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  • Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre
24 Sep 2019

Flexible Program Manager Positions

Research Development Portfolio

  • Seeking people with a passion for enabling research and its translation
  • Interesting work and the opportunity to develop breadth of skills to facilitate your career development
  • Market salary and generous salary packaging options available

The Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) is seeking candidates for two to three short-term roles, up to 30 June 2020.  These positions provide the opportunity to work on programs that bring the world-class biomedical cancer research from across the VCCC alliance closer to the clinic and support translation of research-derived evidence into cancer clinical practice.

This is an opportunity for either two full-time or several part-time Program Managers to join our small, close-knit team in developing innovative programs of work that harness the critical mass of cancer expertise across the 10 members of the VCCC alliance through enabling collaboration. We are seeking independent thinkers with significant experience in the health and medical research sector and an in-depth understanding of the human aspects of research and its translation.

Flexible options

We are happy to consider flexible secondment arrangements from within the VCCC alliance to resource these program management roles and encourage you to consider how one of these positions or (key aspects of a position) may suit you or a colleague.  

We have two full-time Program Manager roles available. Each position may be divided between more than one part-time incumbent, dependent skills, experience and availability.  

We will consider one to two days per week, up to full time availability. We are also open to reorganising the responsibilities of the positions to suit interested applicants, for example; we may consider an individual with some experience and a passion for developing their event, contract and/or project management skills and another individual with expertise in translational cancer genomics. 

How the responsibilities of the roles are defined will depend on the skills and availability of the secondee/s and their home employing organisation. 

Focus of the positions

The positions manage key programs of work which are described below. The responsibilities of the roles can be refocussed, dependent on the skills and experience of interested applicants:

Program Manager - Role A 

Primarily work on programs that aim to bring biomedical cancer research closer to the clinic, with a focus on

  • implementation of genomic tests into clinical practice
  • developing systems and processes that support truly personalised cancer medicine
  • co-ordinating pilot implementation science projects in cancer risk assessment chemoprevention and tailored screening

Program Manager - Role B 

Work closely with and support clinician-scientists in key leadership roles (the VCCC Research & Education Leads) with a focus on

  • facilitating implementation of research evidence into clinical practice
  • fostering collaboration
  • enabling professional development of the workforce

Please note: this second position has also been advertised.

Candidate requirements

The ideal candidates will have:

  • the ability to drive work independently while also working collaboratively as part of a small, cross-functional team
  • experience working in complex health environments
  • critical, strategic and creative thinking abilities

Experience in the following would be an advantage, but is not essential:

  • stakeholder relationship management in the research or clinical settings
  • qualitative research and/or evidence synthesis
  • experience in program/project management

What you will gain

These roles may suit individuals from research or healthcare backgrounds from VCCC member organisations who are looking to develop their careers through upskilling in one or more areas:

  • research and contract management
  • event management
  • project management
  • research ethics and governance
  • stakeholder relationship management
  • program evaluation
  • implementation science
  • dissemination and communication

To express your interest

In the first instance, please contact Dr Meredith Layton, Head of Research Development to discuss your interest in these roles no later than COB Wednesday 23 October, 2019.

Position descriptions can be made available but are likely to be reworked to suit part-time arrangements.


With the ongoing objective of enhancing relationships with our alliance members, these positions may be able to be arranged as a secondment from within a VCCC member organisation. Employees within the VCCC alliance are encouraged to contact Christine Morton, Head of People and Culture 03 8559 6135 (M-Wed) or Caroline Bando, Business Partner People and Culture 03 855 98789 to find out about how a secondment may operate.

Equity and inclusion

The Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre values diversity and is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to providing an inclusive work environment, free from all forms of unlawful discrimination, harassment, bullying, vilification and victimisation.