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11 Aug 2021

Head of Quality and Strategic Initiatives

Due to a long-term member of our team relocating out of Victoria, the VCCC Alliance is offering a rare opportunity to join the senior leadership team as Head of Quality and Strategic Initiatives. The position provides a wide range of variety and rich involvement across the organisation and alliance, covering strategic and business development, overseeing consumer involvement and equity initiatives and leadership for program management frameworks and evaluation. 

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Due to a long-term member of our team relocating out of Victoria, the VCCC Alliance is offering a rare opportunity to join the senior leadership team as Head of Quality and Strategic Initiatives. The position provides a wide range of variety and rich involvement across the organisation and alliance, covering strategic and business development, overseeing consumer involvement and equity initiatives and leadership for program management frameworks and evaluation. 

The position is offered on a maximum term basis to 30 June 2024, on a full-time or part-time 0.8FTE basis dependent on the successful applicant’s availability.

Key Areas of Responsibility

The position reports to the Executive Director as a member of the VCCC Alliance senior leadership team, guided by advisory committees and the Board of Directors who represent each of the VCCC Alliance’s 10 member organisations.

The role encompasses five main areas of responsibility:

  • Strategic initiatives: Support the Executive Director, senior leadership team and alliance and external stakeholders in the definition of scope and viability of key strategic initiatives to support the organisation to meet its strategic objectives
    • Lead intensive collaborative approaches to the development of strategic planning, business case development and new strategic initiatives

  • Program management quality: Define, communicate, and oversee the maintenance of quality and standards of project and program development and delivery across the VCCC Alliance, including fit-for-purpose reporting on and evaluation of change outcomes that are a direct (or indirect) result of program activities
    • Lead the development, implementation, and continuous improvement of project management systems, processes and practices to support optimal program delivery

  • Evaluation: Oversee and support the coordination of strategically aligned evaluation processes to measure the change we predict will occur over time because of program activities and to assess the work required to collect relevant data that links program activities to improved patient outcomes
    • Manage the development and implementation of the VCCC Alliance evaluation and benefit management framework to meet stakeholder requirements

  • Consumer engagement and health equity: Work to embed best practice principles of consumer engagement/involvement and health equity in everything the VCCC Alliance does
    • Oversee the ongoing development and implementation of the VCCC Consumer Engagement Action Plan, in collaboration with the Cancer Consumer Advisory Committee
    • Oversee the development and implementation of the Health Equity Program to build capability and capacity across the VCCC Alliance and beyond to improve equity in cancer outcomes

  • Leadership: Work collaboratively and strategically with the VCCC Senior Leadership Team and broader Leadership Team, generally supporting and contributing to the daily operations of the VCCC Alliance
    • Provide team leadership, coaching and guidance for members of the Quality and Strategic Initiatives team, working cross-functionally with other teams in the realisation of strategic objectives.

The role also co-heads the collective impact portfolio, working in close collaboration with the Head of Communications and Community. Collective impact is a disciplined, multi-dimensional approach to solving complex social, health and environmental issues on a large scale. The Head of Quality and Strategic Initiatives co-leads the collective impact portfolio to steward the collective impact framework and support understanding that will assist implementation across the organisation.

About You:

You will be a strategic and thoughtful leader, who encourages cross-functional communication and collaboration as a means to achieving the best outcomes.  You will be a proactive, autonomous and highly motivated professional, with a track record of successful, multi-party stakeholder management. You will thrive in a busy and complex working environment, excited by the prospect of sustainable change and experienced in managing and communicating new initiatives and processes with team members and stakeholders at all levels including government officials. You will have:

  • Previous experience working in a hospital, not-for-profit, medical research institute, academic medical environment, within a cancer agency or similar relevant organisation
  • Proven senior project and program management experience, including working with and applying project management frameworks and methodologies, such as quality planning, risk management, communications, scheduling, budgeting and evaluation
  • Experience working on large, complex, multi-stream programs, with the ability to step back and help others deliver successfully by removing complexity and unnecessary bureaucracy
  • Experience pursuing, scoping, developing presenting business cases, grant applications and other funding strategies
  • Experience managing collaborative relationships with a wide range of stakeholders including: senior academics; clinicians and researchers; consumers; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples/representatives; people from culturally and linguistically diverse groups; senior stakeholders in industry, government and philanthropy
  • Experience working with and presenting to government ministers and departments
  • Experience in overseeing the development of effective program evaluation frameworks and benefits reporting.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with highly professional report-writing ability
  • Tertiary qualification scientific/health discipline or a clinical qualification, preferably a relevant postgraduate qualification, or significant senior strategic management experience in a health setting.
About the VCCC Alliance

The vision for the VCCC Alliance 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 structured 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 Alliance’s multi-site, multidisciplinary 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.

Equity & Inclusion

The VCCC Alliance 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.

Secondment Option

With the ongoing objective of enhancing relationships with our alliance members, this position may be able to be arranged as a secondment from within a VCCC Alliance member organisation. Employees within the alliance are encouraged to contact Christine Morton, Head of People and Culture, on 0411 955 215 or email Christine.morton@unimelb.edu.au to discuss how a secondment opportunity may operate. 

To Apply

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

Please make your submission via SEEK no later than COB Monday 6 September 2021.