Social Policy and Planning Officer

Job Location: 
Sydney, New South Wales
Job Type: 
Full Time
Closing date: 
May 23rd 11:59

UTS has a bold vision to be a world-leading university of technology. We are a dynamic and innovative university in central Sydney, consistently ranked the top young university in Australia. With a culturally diverse campus life and extensive international exchange and research programs, UTS prepares graduates for the workplaces of today and tomorrow. 

The UTS Institute of Public Policy and Governance (IPPG) is an independent research institute focused on public policy, governance, social research, strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation and leadership.  The UTS:IPPG incorporates the UTS Centre for Local Government, which supports the advancement of local government policy and practice.

The institute is currently recruiting a Social Policy and Planning Officer with experience working for local government or in local communities to focus particularly on all areas of social policy and planning such as social impact and infrastructure assessments, CPTED assessment, stakeholder and community engagement, and community planning, development and services.

Detailed Description:

The Social Policy and Planning Officer is responsible for contributing to the Institute’s applied policy consultancy projects by conducting thorough and detailed research and analysis, and preparing proposals for external funding opportunities. This work contributes to the Institute’s research consultancy objectives by assisting with the effective and efficient delivery of high quality research consultancy projects in accordance with set milestones and budgets.

Main duties/responsibilities:

  • Undertake projects with a focus on policy, planning and impact assessment for a wide range of social issues across different local communities and places
  • Undertake community engagement activities – such as interviews, focus group and workshop design and facilitation, and survey design and analysis
  • Prepare and contribute to projects so they are completed on time and budget
  • Prepare applications and proposals for external funding of research and consultancy projects, in particular social planning and policy work at the local level
  • Liaise and collaborate with organisations, such as local councils, industry partners, UTS faculties, and departments and agencies at State and Commonwealth level
  • Write project reports relating to commissioned research consultancies
  • Develop, present and explain research and consultancy findings and recommendations to a wide range of audiences including local communities and stakeholders, policy and decision-makers
  • Design and carry out high quality, innovative and evidence-based change processes and projects with local governments, communities and stakeholders using appropriate quantitative and qualitative research and engagement methods
  • Conduct analysis of demographic, socio-economic, crime, health and other relevant data sources so that projects are strongly evidence-based.

Main skills/experience required:

  • An understanding of the context and approaches to social and community planning, service design and/or delivery at the local level
  • Demonstrated experience in undertaking projects with a focus on social planning and/or social impact assessment either within or for local government
  • Knowledge of current trends across a wide range of social policy areas, and ability to quickly grasp new social policy and service delivery issues
  • Demonstrated experience engaging local communities and stakeholders on complex policy issues including ability to build rapport, understand and empathise with them
  • An understanding of the industrial and risk context within which local government operates
  • Financial and project management literacy
  • A solid understanding of project management
  • Demonstrated knowledge of social research and policy development, implementation and evaluation processes and methods.
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