Manager, Survey Methodology

Position Title Manager, Survey Methodology
Organisation Unit Survey Methodology, Longitudinal and Lifecourse Studies
Agency classification Executive Level 1
Immediate Manager Senior Manager, Survey Methodology, Longitudinal Studies
Term Non-ongoing for an initial period of up to 18 months with the possibility of extension to a maximum term of 3 years
Status Full-time or part-time (minimum 0.6FTE)
Location Melbourne
Review date January 2019

We are the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS), the Australian Government’s key independent research body and advisor in the area of family wellbeing, based in Melbourne. Our work increases understanding about the factors that help Australian families thrive, or that are barriers to their wellbeing. We produce research about ‘what works for families’ and make it accessible to decision makers, practitioners and the general public. 

Our Longitudinal and Lifecourse Studies (LLS) area is a highly professional team with in-depth experience in managing numerous national longitudinal studies. The team is structured around three main areas of expertise: survey methodology, data management and analytics, and research and analysis. 

The Survey Methodology team has a high level of expertise in the design and development of longitudinal studies. The team is responsible for managing the methodology and content development for three of the Institute’s flagship longitudinal studies: Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC), Building a New Life in Australia (BNLA; the longitudinal study of humanitarian migrants), and Ten to Men (a national longitudinal study of men’s health). 

 The Manager, Survey Methodology’s main purpose is to assist with the successful execution of a number of AIFS major research projects and contracts, including the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) and Ten to Men. This position will oversee the content, methodology and fieldwork activities for core longitudinal research projects. 

The Manager will work closely with the Senior Manager, Survey Methodology. The ability to work effectively with a broad range of stakeholders, including government employees, service managers and practitioners, is a crucial aspect of this role. 

We are seeking an experienced Manager, Survey Methodology (full-time or part-time) to join the Longitudinal and Lifecourse Studies (LLS) area. 

  • Do you enjoy leading teams and exercising your exceptional project management skills to manage large research projects?
  • Are you keen to manage relationships with project collaborators and other key stakeholders?
  • Are you passionate about being involved in major research projects?

This role is offered on a non-ongoing basis for a period of 18 months (with the possibility of extension to a maximum of three years) at EL 1, with a salary range of $99,133 to $109,475 per annum (full-time equivalent). (The appointment level of the successful applicant will be determined by their skills, knowledge, qualifications and experience).

How to apply

Please read through the application requirements and download a full Position description [Word, 120 KB] here.

To be considered for this position, please email your CV and covering letter together with an AIFS application form [Word, 116 KB] to In your letter, tell us how your skills, knowledge, experience and qualifications will make you a great fit for the job.

For further information, contact Human Resources on (03) 9214 7888.

Apply now, applicants are being considered on an ongoing basis. As soon as a quality pool of applicants is identified, shortlisting and interviews will commence.

The Institute welcomes applications from the diverse Australian community including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people with disability, people of all ages and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.