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Policy and Project Manager

Employer: Black Dog Institute
Work Type/s: Contract, Full Time
Classification/s: Mental Health & Counselling, Policy & Research, Project Management, Medical Research
Sector/s: Not For Profit (NFP)
Location: Sydney

Job posted on: 25 February, 2019.
Applications close: 04 March, 2019. (Expired)

  • Become part of a team that is devoted to making the world a mentally healthier place
  • Provide support to the National Suicide Prevention Program to advance the field of suicide prevention program implementation through development and delivery of reliable, quality-driven, evidence-based resources, advice and expertise
  • Full-time contract until 30 June 2020

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 support the National Suicide Prevention Program to deliver against funded priorities, and advance the field of suicide prevention program implementation through the development and delivery of reliable, quality-driven, evidence-based resources, advice and expertise.

The role will focus on translating evidence-based interventions into a policy and implementation environment, by developing practical tools, position statements and other resources.

Key responsibilities:

  • Undertake regular reviews of suicide prevention scientific literature and program delivery, maintaining awareness of currency of practice.
  • Provide internal stakeholders (National Suicide Prevention Program team and others) with advice and interpretation of available evidence-based suicide prevention strategies.
  • Deliver rapid evidence reviews, for the purposes of supporting trial sites to choose and implement flexible and nimble suicide prevention programs and services.
  • Work with the Senior Manager, National Suicide Prevention Program to develop adaptation tools which support the implementation of evidence-based systems approaches to suicide prevention in priority populations.
  • Work collaboratively to develop culturally safe, relevant and inclusive resources for diverse populations across Australia.
  • Lead the scoping and writing of resources and guideance documents, drawing together input from other members of the team, and partners from the trials and the sector.
  • Effectively communicate complex research findings that relate to interventions and practical delivery of evidence-based resources under the National Suicide Prevention Program
  • Facilitate the implementation of National Suicide Prevention Program priorities by working collaboratively with the LifeSpan high fidelity Research trials and program owners
  • Provide suggestions about how evidence-based interventions might be interpreted and implemented on a national scalePrepare reports, findings and position papers from major team initiatives, such as workshops, webinars and conferences.
  • Contribute the evidence-base and expert knowledge to submissions and grant applications that support ongoing delivery of the National Suicide Prevention Program.

Selection Criteria:


  1. Undergraduate Degree in psychology, science or related discipline with Honours or equivalent, with demonstrated experience in designing and delivering a program of research and the development of a thesis
  2. A minimum of three years post-University experience working on a project or program that focuses on the practical application of research ideally within a public or mental health setting
  3. Demonstrated capacity to rapidly review and synthesize research literature and other academic material
  4. Demonstrated experience of synthesizing material from a diverse range of sources- such as academic, government, consultation outcomes with stakeholders- to form policy statements or position papers
  5. Demonstrated capacity to work collaboratively, especially where there are complex concepts and principles to be expressed for a broader audience
  6. Strong interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to positively influence outcomes, develop and maintain productive working relationships
  7. Ability to demonstrate values of respect and compassion in workplace behaviour


  1. Experience in the Not-for-Profit sector, or with Primary Health Networks
  2. Experience in suicide prevention research or program delivery
  3. Understanding and experience in implementation science

A full Position Description is attached below.

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