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Manager, Research Governance

Cancer Council Victoria


  • Play a key role in the Research Governance and Optimal Care team and make an important contribution to cancer research in a leading Not-For-Profit
  • 0.8FTE – 1.0FTE fixed-term position – St Kilda Road, Melbourne
  • Band F

About your environment

Since our establishment in 1936, Cancer Council Victoria has developed an international reputation for our innovative work in cancer research, prevention and support. As an independent, not-for-profit organisation, we play a leading role in reducing the impact of all cancers on all people.

The Strategy and Support Division places people at the centre of everything we do. We work directly with clinicians, researchers, policymakers and people affected by Cancer to reduce inequities and improve outcomes for all Victorians, now and into the future. Our division comprises of Cancer Information and Support Services, Research Governance and Optimal Care (RGOC), Cancer Strategy, the McCabe Centre for Law & Cancer, Marketing and Communications and the Business Management Unit.

The Research Governance and Optimal Care (RGOC) Unit manages the research policies and processes for Cancer Council Victoria. As well as overseeing competitive grant funding for clinical and biomedical research in Victorian hospitals, universities and research institutes and supporting our researchers to access external research funding; the RGOC Unit provides secretariat support to Cancer Council Victoria’s Human Research Ethics Committee and is responsible for the development and distribution of Optimal Care Pathways. The RGOC Unit is also responsible for the collection of state-wide clinical trial data in Victoria (via a program called the Cancer Trials Management Scheme) and provides information about locally occurring clinical trials to the public on the Victorian Cancer Trials Link.

About your opportunity

We are seeking a Manager, Research Governance to join the RGOC unit in a fixed-term 12 month position. Reporting to the Head of RGOC your role is to:

  • Lead the continuous improvement of and oversee the delivery of the extramural research grants program.
  • Manage the Human Research Ethics Committee.
  • Support the Research Integrity Service, including policy and protocol compliance, communications and education.
  • Support Cancer Council research staff with advice, information and coordination for applications, acceptance and compliance processes for external grant bodies, filling the function of Research Administration Officer.
  • Lead the preparation of budgets, research and grant related information.
  • Manage two direct reports, the Research Grants Lead and Program Coordinator.
  • Deputise for the Head RGOC, providing strategic input, corporate knowledge and leadership support to nominated stakeholders and team members as needed.

We are looking for someone with:

  • Relevant tertiary qualification and/or substantial experience in a similar role, preferable in a tertiary, medical/health, or scientific institution.
  • A strong working knowledge of the principles and practices set out in the Australia codes, statutes and regulations relevant to the responsible conduct of research
  • Demonstrated ability to resolve complex issues and the ability to show initiative.
  • Demonstrated leadership ability, adaptability and willingness to take on and learn new skills.
  • Results focused with the ability to manage a broad workload, focus on the big picture and deliver key day-today-tasks.
  • Ability to scope, collect, analyse, interpret and communicate data clearly and confidently.
  • Excellent relationship management skills including the ability to develop positive working relationships with a range of key stakeholders, to work with committees, and to represent Cancer Council at external meetings and functions,
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills, including well-developed writing skills, with a strong attention to detail.

To apply and for more info

To apply for this opportunity, download a Position Description and apply through our website. Ensure that your cover letter addresses the Key Selection Criteria detailed within the Position Description. For more information contact Amy Shelly, Head of Research Governance and Optimal care on (03) 9514 6671 or amy.shelly@cancervic.org.au, using the subject line: Manager, Research Governance enquiry via EthicalJobs.

Cancer Council will only make contact with applicants that are shortlisted for interview. We are also unable to respond to recruitment agency enquiries.

All offers of employment will be made subject to satisfactory completion of employment checks including evidence of right to work in Australia, and a National Police Check.

Cancer Council Victoria is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Cancer Council Victoria is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace, all applicants will be considered for employment regardless of race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability status. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.

Cancer Council Victoria has a strong commitment to the safety, wellbeing and protection of children and youth. We therefore have robust screening procedures for people who are expected to have contact with children in their roles. This will include criminal record check, Working with Children Check and referee checks.

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