Head of Research Project Operations

  • Become a part of a team that is devoted to making the world a healthier place

  • Lead the establishment and implementation of a project management framework for Black Dog Institute

  • Permanent Full-time contract

About the Institute:
The Black Dog Institute is a Medical Research Institute and a global leader in translational mental health research. We harness the latest technology and other tools to quickly turn our world-class research findings into clinical services, education and e-health products that improve the lives of people with mental illness and the wider community.

We pride ourselves on translating our own world leading Workplace Mental Health research into an award-winning culture that encompasses a holistic view of wellbeing. We aim to create a positive, mentally healthy workplace that recognises the importance of meaningful work, balanced lifestyles, psychological well-being and continual learning whilst being guided by our core values - Collaboration, Compassion, Excellence, Innovation and Respect. We offer:

  • Competitive salaries
  • Salary packaging
  • Commitment to Learning and Development
  • Flexible working hours and work-life balance
  • Generous parental leave policy
  • Pet friendly office
  • Social and team events

About the Role:
The purpose of this position is to lead the establishment and implementation of a project management framework for Black Dog Institute; the position will effectively manage research project operations in line with the framework. The framework will ensure we have the tools, systems and processes required across our expanding translational research program.

Working closely with our research, innovation, translation and corporate services teams, the position will be responsible for the set-up, conduct and overall delivery of key strategic initiatives across our suicide prevention, workplace mental health, digital mental health and clinical services translational research streams.

Key Duties:
  • Design, establish and lead a project management framework for the organisation, ensuring we have the tools, systems, processes and ongoing capacity building embedded in our operational framework.
  • Lead the development, implementation and delivery of operational plans and budgets across each project.
  • Manage project teams in the timely development and delivery of large-scale research implementation projects.
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with key internal and external stakeholders and partners critical to project success.
  • In conjunction with the Director and lead investigators, oversee the development of appropriate resourcing, systems and processes to manage delivery of the projects.
  • Manage contract negotiations, deliverables, reporting and relationships with funding bodies including Commonwealth and State Government agencies, philanthropic bodies and competitive grant agencies.
  • Manage compliance and risk, ensuring mitigation strategies are effectively implemented.

About You:
The successful candidate will have the following:


  • Tertiary qualifications in project or business management or equivalent years of experience
  • Minimum eight years’ experience in senior project management role within a research or academic environment
  • Demonstrated capability in developing and managing projects that meet strategic and program goals, within agreed timeframes and budgetary goals
  • Demonstrated ability to lead planning and budgeting processes to achieve project establishment and operational delivery
  • Demonstrated strong problem solving, analytical skills and proven strategic thinking
  • Exceptional leadership and mentoring skills and capability of motivating and energising high-performing teams
  • A proven ability to manage contract negotiation, delivery, reporting and relationship management, delivering projects to time and budget
  • Excellent organisation, time management and prioritisation
  • Ability to demonstrate flexibility and to be adaptable to changing organisational priorities and ambiguous environments
  • Outstanding communication skills, with demonstrated ability to leverage relationships and networks of internal and external stakeholders to positively influence outcomes.


  • Experience in the not for profit sector
  • Experience in research and/or translational research areas that are consistent with the mission and objectives of Black Dog Institute.

For a full list of duties and selection criteria, please download the position description. Please apply using the online portal (link below) with your resume and cover letter addressing selection criteria outlined in the position description. Candidates who apply via email will not be considered.

Applications close: 9 September 2020

The Black Dog Institute is an EEO Employer.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and encouraged to apply.

Individuals or external agencies are welcome to apply.

31/08/2020 $0 CBD, Inner West & Eastern Suburbs 1 CEO & General Management
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