Director – Centre for Health and Other Complex Systems Research

Base salary of $141,976 - $180,538 per annum + management allowance + superannuation + salary packaging benefits About the Centre for Health and Other Complex Systems Research (CHOCS)This is an exciting and unique opportunity to contribute to the establishment and development of Menzies’ new cross divisional Centre for Health and Other Complex Systems Research.  The Centre seeks to traverse traditional disciplinary boundaries and sustain and grow Menzies’ health service and workforce research programs while extending these methods to non-health sectors, including education, environment, economic and justice and welfare domains. The Centre will initially sit under Menzies Wellbeing and Preventable Chronic Diseases (WPCD) Division, with the intentions to grow the Centre into its own entity. The Centre will work closely with Charles Darwin University (CDU) in the evidence-based design, implementation and evaluation of Remote Health workforce initiatives. It will also work in partnership with health and human service providers to facilitate, document and evaluate data-driven system improvements. These activities will have national and international relevance. About the role Reporting into the WPCD Division Leader, the Director will lead the establishment and strategic direction of the Centre and drive the sustainability and development of Menzies remote and rural health services research programs and other complex systems research, focused on the Northern Territory, Northern Australia and national workforce policy and practice.The position will be based in Alice Springs. This location and presence is important for promoting the work of the Centre and for research capability development and leadership in Central Australia. Under exceptional circumstances, Menzies will consider the position being based elsewhere in the NT.With other senior staff in Alice Springs and Darwin, the Director will engage with key stakeholders including the Central Australian Academic Health Sciences Network, Top End Partners, Central Australia and Top End Health Services, Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services and policy-makers. This engagement will be formalised through the establishment of an appropriate advisory group which will inform the priorities of the Centre. The incumbent will also seek to strengthen and maintain a national multi-institutional health services research collaboration and will represent their work program, and Menzies, at relevant Northern Territory, national and international forums. What you will bring to the roleAs someone with an exceptional record of research achievements that will enhance Menzies’ research capacity, including demonstrated high quality research outputs, excellent leadership skills, success in attracting competitive research funding and strong research collaborations and partnerships, you will also have:A research PhD or equivalent qualifications and relevant remote and/or rural health or human services research experience.Proven experience in contributing to the strategic direction of an organisation in health research and demonstrated understanding and experience working in the Northern Territory, with a strong awareness of challenges and opportunities relevant to Central and Northern Australia.Ability to interact effectively with people from various educational, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds, including excellent cross-cultural awareness and skills in community engagement involving Aboriginal communities.Exceptional academic leadership and experience supervising and developing research teams, early-mid career researchers and students, including planning and allocating resources, coaching, mentoring and managing performance.To be appointed at Academic Level E, you will also have national and international recognition of your contribution to research, have established collaborations with relevant remote and rural research leaders across Australia and have proven superior performance in academic leadership and ability to foster opportunities and academic achievements in others.  Why MenziesMenzies is one of Australia’s leading medical research institutes dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and a leader in global and tropical research into life-threatening illnesses. If making a positive health impact in Australia and across our region excites and motivates you, join us as we continue to translate our research into effective programs and partnerships in communities across Australia and the Asia-Pacific region, and find enduring solutions to health problems that matter.As a recognised national leader in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research, education and research training, Menzies is committed to providing a culturally inclusive and supportive work environment, and ensuring our workforce is representative of the people with and for whom we work. We seek to amplify First Nations voices in all aspects of our work, and we strongly encourage Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples to apply for this position. What Menzies can offerAn opportunity to lead the establishment of a new Centre with one of Australia’s leading not-for-profit health research institutes.An attractive salary and relocation package will be negotiated with the successful candidate.Exceptional leave entitlements including: 6 weeks annual leave, 3 weeks personal leave and 16 weeks paid parental leave, with option to purchase an additional 4 weeks leave,Up to 14% employer superannuation contribution, significant salary packaging benefits and other market leading conditions, If you have any questions regarding the role, please contact:John WakermanProfessor of Remote and Rural Health Services ResearchWellbeing and Preventable Chronic Diseases Divisionjohn.wakerman@menzies.edu.auTel: 0417 884 182 How to Apply:Please click on the 'Apply' button to submit your application.  Applicants are required to provide the following supporting documents:Cover letterUpdated resumeA statement addressing the selection criteria (No more than 2 pages)Any other relevant supporting documentation   For a copy of the position description or to find more information on how to apply for this role please visit Menzies careers website: http://careers.menzies.edu.au/ or phone 08 8946 8426. Closing date:  Sunday 30th October 2022Position Description 141976 AUD Alice Springs 0870