Widening Participation Research Officer

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
$ 77,894 to $ 85,982
24 Nov 2016
End of advertisement period
04 Dec 2016
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Macquarie is the university of pioneering minds. Globally recognised as one of Australia's leading research universities, Macquarie is a place where extraordinary new possibilities come to light. We've helped people to hear, introduced wireless internet technology to the world and broken through traditional boundaries by appointing Australia's first female Vice-Chancellor.

At Macquarie you'll join a vibrant community of diverse perspectives, all working towards a brighter future for our communities and our planet. Surrounded by beautiful parkland campus, our students and staff are free to explore and discover, supported by facilities including a high-tech library, private teaching hospital, gym and pools, childcare facilities, a campus train station and the newly expanded Macquarie Centre shopping complex next door. 

The Widening Participation Unit at Macquarie runs a broad range of LEAP (Learning, Education, Aspiration, Participation) working with students of various ages towards goals beyond their school years. Their achieve this through activities such as mentoring students from refugee backgrounds, exploring a series of topics with rural and remote students via video conferencing, taking Macquarie University academics into schools to run interactive sessions for students across a range of year groups, and much more. LEAP Program participants come from diverse backgrounds traditionally defined as disadvantaged, including students from low socio-economic (low SES) background, rural and remote students, refugee students, women in non-traditional areas of study, and mature age students who do not enter university directly after completing school.

The Role

We are seeking an enthusiastic and talented Research Officer to join the Macquarie University Widening Participation Project Team. Reporting to the Widening Participation Research and Evaluation Manager, you will coordinate, initiate and conduct research activities using a range of quantitative and qualitative data measures to support Widening Participation projects. You will be conducting research which supports the Widening Participation team across a range of projects, with the aim of increasing participation in higher education by students from traditionally underrepresented groups.   

Selection Criteria

To be considered for this position, please apply online with your CV and cover letter (1-2 pages) addressing the selection criteria below:

  • Relevant degree and/or equivalent experience in a related discipline, incorporating a substantial research component;
  • Experience employing a range of research methodologies using both quantitative and qualitative data;
  • Experience in statistical analysis;
  • Experience working in organisations dealing with current issues relating to Widening Participation;
  • Demonstrated experience in managing relationships with a diverse range of internal and external stakeholders;
  • Experience in developing and writing reports and briefing papers;
  • High level interpersonal and communication skills.

For further information regarding this role please view the position description below.

Salary Package: From $ 77,894 to $ 85,982 p.a. (HEW Level 6), plus 9.5% employer's superannuation and annual leave loading.

Appointment Type: Full-time, fixed term to 31 December 2017.

Enquiries: Sonal Singh, Widening Participation Research & Evaluation Manager on (02) 9850 1932 or sonal.singh@mq.edu.au

Applications Close: Sunday 4 December 2016 at 11.55pm. 

Macquarie University is an EO Employer committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications are encouraged from people with a disability; women (particularly for senior and non-traditional roles); Indigenous Australians, people who identify as GLBTI; and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Applications need to be submitted through the Macquarie University online recruitment system. Where circumstances such as disability or remote location prohibit your access to our online system please contact the enquiries person listed in this advertisement for assistance.

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