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Research Assistant

Brotherhood of St Laurence - Melbourne, VIC

Health, Medical & Pharmaceutical
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About the role

We’re looking for a professional Research Assistant with relevant experience who wants to join our 2,000+ team of staff and volunteers to make a difference on a casual basis, working 38 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.


The position will assist with applied research and policy tasks within the Youth Opportunity Team within the Research and Policy Centre. This role will contribute to the research and evaluation efforts of the National Youth Employment Body (NYEB). The NYEB was established by the Brotherhood of St Laurence in 2018 to enable a coordinated, multi-sectoral, place-based response to youth unemployment. The aim of the NYEB is to enable collaborative place-based efforts that enable young people to secure decent work while addressing the needs of industry for a diverse and adaptable workforce. The NYEB is building on international evidence and the Brotherhood’s research, policy and practice experience in developing and delivering innovative education and employment models.

  • Analyse quantitative data, including the cleaning and descriptive and multivariate analysis of survey data, and analysis of existing datasets.
  • Assist the implementation of dissemination and promotion strategies, including; making presentations, co-authoring publications.
  • Support relationships with key research, policy and other relevant organisations and individuals to foster opportunities for collaborative research, knowledge transfer and to promote RPC.

Salary will be $32.7047 per hour for casuals plus 25% casual loading based on skills and experience plus superannuation.


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

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

  • An appropriate tertiary qualification with extensive relevant experience or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education/training.
  • Existing knowledge and/or the capacity to develop knowledge of the field of youth employment, including current issues and debates in research and policy.
  • Capacity to develop an understanding of the social research and policy environment, including contemporary issues.
  • Knowledge of relevant ethical research practices and codes.
  • Demonstrated research skills, including quantitative skills at a level sufficient for undertaking multivariate statistical analysis and capacity to develop qualitative skills for preparing thematic analyses.
  • Capacity to develop a publication record.
  • Capacity to develop presentation skills.
  • Capacity to develop media skills.
  • Demonstrated time management and organisational skills, including the ability to plan

workload, prioritise and meet deadlines.

  • Demonstrated interpersonal and communication skills to build effective relationships, advise and liaise with a broad range of people across all levels, both internally and externally including people of all ages and from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with research related software (for example Nvivo and SPSS), bibliographic software such as Endnote, and Microsoft office software (Word, Excel, Access etc).
  • Understanding of and empathy with the values and ideals of the Brotherhood.
  • Demonstrated attributes;
  • Seeks the common good – through compassion, a generosity of spirit and reliance on evidence
  • Collaborative – work with others to achieve common goals; a spirit of teamwork, and staff support
  • strong attention to detail.


  • 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 Joseph Borlagdan, Principal Policy and Research on 0407 713 134 for a confidential discussion.

Please review the Position Description to address the key selection criteria. To view the position description, please click here.

Applications close: Wednesday 7th of April at 11:55 pm.

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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