Project Lead

Australian Education Research Organisation
CBD, Inner West & Eastern Suburbs
Education & Training
Research & Fellowships
$108800 - $155000 per annum
Posted 13d ago

Project Lead (Research and Evaluation Team)

  • Full time $108,800–$155,000 p.a. plus 10% superannuation
  • Two year fixed term contact with the possibility of extension
  • Work from home (Australia-wide)

Are you…

  • a self-starter who can develop, manage, and deliver large and complex research and evaluation projects?
  • an independent thinker who can identify strategic opportunities and provide evidence-based advice on a range of educational issues spanning early childhood education and care and schools?
  • a collaborator who can bring together a diverse team and partner with external stakeholders to ensure that deliverables are high quality, timely and impactful?
  • looking to join a new team of dedicated professionals all passionate about improving education outcomes using evidence?

Contribute to building the evidence base for education policy and practice

The Australian Education Research Organisation (AERO) is Australia’s national education evidence body. AERO is working towards excellent and equitable outcomes for all children and young people by generating and making high-quality evidence accessible, and enhancing the use of evidence in Australian education.

AERO is a not-for-profit company owned by education ministers and operating under the governance of an independent Board. For more information about AERO, please see

Support the development and delivery of key strategic projects

Project leads work closely with staff members from across the organisation to ensure projects and deliverables are high-quality, timely, and impactful. We are looking for someone who has:

  • a PhD, Masters or Honours level qualification in education, social sciences, developmental psychology or another relevant discipline
  • Experience in leading complex qualitative and/or quantitative research projects that deliver high-quality products under tight timelines and competing priorities.
  • Experience as an educator or teacher in schools or early childhood education and care settings, or strong knowledge of these contexts through experience working in related policy areas in government, academia or consulting. Strong oral and written communication skills, with an ability to translate technical and complex information for both policymakers and practitioners
  • Experience assisting in the dissemination of research, and supporting its use in practice and policymaking through collaboration with external stakeholders

Potential projects

AERO is currently looking for leads for the following projects:

Literacy and numeracy

This project will identify the literacy and numeracy skills where children and young people need the most support to improve, and will generate practical evidence-based resources aimed at improving the teaching of these skills across all areas of the curriculum.

Continuity of learning and development across ECEC and schools

This project will work towards ensuring that all children, regardless of background, maintain continuity of learning and development across their transition between ECEC and school. AERO’s initial focus will be on how best to support at-risk cohorts during the critical period between the year before and first year of school.

Science of learning and development

This project will work towards ensuring that all educators, teachers, and leaders across ECEC and schools are supported with practical evidence-based resources to learn about the science of how children learn and develop, and how to put this into practice to inform teaching in the early years.

Early childhood data

This project aims to bring together and analyse large-scale and longitudinal data on early childhood learning and development to provide practical guidance for policymakers in designing programs and policies in the early years.

Supporting lower secondary students who are furthest behind their peers

This project aims to provide secondary schools with guidance to support students in Years 7-9 with levels of literacy and numeracy that are significantly below their peers. This project will see AERO work with schools to understand how they currently identify and support these students, and conduct data analysis to better understand this group of students and the factors that enable their learning to progress.

Supporting continuous school improvement

This project aims to increase understanding of how to improve outcomes in schools that have been termed ‘cruising’ or ‘coasting’, that is, schools in the middle of the performance spectrum where achievement levels have not improved for an extended period of time.

Measuring effective use of evidence and evidence-based practices

This project aims to develop instruments to measure evidence use by education practitioners (e.g. engagement with evidence, confidence using evidence), along with instruments to measure use of evidence-based practices (e.g., formative assessment, explicit instruction). These instruments may include self-assessment tools, observation rubrics and student surveys, and will be made publicly available to support practitioners in understanding and developing their use of evidence and evidence-based practices. They will also be used in AERO’s research projects to evaluate the effectiveness of interventions aimed at supporting the use of evidence-based practices.

How to apply?

If you are an Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident living in Australia and believe you meet the requirements of the roles, we'd love to hear from you.

Please apply with a resume and a cover letter describing your interest in and suitability for the role. Please describe the nature of the research you have previously worked on in your cover letter (e.g., projects, methodologies, deliverables, etc.). We will accept applications up till 28 October however please apply as early as possible.

Please also detail which of the above projects you are suitably qualified to lead.

AERO particularly welcomes applicants who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.

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