Innovation Unit Australia is hiring!

Words Keren Caple

Innovation Unit Australia is looking for superstar social innovation senior project leaders, senior service designers and other researchers, practitioners and changemakers.

Senior project leads

We’re looking for talented and passionate people to lead social innovation projects. Our project leaders lead significant, multi-year projects to discover, develop and scale solutions for thriving societies by focusing on families, young people and communities.

You’ll be using your leadership for change and transformation skills to create social good. We need people with a passion for social change and the skills to make it happen, who:

  • have scoped, lead and designed complex projects;
  • are familiar with social innovation/design for social innovation practice;
  • are experienced group and team facilitators;
  • managed and accounted for yours and others time;
  • managed relationships with senior executives and senior public servants;
  • managed budgets;
  • have experience delivering written and visual communications to a final deliverable or publishable standard.

Innovation Unit Australia offers flexible working patterns; personal and professional development; and to fill your days with work that has a positive social impact with interesting people passionate about social change.

To apply 

  1. A link to your LinkedIn profile (complete and up-to-date)
  2. A video that tells us how you meet the person specification (2 minutes max – and we’re not interested in technical quality, we’re interested in you and what you say)
  3. A document that responds to one of the questions below. This should draw on your own knowledge, and also from a couple of formal sources (2 pages max)
  • How can innovation impact learning outcomes for young people in Australia?
  • How could a focus on redesigning early learning and care transform lives of children, families and impact society as a whole?
  • How might social innovation reduce inequality in Australia?

Senior service designers

We’re looking for talented and passionate service designers to lead social innovation projects and our strategic design practice in Australia. As an organisation, we have adopted service design as a practice. We are now looking for a leader to drive our progression to the next level of maturity: an integrated discipline with strategic function. Service and strategic designers at Innovation Unit Australia are able to adapt and evolve their practice to respond to the ever-changing organisational client context: they are not tied to a linear process, with neatly defined deliverables.

You will have learned your craft as a service designer and evolved your practice to encompass wider strategic and innovation and change frameworks which you can adapt and apply according to the challenge at hand. You will be focused on unlocking the best possible outcomes in partnership with our clients, confidently enabling systemic change, whilst embedding the perspective of the end service user. You will want to:

  • have an opportunity to shape, build, lead and mentor a team of service designers and systems-thinkers to become a strategic force in multidisciplinary teams;
  • apply your experience and expertise to a social enterprise while learning about promoting change through innovation in the public and private sectors;
  • join an organisation energised around a mission to empower people to thrive and committed to addressing complex social challenges.

Innovation Unit Australia offers flexible working patterns; personal and professional development; and to fill your days with work that has a positive social impact with interesting people passionate about social change.

To apply

  1. A link to your LinkedIn profile (complete and up-to-date)
  2. A video that tells us how you meet the person specification (2 minutes max – we’re not interested in technical quality, we’re interested in you and what you say) and
  3. A document that responds to the questions below. This should draw on your own knowledge, and also from a couple of formal sources (2 pages max).
  • We are really proud of our service design craft within the organisation. The next stage is to make design a strategic and fully integrated part of our multidisciplinary offer to grow new solutions for thriving societies. How can we make this transition?
  • Why you want the role
  • Why you think you have what it takes to make a success of it

Researchers, practitioners and changemakers

Over the two years, we at Innovation Unit Australia have established ourselves in the region and developed a sustainable business model. We are now focused on growing solutions for thriving societies – societies that are sustainable, connected and socially just.  We will continue to work with ambitious partners on high impact innovation consultancy – to help them develop, implement and scale powerful new solutions. We will also start to get more skin in the game to initiate and lead new ventures where we believe we can succeed and have serious impact. Alongside this, we will be getting more public about our work to generate demand for innovation – it’s no good working to generate powerful new solutions unless there is a hungry audience for them.  In order to achieve this, we know we need:

  • health and social care; education and other human service practitioners;
  • researchers and evaluators;
  • communications and engagement experts;
  • project team members;
  • basically, amazing changemakers!

Do you have what it takes us to achieve this mission? If so, we’d love to hear from you.  Please send us the below to contactaus@innovationunit.org:

  1. A link to your LinkedIn profile (complete and up-to-date)
  2. A video that tells us a little bit about you and how you can contribute to the change Innovation Unit Australia wants to see in the world (2 minutes max – we’re not interested in technical quality, we’re interested in you and what you say!)

For all vacancies:

Remember to tell us clearly which role you’re applying for and email your application to contactaus@innovationunit.org

Interviews will be held in Sydney on 11 December 2017

To discuss or ask questions contact us on 1800 953 026 or email contactaus@innovationunit.org

Applicants should have Australian residency or a valid Aus work visa