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Health Vacancy N.N. 10744026
National Health and Medical Research Council Closing date: Thursday, 28 February 2019
Job Title: Executive Director
Branch: Research Quality and Priorities
Job Type: Ongoing, Full-time
Location: Acton - ACT
Classification: Senior Executive Service Band 1
Agency Employment Act: PS Act 1999

Job Description


To be a strong contender for this important and challenging role you will need to be forward thinking, self-motivated, resilient and adept at building relationships across the public service, health and medical research sector, academia, and Minister’s offices. Your strong leadership credentials and ability to engender trust and respect will be complemented by sound judgement, a strong focus on results, as well as the ability to solve complex issues and build organisational capability.

The Executive Director, Research Quality and Priorities Branch reports to the General Manager and is part of the Senior Leadership Team. This Branch plays a pivotal role in NHMRC and assists the Chief Executive Officer in her responsibilities under the National Health and Medical Research Council Act 1992, and in the administration of the Research Involving Human Embryos Act 2002 and the Prohibition of Human Cloning for Reproduction Act 2002.

The Branch delivers a range of key strategic documents, such as NHMRC’s International Engagement Strategy, the Portfolio Budget Statements and Corporate and Business Plans. The Branch manages a range of internal governance activities and delivery of secretariat support to Council, all NHMRC Principal Committees, and a range of s39 working committees.

Experience in the health and medical research sector would position you well for this role.


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About National Health and Medical Research Council 

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funds high quality health and medical research, builds research capability, supports the translation of health and medical research into better health outcomes and promotes the highest standards of ethics and integrity in health and medical research.

NHMRC encourages research investment across the four pillars of health research – biomedical, clinical, public health and health services, and funds both individuals and teams of the highest quality. It supports diversity of research and researchers across disciplines and sectors and fosters the career development of health and medical researchers.

NHMRC supports the pursuit of an Australian health system that is research-led, evidence-based, efficient and sustainable. It drives the translation of health and medical research into clinical practice, policy and health systems and encourages the effective commercialisation of research discoveries. NHMRC also maintains a strong integrity framework for research and guideline development, underpinning rigorous and ethical research and relevant and accurate guidelines, and promoting community trust.

As well as supporting research in health related basic science, NHMRC is responsive to national health priorities, to researchers, to consumer needs and community perspectives and to the requirements and directions of government. NHMRC also works closely with the Department of Health to support delivery of Medical Research Future Fund measures.

To Apply

Selection Documentation:
Position Contact: Clare McLaughlin, 0262179349
Agency Recruitment Site:
Applicants to vacancies notified in all formats of the electronic Public Service Gazette should be aware that;
.  the names of successful applicants may also be notified in all formats of the electronic Public Service Gazette
.  applicants found suitable may be offered similar employment opportunities by other Australian Public Service agencies
This notice is part of the electronic Public Service Gazette PS06-Thu - 07 Feb 2019 Published by Australian Public Service Commission.
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