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Current Vacancies

Program Director, School Education

Grattan Institute is an independent, rigorous and practical think-tank. With substantial independent funding, an eminent Board of Directors and a dynamic CEO, we are shaping the direction of the policy debate on many of the important challenges and opportunities facing Australia.

Based in Melbourne, we have an exciting opportunity to lead the School Education Program at Grattan Institute and work alongside some of Australia’s leading public-policy thinkers influencing the direction of Australian policy.

Under its inaugural Program Director, this program has already built substantial respect and trust on school education. This is your opportunity to take it to the next stage. This might involve extending the scope of the Program to include issues such as initial teacher education, curriculum and assessment, school principal training & development, school funding, and early childhood.

Grattan Institute will offer you a platform to shape the public debate on Australia’s policy development. You will define and deliver Grattan Institute’s school education policy program. Your publications, effective in shifting public opinion and influencing senior decisions makers, will be based on rigorous analysis and offer insights “that we didn’t know”. Research will cross disciplinary boundaries and focus on “what we should do”.

You will have a key role as a Grattan spokesperson in media, and directly with senior decision makers. You have a deep understanding of policy through your experience in academia, public sector, industry or consulting. You instinctively use rigorous quantitative approaches when appropriate. You are well known in your field for making original contributions that cut through ambiguity and complexity. You present confidently, write well for a general audience, and are likely to have published in the media. You are an experienced researcher, and can direct the research of others.

You are passionate about public policy, enjoy collaboration and public visibility, and are driven to make a difference in the longer term. Attractive and flexible executive remuneration package will be offered to secure the right person for this role.

Enquiries and expressions of interest should be emailed to Russell Wilson at Boomerang Partners: rwilson@boomerangpartners.com

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