The UTS Institute for Public Policy and Governance (IPPG) is recruiting for a Consultant, Advisory Services. This is an exciting opportunity to join a small, high-impact policy research and consulting practice at one of Australia’s leading universities.

Our vision is to be a leading public university of technology recognised for our global impact. We are a dynamic and innovative university, ranked by the Times Higher Education as Australia’s top young university, and located centrally in one of the world’s most liveable cities.

IPPG’s Advisory Services team is an interdisciplinary research and consulting service. We deliver practical, evidence-based solutions to contemporary policy challenges, for all levels of government, industry and other organisations. Our team are experts in leading and managing complex policy and public administration projects and issues, bringing together a mix of former public service executives, skilled consultants and researchers, and leading academics specialising in public policy.

Our work extends across a wide variety of sectors and policy domains. These include local government, health and wellbeing, education, housing, infrastructure, finance, planning and place-making, transport and the future of mobility, disability and carers, social justice and inclusion, arts and creative industries, sport and recreation, and disaster recovery.

About the role:
The Consultant, Advisory Services role is an integral project team member within the Institute’s Advisory services. The role is responsible for the delivery of project activities within externally contracted research and consultancy projects that range from small $20k projects to major multi-year projects up to $1m in value, including applied qualitative and quantitative research and evaluation and applied policy advisory work, and assists with the preparation of proposals for external funding opportunities.

If successful in applying for this role, you will be responsible for:

  • Undertaking social research, evaluation and applied policy projects for government and non-government clients including Commonwealth, state and local governments
  • Undertaking qualitative and quantitative research and analysis, including developing surveys, stakeholder interviews, focus groups, document review, observation and statistical analysis
  • Writing research reports and presentations based on research findings
  • Researching and developing fee proposals in response to competitive and non-competitive tenders
  • Supporting Project Managers with effective management and administration of projects, including budgeting, invoicing and research ethics approvals, and using internal project management and systems processes to ensure effective and efficient delivery

To be successful in this role, you will have:

  • Demonstrated capability in key public policy competencies, such as strategic thinking, collaborating and partnering, effective communications, analysis and use of evidence, and the ability to plan, manage, coordinate and deliver at pace
  • Excellent research skills in public policy, strategy, research, analysis and evaluation projects
  • The ability to communicate complex concepts and information clearly, concisely and with impact – with outstanding oral and written communication skills covering report writing, advice, presentations, slide decks and other tools
  • Commercial acumen and the ability to work within a commercial consulting setting, including the preparation of fee proposals
  • Knowledge of public policy environments, particularly within a government and/or commercial consulting setting
  • Familiarity with project management systems and processes


Base Salary Range: $91,873 to $117,712 pa (HEW 7/8)

This role attracts 17% superannuation (pension) in addition to the base salary.

UTS staff also benefit from a wide range of Employee Benefits include flexible work practices, child care centres, generous parental leave and salary packaging opportunities.

This position is full-time and appointment will be made on a continuing basis

How To Apply

For the full list of the selection criteria and role responsibilities please click the apply link and download the Position Description from the UTS website.

You are required to address the selection criteria in your submission in a separate document.

Only those applications submitted via the UTS online recruitment system will be accepted.

As you will be unable to save your application once started, please have all required documents and information available prior to commencing.

Please ensure that the file name for each document submitted includes IRC191527.

Specific enquiries or issues with your application may be directed to the UTS Recruitment Team at recruitment@uts.edu.au . Please note, our office is closed from Tuesday 22nd December 2020 and will reopen Monday 4th January 2021.

Closing Date: Monday 18th January 2021 at 11.59pm (AEST)

Applicants must have current and valid work rights in Australia.

Please note: If you have a disability that requires adjustment to the recruitment process or an alternative application pathway please contact recruitment@uts.edu.au for assistance.

At UTS, the concepts of equity and social justice are key to our core and purpose – we are recognised widely as supporting inclusivity and valuing diversity through our Wingara Indigenous Employment Strategy, Social Impact Framework and UTS Access and Inclusion Plan.

Cited as a WGEA Employer of Choice since the inception of the award, we are now among the first Australian institutions to receive the Athena SWAN Bronze Accreditation for our commitment to action addressing gender equity in the STEMM disciplines.