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Senior Manager

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

Job posted on: 12 February, 2019.
Applications close: 26 February, 2019. (Expired)

  • Become part of a team that is devoted to making the world a mentally healthier place
  • Lead the planning, implementation and scale-up of a range of integrated activities underpinning the LifeSpan systems approach to suicide prevention
  • Full-time contract until 31 October 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 Senior Manager leads the successful planning, implementation and scale-up of a range of integrated activities underpinning the LifeSpan systems approach to suicide prevention, essential to the achievement of Black Dog Institute’s strategic and operational goals as a translational research institute.

The position-holder will provide project management expertise and has responsibility for identifying strategic and partnership opportunities, managing relationships with external and internal stakeholders, and leading the development of sustainable business models for effective suicide prevention.

Key responsibilities:

  • Promote Black Dog suicide prevention translational programs and activities through presentations to clients/partners, attendance at networking events, conferences and related events
  • Identify, establish and maintain effective working relationships and facilitate the flow of information with relevant internal stakeholders (Discovery, Innovation, Knowledge Translation, Fundraising and Development, Corporate Services) and key external stakeholders
  • Lead planning and delivery of translational activities arising from the suicide prevention research program to support Black Dog Institute’s strategic and operational plans
  • Lead the development of sustainable business models for the ongoing delivery of translational activities, including programs and services, expert advice and guidance, support and access to tools and resources
  • Initiate and lead a quality assurance and improvement model to enhance the quality, effectiveness and ongoing relevance of translational activities, in order to meet specified targets, quality assurance standards and contract requirements
  • Develop and implement operational and business models for new data initiatives, outlining requirements, infrastructure, resources, policies and procedures and costs
  • Provide all staff with a strong day-to-day leadership presence, underpinned by values, mission and vision
  • Formulate, implement, manage and monitor operational and business plans, budgets and unit procedures for suicide prevention translational activities
  • Prepare program and activity reports for the Board and executive management, any external funding bodies, the Black Dog Institute Annual Report, and other reports as required

Selection Criteria:


  1. Postgraduate qualifications in a relevant discipline
  2. Demonstrated senior experience in the management and implementation of large-scale complex projects to time and within budget, ideally in a health setting
  3. Significant management skills and experience with the ability to influence, motivate and effectively engage direct reports
  4. Significant experience in influencing, engaging and managing a variety of internal and external stakeholders demonstrating excellent consultation, liaison and negotiation skills to produce positive outcomes
  5. Demonstrated experience in planning and facilitating implementation of operational plans and annual budgets, as aligned to broader strategic objectives, and measuring and monitoring progress against targets and deliverables
  6. Proven ability to work flexibly and adapt as necessary to the demands of multiple projects and initiatives
  7. Exceptional written, oral, interpersonal, and presentation skills, and the ability to interface effectively with senior and executive management
  8. Proven ability to work independently and contribute effectively as a team member.
  9. A knowledge of EEO principles and WH&S responsibilities and commitment to attending relevant WH&S training.


  1. Experience in the Not for Profit Sector
  2. Experience in mental health and suicide prevention program delivery
  3. Experience in implementation science and/or knowledge translation

A ful Position Description is attached below.

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