for profit and community sector. In addition the position will require Management and Administrative skills.

Salary: Related to Social, Community, Home Care & Disability Services Award, Level 6. Ability to work comfortably at Level 6 is vital.

DUTIES include:

  • Supervision of Social Research and Information Officers project work;
  • Analyse social trends & issues affecting Greater Western Sydney;
  • Respond to information requests from organisations & the community;
  • Prepare statistical data & publications;
  • Develop information & data resources;
  • Advise on and conduct research projects;
  • Make presentations of research results;
  • Undertake project or service evaluations;
  • Communicating research findings;
  • Assist the Executive Officer with management support, if required.


  • Degree in Social Sciences or equivalent;
  • Ability to analyse, manipulate & interpret social statistical information & trends (especially re Census data);
  • Experience in social research & analysis;
  • Experience in presenting research outcomes and preparing research for publication;
  • Familiarity with a broad range of data;
  • Skills with MapInfo and/or statistical/analytic software [e.g. Table Builder, SPSS, NVivo];
  • Experience in presenting and explaining research and data;
  • Ability to work both with a small team and independently;
  • High-level report writing & oral communication skills;
  • Understanding of issues for Greater Western Sydney & non-government community services;
  • An inquiring view of the world.


  • An understanding of the not for profit and community sector;
  • Familiarity with service and/or project evaluation; interviewing skills;
  • Ability to prepare data visualisations and infographics;
  • Experience in one or more of the following areas: children & families; people with disabilities; young people; disadvantaged communities; health; education & training; social impact measurement;
  • Good negotiation skills;
  • Administrative experience.

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For enquiries please contact Margaret Tipper - eo@westir.org.au using the subject line: Senior Social Research & Information Officer enquiry via EthicalJobs.

WESTIR is an EEO employer.

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