Senior Manager - Information & Translation

Job No: RDN528
Location: Newcastle or Sydney

Senior Manager – Information and Translation

This newly created position will lead the enhancement of the NSW Rural Doctors Network’s (RDN) commitment to evidence-based practice and enhance RDN’s data, information, research and knowledge translation to practice capabilities.

Reporting to the General Manager, the position will provide effective and sustained knowledge development and thought leadership to the organisation as well as manage data collation, interpretation and dissemination to inform RDN strategy and practice.   

About the NSW Rural Doctors Network:

RDN is a non-government, not for profit organisation that aims to ensure that the highest possible standard of healthcare is provided to rural and remote communities through the provision of programs to attract, recruit and retain a highly skilled medical, nursing and allied health workforce in remote and rural NSW.

RDN is a values-based equal opportunity employer. We actively promote the employment of people with disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and other diversity groups. Our values act as guide for our behaviours and engagement with colleagues, partner organisations and communities.

Key responsibilities of the position include:  

  • Leading RDN’s evidence gathering processes and developing systems to transform data into information, information into knowledge, and knowledge into value.
  • Lead the implementation and enhancement of RDN’s industry surveys.
  • Lead and development RDN’s strategic involvement in targeted rural primary research.
  • Develop and foster evidence-based practices within RDN and partner organisations.
  • Develop, support and track quality improvement and evaluation mechanisms across RDN programs and services.
  • Oversee the maintenance and development of RDN’s IM operations and the Core Module system.
  • Develop and implement initiatives, relationships and practices which effectively embed and sustain knowledge management and translation within RDN’s long-term strategy and operations.
  • Leading RDN’s University, academic and other relevant industry institution partnerships.
  • Ensuring effective internal relationships and impact

Skills and Experience

To be successful you will require:

  • Postgraduate qualifications and a minimum 5-years’ experience working in a similar role or extensive experience leading a complex multi-partner research/quality improvement project.
  • A comprehensive knowledge of Australia’s health and medical research system, including research funding and policy setting mechanisms
  • A strong network of key national and international researchers and research organisations
  • A commitment to Aboriginal Health and demonstrated understanding of cultural awareness and safety
  • Demonstrated ability to analyse, translate research and practice-based evidence, including experience with dissemination and education processes to impact utilisation of new knowledge
  • Experience in performance measurement and improvement, using various types of data (e.g, administrative, survey, etc).
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with health professionals, people living in rural and remote communities and Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • Outstanding writing skills, and the ability to produce high-quality position papers, research summaries, submissions to Government and other key stakeholders
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and inspire small teams to work effectively and productively
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully lead, organize and deliver projects
  • A current driver’s license and an ability to travel

It would also be desirable to have:

  • A PhD or equivalent in Public Health, Clinical Science, Health Science, Health Policy, Epidemiology, Social Science and/or Communications.
  • Experience supporting clinical practice in a primary care setting (e.g. knowledge synthesis, translation and exchange; determinants of health and health equity; change management and communications).
  • Relevant experience in a management role in a not for profit environment.

Benefits and Culture

RDN offers a friendly culture with a range of generous employment conditions, such as a 35 hour working week, on site car parking (subject to availability) shut down between Christmas and New Year without debiting of annual leave, salary packaging options, approved study leave and the opportunity to apply for Performance Growth and Development Grants.

A copy of the position description is available here

To apply:

 Applicants must address the selection criteria as outlined in the application form and attach a copy of their resume in either word or PDF format.

 Applications will be accepted until 11:30pm Sunday 9 July 2017

 For further information or a confidential discussion, please call Dave Karlson on Ph: (02) 4924 8000


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