Position Details
Reference Number 13280
Position Title Head of Research & Innovation
Employment Type Contract Full Time
Division RACS
Location Melbourne
Hours 35.00
Position Summary

Head of Research & Innovation

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS), formed in 1927, is a non-profit organisation leading surgical performance, professionalism and improving patient care in Australia and New Zealand.  With the appointment of a new Executive General Manager for Education early in 2019, RACS is committed to creating a modern, relevant and forward-looking Education portfolio.  We are looking for outstanding leaders to join the Education Leadership Team in this time of positive transformation to meet the future education needs and learning outcomes of its Fellows, Trainees and International Medical Graduates.  For more info visit: www.surgeons.org

The Role (Full time)

Reporting to the Executive General Manager, Education, this important role focuses on providing expert and strategic advice to ensure that all educational programs and resources are relevant, based on sound educational research and meet international best practice standards. With key responsibility for supporting the maintenance of Australian Medical Council accreditation of RACS, this role will also focus on identifying and recommending best practice models of surgical training and assessment. This crucial role will drive innovative research within surgical education training at RACS.  

The role will be offered on a 2 year contract.

As the ideal candidate you will have:

  • A relevant postgraduate qualification with research experience and extensive relevant experience
  • Demonstrated ability to develop context-relevant strategies, especially in relation to new assessment tools and manage plans to meet targets and goals
  • High level analytical and problem-solving skills with research experience and wide knowledge of relevant innovation approaches in medical education and the ability to lead their development, promulgate and implement initiatives to solve them
  • Experience in implementing new teaching and learning initiatives within a medical education context
  • Outstanding people leadership skills with demonstrable experience in managing professionals with experience in building high performing teams in an educational context
  • Demonstrated high level planning and administrative skills including financial management and project management with a proven ability to manage several projects simultaneously, working independently with limited direction
  • Initiative and the ability to work effectively in a team and to contribute to the organisation at a broader level
  • Experience of business modelling and market research would be advantageous


To apply for the role please submit your application by clicking on the “Apply Now’ button and submit a CV and detailed covering letter (in Word or PDF format) addressed to Julian Archer, Executive General Manager, Education specifically addressing the following:

  • How your skills and experience meet the requirements of the role
  • Your top 3 strengths and how these contribute to your success
  • What appeals to you about working at RACS?

Applications close Sunday 28th April 2019. Interviews will commence on receipt of relevant applications so don't delay. 

Enquiries relating to the role requirements can be directed to Julian Archer, Executive General Manager Education on +61 (0)3 9249 1291. General enquiries can be directed to careers@surgeons.org however; applications emailed to this address will not be accepted.

RACS promotes diversity - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are encouraged to apply.

Selection Criteria Essential: Please confirm your total salary package expectations (including superannuation).
Essential: Please indicate when you would be available to commence the role.
Contact Person Julian Archer
Contact Number 0392491291
Closing Date 28/04/2019
Position Description
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