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Program Lead - Capacity Development

Posted date: 24 / 01 / 2023

Important information

  • Reference SAHMRI567
  • Employment type FTC - Full-time Contract
  • Location SAHMRI North Terrace
  • Applications close Wednesday, 15 Feb 2023
  • Contact Kim.Morey@sahmri.com
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Full-Time, 12 Month Contract

If you are passionate about building the next generation of Aboriginal researchers in SA and nationally join our dynamic team in this innovative lead role

At the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), we are committed to achieving innovative, ground-breaking health and medical research that fundamentally improves the quality of life for all people.

SAHMRI is located on the lands of the Kaurna people who are the traditional custodians of Adelaide and the greater Adelaide region. SAHMRI works with traditional custodians across South Australia, Australia, and globally. This role is required to collaborate with all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living on the lands of all traditional custodians across South Australia, Australia and potentially globally.

Wardliparingga Aboriginal Health Equity Theme is the nation’s leading research unit focused on reducing inequity in health and wellbeing among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia.

The Capacity Development Program within the Wardliparingga Aboriginal Health Equity Theme was established in September 2019. The Program strengthens capacity through various initiatives including pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, researchers, and practitioners and capacity strengthening activities, partnership building and research dissemination for all researchers engaged in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research.

The Program is expected to grow a reputation of excellence and become a globally recognised provider of Indigenous health research training and development for academics, research professionals and clinical personnel.

About the role

Key responsibilities include:

  • Development, implementation and ongoing coordination/management of the Capacity Development Program.
  • Ensure capacity development activities delivered by the Program are evidence-based, culturally respectful, and sensitive to the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers.
  • Support and work in partnership with SAHMRI People and Cultures to implement the SAHMRI Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Workforce Strategy
  • Design, deliver and evaluate capacity development activities, adopting meaningful metrics to measure outcomes.
  • Coordinate and appropriately document all student, intern and volunteer placements within the Theme.
  • Drive high quality communication, across a range of mediums, to grow local, national and international strategic relationships with relevant stakeholders to advance the Program’s objectives.
  • Effectively navigate University Higher Degree by Research programs, supporting growth in Higher Degree Research enrolments among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students though strengthening of entry pathways and support networks.

About You

The successful candidate will possess the following key attributes:

  • Post-graduate degree/PhD or demonstrated work experience in Education, Social Sciences, Public Health or other relevant discipline.
  • Experience developing, managing and or coordinating professional capacity development initiatives in a health care or tertiary setting.
  • Demonstrated experience in leading the design and implementation of initiatives with a focus on Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students, workforce or academic researchers.
  • Strong understanding of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander health research, or health care delivery environment.
  • Strong understanding of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander culture and principles of strengths-based development.
  • Knowledge of capacity development theories and methodologies, with additional knowledge or experience in training or curriculum development, mapping activities with learning outcomes, being highly regarded.
  • Demonstrated ability to translate high-level ideas into action with tangible outcomes.

Special Requirements

  • Some out of hours work may be required.
  • DCSI Working with Children Check, Vulnerable Persons Related Employment Screening and National Police Clearance will be required.
  • SAHMRI considers that being Aboriginal or a Torres Strait Islander is a genuine occupational requirement for this position under sub-s 56(2) of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 (SA). To be eligible to apply for this position, applicants must identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and proof of Aboriginality will be required.


Everything we do is underpinned by our core values and our institute is dedicated to grow a culture that pursues, enables and demands research excellence. We are proud of the work we do and work hard as a team to make a positive difference to the community.  Our values of excellence, innovation, courage, integrity and teamwork are what help us achieve our goals. If these are also your values and goals, apply today.

As a not-for-profit organisation, SAHMRI employees can access salary packaging options up to $15,900. Salary packaging lets you pay for things like the everyday costs of living with money from your salary before tax. This reduces your taxable income, meaning you could pay less tax and take home more of what you earn. For more information on salary packaging please see the Maxxia website.


For a copy of the position description, please click here.

For more information, please contact Kim Morey at Kim.Morey@sahmri.com


Applications close: 11:29pm ACDT Wednesday 15 February 2023


SAHMRI is a member of the Athena SWAN Science in Australia Gender Equity program. We have been awarded Bronze status for our commitment to advancing the careers of women, trans and gender diverse individuals in STEMM.

Applications close Wednesday, 15 Feb 2023

Contact Kim.Morey@sahmri.com

Apply now

Equity & Diversity at SAHMRI

At SAHMRI, we live our commitment to equity and diversity every day: respecting people as individuals and valuing differences to create a working environment that is fair and flexible, promotes personal and professional growth and benefits from the capabilities of a diverse workforce.

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