Manager, Research Priorities and Grants

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Department: Department of Jobs, Skills, Industry and Regions
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Medical and Nursing
Classification: VPSG6
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/101043
Closing Date: 22-Jul-2024
Salary Range: $130,673 - $174,869
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: PD_PD_101043 VPS6 Manager Research Priorities and Grants.docx (Word, 187KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Scott Edwards
0447 768 617

Position Details

Manager, Research Priorities and Grants

  • Salary: $130,673 - $174,869 (Plus Superannuation)
  • Fixed term role: 2 years
  • Usual hours of work: Full time (flexibility may be available)
  • Usual work location: 121 Exhibition St, Melbourne (flexibility may be available)

The Role

Reporting to the Director, Medical Research and Innovation Programs, the Manager, Research Priorities and Grants will lead a team to develop and deliver of number of grant programs, initiatives and funded activities across the medical research portfolio in line with Victoria's Health and Medical Research Strategy: 2022-2032. This will include supporting delivery of the Operational Infrastructure Support (OIS) program, the Victorian Medical Research Acceleration Fund (VMRAF) and the Victorian Paediatric Cancer Consortium (VPCC) election commitment. The role will also contribute to the development of Victoria's medical research sector more broadly, including through precinct development and policy reform opportunities.

The responsibilities of the role will include, but are not limited to:

  • Lead staff, manage people and resources. This includes demonstrated success in lifting team performance, undertaking continuous improvement and developing staff.
  • Proactively respond to feedback and adapt policy recommendations in accordance with evolving policy requirements and changing external factors, promoting adaptability and responsiveness in policy development processes. 
  • Provide authoritative advice to internal and external stakeholders and prepare and present detailed reports, ministerial briefs, Cabinet and other submissions on complex matters. 

 The Team

The position of Manager, Research Priorities and Grants forms a part of the Medical Research and Innovation Programs team. 

The Medical Research and Innovation Programs team provides policy and delivery oversight to support the development of Victoria's medical research sector to generate impact, improve the health and wellbeing of all Victorians, and grow the economy. The Health and Medical Research Strategy 2022-32 guides the strategic priorities of the team.  The team is also responsible for the strategic oversight and advice relating to the $650 million Australian Institute for Infectious Disease, amongst other major investments and programs including the Industry R&D Infrastructure Fund.

About You

The successful candidate will ideally have the following skills and experience:

  • People Management: Aligns team with the organisational values and goals through effective people management and modelling; maximises effectiveness by selecting, developing, managing and motivating a high performing team, clearly defines role expectations, monitors performance, provides timely and constructive feedback and facilitates employee development; ensures staff are effectively deployed through effective workforce planning practices.
  • Develop and maintain relationships: with key internal and external stakeholders and provide relevant information and advice about the Branch's direction, focus and policies.
  • Project management: produces and monitors delivery of project documents, grant milestone tracking and program allocations, where objectives are clearly defined and action steps are clearly specified; regularly communicates with and supports project team members; ensures project objectives are met by anticipating and maintaining potential emerging issues; ensures good governance and provides advice and recommendations to senior management to support decision-making.

 Further Information

For a confidential discussion, please contact Scott Edwards on 0447 768 617.

The department is committed to creating and maintaining a child safe organisation. We have zero tolerance of child abuse and are committed to taking the necessary steps to protect children from harm by adopting a preventative, proactive and participatory approach to child safety in accordance with the Child Safe Standards.

Successful candidates will be required to undergo a National Police Records Check prior to commencing employment with the Department. For further information on the position, please refer to the attached position description.

Please note: We are accredited as a Disability Confident Recruitment (DCR) organisation and committed to inclusive recruitment. If you require an adjustment to participate in any stage of the recruitment process or have a particular requirement to be communicated with by either telephone or email only, please notify the DJSIR Recruitment Team at with the position number in the subject line.

How to Apply

Please click the ‘Apply Now' button. As part of the application process, you will need to provide a copy of your resume and a cover letter addressing the key selection criteria outlined in the position description.

Applications close at midnight on 22 July 2024.


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