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Senior Policy and Research Officer

Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare
  • Full time position, hybrid work model
  • Salary commensurate with experience, range: $92,000-$100,000 plus superannuation
  • Attractive employee benefits including salary packaging


Working closely with a wide range of stakeholders, the Senior Policy and Research Officer is responsible for gathering the qualitative and quantitative evidence needed to underpin the Centre's policy and advocacy work. The role involves consulting with our members on a wide range of issues, translating reports and data into accessible information products for our sector, developing policy statements and positions based on the best available research, professional expertise and service user experiences, and developing key strategic pieces such as budget and election statements.

The successful applicant will have excellent writing skills; the ability to turn complex information into succinct, easy-to-understand and engaging material; and the knowledge and experience to produce high quality literature reviews. The successful applicant will work closely with other members of the Social Policy & Research team and colleagues in other teams across the Centre.

The organisation

The Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare (CFECFW) is a not-for-profit peak body representing over 100 child and family service organisations in Victoria. The Centre is committed to making sure children and young people grow up in safe, stable home environments, connected to family, community and culture, with the care and support needed to advance their health, education, wellbeing and development. This includes Aboriginal children in the care of and supported by Aboriginal organisations.

As the peak body in child and family services, the Centre has an important role to play in identifying and supporting effective practice in and across the sector, including how this is defined, measured and shared, and the factors that have contributed to this effectiveness. Our whole-of-sector perspective places us in a unique position to identify existing effective practice, best available research, existing practitioner expertise and client perspectives and experiences. Through our network forums, training needs analyses, surveys and other avenues, we identify gaps in knowledge and skills and seek to address these through project, research, policy, training and advocacy activities. The Centre uses evidence to inform our policy and advocacy work.

The Centre is a diverse and inclusive workplace, committed to the health, wellbeing and cultural safety of our staff. We encourage applicants of any background, culture, gender, and experience to apply for roles as these become vacant.

Benefits of working at the Centre

  • Up to three days additional leave over Christmas/New Year period
  • Family friendly flexible working arrangements
  • A flexible hybrid work-from-home arrangement
  • Paid parental/carer/study leave
  • Ongoing training and professional development opportunities
  • A supportive and positive work environment
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Leave loading of 17.5%
  • Attractive not-for-profit salary packaging (this boosts your income by reducing the amount of tax you pay), with Meal/Holiday accommodation benefit

For further information see the Position Description and/or contact Dr Michele Lonsdale on michele.lonsdale@cfecfw.asn.au using the subject line: Senior Policy and Research Officer enquiry via EthicalJobs or on 0408 083 238.

Please submit your CV, a covering letter and a response to the key selection criteria. Early applications are encouraged, they will be reviewed as they are received.

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