Health & Aged Care - Program Director - Grattan Institute

Current opportunity:

Health & Aged Care – Program Director

Full-time, Permanent

Melbourne, AU

Posted: 15.11.2021
Applications Closing: 03.12.2021

About the role

The Health & Aged Care Program Director role, based in Melbourne and reporting to the CEO, is an exciting opportunity to lead the Program until 2027 (and potentially beyond) and work alongside some of Australia’s leading public-policy thinkers to influence the direction of Australian policy.

The Health & Aged Care Program has built substantial respect and trust in the Australian policy space. This is your opportunity to take it to the next stage. 

Join a think tank that is making a difference

Grattan Institute is a think tank that researches and advocates policy to improve the lives of all Australians. With independent funding, an eminent Board of Directors, and a dynamic CEO, we are shaping the policy debate on many of the important challenges and opportunities facing Australia.

Grattan’s unique culture provides an opportunity to add significant value. You will be working with a small, curious, driven, and supportive team motivated to make a difference.

What this role will offer you

Grattan Institute will offer you a platform to shape the public debate on Australia’s Health & Aged Care policy. You will define and deliver Grattan Institute’s Health & Aged Care policy research and advocacy. Your publications, effective in shifting public opinion and influencing senior decision-makers, will be based on rigorous analysis and offer insights “that we didn’t know”. The research will cross disciplinary boundaries and focus on “what we should do”.

You will be joining a great group of people who are intellectually curious, love their work, and are passionate about what they do. We foster a work culture where people are valued and appreciated. 

An attractive and flexible executive remuneration package will be offered to secure the right person for this role. In addition, we offer employee benefits, including flexible work, salary packaging, a book club, bike storage, fruit, and a well-stocked kitchen. 

What we are looking for

You will have a key role as a Grattan spokesperson in media and directly with senior decision-makers. You have a deep understanding of policy through your experience in academia, public sector, industry or consulting. You instinctively use rigorous quantitative approaches when appropriate. You are well known in your field for making original contributions that cut through ambiguity and complexity. You present confidently and write well for a general audience. You are an experienced researcher and can direct the research of others.

You are passionate about public policy, enjoy collaboration and public visibility, and are driven to make an important and enduring difference. You embody a contemporary leadership style, and you have well-honed people skills, including managing highly talented individuals. You enjoy working in small teams and relish rigorous debate.  

A passion for improving Australia’s health and aged care systems is essential, and experience in health policy is desirable for this role. 

Our culture

You will be joining a great group of people who are motivated, intellectually curious, and are passionate about what they do. We foster a work culture where people are challenged and stretched, and valued and appreciated. We enjoy each other’s company and come together for lunch on Mondays, coffee walks, table tennis tournaments, board game nights, and book club discussions.

How to apply

If you are a passionate leader looking for an influential role in a meaningful organisation, we want to hear from you. 

We request that all applications be supported by a maximum 800-word opinion piece on the following topic:

Has the Therapeutic Goods Administration has been too risk-averse in its approach to approving new drugs?

Please apply through SEEK and address applications to our Head of People & Development, Natasha Acquistapace. Please submit a cover letter and your resume in PDF format.

For more information or if you have any questions, please contact us on 03 9035 9881

Applications Close: FRIDAY 3 December 2021.