Job: Research & Project Officer, Committee for Melbourne

About the Committee

Committee for Melbourne is all about shaping a better future for Melbourne. Working together with our members, we make a difference by challenging the status quo and encouraging thought leadership to create change through confident and influential advocacy.

With over 140 member organisations drawn from across Greater Melbourne’s major corporations, small and medium businesses, academic institutions and not-for-profit entities, Committee for Melbourne is an active connector.

We bring together Melbourne’s community and industry leaders to engage in rigorous debate and share ideas and strategies for future growth and development. Working with, and on behalf of our members, the Committee aims to ensure Melbourne’s challenges and opportunities are addressed in ways that keep our city vital, inclusive, progressive and sustainable.

As a not-for-profit, member-funded entity, the Committee is politically independent and entirely impartial. This allows us to freely and purposefully raise issues of importance to the growth and development of Greater Melbourne.

Primary function

The Committee’s work embraces four key pillars: Future Economy, Infrastructure, Urban Optimisation and Liveability. Within each of these areas the aim is to identify key issues and develop innovative initiatives that will add value to the long-term development of Greater Melbourne as a major internationally competitive city.

Reporting to the Director, Policy & Research, you will provide research and project management support for the Committee for Melbourne’s policy and project creation, including taskforces and taskforce-related projects.

The candidate

This is a role which will suit a motivated, enterprising self-starter with around 1-5 years of relevant work experience.  You will be working full time with a small team of 10 with a strong commitment to good policy to help shape Melbourne’s future.

Term of appointment

Initial 12-month term with potential for permanent appointment.

Key responsibilities

  • Play a key role in the management and delivery of the Committee’s taskforces and projects, including:
    • Research, analysis and writing concisely on areas relevant to taskforces and projects;
    • Assist with the development and compilation of external presentations, as well as briefing notes, agendas, meeting notes, papers and surveys related to the taskforces and projects;
    • Work with the Events Manager to plan and execute the logistics for meetings, workshops, and events around the taskforces and projects; and
    • Capture taskforce meeting outputs, and summarise the information in a logical, systematic, and actionable format.
  • Provide a range of project management and support services, including preparation of discussion papers, briefs and submissions, to contribute to the development and delivery of policy initiatives.
  • Support the Communications Manager to ensure that the work of the Committee for Melbourne is prominent in the minds of our members and key stakeholders by preparing information for the website, e-newsletter, social media, and other information dissemination as required.
  • Database management and the coordination of archives and organisational records.
  • Ad hoc activities as required.

Essential skills

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated research and analytical skills.
  • Outstanding organisational skills and ability to set work-plans to achieve outcomes with limited direction and resources.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain high-quality and productive working relationships with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Computer literacy and proficient knowledge of software packages, including Microsoft Office and Adobe.
  • Working knowledge of Survey Monkey, Salesforce and HTML.
  • The ability to analyse and improve internal processes will be considered favourably.

Personal attributes

  • Curiosity, with an interest in state, national and international affairs, particularly issues affecting Melbourne.
  • Strong people skills, well-presented, and a problem-solving ‘can do’ attitude.
  • Self-starter with the ability to work both autonomously as well as part of a small team.

Experience

  • Previous experience in research and stakeholder engagement.
  • Project management skills an advantage

Organisational reporting

This position reports to the Director, Policy & Research of the Committee for Melbourne.

Applications

Please apply via this link

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