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Full Time

Director, Analysis & Policy Observatory (APO)

Closing date
13 May 2019
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Job Description

Set the future vision for the Analysis & Policy Observatory! We are currently recruiting for a Director to lead the future direction of the Analysis & Policy Observatory (APO). You will be chiefly responsible for leading APO into its next phase, providing vision and implementation of an exciting, relevant and sustainable strategy and actions, and providing new, needed data and information offerings for policy, consultant, research and practice audiences. With a strong interest in research around evidence and data for policy and practice, you will be known as a research and thought leader, who will help in generating contemporary innovative research and engagement activities around APO. 

As Director, you will take a lead role in visioning, developing and sourcing funding for new developments that place APO as a leading evidence platform in the digital economy. You will advance APO as a nationally partnering and collaborating platform, with an increasingly international policy information market. You will lead APO’s team management, oversee communications and work to attract partner investors and generate revenue through established and new business streams.

About the Analysis & Policy Observatory (APO) at Swinburne

The APO is established as a national award-winning open access repository of policy and practice resources hosted by Swinburne University of Technology and run with partner organisations. The APO is well established with an excellent national reputation in its current format, it is about to enter a new phase in its evolution with a reinvigorated vision of how to provide evidence and insights in the age of open access, artificial intelligence and the digital economy.


  • Level D/E position (salary from $141,915) + 17% super
  • 3 year fixed term contract, Hawthorn, Melbourne location

About you
To be successful in the role, you will have:

  • PhD or extensive (equivalent) experience in policymaking, social policy design, digital humanities, implementation science, information science, e-research, data science or other relevant field.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing organisational or initiative vision and strategic and operational planning in a social/government policy context
  • Experience and successful delivery of research or externally funded projects, partnerships and revenue stream development for public value projects in research and/or public policy sectors
  • Advanced knowledge of the issues associated with using and designing evidence for/in the digital economy, e.g. novel data science in policy, evidence-based policymaking, novel e-research infrastructure

A full list of the selection criteria is available within the position description


  • Salary package your car parking, superannuation and vehicle lease plans. It can help you get the most value from what you earn.
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Hawthorn Aquatic and Leisure Centre (HALC) discounted memberships 
  • Free access to the HALC swimming pools

Discover more discounts when you start at Swinburne. Receive movie tickets and staff membership options at the Swinburne bookshop. Theres news subscriptions and computer and software discounts on offer. 

Further information and how to apply

To view the position description or to start an application click on APPLY and submit a resume, cover letter and response to the Key Selection Criteria, as listed in the Position Description.

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Applications close at 5pm at Monday 13 May 2019