Network Manager - Mental Health Australia General Clinical Trial Network
Geelong, Victoria, au Management Occupations
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Deakin’s School of Medicine is recognised in Australia and internationally for its teaching, training, research and service to its communities. Working as part of the Institute for Mental and Physical Health and Clinical Translation (IMPACT), the primary purpose of the Network Manager is to catalyse the establishment and running of MAGNET: the Mental Health Australia General Clinical Trial Network. Implementing MAGNET requires establishing the systems and processes that will underpin its vision of enabling the innovative, globally impactful, large-scale clinical trials that can change practice in mental health.
Through this new fixed-term full-time position, funded by a five-year grant from the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF), the incumbent will lead the establishment, administration, management, and coordination of the newly funded Network. A pivotal, externally facing position, this appointment requires an expert communicator with demonstrated stakeholder engagement capabilities and high-level project management skills.
Your key responsibilities will include:
Manage MAGNET’s structure, including establishing governance; financial management, liaising with University support staff; and the logistical and administrative processes needed to operate smoothly.
Lead the network’s operations, including communication with stakeholders.
Work collaboratively with MAGNET leadership and partners to develop and maintain strong strategic and research partnerships with key stakeholders, with a national reach, connected to MAGNET.
Provide oversight of the MAGNET budget and financial projections, in collaboration with University finance services, and co-develop a plan to move towards financial sustainability beyond MAGNET’s first five years.
Direct the development and management of a website to publicise information about MAGNET to the general public and research and clinical communities.
Ensure effective communication and administration for the MAGNET’s Leadership Committee and strategic and research partners, including but not limited to consumer and carer representatives, professional bodies, and other academic organisations.
Develop systems for setting MAGNET research priorities; inviting clinical trial proposals and/or linking complementary experts to form teams; and assessing and developing project designs, to ultimately enable high-calibre proposals with an enhanced chance of funding success.
Monitor project/staff contracts and ensure funding body (NHMRC/MRFF) reporting requirements are met.
This role may have staffing responsibilities and must therefore ensure staff and own adherence to University policies and procedures, including but not limited to those relating to equal opportunity, occupational health and safety, risk and financial management, privacy, staff development and staff performance planning and review.
To be successful, you’ll have:
Completion of a post-graduate degree in a related field with subsequent relevant work experience, or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education/training.
Demonstrated experience working effectively in a high-volume and busy management role.
Project management expertise and a track record of delivering projects within specified timelines and budgets.
Demonstrated experience in supporting leadership teams or advisory committees or Board meetings and/or an understanding of governance processes.
Demonstrated interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills with the ability to liaise with a range of stakeholders at all levels, and across multiple organisations.
High-level administrative skills, including efficiently managing budgets and financial activities, event coordination, and proficient use of information technology including the Microsoft Office Suite.
Demonstrated ability to develop collaborative work teams with a dedicated focus on achieving skilled, functional teams.
Understanding of the research sector. *highly desirable
Experience and knowledge of clinical trials. *desirable
Experience in the mental health sector highly regarded, including an understanding of the role of respect, expertise, and autonomy of people with lived experience in improving the approaches and culture surrounding clinical trials and research. desirable