Employment Opportunities

P/T Foundations Development Officer (Maternity leave)

The Centre for Independent Studies, Australasia’s leading independent think tank dealing with economic, international and social policy, is is looking for a Foundations Development Officer with experience in fundraising, grant and report writing to join us for one year.

The person will be responsible for writing regular program reports to our funders, researching and analysing funding sources for CIS projects and programs, developing individual grant proposals in accordance with the organisation’s mission, and keeping in contact with grant-making foundations.  The person will also be responsible for maintaining and building the Bequest Fund.

Applicants must be university-qualified, with polished writing style and strong interpersonal skills. The successful applicant will have knowledge of the grant application process and various grant programs, the ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines for grant opportunities. Candidate must have good Excel and database skills, and have excellent research and writing skills. Experience in working in a not-for-profit environment will be an advantage.

All applicants must be familiar with the philosophy of the CIS, and be supportive of our objectives.

This is great opportunity to work in a collaborative and intellectually stimulating environment, in a part-time, flexible capacity. At this stage the position is 10-12 hours per week and can be done over 2 or 3 days.  Salary is negotiable and will reflect the  candidate’s level of experience.  The one year position is available from early March.

Please address your application to:

Mrs Jenny Lindsay
General Manager
The Centre for Independent Studies
Applicants must include a cover letter and CV. Applications not including a cover letter will not be considered.


A small number of short-term unpaid internships are available throughout the year. If you would like to be considered for a position during 2015 please send in your CV and a cover letter and we will add you to the waiting list.

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.

Please send your application to Jenny Lindsay jlindsay@cis.org.au