With around 130,000 members, National Seniors is Australia’s largest not-for-profit (NFP) consumer organisations for the over 50s. We advocate on issues of concern for older Australians to have an impact on political and social change. We provide a well researched, consumer voice to government, business and the community.

This role requires flexibility and drive, the ability to manage multiple priorities, and a positive team orientation. This position provides an invaluable opportunity to be immersed in and affect positive policy outcomes. Our intent is to be recognized by society, business and government for our leadership and independence as the voice of the over 50s.

National Seniors are merging their Advocacy and Research teams to invest further in research-based advocacy. This leadership role will assist with leading and influencing change. Reporting directly to the CEO you will be required to be involved in providing input into the strategic direction of the organisation.

Our objectives are to:

  • Advocate on issues of concern to Australians aged 50 years and over to government, business and the community;
  • Provide older Australians with a well researched, consumer voice on issues that impact their lives and legacy; and
  • Achieve political and social change to benefit all Australians.

You will have:

  • Knowledge of and genuine interest in a wide range of issues affecting Australians aged 50 and over, such as social and public policy, economics, retirement incomes, economics and other related areas;
  • Demonstrated research capabilities with a high level of written and verbal communication skills with the ability to write clear research reports and publications; be an effective communicator; and 
  • Sound project management skills, especially the ability to drive a research project and carry out administrative functions relating to the conduct of research projects.

Role outline

  • Assist in the development, research and management of selected research projects
  • General research activities covering report writing, field work, literature review and data analysis
  • Support the preparation of high quality reports and communicate research findings
  • Initiate, build and maintain partnerships and collaborative arrangements with relevant research and partner organisations
  • Work in partnership with others both internally and externally to ensure the forward planning of research requirements, the specification of research briefs and the successful outcome of research projects
  • Monitor issues and initiatives relating to ageing and provide timely advice. 

Qualifications & Experience  

  • Relevant tertiary qualifications and research experience using quantitative and qualitative methods.
  • Skills in data analysis and proficiency in STATA, R or SPSS would be desirable;
  • Demonstrated experience in undertaking research with ability to analyse and evaluate information from a wide variety of sources and present to a variety of audiences;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, with demonstrated ability in writing clear research reports and other publications;
  • Sound knowledge of current public policy issues impacting Australians aged 50 years and over
  • Experience in survey design would also be desirable
  • Experience in qualitative research, including panels and focus groups, would be an advantageous
  • Demonstrated ability to manage priorities and work independently with a high level of autonomy as well as the ability to work as an effective team member in a small team.

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