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Chief Economist

About Blueprint

Blueprint Institute is an optimistic think tank dedicated to creating a more prosperous, resilient and sustainable Australia. We are here to challenge policymakers to look beyond the next election to the next generation, with bold ideas that are economically rational, environmentally sound and politically achievable.  

Blueprint’s research untangles complex policy problems and maps out a path forward. Our immediate research focuses on Australia’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, on practical measures we can take to build a more modern, resilient and prosperous Australia, and reforms to keep this country healthy, growing and productive. Our four research pillars are Economy; Energy & Environment; Society, Democracy & Politics; and Australia and the World.

About the role

Blueprint Institute is looking for a Chief Economist to shape and lead economic analysis across key research areas including initially small business finance and regulation, industry and innovation policy, climate and energy, education reform, and the future of work.   

Reporting directly to the CEO and with regular briefings of the board and strategic council, the successful candidate will be responsible for shaping the research agenda, providing strategic advice on key research questions and leading modelling and economic analysis across a broad variety of work.

This senior role requires exceptional analytical and communication skills, a high degree of emotional intelligence, adaptability, and the capacity to deliver high-quality research pieces in a timely manner.  

This is a highly collaborative role in which you will work with the CEO to consult key experts and stakeholders, with a research team to complete research papers, and with our communications team to share findings and recommendations with key audiences, including the public.

Because Blueprint is a new and fast-growing think tank, all our team have a high degree of ownership over their work and determination to make an impact.   Our small and agile team are highly collaborative, hard-working and values-aligned.

Key Responsibilities

  • Strategic thinking on macroeconomics — high-level strategic thinking on key macroeconomic challenges facing Australia and the world.
  • Quantitative and qualitative analysis — strong analytical skills that can be applied to complex public policy challenges.
  • Communication — ability to communicate in plain and accessible language for various audiences, including experts in the field and the general public.
  • Research projects — Assisting the CEO to deliver research projects, including scoping policy issues, identifying and engaging key stakeholders and commissioning research papers.
  • Industry and employment trends — In-depth analysis of economic and employment trends at an industry level and possible policy responses.
  • Collaborative work on short time frames — work collaboratively with a research team to deliver high-quality analysis and recommendations within short time-frames on a broad array of research themes, whilst not compromising on quality.
  • Impact — delivering results in line with the work schedule of an ambitious start-up think tank.

Core competencies

  • High quality tertiary qualifications in a relevant field (Data Science/Economics/Public Policy).
  • Strong quantitative skills, including ability to access statistical data, analyse it with statistical tools, and report findings in textual, tabular and graphical formats.
  • A theoretical and practical understanding of the role of government in stimulating economic activity, including in collaboration with the private sector.
  • Demonstrated interest in problem solving on issues relating to the public good.
  • Exceptional communication skills, including in written, digital and interpersonal communication.
  • Excellent organisational skills, with experience of managing multiple tasks and prioritising effectively to meet deadlines.
  • Proven analytical and problem-solving ability, including devising practical policy recommendations.
  • Broad understanding of government and policy processes, including service delivery, commissioning and procurement. An appreciation of the political dimension to policy development.
  • Demonstrated project management capability with high levels of accuracy and efficiency.
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver excellent results working to deadlines, under limited supervision, and coordinating multiple agendas and stakeholders. 

Location, Salary and Start Date

The position can be part-time or full-time. Remuneration for the position will be determined based on the experience of the selected candidate.

The role is ideally based in Sydney although Canberra-based applicants will be considered. Eventually we will be working from office space in or around the CBD, but right now our team is working from home due to COVID-19. The position is open immediately.

How to Apply

Applications close Saturday 8 August and will be considered on a rolling basis. Applications titled ‘Chief Economist Application’ should be addressed to admin@blueprintinstitute.org.au and include:

(1) A cover letter explaining why you’re a good fit for the role, addressing the core skills listed in the job description and including an example of where you led or played a key role in developing and communicating influential economics research.

(2) A CV and/or link to an up-to-date LinkedIn profile

Blueprint is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applicants of all identities and backgrounds.  We look forward to hearing from you.

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