Assistant Director, Social Research - Yoorrook Justice Commission (VPS STS)

Job posted: 07/01/2022
Applications close: 31/01/2022 (Midnight)
6 days remaining

6 days remaining

Job Description

Location: Melbourne | CBD

Job type: Full time / Until 30 June 2024

Organisation: Department of Premier and Cabinet

Salary: $170,997 - $232,558

Occupation: Research

Reference: VG/1595258

Reference: VG/1595258

Occupation: Research

Salary Range: $170,997 - $232,558

Work location: Melbourne | CBD

Yoorrook has been established as an independent Royal Commission under the Inquiries Act 2014. It will focus on truth-telling and healing for First Peoples, by inquiring into historic and ongoing systemic injustices perpetrated against First Peoples in Victoria by State and non-State entities since colonisation until today. Yoorrook is the first Aboriginal truth-telling body to be established in Australia. Click here to see the letters patent that set out Yoorrook's historic mandate.

The Assistant Director, Social Research will lead a significant social research component of Yoorrook's work as part of the Strategic Policy and Research Unit. This will involve commissioning, managing and quality assuring and conducting ground-breaking research across a wide variety of areas such as history, sociology, anthropology, economics and law. You must be an established social scientist used to collaborating with others to achieve practical outcomes and will have an excellent understanding of the impact of colonisation of First Peoples.

The role requires experience in building and leading a collaborative multi-disciplinary team, and experience in delivering projects under time pressure in a complex and sensitive environment. The team will also be responsible for managing research and policy projects, analysing submissions and other evidence, drafting background and issues papers, as well working on the interim and final reports under the direction of the Commissioners. The unit is also responsible for developing policy options to support Yoo-rrook's recommendations for systemic reform.

This is a fixed-term role until 30 June 2024.

About you

Our ideal candidate will be someone who is outcomes focused, an exceptional writer and communicator; thrives on a challenge and working in a diverse multifaceted environment; and is passionate about truth and justice for First Peoples in Victoria.

You will have strong quantitative research skills, with extensive social science research experience in First Nations history and/or socio-economic/political analysis, mixed qualitative and quantitative methods, and Indigenous research methodologies, and an awareness and understanding of the history and culture of First Peoples in Victoria.

You will also have an ability to work in a complex, culturally sensitive, trauma-informed and fast-paced environment.

This position is only open to applicants with relevant rights to work in Australia. As an authorised provider, Yoorrook is required to comply with the State Government's mandatory Vaccination policy for COVID-19.

How to apply

Apply before the advertised closing date. All applications should include:

  • a resume; and
  • a cover letter which addresses the key selection criteria (within three pages).

If you have any enquiries or concerns about the application process, please contact us at enquiries@yoorrookjusticecommission.org.au 

Other relevant information

Preferred candidates may be required to complete a Pre-employment Declaration and Consent Form. Employment of successful candidates may be subject to a National Police Check.

Yoorrook actively promotes diversity, inclusion and an equal opportunity workplace. We welcome applicants from all diverse backgrounds, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and people with disabilities. All roles at Yoorrook can be worked flexibly, however it may differ from role to role.

Assistant Director, Social Research - Yoorrook Justice Commission (VPS STS)

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Full time / Until 30 June 2024

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Caitlin Reiger | 0419 366 404

Assistant Director, Social Research - Yoorrook Justice Commission (VPS STS)