Research Officer

Students' Representative Council of the University of Sydney

Applications Closing: Sunday, March 31, 2019 - 12:16

The SRC is looking for a researcher to create a report around the issue of affordable housing, particularly for university students in Sydney, and provide some suggestions around affordable accommodation models that could be adopted by universities, community groups, and government.

Category: Policy & Research
Field: Advocacy, Information & Campaigns, Education & Training
Employment basis: Contract
Salary Range: $80,000-$90,000
Job Location: Sydney Wide
About us

Thank you for your interest in the position of Research Officer at the Students Representative Council (SRC) University of Sydney. This is a fixed term position for 525 hours, which will need to be competed over 3 and 6 months.


The University of Sydney Students’ Representative Council (SRC) is the peak representative body of all undergraduate students of the University. The SRC is an organisation run by and for students. The Council and Executive consists of elected student representatives, who in turn appoint departmental officers. The SRC employs a number of administrative and casework and policy staff, whose terms and conditions of employment are laid down in the Enterprise Bargaining Agreement.


Services provided by the SRC include welfare and academic policy advice and advocacy, legal advice, interest-free loans to students, distribution of general information on various sectors of the University, publication of a weekly (semester-time) newspaper and other student information handouts, as well as representation of students’ rights at campus and community levels.

Position details
Essential Selection Criteria:
  1. High level research and critical analysis skills of policy and legislative frameworks to develop policy positions and submissions.
  2. Exceptional written, oral and presentation skills and ability to translate into accessible language.
  3. Experience in research/evaluation, including analysis of qualitative and/or quantitative data, and drafting reports.
  4. Demonstrated ability to coordinate projects to achieve milestones and outcomes.
  5. Demonstrated ability to display initiative, prioritise workload and cope with pressure and deadlines in a complex work environment.
  6. Ability to work alone and as part of a small team.
  7. Commitment to the principles of social justice.
Desirable Selection Criteria:
  1. Relevant tertiary qualifications.
  2. Commitment to the principles of trade unionism.
  3. Knowledge of and commitment to the principles of EEO and WH&S
Contact details
Contact Name: Melissa de Silva
Contact Email:
Contact Phone: (02) 96605222
How to apply

To apply for this position please send a copy of your CV together with a cover letter that addresses each of the essential criteria, and any relevant desirable criteria to: The Selection Committee, c/-


Applications close midnight 31st March 2019.

Interviews will be held on the 5th April 2019.

Date posted: 08 March 2019

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