Research Officer

Salary: $50-55k pa


ACL is seeking a highly motivated person to fill the role of Research Officer commencing in February 2011.

ACL is a grass roots lobby group which aims to see Christian principles and ethics accepted and influencing the way we are governed, do business and relate to each other as a community. In short, ACL seeks to foster a more just, compassionate and moral society.

Research is an essential part of ACL’s role as it speaks into the public square and the organisation has achieved a very credible reputation for Christian public commentary.


The Research Officer is directly responsible and accountable to the Chief of Staff (CoS). The position may involve interstate travel.

Key Responsibilities

  • Undertake research and prepare policy advice to guide ACL’s lobbying. This will include liaising with Christians, academics and researchers with relevant expertise, preparing briefs and other documents to assist in coordinating lobbying efforts and the preparation of submissions to public or parliamentary enquiries.

  • Assist State Directors in their lobbying and the Public Relations Officer in the preparation and distribution of ACL media releases.

  • Assist with updating the ACL website, including the drafting of blog articles.

  • Maintain ACL’s campaign website, Make a Stand ( to ensure it functions as a sharp campaigning tool with relevant, up to date information on key political issues.

  • Network with other Christian organisations and ministries to promote support and unity in building the Kingdom of God.

  • Draft ACL election material, including questions to political parties.

  • Assist ACL supporters to understand political issues and ACL’s role.

  • Facilitate ACL’s communications with supporters by assisting in the writing of weekly emails and monthly newsletters, including items from state offices as appropriate.

  • Undertake other tasks as directed.

Knowledge and Experience

  • Personal qualities including:

-          Highly developed written and oral communication skills.

-          Well-developed and proven negotiation skills.

-          Capacity to work under pressure and meet short time deadlines.

-          Good interpersonal skills

-          Proven intellectual capacity.

-          Display in his/her private and professional life a personal worldview that will allow him/her to represent the Lobby and its purpose.

-          Integrity.

-          Good personal organisation, including the ability to manage multiple complex tasks concurrently.

-          Servant leadership qualities.

-          Strong sense of teamwork.

  • A strong research capability, including the ability to compile complex briefing papers that include legal as well as policy analysis.

  • Experience of the Australian political system is preferred, but an understanding of it is a requirement.

  • A well developed biblical worldview, with basic understanding of a diverse range of areas including theology, philosophy, economics, sociology, law, ethics and history.

  • Experience in public policy development is preferred, but the applicant must display an ability to quickly master the process of policy development in Australia at both the Federal and State levels of Government.

  • Demonstrated ability to perform web based research.

  • Competent in using Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Outlook.

Applications should be made attention to the Chief of Staff and can be emailed to [email protected]. Applications close on Friday, 21 January 2011.