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Director of Social & Government Research

Job description

This is an exciting role for an expert Social & Government researcher to join an established agency and be at the forefront of influencing meaningful decisions that shape policies and societal advancements.
Working closely with the national MD, you will be a thought-leader who can drive growth, deliver immense insights, and be an inspirational mentor.
The Company
A strategic insights firm with offices in both Sydney and Melbourne, this team thrive on solving complex problems for brands and government clients and are on the lookout for someone to spearhead their social and government research practice. Conducting rigorous research that delves into pressing social issues and informs governmental strategies, they use both qualitative and quantitative methodologies and take a totally tailored approach to every brief.
As a business they value collaboration, curiosity, bravery and diversity. They are fast-paced, thoughtful and innovative – with a sociable, relaxed boutique culture backed by a global brand.
The Role
As the Director of Social and Government Research, you will lead a small but talented team in designing and executing projects that address key societal challenges and behaviour change across communications, policy, service design and evaluation covering areas such as gambling behaviour, road safety, swim safety, emergency relief responses and transport.
With the social and government practice already in good shape, you will take things to the next level as you build on the existing portfolio of work using strategic thinking, strong proposal writing and pitching skills and exemplary client management.
Day to day
  • Strengthen relationships with existing Government clients
  • Design and run mixed methodology research to tackle challenging social issues
  • Inspire and lead a small team (2-3 direct reports)
  • Run strategic hiring to grow the team
  • Drive new business opportunities and promote the agency as an industry thought leader
  • Work closely with the National MD and senior leadership team
About you
We would love to talk to candidates with:
  • 10+ years’ experience agency side
  • Expertise in the social & government space
  • Dualist, or qual leaning capabilities
  • Significant experience writing winning Government proposals
  • Ideally brand and comms experience, behaviour change, program evaluations
  • Experience managing staff on projects, or ideally experience having had direct reports
  • Commercial acumen and a hunger to grow a practice area
This is a passionate team with heaps of talent. You will have the backing of a wider global network to grow the S&G practice and have the autonomy to make the role your own. You’ll be working closely with a progressive, forward-thinking MD who is committed to delivering impactful and actional strategic research whilst maintaining a fun and flexible culture.
If you think this could be a good fit and are keen to hear more please get in touch to arrange a confidential chat –
About Resources Group
We are the Leading Global Talent Agency for Insights, Analytics & Data Strategy. Our consultants take the time to truly understand your career aims and are dedicated to providing tailored, impartial advice to find you the very best career move. We have access to an unrivalled and exclusive range of job opportunities with trailblazing agencies and blue-chips across Australia, NZ and APAC.
Resources Group’s Diversity and Equality Policy determines that we submit applicants to our clients on the basis of merit and ability, regardless of race, colour, age, disability, family responsibilities, gender, marital status, nationality, religious or political views or affiliations, sexual orientation or socio-economic background.