Translational Research Manager

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.

Job Details
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Department: Department of Health
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Strategic Management
Classification: VPSG6
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/DH/MHWC/1748467
Closing Date: 27-Sep-2023
Salary Range: $129,379 - $173,138
Job Duration: 30 June 2025
Attachments: Position description - Collaborative Centre Manager Translational Research - August 2023 (3).pdf (PDF, 317KB)
Job Specification

Position description - Collaborative Centre Manager Translational Research - August 2023 (3).docx (Word, 396KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Dr Katie Jones

Position Details


This is a designated lived experience role which requires declared lived experience and lived experience expertise. This means:

  • Personal lived experience of mental illness or psychological distress, and/or substance use or addiction OR of supporting someone living with mental illness or psychological distress and/or substance use and addiction; AND
  • Professional experience working and leading from this experience to represent consumer or carer perspectives (in paid or volunteer work).

The Manager, Translational Research will create and oversee the Collaborative Centre's program of translational research, including working with partners and stakeholders to collaboratively design and deliver translational research initiatives. They will also lead the design of the Centre's ongoing model of research translation, including the design of a service-based ‘learning network' to share and apply research in mental health and wellbeing service settings.

Are You

  • An innovative and compassionate leader with a strong knowledge of translational research in mental health and/or health?
  • Experienced in partnering with academic institutions to develop research products?
  • A strategic thinker who can work within complex systems so research can make real world impact?
  • Committed to partnering and sharing power with people with lived experiences of mental illness and psychological distress and their families, carers and supporters throughout research and design?


  • Where responsible for overseeing, monitoring or delivering projects, ensure they are delivered in accordance with relevant legislation and government regulations and guidelines.  
  • Provide authoritative advice, reasoned recommendations and innovative solutions to complex and sensitive issues based on comprehensive research.  
  • Deliver initiatives that meet the Board and Collaborative Centre's objectives within resourcing, timeline and budget parameters. Manage external contracts actively and effectively.
  • Monitor and report on high priority issues, risks and trends and prepare and present reports, Board papers and ministerial briefs. 
  • Proactively build and maintain effective working relationships and facilitate the flow of information across the Collaborative Centre and with key external stakeholders. 
  • Maintain an understanding of Commonwealth and State legislative and policy reform directions to influence policy development. 
  • Keep accurate and complete records of your work activities in accordance with legislative requirements and the department's records, information security and privacy policies and requirements.  
  • Take reasonable care for your own health and safety and for that of others in the workplace by working in accordance with legislative requirements and the department's occupational health and safety (OHS) policies and procedures.  
  • Demonstrate how the actions and outcomes of this role and work unit impact clients and the department's ability to deliver, or facilitate the delivery of, effective support and services. 

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. 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.

Victorian Public Sector employees and other JSE-eligible applicants will receive priority consideration for this role and are encouraged to apply directly via the Jobs & Skills Exchange (JSE).

For further information please visit the Department of Health. Click 'Apply Now' to submit your interest in this position.

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