Research Officer, Building Community Capacity

RMIT University
Glenorchy, Australia
02 Oct 2017
End of advertisement period
22 Oct 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Based on location in Hobart and Glenorchy, Tasmania
  • Full-Time, Fixed-Term Position until April 2019
  • $65,004 - $88,172 p.a + 17% Superannuation

Our Organisation

RMIT is a global university of technology, design and enterprise. Our mission is to help shape the world through research, innovation, teaching and engagement, and to create transformative experiences for our students, getting them ready for life and work.

Located in the heart of Melbourne on RMIT's City Campus, the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies is one of RMIT's largest schools. The School's vision is to contribute to a just and sustainable world, and to deliver education, training and research in four areas of focus:

  • Criminology, legal and justice studies
  • Global studies, languages, translating and interpreting
  • Social work, youth work, community services and social policy
  • Sustainability and urban planning

We provide academic programs in both Vocational and Higher Education, from certificate to PhD, in these four main areas. We are a strongly research active school with three long standing research centres of national and international reputation - the Centre for Urban Research, the Centre for Applied Social Research and the Centre for Global Research.

The Role and Your Responsibilities

The Appointee will carry out research on the Building Community Capacity for the National Disability Insurance Scheme research project. This action research project with Baptcare and Glenorchy City Council as research partners aims to build community capacity for the inclusion of people with disability living in the Glenorchy area in Tasmania. The appointee will support the ongoing action research designed to accomplish these aims, to support participation and co-design, including that of people with disabilities and their supporters, carers and advocates. The appointee will keep records and employ data collection tools as the project continues, will facilitate and support co-design activities and will be involved in the dissemination of the research and its findings.

Skills & Experience Required

You will have a key understanding of the elements and principles underlying community work, community capacity building and action research/co-design. You will also have knowledge and experience in working with people with disability and about the NDIS and particularly in the Information, Linkages and Capacity Building framework. Furthermore, your demonstrated experience in research activities and preferably evidence of research outputs - industry reports, academic articles, conference presentations and your ability to work autonomously whilst displaying a strong commitment to work in a team environment, including the demonstrated ability to confidently and effectively work with colleagues, project team leaders, and industry partners will be essential to your success in this role.

To Apply

For further information please contact Associate Professor Paul Ramcharan on +61 3 9925 3084 or to view a position description visit and search using job reference number 558538.

Applications close on Sunday 22 October 2017.

Applicants are requested to separately address the key selection criteria as outlined in the Position Description. This role will require satisfactory confirmation of a Working with Children Check.

RMIT is an equal opportunity employer committed to being a child safe organisation. We are dedicated to attracting, retaining and developing our people regardless of gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability and age. Applications are encouraged from all sectors of the community.