Disability Program Director - Grattan Institute

Current opportunity:

Disability Program Director

Full-time, part-time (minimum 0.8FTE) considered , 3-year contract

Melbourne, AU

Posted: 23.05.2023
Applications Closing: 12.06.2023


  • Influence the future of Australia’s economic policy
  • Be part of a collaborative, curious and supportive culture
  • 3-year contract, full-time. Part-time (minimum 0.8FTE) considered

Join a think tank that is making a difference

About Grattan Institute

Grattan Institute is a think tank that researches and promotes policies to improve the lives of all Australians. With an eminent Board of Directors and a strong executive team, we are shaping the policy debate on many of the important opportunities facing Australia. We pride ourselves on delivering policy research and recommendations that are independent, rigorous, and practical. 

Grattan’s unique culture provides an opportunity to add significant value. You will be working with a small, intellectually curious, driven, and supportive team motivated to make a difference. 

Disability Program Director

The Disability Program Director role is the leading role for our newly formed Disability Program.

The Program Director manages a small team of researchers and provides the intellectual leadership and public face for the Disability Program.

This is an exciting new opportunity to have meaningful impact in the disability sector, influence current and future policies, alongside some of Australia’s leading public-policy thinkers.  

This will be a 3-year appointment, running through until mid-2026 (with potential to extend subject to funding). The role reports to the CEO. It is based at our Carlton office in Melbourne. Hybrid work is supported, and reasonable other accommodations will be made as needed.

What this role will offer you

Grattan Institute will offer you a platform to shape the public debate on disability policy in Australia. You will define and deliver Grattan Institute’s disability policy research and advocacy.

You will be joining a great group of people who are intellectually curious, love their work, and are passionate about what they do.

An attractive and flexible executive remuneration package will be offered to secure the right person for this role. In addition, we offer employee benefits, including flexible work, salary packaging, a book club, bike storage, fruit, and a well-stocked kitchen. 

What we are looking for

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 are well known in your field for making rigorous and original contributions that cut through ambiguity and complexity. You present confidently and write well for a general audience. 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 an important and enduring difference. You embody a contemporary leadership style, and you have well-honed people skills, including managing highly talented individuals. You enjoy working in small teams and relish rigorous debate.

A passion for improving Australia’s disability systems is essential, and experience in disability policy is desirable for this role.  People with a lived experience of disability are strongly encouraged to apply.

How to apply

If you are a passionate leader looking for an influential role in a meaningful organisation, we want to hear from you!

We request that all applications be supported by an 800-word opinion piece on the following topic:

One of the original objectives of the NDIS was to enhance economic participation for people with a disability.

But so far, the increase in workforce participation has been modest. What further policy changes are needed to support people on the NDIS to participate in the paid workforce?

Please apply through the link below, including a cover letter and CV, by COB Monday, 12 June 2023. 

If you require more information or need any adjustments to the recruitment process, please email careers@grattaninstitute.edu.au, addressing it to Simone Baker (Head of People & Development). For general enquiries, please call Grattan at 03 9035 9881.