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Evaluation Manager

Black Dog Institute
  • Become a part of a team that is devoted to making the world a healthier place.
  • Conduct formative and summative evaluations of Black Dog's mental health programs
  • Full-time 12 month contract

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 Black Dog Institute seeks an experienced program evaluator to conduct formative and summative evaluations of Black Dog’s flagship mental health programs. Under direct supervision of the Evaluation Lead, the Evaluation Manager coordinates and delivers program evaluations within a stream of work. He/she will develop and evaluation frameworks, produce reports for internal and external audiences, liaise with internal and external stakeholders to deliver evaluation activities across the program life cycle.

The Program Evaluation Manager will be embedded in the Suicide Prevention stream and will work with key members of that team to:

  • Design and implement an evaluation framework for eFriend, an innovative new approach to virtual peer support to help people who may be experiencing loneliness, isolation, distress, difficulty coping with the impact of trauma, or struggling with anxiety, depression or thoughts of self-harm.
  • Extending from the above project, evaluate the implementation of eFriend as an adjunct to an existing health service, such as general practice or psychology clinic.
  • Evaluate the implementation and impact of the Lived Experience and Knowledge Translation Framework for the Centre for Research Excellence in Suicide Prevention (CRESP).

This may include working with stakeholders to design and implement evaluation frameworks, collecting and analysing data, preparing and editing reports and manuscripts, and managing ethics forms and other evaluation-related documentation.

Key Duties:

  • Work collaboratively with stakeholders to design evaluation frameworks for Suicide Prevention projects including eFriend and the CRESP Lived Experience/Knowledge Translation Framework
  • Design appropriate data collection protocols to produce high-quality data, including surveys, interviews, focus groups, and utilisation of secondary sources
  • Coordinate implementation of program evaluation protocols as planned, within resourcing, timeline and budget parameters
  • Project manage and negotiate specific aspects of Black Dog program evaluation work
  • Ensure familiarity and currency of knowledge of nationally available datasets that might inform impact and outcome of Black Dog’s work
  • Represent Black Dog on key stakeholder committees and groups concerned with improving mental health outcomes and contribute to relevant committee and governance processes
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships and facilitate the flow of information across Black Dog and with key external stakeholders, promote increased knowledge and understanding of research and evaluation and the use of evidence to inform stakeholders, policy and practice.
  • Consult with internal and external stakeholders to ensure evaluation information meets their needs
  • Negotiate evaluation plans as needed for Suicide Prevention programs, services and activities including articulation of: the purpose and audience of the evaluation; the form of the evaluation; the evaluation questions; and the evaluation methodology
  • Support the development of evaluation protocols, ethics submissions and other relevant approvals related to the study
  • Undertake and/or direct collection and analysis of quantitative and qualitative evaluation data
  • Manage / supervise work of external consultants and other organisations undertaking evaluation of Black Dog activities, as applicable
  • Synthesise and interpret evaluation findings and, working with program implementation staff, and provide recommendations and innovative solutions to inform program improvement, as a result of the evaluation
  • Document and communicate evaluation methods and findings to both internal and external audiences, including preparation of regular reports / articles for publication in peer reviewed journals and papers for conferences / symposia
  • Lead the preparation of tenders and grants for external funding and contribute to those initiated by colleagues
  • Contribute to strategic planning of evaluation and research work, including facilitating stakeholder consultation

About You:

The successful candidate will have the following:

Essential Criteria

  • Postgraduate qualifications in a relevant discipline such as program evaluation, public health, epidemiology or the behavioural sciences
  • Demonstrated experience in the design, implementation, analysis and interpretation of formative and/or summative program evaluations
  • Demonstrated strong analytical skills including familiarity with database programs (e.g. SAS, SPSS, MS Excel, MS Access)
  • Demonstrated experience in qualitative data collection and analysis
  • Ability to contribute to strategic and program-level planning
  • Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team and undertake self-directed work
  • Highly developed interpersonal communication skills, in particular, an ability to negotiate evaluation plans with key stakeholders
  • Strong organisation and project management skills
  • Demonstrated ability to prepare reports using complex data that are suitable for a variety of stakeholders
  • Experience coordinating ethics submissions, grant development and producing tender applications
  • A knowledge of EEO principles and OH&S responsibilities and commitment to attending relevant OH&S training.


  • Experience with or knowledge of developmental evaluation approaches
  • Experience with qualitative analysis software (i.e. NVIVO)
  • Experience with or knowledge of participatory research, co-design principles, or other stakeholder-centred approaches to evaluation
  • Experience in producing published academic documents
  • Experience in the Not for Profit sector

For a full list of duties and selection criteria, please download the position description. Please apply using the online portal (link below) with your resume and cover letter addressing selection criteria outlined in the position description. Candidates who apply via email will not be considered.

Please email recruitment@blackdog.org.au, using the subject line: Evaluation Manager enquiry via EthicalJobs if you have any questions or queries.

The Black Dog Institute is an EEO Employer.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and encouraged to apply.

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