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Public Sector / Health Economist - Early Career

Knowledge Society
  • Part time and full time considered
  • Perth-based, national work. Some interstate and regional travel may be required
  • Salary commensurate with experience and track record

Knowledge Society is recruiting an early career public sector/health economist to work across our practice. The economist will contribute to evidence-informed decision-making; robust economic analysis of incidence and epidemiological data; micro-economic analysis of existing and proposed models of service delivery; and macro-trends driving demand for health and community services delivery. Your work will contribute to the design of solutions that reduce incidence, lead to recovery and build sustainable solutions over time.

Reporting to the CEO and supporting a range of projects, you will support consultants with economic analysis and the synthesis of existing research and analysis. Knowledge Society combines economics with human-centred design and systems change practices relevant to our clients and partners needs. Our research and action areas span a broad range of health and social service domains. While there will be guidance and support from the CEO, Practice Leads and Senior Consultants, this is an opportunity for a self starter willing to support how this capability is shaped within Knowledge Society.

Knowledge Society is currently a team of 15 including consultants, program managers and an in-house production team. We combine our efforts and partner with organisations we can work beside to build long-term systemic change that delivers measurable improvements in wellbeing.

If you have confidence with economic analysis, working with data sets, defining hypotheses and testing them; and you want to work with a dynamic team of change-makers to better support human flourishing, we want to hear from you.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Working with the CEO and Practice Leads on identified projects which require synthesis of existing research evidence, epidemiology and policy options

  • Bring microeconomic analysis to the examination of not-for-profit service delivery

  • Develop economic models and business cases as part of the delivery of complex, long-term projects

  • (only mid career) Manage projects ensuring milestones and deliverables are achieved within budget and positive relationships are maintained with project partners.

  • Participate in and, when appropriate, lead client-facing interactions including, but not limited to, workshops, meetings, planning sessions and design sessions. Work with client representatives to negotiate logistical arrangements with regards to workshops and meetings.

  • Contribute to the design and delivery of learning experiences which transfer knowledge and skills to build lasting capability within partners.

  • Support the firm’s capacity to remain at the forefront of research and practice in key domains in social impact, education, human services and philanthropy translating these insights for our team and clients as appropriate.

  • Identify and cultivate relationships with potential clients and partners, take part in client pitches and support the negotiation of new work and contracts with clients.

Selection Criteria

Essential

  • Proved excellence in a relevant degree
  • Demonstrated high performance in your early professional career
  • Strong problem solving and analytical skills, including the capacity to interpret qualitative and quantitative data
  • Proven ability to articulate thought and write logically to a variety of audiences
  • Ability to manage work on multiple projects concurrently, to be realistic about timeframes for delivery and to communicate well with senior staff
  • Ability to self-manage and flourish both autonomously and as part of a team
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including aptitude for client engagement, attentiveness to client need, negotiation and facilitation skills
  • Demonstrated ability to think beyond the academic
  • Demonstrated ability to get on with people from a wide range of backgrounds and experience including the capacity for robust, respectful debate with people who may not share your belief system
  • Commitment to creating a positive and rewarding work environment

Desirable

  • Exposure or experience in social services or both
  • Demonstrated contribution to community outside work

Position Details

Reporting: This is a Consultant role which reports to the CEO. The successful candidate will generally be active in 2–3 projects concurrently although this may vary depending on the scale of projects at any given time.

Location: This role is based in our Subiaco office but we will consider Australian-based remote work. Travel within WA and interstate may be required.

Duration: Full-time or Part-time considered (Up to approximately 37.5 hrs per week), with flexibility if required. Fixed-term contract for one year with the potential for extension.

Salary: $65,000-$75,000 annually (plus superannuation) depending on experience.

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