Research and Evaluation Lead, Social Impact and the Sustainable Development Goals

Sydney, Australia
25 Sep 2019
End of advertisement period
24 Oct 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

UTS Centre for Social Justice and Inclusion & the Institute for Sustainable Futures

Our vision is to be a leading public university of technology recognised for our global impact. We are a dynamic and innovative university, ranked by the Times Higher Education as Australia’s top young university, and located centrally in one of the world’s most liveable cities. With a culturally diverse campus life and extensive international exchange and research programs, UTS prepares graduates for the workplaces of today and tomorrow. Beyond a vibrant new campus in Sydney’s creative precinct, at the heart of UTS are exceptional people.

The Research and Evaluation Lead is a newly created role jointly managed by Centre for Social Justice and Inclusion (CSJI) and Institute for Sustainable Futures (ISF). The Research and Evaluation Lead’s role is to contribute to the enhancement of social impact at UTS through supporting the ongoing strategic development of the Social Impact Framework and the strategic rollout of the university’s commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The position reports to Mitra Gusheh - Executive Manager, Social Impact, with input from Cynthia Mitchell - Deputy Director, Institute for Sustainable Futures. The position will be based in the central location of UTS’ Ultimo campus.

Describe the purpose of the role:

The Research and Evaluation Lead contributes to the enhancement of social impact at UTS through supporting the ongoing strategic development of the UTS Social Impact Framework and the strategic rollout of the university’s commitment to the SDGs. The role will have responsibility over the management of related research and evaluation initiatives and developing, delivering and/or overseeing capability building programs across teaching, research, and administration/operations. The incumbent will work closely with relevant CSJI and ISF management to provide social impact research and evaluation expertise and advice, making a particular contribution to local and global reporting and advocacy requirements in relation to social impact and the SDGs.

Main duties/responsibilities:

  • Develop and review the strategic direction and process systems for the Social Impact Framework;
  • Contribute to research in areas relating to the Social Impact Framework and the Sustainable Development Goals;
  • Communicate, influence and offer thought leadership in areas relating to the Social Impact Framework and the Sustainable Development Goals;
  • Operationalise the Social Impact Framework and UTS’ SDG commitment, ensuring the effective delivery of societal impact research and evaluation initiatives and capability building programs;
  • Provide leadership in the development of effective teams

Main skills/experience required:

  • Capacity to develop strategies for complex large-scale organisations, and independently lead their execution, with and through others, in a changing environment.
  • Experience in developing, implementing and reviewing monitoring and evaluation mechanisms in a social research environment, drawing on mixed methodologies that gather both quantitative and qualitative data.
  • Extensive experience in designing and conducting qualitative and quantitative research and evaluation and building the capability of others for their implementation.
  • Knowledge of the social impact field and theory and the sustainable development goals.
  • Evidence of building relationships and collaborating with diverse stakeholders including community, government and the private sector.
  • Ability to communicate societal impacts and outcomes through a range of responsive approaches, including academic outputs, formal reports, policy papers, workshops and seminars, and popular media.
  • High level of organisational skills, with the ability to operate as part of, and lead and manage teams.
  • A postgraduate degree (preferably a PhD) in a related discipline or equivalent research or work experience.

Remuneration & Benefits
Base Salary Range:
$126,402 to $145,162 pa (Level C)

This role attracts up to 17% superannuation (pension) in addition to the base salary.

UTS staff also benefit from a wide range of Employee Benefits include flexible work practices, child care centres, generous parental leave and salary packaging opportunities.

This position is full-time and appointment will be made on a fixed term basis for 3 years.

How To Apply

For the full list of the selection criteria and role responsibilities please click the apply link and download the Position Statement from the UTS website.

You are required to address the application selection criteria in your submission in a separate document. For information to assist you with compiling statements to answer the selection criteria, please visit Answering Selection Criteria

Only those applications submitted via the UTS online recruitment system will be accepted.  If you are a current UTS staff member, for help on how to apply through NEO please click here.

As you will be unable to save your application once started, please have all required documents and information available prior to commencing.

Please ensure that the file name for each document submitted includes IRC144738.

Specific enquiries or issues with your application may be directed to the UTS Recruitment Team at or on +61 (0) 2 9514 1080.

Closing Date:  Thursday 24th October 2019 at 11.59pm (AEST)

Applicants must have current and valid work rights in Australia.

Please note: If you have a disability that requires adjustment to the recruitment process or an alternative application pathway please contact for assistance.

UTS is recognised widely as supporting inclusivity and valuing diversity through our Wingara Indigenous Employment Strategy, Social Impact Framework and UTS Access and Inclusion Plan.

Cited as a WGEA Employer of Choice since the inception of the award, we are now among the first Australian institutions to receive the Athena SWAN Bronze Accreditation for our commitment to action addressing gender equity in the STEMM disciplines.

We welcome applications from women, Indigenous Australians, people with disability, those who identify as LGBTIQ and applicants from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.