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Research Manager

The Westerman Jilya Institute


Perth, Western Australia (flexible if interstate).


  • Full-time, 40 hours per week, six-month probationary period.

Why Jilya:

  • Attractive salary, plus superannuation and salary sacrifice options.
  • Opportunities to collaborate with renowned industry leaders who serve on the Jilya Board.
  • Jilya is currently supporting 55 Indigenous psychology students through the Dr. Tracy Westerman Indigenous Psychology Scholarship program.
  • Founded by Dr. Tracy Westerman AM, one of Australia's top psychologists, Jilya is a leading organisation in Indigenous mental health and suicide prevention research.
  • More than TWO decades of Indigenous mental health and cultural competency data have been donated to Jilya. The organisation is actively engaged in globally significant work that aims to bring about substantial changes in existing systems.
  • Jilya is on the brink of launching a "National Indigenous Psychology Assessment & Treatment Centre."

About Us:

The Westerman Jilya Institute for Indigenous Mental Health Aboriginal Corporation (Jilya) is a not-for-profit organisation that was founded by Dr Tracy Westerman to address the gaps in culturally informed and clinically validated approaches to improve outcomes for Indigenous peoples in Australia across the areas of mental health and suicide prevention, justice, child protection, and education.

About the Role

The Research Manager will be an individual with a substantial track record of peer reviewed publications and research grants. They will be responsible for overseeing the entirety of Jilya’s research arm which is focused on Indigenous mental health, suicide prevention and criminogenic research and evaluation. They will work with the Jilya Board (including Dr Tracy Westerman AM, Dr Leanne Holt,Dr Sam Cooms) and the COO to oversee the advancement of research and evaluation priorities and, associated strategies including the development of funding and partnership opportunities.

The expansion of Jilya’s research also includes supervising and supporting a caseload of Jilya psychology students at honours, masters and PhD levels in partnership with our scholarships manager and other Jilya staff.

The successful candidate will ideally have a PhD or be a tenured academic in psychology or a relevant health or mental health discipline and have a strong understanding of Indigenous suicide prevention, mental health and well-being. Additionally, experience in managing relationships within the Aboriginal community controlled, non-profit, government and non-government sectors is required.

Selection Criteria

To be considered for this role, you will need to demonstrate the following essential criteria on your cover letter:

  • Psychology Degree at Masters level minimum.
  • High level research leadership at a national and preferably international level including a track record of data driven peer reviewed publications.
  • High level quantitative research skills including the use of inferential statistics, psychometric analysis, multivariate statistics. Candidate must have strong skills in the use of statistical software packages, preferably SPSS, EndNote, Excel and Word for managing descriptive and other statistics.
  • Experience and skill in working with a Board of Directors and a demonstrated understanding of the operations of a not-for-profit organisation.
  • Strong understanding of university systems and ability to identify research grant partnership opportunities.
  • Solid organisational abilities, including planning, delegating, program development and task facilitation.
  • Ability to effectively recruit and manage research staff.
  • Be capable of supervising, supporting and mentoring psychology students at undergraduate,
  • masters and PhD level.
  • Strong understanding of mental health, suicide prevention and wellbeing research specific to Aboriginal people.
  • Ability to navigate the complex interfaces with ACCHOs and communities and complex research.
  • Demonstrated levels of cultural competence.
  • Values and attributes that align with the vision and goals of the organisation.

Prior to appointment, the successful candidate will require the following:

  • Registration as a psychologist with AHPRA with preference for Masters, PhD level.
  • Current C or A class driver’s license.
  • Working with Children Check.
  • National Police Clearance.
  • Be able to travel as required.
  • Be available to work outside standard business hours when required.

To submit your application, click Apply now.

For a full position description, please see the careers page, or view the attachment below.

For a private discussion regarding the position, please get in touch with Merinda Dickson, Chief Operating Officer, at [email protected], using the subject line: Research Manager enquiry via EthicalJobs, or call (08) 6244 3399.

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