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Job No: GEO1144
Location: Ravenhall, Victoria

Are you an experienced researcher interested in offender rehabilitation and reintegration?

Do you have high level research and evaluation skills and experience in managing complex research projects?



About Ravenhall Correctional Centre

Ravenhall Correctional Centre is a medium security men’s prison which opened in November 2017 in Ravenhall, Victoria.

Ravenhall will redefine the role of the modern prison. It’s unique design and service model provides an unprecedented emphasis on offender rehabilitation and reintegration.  If you are motivated to work therapeutically to create successful outcomes for prisoners, Ravenhall is the place for you.

To learn more about Ravenhall Correctional Centre, click here.

About the Opportunity

The Researcher will periodically undertake topical research in offender rehabilitation and reintegration, in addition to broader correctional research. Research will guide and inform the offending behaviour programs and services facilitated at Ravenhall. The position is expected to publish in peer-reviewed journals, present research at conferences and add to the academic rigor of the clinical work undertaken by GEO.

The Researcher works to Ravenhall’s Research Agenda and collaborates with the Program Reviewer, Senior Clinicians and Universities on joint research projects and initiatives. The Researcher is also responsible for the submission of high quality grant applications in order to support ongoing and complementary research for GEO. The Researcher will report to the Research Evaluation and Quality Assurance Coordinator.

The Researcher will:

  • Ensure research and evaluation activities are undertaken in accordance with GEO’s National Research Framework and Ravenhall’s Research Agenda.
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of current best practice in offender rehabilitation, reintegration and research design methodology.
  • Conduct high quality research projects and evaluation activities in line with GEO’s strategic research objectives and research agenda.
  • Develop and maintain research partnerships with universities and other community agencies.
  • Submit all research and evaluation proposals to the Information Management and Evaluation Branch of Corrections Victoria and apply for approval through the Corrections Victoria Research Committee (CVRC) and the Justice Human Research Ethics Committee (JHREC) or any successor Committees as required.
  • Present research findings to Ravenhall’s Senior Management Team (SMT), at conferences and other relevant stakeholder forums.

Your Skills & Experience

To be successful in the role of Researcher you will have:

  • Tertiary qualifications in psychology, criminology or other related field with high-level skills in statistical analysis and research methods.
  • Strong research and program evaluation skills as evidenced by previous work history in a research or research assistant role.
  • Experience in managing complex research projects.
  • High-level competence and comprehension of qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods research methodologies and statistical analysis of clinical data using systems such as IBM SPSS Statistics.
  • High-level analytical and written communication skills including the ability to write literature reviews and journal articles, conference presentations and detailed reports.
  • Expert and current knowledge of the “What Works” literature in offender rehabilitation, in addition to the application of the Good Lives Model (GLM) and principles of Risk Need Responsivity (RNR) in reducing recidivism in offender populations.

For further information about this role including the Position Description and how to apply, please click the Apply Now button.

About the Benefits

Joining GEO is your chance to make a real and lasting difference in the lives of prisoners, their families and the community. Benefits of working for GEO, include but are not limited to:

  • Role diversity and internal career progression opportunities
  • Ongoing professional development opportunities (including further education sponsorship)
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Competitive salary and rewards scheme
  • Free parking
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Staff gym
  • Subsidised meals 



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Applications close: 4 pm Friday 24 August 2018

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants are highly encouraged to apply


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