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Asian Australian Organisational Psychology Research and Development Lead Role

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About the role

As we grow and scale our impact as an organisation this year, we are looking for a passionate R&D Lead. The R&D Lead role will be primarily accountable for overseeing the delivery of all R&D projects which align with the direction of AAOP Inc. Candidates will need to commit to a minimum of 12 hours per week (excluding meetings) spread out across the entire week.



  • Work closely with AAOP board to develop innovative and achievable R&D operational strategies which demonstrate effectiveness of all R&D activities.


  • Under direction of the Board, manage R&D projects and be accountable for deliverables.
  • Review research and practice in the areas of cultural psychology, organisational psychology, wellbeing, performance, and leadership
  • Develop and deliver targeted, evidence-based wellbeing/performance/leadership initiatives and programs for diverse work populations.
  • Report to the Board on all R&D matters.
  • Engage and manage stakeholders, clients, and partners during development and delivery.
  • Supervise and train junior staff and volunteers and provide mentorship.
  • Assist in other operational activities as required


  • Bachelor degree related to Psychology
  • Strong interest in cultural psychology, leadership and/or organisational psychology.
  • Ability to commit a minimum of 12 hours per week (excluding meetings) spread out across the entire week.
  • Experience in research methods (desktop and applied).
  • Experience in developing awareness-raising, training, or other capability building interventions/initiatives.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to communicate for impact.
  • Excellent organisation and time-management proven ability to meet deadlines with minimal supervision.
  • Knowledge/experience in analysing data (descriptive statistics at minimum).
  • Be able to agilely work in a flexible, ambiguous environment
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint.
  • Ability to work effectively with all organisational levels.
  • Passionate about promoting cultural equity for Asian Australians and other CALD communities.


  • Completed or completing Honours or Postgraduate degree in a field related to organisational development.
  • Experience in facilitating or delivering training.
  • Project management experience.
  • Client or stakeholder management experience.
  • Experience in working at a Not-for-Profit or as a volunteer.
  • Business development experience.

What’s in it for you

AAOP is a purposeful not for profit run by a team of psychologists who seek to make a real impact in the community for all Asian Australians. Apart from making a significant contribution to your community working with us also come with many benefits:

  • We’ll allow you to vastly increase your network. Working with us will allow you to make meaningful connections with passionate and respected professionals across a diverse range of industries, giving you the opportunity to build your professional network and brand.
  • AAOP is run by a group of psychologists who are passionate about learning and development. And as such, we foster a culture of learning and growth in our organisation. Volunteering with us will give you the opportunity to sharpen a range of professional skills such as: strategic thinking, people management and marketing management. For instance, a mentoring program with a skilled and experienced AAOP member is available for volunteers. AAOP provides a safe environment for you to take risks, push yourself and grow.
  • Volunteering with AAOP will give you the opportunity to bolster your CV. If you’re a marketing professional who has an eye on a marketing lead role in the future, this is a great opportunity to gain experience in the role before you actually practice the role, boosting your prospects down the track.
  • You’ll get to make a real difference to the lives of others. At AAOP you’ll be a part of a socio-cultural movement, helping to make our community a fairer, more positive, and better place for everyone. Come and work on purposeful work and be a part of real positive change!

Research shows that while men apply to jobs when they meet an average of 60% of the criteria, women and other marginalised folks tend to only apply when they check every box. So if you think you have what it takes, but don't necessarily meet every single point on the job description, please still get in touch. We'd love to have a chat and see if you could be a great fit.

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About AAOP


25 Cezanne court, Wheelers hill, Victoria 3150, AU

Mission Statement

To elevate and leverage our Asian- Australian Organisational Psychology identity to serve Asian-Australians in our communities, so they can then optimise their potential.


We are Australia's first Organisational Psychology-driven movement to promote cultural equity for Asian-Australians. AAOP is a not-for-profit organisation run by a group of passionate psychologists. We nurture the next generation in the industry for a healthier and higher performing Asian-Australian community.

Advocacy & Human Rights
Health & Medicine


We'll work with your schedule.


Melbourne Central Business Districtmelbourne, 3000Australia



  • Product Development
  • Research
  • Internet Research
  • People Skills
  • Verbal / Written Communication




  • 12 hours per week

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