Research Support Officer (Consumer Engagement)

Adelaide, Australia
11 Jan 2021
End of advertisement period
27 Jan 2021
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Education
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time

About Flinders

Our bold vision, captured in our Strategic Plan: making a Difference: The 2025 Agenda, is to be internationally recognised as a world leader in research, an innovator in contemporary education, and the source of Australia’s most enterprising graduates.

To realise this ambition, we recently made a significant organisation change to a six College structure with a professional staff and services alignment.

We recognise the key to our success is exceptional people and we’re seeking an outstanding individual to join the team of our transformed university.

Employment Type:

Fixed Term (Fixed Term)

Position Summary

Fixed-term, part-time (0.6 FTE) available for 3 years

Compensation Grade:
Higher Education Officer Level 6

Salary Range:
$79,938 - $85,231 pa (FTE)

Organisational Unit:
Research Development and Support (RDS)

Reporting to:
Manager, Flinders Health and Medical Research Institute (FHMRI)

Flinders Health and Medical Research Institute (FHMRI) aims to develop a robust, sustainable and engaged consumer engagement program for research across FHMRI that demonstrably improves research outcomes (better quality publications, funding and impact) and community involvement in our research and education.

Under general to broad direction, the Research Support Officer (Consumer Engagement) will provide administrative and project management support to build active consumer engagement capability in FHMRI.

Working as a member of the RDS team the Research Support Officer (Consumer Engagement) will work with the FHMRI Consumer Advisory Board, FHMRI Leadership and Senior Research Support Officers to design, develop, implement and evaluate consumer partnering and engagement across FHMRI research programs.

Key Position Responsibilities

The Research Support Officer is accountable for:

  • Supporting consumer relationships at the FHMRI and researcher/research group level, including developing and maintaining a consumer interest register.
  • Coordinating recruitment and training of consumers.
  • Coordinating researcher training in consumer engagement.
  • Providing advice and support to researchers for existing and new consumer and community involvement activities.
  • Providing administrative support to the Consumer Advisory Board.
  • Conducting audits and evaluations of consumer and community involvement in FHMRI and assist with the data analysis and compilation and dissemination of reports.
  • Coordinating the organisation of community events and training workshops.
  • Any other responsibilities in line with the level of the position as assigned by the Supervisor and/or the University.

Key Position Capabilities

  • An undergraduate degree or equivalent qualifications; or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education and/or training.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills, including the capacity to develop positive and effective relationships with people at all levels, both internal and external.
  • Demonstrated high level project management, organisational and administrative skills including the ability to use initiative and work independently to manage conflicting priorities and coordinate multiple tasks.
  • Well-developed verbal and written communication skills including the ability to liaise effectively with a diverse range of people both internal and external to the University.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the research environment in Australian higher education relating to research, research training and research quality.
  • Experience with health consumer engagement is desirable.

For application enquiries please contact: Dr Rebecca Keough

Pursuant to Child Safety (Prohibited Persons) Act 2016 (SA) this position has been deemed prescribed. It is an inherent requirement of the position that the successful candidate maintains current Working With Children Check which is satisfactory to the University.

Information for Applicants: You are required to provide a suitability statement of no more than three pages, addressing the key capabilities of the position as outlined above. In addition, you are required to upload your CV.

A valid National Police Certificate which is satisfactory to the University will also be required before the successful applicant can commence in this position.

We are seeking to increase the diversity to improve equal opportunity outcomes for employees, and therefore we encourage female applicants, people with a disability and/or from Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders descent to apply.

Please note, late applications and applications sent via agencies will not be accepted.

Applications Close 11:59pm:

27 Jan 2021