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Program Manager - recruiting now

Position focussed on the integration of cancer research and education with cancer patient care

Full time, maximum term contract to June 2020

  • Join a small team developing an innovative program that supports clinician-researcher leaders to work across multiple cancer care and research organisations in the VCCC alliance.
  • Use your in-depth understanding of and experience in the health and medical research sector to contribute to more rapid translation of cancer research into routine clinical practice through greater collaboration.

About the position

The Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) is an alliance of six public hospitals, two medical research institutes and Australia’s premier university. The VCCC is committed to the ideal of research-led care as the best care for cancer patients. The VCCC Research and Education Lead Program was created as a vehicle to translate this ideal into action. Due to the success of this novel program, the VCCC has a newly-created position available for a creative and energetic Program Manager who will help expand the program across a number of tumour streams.

Reporting to the VCCC Head of Research Development, this new position will provide the opportunity to work with outstanding clinician-researchers (Research and Education Leads) who have a passion to harness the critical mass of talent across the VCCC alliance to work towards optimal integration of cancer research and education into routine patient care. The role therefore requires a combination of outstanding stakeholder management skills, an in-depth understanding of the human aspects of research, education and clinical care, and a passion to develop and support better ways to work together within the health and medical research and healthcare sectors.

As one of three Program Managers working together on the Research and Education Lead Program, you will be a key agent for change, responsible for driving the work of the Research and Education Leads, building networks of expertise and co-developing work that is evidence-based, strategic and agreed across the VCCC alliance and aligned to the Strategic Research Plan 2017-20.

Please see the position description for a complete description of key responsibilities.

What you will bring to the position

  • An understanding of and a passion for health and medical research, preferably cancer research, and a commitment to enabling research-led clinical care
  • The ability to build productive working relationships and engagement that underpin collaboration across organisations
  • Initiative to work without a road-map and confidence to work with senior clinicians and researchers to co-develop novel solutions to complex problems
  • The ability to synthesise and utilise complex information and research to provide evidence for a consensus direction
  • The energy to tackle complex challenges with a focus on the end goal of better outcomes for cancer patients

About the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre

Established in 2009, the vision for the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) is to save lives through the integration of cancer research, education and patient care. Founded in the holistic principles of the internationally-recognised Comprehensive Cancer Centre model, the VCCC is a powerful alliance of 10 leading research and clinical institutions with a shared commitment to working together to advance and accelerate cancer research, treatments, preventions and cures.

The VCCC brings together Australia's best cancer research and treatment institutions: the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne Health, Royal Women's Hospital, Royal Children's Hospital, Austin Health, The University of Melbourne, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, Murdoch Children's Research Institute, Western Health and St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne.

The tenure of this role is linked to VCCC funding of a four-year agreement to mid-2020 with the Department of Health and Human Services. The possibility of further opportunities may be available in the future, dependent on funding and operational requirements.

Equity & Inclusion

The Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre values diversity and is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to providing an inclusive work environment, free from all forms of unlawful discrimination, harassment, bullying, vilification and victimisation.


With the ongoing objective of enhancing relationships with our alliance partners, this position may be able to be arranged as a secondment within a VCCC partner organisation. Employees within the VCCC alliance are encouraged to contact Christine Morton, Head of People & Culture on 03 8559 6135 to discuss the possibility of a suitable arrangement.

To apply

Applications should consist of a CV and a covering letter outlining the key reasons for your interest in the role and specifically addressing the key selection criteria in the position description. Applications that do not address the selection criteria will not be considered.

Please lodge your application via Seek, no later than Monday 23 April, 2018.

(Previous applicants need not re-apply)