Employment Opportunities


The Centre for Independent Studies (CIS), Australia's foremost independent public policy think tank is seeking a person with an background in economics to join our research team. This position will suit a person with a strong interest in promoting market-based solutions for public policy and is looking for a career challenge. We are particularly interested in a person who has skills and an interest in the area of labour markets and productivity.

Our work is both rigorous and practical and the person we are looking for will be able to drive a research project, engage with the media and policy community to communicate the findings and propel changes in thinking on important policy issues.
The position is based in Sydney and the CIS will consider applicants looking for full-time or part-time work.

Role and Responsibilities

Work with other CIS researchers on our economic and welfare research program with particular emphasis on labour markets and productivity.
Undertake research projects and develop evidence based policy recommendations presented in multiple formats (reports, commentary and multimedia)
Write research papers that are accessible to the general public.
Communicate the research work to CIS supporters, business, government and the general public through public presentations and speeches.
Articulate CIS policy positions through media appearances and interviews on television and radio
Write opinion pieces for hard copy and online newspapers and blogs
Contribute articles to CIS publications such as Policy magazine and our web-based newsletter 'ideas'
Engage with supporters on Facebook and Twitter
Ability to work well within a small team.

Qualifications and Background

A degree in Economics or a related discipline. Higher level degrees will be looked on favourably. We will not be interviewing graduates who have just completed their degree.
At least 3 years' experience in a role that required rigorous analysis, writing and communication of research material. Applicants without strong previous experience will not be considered for the role.
A range of writing skills including writing opinion pieces, journal articles, online publications and substantive research papers
Experience working in academia, business, government, volunteer sector or in think tanks
A strong interest in contributing to the public policy debate
Strong communication skills particularly with media
Good analytical skills
A genuine interest and understanding of the philosophical direction of The Centre for Independent Studies


Salary will be commensurate with experience
Interstate or overseas applicants must be able to move to Sydney
The position will be reviewed on a yearly basis and is dependent on ongoing funding.
Applications close on 18 August, 2014


Please include a cover letter addressing the position criteria, your CV and two referees. 

Jenny Lindsay, General Manager 
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The Centre for Independent Studies is looking for a Communications Manager to lead the communications and media strategy that will continue to build the CIS brand. 

The CIS is a research organisation that believes in smaller government, the free market and individual responsibility.  The Centre offers considered, evidence-based alternatives to current public policy. It is not a lobby group — nor does it align itself with any political party. As a think tank, the CIS aims for long-term, lasting change by informing decision-makers in Australia with reasoned argument — and by disseminating its message to the wider public through traditional and new media. The CIS offers considered opinions and ideas on topics after doing thorough research — we do not give opinion for opinion's sake.

The requirements are as follows:

  • A strong understanding of how to build a communications and media strategy and an ability to communicate and direct that strategy to the CIS team.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills, with the ability to create extremely high quality copy on tight deadlines.
  • An understanding of messaging and framing to engage all forms of media.
  • A strong grasp and interest in Australian politics and policy.
  • The ideal candidate will be passionate, hard-working, organised and detail-oriented. They must have good interpersonal skills and want to be part of an organisation that aims to change the way Australians think. 
  • An inquisitive mind that loves learning and implementing the continual developments in social media and other new media.
  • An understanding of the goals of the CIS. 
  • Experience in press and communications for educational advocacy, political and/or nonprofit organisations preferred but not essential.

The responsibilities include:

  • Building relationships with editors, producers and writers in all spheres of traditional and social media.
  • Designing and driving communications strategies for selling CIS products such as reports, events, research staff and guest personalities at the CIS.
  • Writing media releases, vetting opinion pieces, co-ordinating newsletters and member updates
  • Management and editing of Precis, the CIS' Annual Report
  • Collaboration on multi-media
  • Media training
  • Controlling and building the use of social media
  • Day to day administration and co-ordination which includes updating media contact database, logging media, sending out newsletters


  • Applicants should have a minimum 3 years experience in related industries.
  • Salary will be commensurate with experience. 
  • Interstate or overseas applicants must be willing to move to Sydney.
  • Position is based at St Leonards.
  • Applications close on Monday July 21. We reserve the right to commence interviews before the closing date.

 Please include a cover letter addressing the position criteria, your CV and two referees. 

Jenny Lindsay, General Manager 
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A small number of short-term unpaid internships are available throughout the year. We select interns on three main criteria:

1. That the intern is studying in a field that we have a research interest in or that they are prepared to be involved in the project we offer them which may not be directly research oriented.
2. That a mentor within the CIS is available to work with the intern. We have found that the experience is less than satisfactory on both sides if there isn't a real project to be worked on and real support for the intern.
3. That you are available to work at our office in St Leonards, Sydney

Please send your CV and a cover letter explaining why you would like to intern at the CIS. We would also like to know your availability. For your information we have have interns who have worked with us for 12-14 weeks for 1 day a week and others who have worked 2-3 days a week over a shorter period of time in holiday periods.

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