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12 Jan 2021

VCCC Part-time (22 hrs p/w) Leadership Development Program Manager

The Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) alliance is changing the way we tackle cancer in Victoria. Supported by new funding from the Victorian Government, over the next 3.5 years, the alliance will continue its ground-breaking work developing and implementing innovative, system-changing programs aimed to improve outcomes for patients with cancer.

We are currently expanding our team to deliver on this ambitious plan and are now seeking a Leadership Development Program Manager. This part-time opportunity will run through to 31 December 2021.

Part time (22 hrs p/w) Parental leave contract to 31 December 2021  

  • Fabulous blend of program management and educational leadership development in this newly created position
  • Satisfying mix of programs to initiate and grow with both strategic and hands-on work
  • Market salary with generous NFP salary packaging available
About the Position

This is a new role, funded to facilitate the creation of a diverse, equitable and exceptional leadership program within multiple sub programs. The scope of this role is to initiate and manage a new program of work with the primary objective over the next 3.5 years to develop and progress:

  • Development of leadership skills and tailored programs to facilitate further collaboration and cultural change through connecting collaborators: researchers, clinicians and consumers
  • Implement leadership training within the VCCC’s Nurse Led Research Hub, and
  • Establishing the VCCC Leadership Academy.
About You

As the Program Manager, Leadership Development you will play an integral role in the VCCC Cancer Education and Training team. Drawing upon your understanding of the healthcare system and/or cancer care and your proven project management expertise you will enjoy planning, initiating and guiding the development of high quality leadership learning.

You will have outstanding relationship, influencing and communications skills. You will be comfortable and well-practiced in engaging with diverse stakeholders including senior academics, researchers, stakeholders, both existing and new audiences, supporting and guiding collaborative groups and be comfortable with the hands-on organisation this requires, working with a small not for profit team.

You will be adept at initiating new programs, an adaptable and resourceful individual who takes pride in your strong relationship skills to facilitate collaboration and to bring people together to achieve results. You will be comfortable in providing leadership guidance and influencing cultural change and development, navigating complexities when they arise and celebrating successes with your colleagues and stakeholders as you progress.

You will have:

  • Significant project management experience including project management methodologies, quality planning, risk management, communications, scheduling and budgeting.
  • Proven skills in initiating and driving the development of multiple programs of work with highly effective skills in steering group management and building consensus to achieve stronger results together, and  
  • A tertiary degree (preferably a postgraduate qualification) in a relevant discipline such public health, public policy, education or health sciences and/or extensive relevant work experience.


  • Experience in e-learning, educational content development, moderation and facilitation (ideally with prior leadership development experience).
  • Health sector or related area experience, and
  • Experience conducting systematic literature searches, needs analysis and environmental scans.
Key Responsibilities - Parental Leave Contract

This contract role is an exciting opportunity for a skilled and experienced Program Manager who has a strong interest in leadership development to create the foundations and grow a series of high quality leadership programs. The key focuses for this parental leave contract include:

  • Program Management – to initiate and support the Program Steering Group; the creation of high quality educational material for the program; creation of communications material including reports and presentations and program evaluation
  • Providing leadership guidance; facilitate consumer inclusion; identifying leveraged funding opportunities and supporting funding applications, and
  • Working with both internal and external stakeholders to create educational programs, courses, assessment tools; identifying learning needs to inform strategy and managing educational partnerships.

This role may additionally or alternatively be allocated to other programs of work, dependent on business and funding requirements, the individual’s capability and capacity.

About You

To be successful in this role, you will have a tertiary higher degree in nursing, allied health, science, education or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience. You will be a naturally exuberant and positive person who places a high value on education and learning. You will enjoy working with varied stakeholders and will be adept at working collaboratively to get the best results. As an accomplished project manager, you will enjoy working as a member of a flexible and supportive team and you will flourish when provided with the opportunity to think innovatively and deliver pragmatically. You will:

  • Share ideas and welcome alternatives from diverse stakeholders to drive solutions and overcome barriers.
  • Be an organised problem-solver, with excellent prioritisation skills.
  • Have the proven ability to build engagement in a safe and inclusive way.

Ideally you will also have:

  • Previous involvement in cancer-related research projects
  • Experience conducting systematic literature searches and reviewing information to inform relevant projects and courses of action.
  • Experience with project management software and online resource development.
About the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre

The vision for the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) is to save lives through the integration of consumer-engaged cancer research, education and patient care.

Founded in the holistic principles of the internationally-recognised Comprehensive Cancer Centre model, the VCCC alliance brings together 10 of Victoria’s leading research, academic, and clinical institutions to achieve what can only be done through state-wide collaboration. Together we will improve outcomes in cancer in metropolitan, regional and rural Victoria, and forge new approaches to cancer research, education, and patient care for all.

The VCCC’s multi-site, multi-disciplinary model brings together the complementary strengths of Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne Health (including The Royal Melbourne Hospital), the University of Melbourne, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, The Royal Women’s Hospital, The Royal Children’s Hospital, Western Health, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne (including St Vincent's Institute), Austin Health (including the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute and Austin Lifesciences) and Murdoch Children’s Research Institute.

VCCC is made up of a tight-knit team of staff who form the backbone working to facilitate the power of collective impact across the VCCC alliance and beyond. 

Team Values

Better Together – we connect and support to empower sustainable change
Integrity – we are respectful of the cancer community and accountable for our contribution
Bold – we cultivate ideas and dare to innovate
Patient-centred – we place patients with cancer at the centre of all we do
For All – we champion equity of cancer care for every Victorian

Equity & 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. 


With the ongoing objective of enhancing relationships with our alliance partners, this position may be able to be arranged as a secondment within a VCCC partner organisation. Employees within the VCCC alliance are encouraged to contact Caroline Bando, Business Partner, People & Culture via caroline.bando@unimelb.edu.au to explore the possibility of a suitable arrangement.

Contact for Enquiries

For a confidential conversation regarding the role, please contact Kyleigh Smith Associate Head of Education, Kyleigh.smith@unimelb.edu.au

To Apply

Applications should consist of your CV and a covering letter outlining the key reasons for your interest in the role specifically addressing the key selection criteria in the position description.

Please lodge your application via Seek no later than COB Monday 1 March 2021.NB: The closing date may be brought forward if applications meeting the key selection criteria are received in advance of this date.