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Research Network Project Officer

Employer: Mental Health Coordinating Council
Work Type/s: Contract, Part Time
Classification/s: Alcohol & Other Drugs, Mental Health & Counselling, Policy & Research, Project Management
Sector/s: Not For Profit (NFP)
Location: Sydney

Job posted on: 03 January, 2019.
Applications close: 28 January, 2019. (Expired)

  • Part Time Project role
  • Based in Lilyfield
  • Contract til June 2019


The Community Mental Health Drug and Alcohol Research Network (CMHDARN), is a partnership project between the Mental Health Coordinating Council (MHCC), the Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies (NADA) and the Mental Health Commission of NSW (MHC), which has developed several cross sector initiatives over the last 10 years. The CMHDARN project is currently funded until 30 June 2019 by the MHC.

MHCC is the Peak body for community managed Mental Health organisations providing a range of psychosocial support services throughout NSW. NADA is the peak body for the community-based alcohol and drug (AoD) sector in NSW.

About the position

Based in our offices at Lilyfield, MHCC seek a Project Officer to continue the work of CMHDARN. The position is part time 22.5 - 30 hours per week and includes maintaining all aspects of the Network and overseeing new activity as needed.

Working with input from NADA and the MHC, while reporting to MHCC the successful applicant will have previous project experience in and be responsible for:

  • Managing and coordinating research network activities such as, the mentoring program, seeding grant rounds, an annual symposium, the CMHDARN website and supporting a Research Ethics Consultation Committee (RECC) etc
  • Establishing and fostering positive relationships between the community mental health and AoD sectors, consumers and carers and public services, universities and academics etc. to enable cross sectoral collaboration that supports capacity building by fostering community-based research exemplifying best practice through an evidence-based practice approach.
  • Provide administration support for all CMHDARN activities
  • Plan, monitor, review and report on the activities of the Network as required including to the funding body, Operational Working Group, the Advisory Reference Group, RECC and MHCC etc.

We are seeking an individual that is innovative, flexible and adaptable, has excellent oral and written communication skills, the ability to ‘think on their feet’ and to work to deadlines within a dynamic and changing environment. An individual who can work independently, multitask priorities, has exceptional planning and organisational skills, a high level of self-motivation and attention to detail.

We seek an individual that has an understanding and interest in the interface between the mental health and the alcohol and drug sectors; and whilst not expected to conduct research as part of the role, have a strong interest in recovery and trauma-informed best practice approaches as they impact the two sectors in a dynamic reform environment.

If this sounds like you then apply today by sending your resume, and a statement addressing the selection criteria below.


  • Previous experience similar to managing and coordinating network or project activities;
  • Demonstrated experience in establishing and maintaining relationships with various bodies, including research, NGO/community managed sector, Government agencies and public services;
  • Capacity to support MHCC and NADA members to engage with the research network and undertake research through CMHDARN activities;
  • Strong organisation and administration skills and the ability to manage competing priorities;
  • Demonstrated high level communication skills, including the capacity to disseminate information utilising multiple platforms to promote and build the research network;
  • Demonstrated understanding of mechanisms which may support sustainability of the research network;
  • Commitment to promoting evidence- based practice and knowledge translation;
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, monitor, review and report on projects;
  • Write articles for partner newsletters and periodicals;
  • Commitment to building the Network and its profile;
  • Excellent oral, written and IT skills including Microsoft Office (Website experience desirable).

Job benefits and perks

Remuneration packaging includes base full-time equivalent salary of $73.5k - $75k based on experience, plus super guarantee contribution, FBT salary packaging and entertainment benefits under our Public Benevolent Institution status.

Full Job Description is available from our website.

Further information on the work of CMHDARN can be gained from its website.

How to apply for this job

This job ad has now expired, and applications are no longer being accepted.