Deputy Director Strategy

Darwin, Australia
19 Apr 2018
End of advertisement period
21 May 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
  • Develop and implement meaningful strategies to support communityand international research
  • Tropical Darwin based role

Menzies School of Health Research (Menzies)is one of Australia’s leading medical research institutes dedicated to finding enduring solutions to health problems that matter. Menzies’ focus is upon improving the health and wellbeing of people throughout Australia and across the region with particular emphasis upon the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. Affiliated with Charles Darwin University and with research divisions including: Child Health; Centre for Child Development and Education; Global and Tropical Health; and Wellbeing and Preventable Chronic Diseases. Menzies is globally renowned for its research into tropical life-threatening illnesses.

The Deputy Director Strategy, as part of the senior leadership team and working closely with the Director, will be responsible for the setting of overall strategy consistent with Menzies Strategic Plan , Menzies 2021.The role will ensure that Menzies is well positioned to respond to changes in the research and education environment, including areas such as community engagement, funding and competitiveness. The Deputy Director Strategy will facilitate strategic planning and provide leadership and support across initiatives, performing a leading role in strategic partnerships, alliances and business development.Responsibility is assumed for developing supporting governance and management structures, organisational reviews and for driving the key identified strategic initiatives.

This position provides a rare opportunity to perform strategic work in a research and education environment that makes a real and tangible difference. Outstanding conceptual strategic ability and proven capability in strategy framework leadership, with a strong track record of success in developing and implementing strategic initiatives,are the key requirements for this role.Whilst environments of experience can include the research environment, health research,health services and Indigenous community development, we invite applications from those with the appropriate significant senior strategy leadership experience in alternative sectors who are looking to apply their experience where their influence and impact is real and direct. With a relevant tertiary qualification, highly developed business development skills and an autonomous, collaborative style with the ability to lead and influence positively, this role will communicate and collaborate proactively with stakeholders from a variety of educational, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds.

The role provides a great opportunity at this level for flexible work, with work arrangement proposals from half to full time being considered.

For a confidential discussion and to receive further details, please contact Nigel Sanderson at Odgers Berndtson Executive Search, on +61 437 120 140 or email

Application should reach Odgers Berndtson no later than COB Monday 21 May 2018.

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