Director, Office of Medical Education

Brisbane, Australia
23 Jan 2018
End of advertisement period
16 Feb 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Faculty of Medicine

The University of Queensland’s Faculty of Medicine is an internationally recognised provider of world-class education and research. The research-intensive Faculty has a gross budget of almost $300 million, employs approximately 1000 continuing and fixed-term staff (headcount), has a community of more than 4000 non-salaried academic appointees and around 3200 students (headcount).

The Faculty of Medicine is one of Australia’s leading medical degree programs for graduates and school-leavers. Undergraduate and postgraduate programs are available in the disciplines of Medicine, Health Sciences, E-Health, Mental Health, Biomedical Sciences and Public Health.

The Faculty possesses enormous strengths spanning research, teaching, industry engagement and clinical practice in disciplines ranging from the basic sciences, biomedical research and development, to clinical trials and public health. Research projects within the Faculty have already led to discoveries with far-reaching social and economic impacts, including the revolutionary Gardasil (TM) vaccine for cervical cancer (Professor Ian Frazer) and a drug discovery EMA401 (Professor Maree Smith), a first-in-class oral treatment for chronic pain which through Spinafex Pharmaceuticals led to Australia’s largest biotechnology commercialisation deal. Faculty staff include three highly cited authors, one Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS), three Fellows of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA) and 12 Fellows of the Academy of Health and Medical Sciences (AAHMS). The Faculty is a core member of Brisbane Diamantina Health Partners, the Brisbane-wide academic health science system.

Educational offerings in biomedical sciences, medicine and public health are informed and supported by research activity across a range of fundamental and clinical areas of importance including recognised strengths in cancer, skin diseases, brain and mental health, maternal and child health and genomics. Cutting-edge facilities such as the Herston Imaging Research Facility (HIRF), the UQ Centre for Clinical Research (UQCCR), our laboratories in the Translational Research Institute (TRI) and the new Centre for Children’s Health Research (CCHR) enable outstanding research outcomes and sharpen our understanding of cancer, autoimmunity, mental disorders, infectious diseases and neurological disease. Further details are available at

The Office of Medical Education

The Office of Medical Education (OME) provides academic leadership in the delivery of the MD/MBBS program, and more broadly in the field of medical education. The Director of the Office of Medical Education reports directly to the Medical Dean regarding the activities and outcomes of the office. The Office and its staff work to oversee the development, resourcing and implementation of the MD/MBBS curriculum. A key role of the Office is to ensure that all teaching and learning activities within the program, including assessments, are evaluated in a systematic manner, and that suitable improvement strategies are implemented where required. The Office supports the continuing professional development of staff within the teaching and learning domain, and strives to create an environment that supports best pedagogic practices. In doing so, the Office seeks to actively promote expertise in medical education within the Faculty, and the development by staff of capacity in the scholarship of teaching and learning. A key role of the office is to communicate effectively with all stakeholders, including current and potential students, staff, clinicians and the community regarding the status and future directions of the MD/MBBS Program. 

The role

The Director of the Office of Medical Education (OME) leads the implementation and ongoing development of the MD/MBBS Curriculum under the direction of the Medical Dean and the MD/MBBS Program Committee. The Director will oversee assessment and progression decisions for students. The Director will promote a culture of scholarship and learning, oversee the development of faculty staff who contribute to the MD/MBSS Program and engage with a broad range of stakeholders.

The Director also has responsibility for promoting the activities and outputs of the Office to the broader education community locally and nationally, and attracting and developing outstanding academic and professional staff leaders. 

The person

This is an exceptional opportunity for an inspirational medical academic to develop and lead the consistently high quality delivery of the Faculty’s Doctor of Medicine/MBBS program. The role could suit a senior academic with experience in curriculum development, innovation in educational methods and strong organisational and leadership skills.

The University of Queensland values diversity and inclusion. 

Applications are particularly encouraged from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. For further information please contact our Australian Indigenous Employment Coordinator at:  

Applications are also encouraged from women.


This is a full time, fixed term appointment at Academic Level D or E.  The initial appointment will be for a term of five years.  A further appointment may be offered following a review at least one year before the end of the initial term.

An attractive remuneration package will be negotiated with the successful candidate including 17% superannuation.  

Position Description

Download File DirectorOfficeMedicalEducation_Booklet_2018.pdf

Application requirements

Please ensure your application includes the following:

  • Statement addressing each of the selection criteria in the position description.
  • One page covering letter outlining your suitability for the role.
  • Current curriculum vitae/resume which should include;
    • Full name, address, telephone number and email address;
    • Details of education, professional training and qualifications;
    • Employment history, including present position and details of relevant professional, consulting or industry experience;
    • Research interests and list of publications;
    • Research grants awarded and any other relevant information, such as offices held in professional bodies, community services etc.


For a confidential discussion about this position please contact Pam Lubrainschik at Ccentric Executive Search on +61 (02) 8422 5306.

Applications close on 16 February 2018.

Interviews with shortlisted candidates are likely to be held around mid-late April 2018.

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