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Area Managers x2 - Generation Victoria - Geelong / Shepparton

Murdoch Childrens Research Institute
  • Position Reference: 31038

Who Are We?

At MCRI we share a powerful vision; to re-imagine the future of child health. We are the home to many life-changing scientific discoveries. We believe that no question is too impossible to try and answer. We are renowned for our cutting edge focus on early interventions, improved diagnosis, prevention and development of potential cures. Our success is founded on a philosophy of collaboration through a multi-disciplinary approach to solving the toughest questions in child health. MCRI is a proud member of the Australian Network on Disability. We are committed to creating a positive working environment which values all backgrounds and experiences. We strive to foster an inclusive culture that is underpinned by equal opportunity for all and a culture based on respect, consideration and dignity.

About Generation Victoria (GenV)

GenV is a world-first initiative aiming to transform the whole of the State of Victoria into a single dynamic solutions platform, breaking down barriers in research to solve pressing questions and translating that into tangible actions that can improve the health, development and well-being of children and their parents. One of the world’s largest birth cohorts, GenV will be open to all 160,000 babies born in Victoria over two full years. Its design comprises consent; use of existing data and biosamples; augmented with GenV-specific measurement; and a design to maximise its multi-use potential e.g., to support trials, registries, place and community, discovery and health services research at the population level. See: www.mcri.edu.au/genv. GenV is led from the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and is supported by the Paul Ramsay Foundation the Victorian Government, the Royal Children’s Hospital, and the University of Melbourne.

The Opportunity

The GenV Area Manager is responsible for ensuring high-quality operation of GenV at the site(s) they oversee, under guidance from the Senior Area Manager and working with the GenV Head Office team. This is one of 21 positions that jointly spans all Victorian birthing hospitals. The role of the Area Manager is to work independently in managing a team of GenV Recruiters, while bringing their individual skills and extensive experience to contribute and achieve the recruitment of a Victorian Generation Cohort for future research. They are the direct line manager to the GenV Recruiters at the site(s) for which they are responsible. The Area Manager also plays a key role in leading specific site-related activities, stakeholder engagement and ongoing evaluation and quality assurance of GenV recruitment. They will implement and support the ongoing Gen V program to meet our aim of recruiting all Victorian families born in a 2-year time frame. The Area Manager will oversee the day-to-day activities at more than one site, usually in similar geographic locations.

Please note there is a requirement to seek not one but two Area Managers within this advert; one will be based in Geelong and the other will work across the Hume region based in Shepparton. For both roles, we would consider someone on a Part Time or Full Time basis.

Your responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Acting as an ambassador and role model for GenV.
  • Organising or providing recruitment coverage where necessary.
  • Organising and overseeing on-going training and development of their team.
  • Establishing, motivating and developing a team, identifying individual needs and providing performance feedback.
  • Ensuring appropriate response and support to the team as required.
  • Providing guidance, and performance feedback to the team, including conducting annual staff competencies and Performance Development and Planning (PDAP) reviews.
  • Be responsible for recruitment, training and retention of GenV Recruiters (project assistants).
  • Organising and leading regular team meetings.
  • Ensuring that recruitment meets targets, and performance manage site(s) to achieve this – e.g. identify recruitment and quality issues, data collection and subsequent monitoring, review and audit.
  • Supporting and implementing change initiatives as directed by GenV.
  • Responsibility for ensuring GenV Recruiters will work with an awareness of optimising their performance in relation to project indicators including the rate of capture (proportion of babies born whose parents are approached) and recruitment rate (proportion of families joining GenV).
  • Responsibility for operational activities such as rostering, leave management purchasing and supplies.
  • Compiling reports for GenV Head Office and Senior Area Manager, as requested.
  • Implementing quality initiatives and monitor recruitment processes.

Selection Criteria


  • Degree in relevant field (eg Public Health, Nursing, Midwifery, Allied Health, Clinical or Population Research or Management).
  • Minimum of five years’ experience in people management.
  • Proven capacity to lead, manage and mentor a diverse and dispersed team in order to foster a positive team culture.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain working relationships with key internal and external stakeholders, particularly heads of departments, administrative and clinical staff, succeeding through collaboration and networking.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and professional demeanour.
  • Able to work independently and as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Able to support and assist others towards accomplishing goals and tasks.
  • Ability to work in alignment with organisational policy and procedures.
  • Ability to prioritise workload and manage competing demands.
  • Intermediate computer and data entry skills.
  • Ability to organise rotating 7-day per week staff rosters.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills.
  • Respectful of the needs of children and families, visitors and other staff and maintain a professional approach to all interactions.
  • Experience within the maternity or paediatric environment, preferably with infants.
  • Experience in performance management and conflict resolution.
  • Proven capacity for leadership in a team environment and ability to work well as a senior team member.
  • Capacity to constructively work with diverse cultural groups.
  • Experience with staff recruitment and training.
  • Experience with database use and oversight/administration.


  • An interest in young children and their families, preferably demonstrated through employment and/or choice of research topics.
  • Experience within the maternity clinical environment.
  • Experience in implementing a new service, research project or change management program within the clinical environment.

What's in it for you

  • 2 x 12 - Month Contracts (Possible Extension).
  • Full Time or Part Time Considered (30.4-38 hours per week).
  • Attractive Salary $88,796- $93,287 per annum (pro rata if Part Time) + Super (with Salary Packaging).
  • Flexible Working Options also available for the right candidate.
  • Ongoing Career Development and Training.
  • Paid Parental Leave Scheme.
  • Health and Wellbeing Program and an Employee Assistance Program.

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For a full list of responsibilities and the key selection criteria download the position description attached below.

Only applicants who address the key selection criteria will be considered. In one document place your cover letter, key selection criteria, and resume.

Applications will only be considered when submitted via the MCRI website.

For specific questions not answered in the PD, please contact Brigid Regan via brigid.regan@mcri.edu.au using the subject line: Area Managers x2 - Generation Victoria - Geelong / Shepparton enquiry via EthicalJobs.

Click "Apply Now" to visit the MCRI website to proceed with your application.

On occasions where we receive a large number of applications, we may close the advert ahead of the publicised closing date. We would therefore advise that you submit your completed application as soon as possible.

All applicants please be aware that in line with the Victorian Chief Health Officer’s Directions, all MCRI and VCGS workers must have received at least their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccination by no later than 29 October 2021 and be fully vaccinated by no later than 26 November 2021, unless a medical exception applies.

Applicants will be required to provide their Australian Government COVID-19 Digital Immunisation Certificate/s as part of our pre-employment requirements.

We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, all members of the LGBTQI community and people with disability.

Should you require any specific support or adjustments please talk to us and we will be happy to accommodate.

A position description is attached.

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