Team Leader Social Research


Job Title: Team Leader Social Research
Job Grade / Classification: Environment Officer Class 11
Employment Type: Temporary, up to 3 years with potential for extension
Location: Sydney CBD (However relocating to Parramatta or Lidcombe at the end of the year)

Agency overview

The Department of Planning & Environment is the lead NSW Government agency in planning for a growing NSW. The Department is going through an exciting period of organisational and operational change.

The Department’s vision – “Planning for growing NSW: inspiring strong communities, protecting our environment” – provides the benchmark for our partnership and leadership approach to engaging and working collaboratively with key State and Local Government, community and industry stakeholders to deliver better outcomes in the areas of planning, local government and the environment.

The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) is a part of the Planning and Environment Cluster. It aims to enrich life in NSW by helping the community to conserve and enjoy our environment and heritage. For more information go to

Currently the Department of Planning and Environment is transitioning into a new Department of Planning, Industry and the Environment which will take effect from 1 July 2019.

This role will work for Science Division, which sits within the Office of Environment and Heritage. Science Division provides scientific evidence and knowledge to underpin environmental decision making, regulation and service delivery.

About the Role:

This is a unique opportunity to use your social research, geographical, demography or closely related experience to join a government division which is having a positive impact on the environment. Perhaps your experience is academic or NGO or consultancy or any other field where you may have gained similar research experience.

Using your transferable experience, you will produce practical results while leading the development of an environmental social insights function. The small team you are leading will deliver social surveys, longer term research and commission work to the private sector. Your role will involve:

  • Influencing the strategic direction of social and behavioural research priorities at OEH.
  • Developing, leading and delivering high quality, cost-effective discrete social and behavioural research projects.
  • Developing and maintaining a range of collaborative networks across OEH/EPA, universities, government agencies and other research providers.
  • Providing expert advice and support to relevant stakeholders.
  • Delivering continuous improvement in science communication.
  • Promoting and managing the development of project management methodologies and processes.
  • Managing all aspects of project implementation.
  • Contributing to the delivery of cultural and organisational change.

Essential requirements:

Tertiary qualifications in a geography, social and behavioural sciences or related discipline.

Demonstrated experience working in multidisciplinary teams to deliver applied social impact programs or rigorous social / behavioural research to assess and/or influence public opinion, behavior, policy design, implementation and/or evaluation.

Please read the following documents prior to preparing your application:

Our commitment to diversity and flexibility:

The Planning, Industry and Environment Cluster strives to be an inclusive workplace for all people. We recognise that we operate in a diverse community and welcome and encourage applications from all ages and genders, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, culturally and linguistically diverse groups, the LGBTIQ+ community, veterans, refugees and those with disability.

We understand that flexibility means different things to different people and are committed to offering flexible work arrangements where and when possible.

Good to know:

A Recruitment Pool may be established for future temporary and ongoing roles with similar focus capabilities. The Recruitment Pool may be available to hiring managers from DPE and other NSW Public Sector agencies over a 12-month period.

To Apply:

Complete all the questions in the online application. Two of the questions will require you to provide specific examples from your experience (4000-character limit per question). These questions are shown below. Do not address these in your cover letter.

Q1. Using examples, please give an overview of your background that demonstrates your experience working in multidisciplinary teams to deliver applied social impact programs or rigorous social / behavioural research to assess and/or influence public opinion, behaviour, policy design, implementation and/or evaluation.

Q2. Please give a detailed overview of a social impact program or a piece of rigorous social / behavioural research that you have been responsible for delivering. Please outline your responsibilities at each stage of this project.

The information provided in your application needs to show how you meet the focus capabilities and other essential requirements of the role. (Refer to the role description for details about the capabilities and the associated behavioural indicators. The role description also lists the essential role requirements.)

Applications Close: Sunday 09 June 2019 at 11:59PM

Should you require further information about the role please contact Tom Celebrezze, Director Science Strategy on 02 9995 5446. If you have any enquiries regarding the recruitment process please contact Mark Russell, Recruitment Business Partner on (02) 9585 6851.

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