Head, AITHM Operations

Townsville, Australia
18 Dec 2017
End of advertisement period
17 Jan 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Position Overview

The Head, Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine (AITHM) Operations provides operational leadership to AITHM, and is responsible for the management of the business and financial development of the Institute and in promoting it at a national and international level. The incumbent actively seeks to develop and generate business opportunities to achieve AITHM purpose of building a world leading tropical health and medical research institute.

The Head, AITHM Operations undertakes a senior leadership role and leads the planning, policy development, finance, reporting requirements, human and physical resources as well as administration and co-ordination of operations over the multi-node organisation. The incumbent liaises with and advises the Director, AITHM on all operational areas of AITHM.

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

Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine

The Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine (AITHM) is building a world leading health and medical research institute, dedicated to solving problems of major importance to tropical Australia, South East Asia, the Pacific and the tropics worldwide, leading to improvements in health outcomes and health service delivery and contributing to growing prosperity in the region.

Organisational Charts

James Cook University

Division of Tropical Health and Medicine

Principal Accountabilities

  1. Lead AITHM planning processes in developing strategic, business and operational plans and Policies which involve developing and supporting relationships with external and internal partners to maximize the goals of AITHM interms of research, research training, link ages and growth.
  2. Generate, stimulate and develop business and financial opportunities within AITHM through International, National and Internal Development and Engagement for funding of projects, consultancies, commercialisation activities, industry partnering, clients for applied research and consultancy, potential or actual funding agencies, philanthropic groups, regional community leaders as well as key JCU stakeholders including the DTHM Deans, the Research Office, and the SDVC office.
  3. Organise and support the AITHM Governance Boards, Scientific Management Committees and Commercialisation Committees.
  4. Actively lead the financial planning and budget management for AITHM including financial monitoring and providing expert financial analysis and advice to the Governance Board. The Head, AITHM Operations will have a financial delegation of $100,000 within the accounts of the AITHM.
  5. Lead and oversee the implementation of policy, budget, planning decisions, performance measurement, assets and buildings, Intellectual Property, information technology and reporting obligations including the production of the Annual Report and develop and maintain effective records management systems.
  6. Establish AITHM’s accounting, financial monitoring, reporting frame work and procedures, liaising with the AITHM personnel and partners regarding funding distributions and reporting obligations to JCU as the administering organisation and to the Queensland Government.
  7. Lead and oversee the marketing and promotion of AITHM including developing and implementing a strategic communications plan for AITHM; production of promotional and outreach materials and the establishment and management of the AITHM website.
  8. Provide effective leadership, management and decision making within the AITHM Operational team to ensure a culture of high performance, customer service, teamwork and innovation.
  9. 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.
  10. Demonstrate a commitment to the University values.
  11. Support the principles of the TropEco program and engage in commitment to 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, AITHM Operations is 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, AITHM Operations is 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, AITHM Operations is 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, business, management or extensive equivalent experience in a senior business development role within a large organization with proven expertise in the management of significant human financial and physical resources.
  2. Demonstrated high level commercial and financial management skills, including the ability to undertake market and business analysis; write funding submissions; construct business cases; undertake risk assessments; and develop reports, including financial, with respect to entrepreneurial opportunities.
  3. Demonstrated excellent interpersonal, communication, and representational skills with demonstrated evidence of having worked with a variety of stakeholders to initiate and establish significant entrepreneurial projects.
  4. Demonstrated leadership ability in a complex and changing environment including proven ability to provide team leadership related to a diverse range of responsibilities and cross-cultural involvements.
  5. Demonstrated experience in strategic and operational planning, building brand recognition and marketing of an organisation including the ability to liaise with external stakeholders.


  1. Demonstrated sound understanding of trends and issues in the higher education sector, particularly with respect to research, within an Australian and global context.
  2. Sound experience in marketing, promotion and media.

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