About the Role

Connected Beginnings- Bourke & Murdoch Children’s Research Institute 
Restacking the Odds Community Project Officer,
Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) is a diverse team of world-leading researchers, doctors, engineers and hardworking professionals in corporate and scientific services from all corners of the world with one shared goal – to transform child health worldwide. 
BDCS Connected Beginnings Bourke along with MCRI is offering a Fulltime Temporary (1 Year Contract) role of Research Officer based in Bourke, NSW with a passion for working collaboratively to improve outcomes for indigenous children. 
In this position you will work with the Connected Beginnings Project Team and the MCRI Research and Data Lead to implement Restacking the Odds Framework through collaboration with the Community and Stakeholders. 
The role will suit someone with experience working across a variety of sectors and job functions.  The successful candidate will be able to plan and coordinate co-design sessions with stakeholders, assist with developing research materials, conduct qualitative interviews and focus groups (using culturally appropriate methods) and contribute to analysis of qualitative data. 
They will need to work closely with service providers and community as well as the Restacking the Odds Team and early childhood service providers in Bourke. 

A highly attractive salary package will be paid according to qualifications and experience. Flexible work conditions will be considered.  

Applications from Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander persons are strongly encouraged.  

Selection Criteria: 

Demonstrated research qualification or relevant experience undertaking and reporting on research, co-design, community engagement or participatory action research projects 
Experience and demonstrated understanding of issues affecting the local Aboriginal community 
Demonstrated experience working across community and building relationships with a broad range of key stakeholders and government to co-design and communicate across groups 
Solid written and verbal communication skills, ability to write and prepare reports, designed products or artefacts, experience maps, storyboards and or other created methods with oversight and direction 
Experience in education, community development, social services, health, business or related area 
Excellent teamwork and collaboration skills 
High level interpersonal, communication and negotiation skills and the ability to resolve conflict 
Understanding of children’s services in current service delivery environment 
Existing relationships with a range of stakeholders in the local or regional area 


  • Hold a current class C, P1 or P2 drivers licence or be eligible to obtain.

  • Have clearance to work with children, as verified through a current Working With Children Check.

  • Criminal record check or consent to a criminal record check prior to commencing employment

  • Be an Australian Resident or equivalent or holder of a visa allowing permanent employment in Australia.

To Apply

For more information and a full position description please contact: Tanya Mitchell, Project Director for Connected Beginnings on 0408 151177 or  
Written applications addressing the Selection Criteria, along with a copy of your resume and referee details can be submitted by email to