Economic Policy – Deputy Program Director (or Senior Associate) - Grattan Institute

Current opportunity:

Economic Policy – Deputy Program Director (or Senior Associate)

Full-time, Permanent

Melbourne, AU

Posted: 07.09.2021
Applications Closing: 04.10.2021

About the role

Join a think tank that is making a difference

Grattan Institute is a think tank founded in 2008 to provide independent, rigorous, and practical solutions to some of Australia’s most pressing policy problems. With independent funding, an eminent Board of Directors, and a dynamic CEO, we are shaping the policy debate on many of the important challenges and opportunities facing Australia.

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

Working with our Economic Policy Program Team

Based in Melbourne and reporting to the Economic Policy Program Director, Brendan Coates, this role is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the Economic Policy Program aiming to shape the debate on important policy challenges facing Australia’s economy and how to solve them. 

What this role will offer you

Grattan Institute is seeking a Deputy Program Director for the Economic Policy program. Interested candidates who have fewer of the relevant skills for the role may wish to be considered for the role of Senior Associate in the Economic Policy program.

This is an ideal career step for a passionate and motivated individual looking to influence public policy in a meaningful organisation. This role offers a platform to influence the debate on Australia’s most pressing economic policy priorities. 

You will be joining a great group of people who are intellectually curious, love their work, and are passionate about what they do. We foster a work culture where people are valued and appreciated. We enjoy each other’s company and come together often, almost daily in a virtual setting. We enjoy a Monday lunch weekly as well as daily coffee catch-ups, which we enthusiastically resume when we are not in lockdown. Our competitive spirit finds an outlet in table tennis tournaments, board game, and trivia nights. 

This is a permanent, ongoing position. As part of our commitment to flexible working, we will consider a range of options for the successful applicant to fill the role.  All options can be discussed at the interview stage.

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

The successful applicant will also have the opportunity to invest in further developing their quantitative and analytical skills, supported by some of Australia’s leading data and policy analysts.

What we are looking for

You will have a minimum of seven years of work experience in the public sector, industry, academia, and/or consulting to be considered for the Deputy Program Director role. Those with at least four years of experience can be considered for a Senior Associate role. You will have a background in economics and experience working in policy and with policy makers. Expertise in one or more of tax, welfare policy, labour markets, housing, retirement incomes or macroeconomic policy would be desirable, but not a must. 

You will have excellent quantitative research and analytical skills including familiarity with tools such as R, or be willing to learn these tools. You have strong people and project management skills, and you write and present information well for a broad audience. The ideal candidate will also be able to speak confidently and reliably with stakeholders.

How to apply

Please apply by including a cover letter, resume and an opinion piece suitable for publication in a major Australian daily newspaper of no longer than 700 words addressing the topic: 

Are skills shortages a big problem in Australia? What should governments do about them?

Please submit the opinion piece together with your cover letter as one document.

Please submit your application by 11.59pm AEDT Monday 4 October 2021. 

For more information or if you have any questions, please email Jasmine at