Director, Research Strategy (Victorian Collaborative Centre)

The Department of Health plays a critical role in the Victorian health system and is responsible for shaping it to meet the health needs of Victorians into the future. We also lead the Victorian Government's response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Working with our partners, we oversee Victoria's health system including mental health, ageing and aged care and preventive health. We are committed to developing and supporting a workforce that is well equipped and highly motivated to provide responsive and quality services to all Victorians. All jobs can be worked flexibly and we encourage job applications from Aboriginal people, people with disabilities, LGBTQI+ and people from culturally diverse backgrounds and differences to realise the potential of our employees for innovation and delivering services.

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Department: Department of Health
Work Type: Fixed term - full time or part time
Job Function: Executive Management
Classification: SES1
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/DH/MHW/000001
Closing Date: 08-Dec-2022
Salary Range: $207,116 - $267,445
Job Duration: Fixed term contract until 31 December 2023
Attachments: 2022-11-24 PD Director, Research Strategy.docx (Word, 162KB)
Job Specification

2022-11-24 PD Director, Research Strategy.pdf (PDF, 294KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Rebecca Power
m. 0427 656 023

Position Details


The Collaborative Centre brings people with lived experience together with researchers and experts in multidisciplinary clinical and non-clinical care to develop and provide adult mental health services, conduct research and disseminate knowledge with the aim of delivering the best possible outcomes for people living with mental illness. The Collaborative Centre is the first of its kind in Australia and will contribute to Victoria's standing as a national and international leader in Mental Health and Wellbeing.

The role of the Director, Research Strategy is to lead the design, development and implementation of the inaugural research strategy for the Collaborative Centre.

Are you

  • Committed to ensuring the mental health and AOD service systems respond to the needs and issues of consumers and carers/supporters?
  • An experienced leader with highly developed conceptual and analytical skills, able to provide authoritative, sensitive and concise policy and strategic advice of the highest level, under pressure?
  • Experienced in leading consultation and stakeholder engagement processes to develop outcomes that synthesise and integrate perspectives from across a system?
  • An innovative leader with a deep understanding and experience of research translation, Lived Experience research, evaluation, scaling and continuous improvement?


The Director, Research Strategy will be responsible for leading the design, development and implementation of the inaugural research strategy for the Collaborative Centre. Including how the Collaborative Centre will:

  • Facilitate translational research throughout the mental health and wellbeing system, including in collaboration with other research centres and institutes.
  • Lead exemplary practice for the full and effective participation and inclusion of people with lived experience across the mental health system.
  • Support continuous improvement and evaluation in the design and development of the Collaborative Centre.
  • Ensure new research aligns with initial reform priorities identified by the Royal Commission and the transformation strategy.
  • Strengthen and support a formal network of academic service leaders responsible for sharing and applying research in service settings.
  • Provide a ‘clearing house' to collect, combine and share information from research, innovation projects and evaluations.
  • Provide authoritative advice on evidence-informed approaches to treatment, care and support to inform policy development, planning and investment.
  • Identify and promote opportunities to increase collaboration in translational research on the mental health and wellbeing.


Mandatory Vaccination Policy

The department is committed to providing and maintaining a working environment which is safe and without risk to the health of its workers and clients. As it is an essential element of any role within the department that employees be able to attend work onsite and to do so safely, employees are required to be up-to-date with their vaccinations against COVID-19 as a condition of their employment. This requirement applies unless they have a medical condition which means they cannot be vaccinated against COVID -19. Therefore, the department will ask any prospective employee, who has been identified as the preferred candidate for a role within the department, to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination status prior to any offer of employment being made. If a prospective employee has a relevant medical condition which means they cannot be vaccinated against COVID-19, they should contact the department to discuss their individual circumstances.



Applicants are encouraged to apply online, submitting a cover letter and a current resume.

The Jobs and Skills Exchange (JSE) Recruitment Policy allows for priority consideration for Victorian Public Service (VPS) and select employees of the Victorian Public Sector who apply through the Jobs Skills Exchange (JSE) jobs board platform.

As such, these employees are strongly encouraged to submit their application through rather than via external advertisement.

For this position, you are not required to address each of the key selection criteria in a separate written document.

Preferred candidates will be required to complete pre-employment screening, including national police check and misconduct screening.

Applicants must be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or hold a valid work permit or visa. Work eligibility will be checked as part of the recruitment process.

For further information please visit the Department of Health <>

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