Head, Generalist Medical Training Operations

Townsville, Queensland, Australia
19 Sep 2016
End of advertisement period
19 Oct 2016
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Position Overview

The Head, Generalist Medical Training(GMT)Operationsprovides operational leadership to GMT, and is responsible for the management of the business and financial sustainability of the Program.

The incumbentundertakes a senior leadership role and leads the planning, policy development, finance, reporting requirements, human and physical resources and administration and co-ordination of operations over the multi-node program. The incumbentliaises with and advises the Director, GMTon all operational areas of GMT.

Division of Tropical Health and Medicine

The Division of Tropical Health and Medicine encompasses human and animal health professional areas and related biomedical science disciplines. The Division has a particular focus on the health of rural, remote and Indigenous Australian communities and tropical medicine.The Colleges of the Division include:

  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Healthcare Sciences
  • Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences

College of Medicine and Dentistry

As part of the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine the College of Medicine and Dentistry promotes, fosters, supports and administers quality teaching and research at JCU in the areas of Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmacy, with a focus on the needs of rural, remote and underserved communities, tropical medicine and the health of Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders. Working in a collaborative leadership model with the Office of the Division, the other Colleges and the Mount Isa Centre for Rural and Remote Health, the College of Medicine and Dentistry contributes to advancing the strategic agenda and to strengthening partnerships and engagement.

Generalist Medical Training

Generalist Medical Training (GMT) is a unit within James Cook University’s College of Medicine and Dentistry that is contracted by the Australian Government Department of Health to deliver the Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) program in north western Queensland.

The AGPT program is a postgraduate vocational training program for medical graduates who are pursuing a career in the specialty of General Practice. The program provides training towards Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and the Fellowship of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM).

Organisational Charts

James Cook University

Division of Tropical Health and Medicine

Principal Accountabilities

  1. Actively lead GMT strategic planning and in conjunction with the Director GMT, manage the GMT program on a day to day basis, including development and implementation of policy, provision of high level advice and support to medical education and administration staff and management of training nodes and training post sites.
  2. Provide overall management of financial, human and physical resources of the GMT program, including: establishment and accountability for the program budget; ensuring sustainable utilisation of program resources and infrastructure; overseeing management of staffing matters and employment life cycles; and management of space and property requirements and allocations.
  3. In conjunction with the Director GMT, develop and maintain strategic relationships with external stakeholders including funding bodies; educational partners and Colleges; professional, accreditation and industry bodies; to ensure College, Government and community expectations are met. In conjunction with the Director GMT, negotiate and manage funding agreements and contracts, pursuing opportunities for additional income, ensuring funding conditions are met including reporting, invoicing and service delivery.
  4. Manage the provision of administrative support services to the GMT program medical education staff and clinical supervisors across all nodes and posts, including general administration and travel support, and support for teaching and learning and research.
  5. Provide effective staff leadership, management and decision making, including performance reviews and professional development to ensure a culture of high performance, customer service, teamwork and collaboration across the GMT program.
  6. Actively develop and implement policies and processes that meet the GMT program objectives to be administratively effective and efficient in a distributed model of service delivery and within a framework of continuous improvement.
  7. Support the University's commitment to the principles of reconciliation, which exemplify respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and the valuing of justice and equity for all Australians.
  8. Demonstrate a high level of commitment to the University values and Division attributes.
  9. Support the principles of the TropEco program and drive JCU sustainability goals and objectives.


There are generic responsibilities that apply to all James Cook University staff.  Your specific level descriptor can be found at:

Professional and Technical

Level 10

Generic Accountabilities 

There are generic responsibilities that apply to all James Cook University staff. 

  1. The Head, GMT Operationsis required to observe the lawful and reasonable directions, policies and decisions of the University Council, understand and comply with the Enterprise Agreement, the Statutes and Rules of the University, the policies and decisions of the University Council and other appropriate University authorities, as in force from time to time.
  2. The Head, GMT Operationsis required to demonstrate a personal commitment to ensure personal safety and the safety of others and contribute to the continuous improvement of our WHS performance.  This includes the effective implementation and compliance with James Cook University WHS policies, procedures and safe systems of work, together with all relevant legislation, duties and obligations.  Contribute to the continuous improvement of our WHS performance.
  3. The Head, GMT Operationsis required to exercise proper discretion in all matters affecting the well-being of the University which involve public writing or speaking in accordance with the University’s Code of Conduct

Selection Criteria

Selection and appointments will be assessed against selection criteria.


  1. Postgraduate qualifications in commerce, human or financial management, and extensive relevant experience in operational management at a strategic level or an equivalent combination of experience, education and/or training.
  2. Highly developed communication, negotiation and influencing skills, including evidence of developing and maintaining strong relationships with stakeholders at all levels.
  3. Proven high level leadership and management skills comprising the ability to lead and mentor people and significant expertise in the management of human, financial and physical resources to achieve results consistent with strategic and operational goals.
  4. Demonstrated senior operational management knowledge and experience of operational budgeting, contracting, project and infrastructure management in a regional and/or multi-site environment.
  5. Demonstrated experience in planning, implementing and managing a range of client-centred services to deliver quality education administration and support services.
  6. Demonstrated ability in strategic planning, advice and policy formulation that contributes to the strategy and direction of the program.


  1. Knowledge of medical training and the GP training environment in Australia.