First listed on: 06 February 2024

Senior Project Officer - Innovation Research & Evaluation

  • Full-time. 3 Year Fixed Term
  • Location Preston VIC 3072
  • Flexibility and Hybrid work arrangements available
  • $102,546 plus Super and salary packaging is available

The Organisation

VACCA is an Aboriginal community-controlled organisation that supports and advocates for the Aboriginal community. Our strength lies with our people. Our team is committed to the organisation's vision and values; advocates for our children and other vulnerable community members; and shows respect for, observance and compliance with Aboriginal cultural protocols, practice and ceremony. Our Aboriginality distinguishes us from mainstream services and enables us to deliver the positive outcomes we achieve for our people.

About The Program

The Research and Evidence Development Team (the ‘RED’ Team) supports program design, the development and implementation of internal and external evaluations, embedding evaluative inquiry across VACCA’s programs, and research projects. This is an exciting time for the Research and Evidence Development Team (RED team): it is charged with leading organisational change to better evidence the benefits of VACCA’s services, strengthen program design and delivery, support service innovation, and build a proactive approach to research and evaluation in the service of VACCA’s strategic directions.

About You

  • Cultural competence – commitment to VACCA’s vision and purpose; awareness and appreciation of Aboriginal societies and cultures, an understanding of the issues affecting Aboriginal people in contemporary Australia and the diversity of circumstances of Aboriginal people; understanding of evaluation practice within an Indigenous context.
  • Evaluation practice – applying evaluation standards; working ethically; respecting all stakeholders; and contributing to the evaluation knowledge base.
  • Systematic inquiry –understanding of evaluation theory and approaches; understanding of transformative approaches to evaluation; skills in quantitative and qualitative methods, and mixed methods; knowledge of how to conduct a literature review; experience in developing data collection tools.
  • Situation analysis – development of program descriptions, ability to assess program evaluability, stakeholder analysis; analysing and working effectively with organisational and political context.
  • Project management skills – preparation of project briefs and agreements; client negotiations; task breakdown and scheduling; communication management; evaluation budget management; risk management.
  • Reflective practice – capacity to reflect on own practice; commitment to professional development in both research, evaluation and content areas.
  • Interpersonal competence – highly developed written and verbal/listening communication skills; conflict resolution skills; internal consultancy skills.

What we can offer you!!

  • Professional support and training via in-house learning and development training modules
  • Attractive salary packaging to increase your take-home pay
  • Great career development opportunities.
  • Access to Employee support and wellbeing program(s)
  • Opportunity to work and build connections with the Aboriginal Community and culture

We strongly encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders people to apply 

Applications should include a cover letter, a response to key selection criteria and a current resume.

We encourage applicants to view the Position Description before applying.

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Application closes by February 26, 2024

We are dedicated to upholding Aboriginal self-determination and fostering resilient, secure, and flourishing Aboriginal communities. Our commitment extends to ensuring the respectful treatment of every individual, valuing diverse cultural backgrounds, abilities, ethnicities, sexual orientations, gender identities, and spiritual beliefs.

VACCA is unwavering in its dedication to being a child-safe organization, prioritizing the safety and well-being of children and young people with a steadfast zero-tolerance stance against child abuse. Successful applicants will undergo a thorough National Police Record Check and Working with Children Check before commencing employment, and regularly thereafter.

As an equal-opportunity employer, VACCA maintains a smoke-free workplace policy.

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