Leader Future Jobs Inquiry Program (RAI) — Canberra


Leader Future Jobs Inquiry Program

  • Full time, 24 month fixed term contract
  • up to $140,000 plus 9.5% Superannuation
  • Applications close 17th January

Position Objectives

Lead the Regional Australia Institute’s (RAI) Future Jobs Inquiry Program by designing and delivering high impact research projects as a senior member of our team.

Innovative and creative analysis of in-house and external data resources to provide answers on complex regional development questions;

Provide oversight and guidance to the work of research colleagues and partners that contribute to the RAI program;

Alongside the wider RAI Executive, communicate the work to positively influence the regional development strategies and policies pursued by governments and regional leaders; and

Contribute to the RAI’s future national leadership of regional development in Australia.

Organisational Relationships

Reports to: General Manager – Policy and Research (GMPR)
Directly Supervises: Senior Researchers and Research Assistants
Coordinates: University partners and external consultants

Key Responsibilities and Duties

Key responsibilities include the following: (Other duties may be assigned)

  • Lead the implementation of major research projects under the Future Jobs Inquiry Program including:

o Develop project concepts and implementation approaches
o Prepare project plans and monitor progress
o Undertake research and preparation of research, policy and other products
o Conduct and manage quantitative analysis using RAI and other data sources
o Conduct and manage qualitative research in the field
o Manage stakeholder engagement and other communication activities across projects
o Project management including supervision of staff and outsourced research components and meeting milestones

  • Lead other high priority RAI research projects as agreed with the Executive Team;
  • Develop policy briefings, internal policy papers, opinion pieces, publishable articles, conference presentations and other communication resources on policy issues related to the Inquiry Program;
  • Build and maintain a network of experts and influencers including policy makers, other think tanks and researchers to expand understanding of the policy context, issues and state of the evidence; and
  • Provide policy advice, briefings and support to the CEO and General Manager – Policy and Research.
  • Other duties as requested by the GMPR and CEO.

Key Selection Criteria

  • Evidence of a strong background in policy and research closely related to the theme of future jobs and workforce development needs in regional Australia.
  • Advanced quantitative and qualitative research skills using a variety of software;
  • Demonstrated ability in research project design and delivery;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Demonstrated supervisory experience and ability to provide effective coordination capability within a team under the pressure of rapidly changing workload and simultaneous multiple projects to meet competing deadlines; and
  •  A thorough understanding of issues and opportunities currently facing regional Australia in relation to economic and community development.

Qualifications and Experience


  • Demonstrated experience working within the policy process;
  • Postgraduate (Honours / Masters / PhD) qualifications in Economics, Business or other relevant field; and
  • A strong track record of high performance in a similar role.
  • Mandatory: Tertiary qualifications in Economics, Business or another related field of study; and
  • At least 5 years of experience in an applied economics policy environment.

Applications for this position close 17th January 2018 and may be emailed to Kym Haughton at the Regional Australia Institute – Kim.Houghton@regionalaustralia.org.au

Criteria/PD is available here PD – Inquiry Leader Future Jobs