Institute Manager (Caring Futures Institute)

Adelaide, Australia
12 Jan 2021
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03 Feb 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full 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, full-time available for 3 years

Compensation Grade:
Higher Education Officer Level 9

Salary Range:
$113,286 - $121,223 pa

Organisational Unit:
Research Development and Support (RDS)

Reporting to:
Director, Research Development and Support

Under broad direction and in conjunction with the Vice President, Executive Dean of Nursing and Health Sciences and the Director of CFI the Institute Manager will be responsible for the overall operational, financial, professional staff and research management of the Caring Futures Institute (CFI).

Working with the CFI executive team and other stakeholders, the incumbent will be responsible for providing support for the CFI strategic and operational plans. This will include identifying strategic and critical pathways to ensure success in the further development and growth of a leading research institute and to continue building Flinders’ reputation and research profile that will lead towards the achievement of the strategic goals of the University as described in Flinders’ strategic plan, Making a Difference: The 2025 Agenda.

Key to success in the role, will be your capability to provide leadership in supporting all aspects of strategic and operational management of a research institute as well as your ability to proactively engage with people at a range of levels within an organisation and to successfully secure productive and quality research collaborations with industry, government agencies and other key research organisations, both nationally and globally. In addition, the Institute Manager will be required to proactively identify and secure significant and diverse revenue income streams for research within CFI and enable and support all researchers within CFI to build research collaborations and research income by facilitating and supporting opportunities, as well as promoting the capabilities of the CFI to external parties and the wider community.

The incumbent will need to establish valuable relationships both within the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Caring Futures Institute, with other Flinders research institutes and Colleges, and with other researchers across the University to ensure that the core objectives of CFI and key research capabilities and organisational activities related to the sustainable operation of the Institute are achieved.

Key Position Responsibilities

The Institute Manager, is accountable for:

  • In consultation with the CFI Executive, support the development and delivery of the CFI strategic plan, identifying and delivering strategic support initiatives to continue to grow the CFI as a world-class research institute that is able maximise research capacity, activity, intensity, and quality.
  • Operationalisation of the key directives of strategic plan to ensure that the CFI is a sustainable and viable Institute that is able to attract leading researcher’s higher degree research students and collaborators in research.
  • Building productive and strategic relationships with external parties including government representatives and industry partners and other research organisations. Through these relationships, successfully identifying opportunities for research collaboration between the Institute and the parties.
  • Identifying and investigating funding and grant opportunities for the Institute and facilitating the preparation of research proposals and tender applications, ensuring strong working relationships with the DVCR Strategic Partnership team and other members of the Research Development and Support team.
  • Providing primary support to the CFI Executive in coordinating and managing grant applications and internal/external peer review for schemes that may include NHMRC, ARC, MRFF and DVCR internal investment schemes. In addition, developing and managing internal College schemes for pre-seed investment in research.
  • Determining and analysing key quantitative and qualitative research metrics for CFI to enable performance benchmarking against national and international research institutions and to regularly evaluate and monitor the growth in CFI activities and research income.
  • Representing the Institute, including the researchers and the overall research capability, at a range of internal/external events and meetings in order to build the reputation of the Institute, and significant contribute in the generation of new funding opportunities and/or potential partners.
  • Facilitating and participating in meetings for representatives from external organisations to meet with Institute researchers to facilitate research opportunities, grants and proposal development.
  • With the Office of Communication, Marketing and Engagement (OCME), ensuring that the Institute maintains critical promotion of the CFI’s research capability and researcher impact in order to build the reputation of the Institute and to demonstrate the benefits of its research for industry, government and the wider community.
  • Providing day to day management of the Institute operations including management of a team of professional research development and support staff; financial stewardship; research project management; statutory reporting and WH&S
  • Any other responsibilities in line with the level of the role as assigned by the Supervisor and/or the University.

Key Position Capabilities

  • Postgraduate qualifications and relevant experience or an equivalent combination of experience and / or education and / or training.
  • Significant proven experience in research management or a business development role especially in a research field.
  • Ability to lead and manage a small team of professionals to achieve results within a research environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to understand, translate and communicate research undertaken in the Institute to wide audience.
  • High level liaison and negotiation skills, and the ability to work cooperatively with a diverse range of people including academics, research partners from government and industry.
  • Administrative or organisational skills and demonstrated ability to follow through and complete designated tasks at a high level of quality and commitment.
  • Demonstrated ability to facilitate and coordinate the writing of complex research grant applications and attract research grant funding with demonstrated experience in preparing successful grant applications.
  • High level science communication skills in written and oral forms including public speaking.
  • Experience in working as part of a large team and with multiple leaders.
  • Demonstrated high level ability to work at a strategic level in partnership with senior managers including the ability to work with a high level of initiative an decision making.
  • Experience in engaging companies and government organisations; or in engaging Universities while in industry or government organisations.

For application enquiries please contact: Miss Sally Wheldrake

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:

03 Feb 2021

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