14 May, 2024

Program Coordinator

$104,965 - $118,094 yearly
  • Murdoch Children's Research Institute
  • Hybrid (Parkville VIC, Australia)
Full time, Fixed term Project Management

Job Description

Role Type: 2-year full time contract
Salary: $104,965 - $118,094 p.a plus super

Join Our Team as a Program Coordinator in Transgender Health Research!

The opportunity:

Are you passionate about making a difference in the lives of transgender youth? If so, we have an exciting opportunity for you to contribute to groundbreaking research that aims to improve the healthcare and wellbeing of transgender children and adolescents.

As a Program Coordinator, you will play a crucial role in coordinating the research activities of the Australian Research Consortium for Trans Youth and Children (ARCTYC) and the Transgender Health Research Group at MCRI. This includes managing the program of work under the direction of Associate Professor Ken Pang and coordinating communications, research ethics, and research translation activities.

Ideal candidates for this position possess clinical research and project management experience, along with strong people and organisational skills, including the ability to communicate effectively with diverse groups, manage various projects, and adapt to changing demands. Experience in transgender health is valued, while lived experience of gender diversity is desirable.

About your new team

Recent years have seen a significant increase in referrals of young transgender individuals to specialist gender services. The prevalence of young people identifying as transgender is higher than previously thought, highlighting the critical need for optimal clinical care. Unfortunately, many transgender youth face significant mental health challenges due to lack of access to gender-affirming healthcare. Our team at the Royal Children’s Hospital Gender Service (RCHGS) and the Transgender Health Research Group at MCRI are dedicated to addressing this need through pioneering research and clinical care.

What’s in it for you?


  • Opportunity to contribute to groundbreaking research in transgender health
  • Maximise your pay through salary packaging including entertainment and novated leases
  • Enjoy flexible and hybrid working options
  • You will have access to ongoing learning and development opportunities, allowing you to enhance your skills and expertise in clinical research
  • We value our employees, which is why we offer a health and wellbeing program including free access to an Employee Assistance Program


Your responsibilities include:

  • Manage and oversee all aspects of planning, development and establishment for a range of research projects across ARCTYC, to ensure these projects are planned, resourced and implemented to quality standards and within agreed scope and budget
  • Liaise and work cohesively and collaboratively with all internal and external ARCTYC stakeholders
  • Ensure appropriate mechanisms are in place for all ARCTYC projects, including ethics requirements, research and data governance, risk management, reporting, and compliance with funding and contractual obligations
  • Convene, facilitate and lead ARCTYC meetings across its various streams of work to achieve project outcomes
  • Manage competing priorities/deadlines to deliver ARTYC projects in a timely manner


What we need from you:

  • Masters/PhD qualification in relevant field (e.g. Public Health, Mental Health)
  • Extensive experience in project management – including project planning, monitoring and  evaluation - and bringing a project to fruition within budget and within the agreed time frame
  • Proven experience in navigating and negotiating with multiple organisations and professional groups within a project management framework
  • Demonstrated experience and ability to lead and mentor employees in order to deliver project outcomes
  • Experience in transgender health is high regarded
  • Lived experience of gender diversity is desirable



For more information regarding responsibilities and requirements please refer to the to the position description. Any specific questions related to this position should be directed to Ken Pang at ken.pang@mcri.edu.au.


Who we are

Murdoch Children’s Research Institute envisions a transformative future for child health. Our institute is a hub of impactful scientific breakthroughs, particularly in early interventions, enhanced diagnosis, prevention, and potential cures. We thrive on collaborative, multidisciplinary problem-solving to address challenging queries in child health. Committed to inclusivity and respect, we foster a positive working environment that values diverse backgrounds and experiences. As a proud member of the Australian Network on Disability and a dedicated supporter of Science Australia Gender Equity (SAGE), we uphold principles of equal opportunity and diverse representation.


Join us!

We welcome individuals of diverse genders, ages, ethnicities, cultural backgrounds, abilities, religions, and sexual orientations in our workplace. We actively encourage talented individuals from all walks of life to apply for our job openings. Our commitment lies in fostering a workplace that is barrier-free and inclusive, aiming to attract the most skilled candidates.

If you are passionate about improving the healthcare and wellbeing of transgender youth and have the skills and experience to excel in this role, we encourage you to apply now. Help us make a difference in the lives of transgender children and adolescents and their families through research.

If you feel this role is right for you, please apply with a copy of your resume and cover letter addressing the key selection criteria.

To access the complete list of accountability and selection criteria outlined in the position description, please click here.

For any questions related to the recruitment process, feel free to reach out to our Recruitment team at recruitment@mcri.edu.au. Ensure that you include the position number and job title in the subject line. Please refrain from sharing your application to this email address.

Please note, we reserve the right to close the vacancy prior to the closing date once a sufficient number of applications have been received.

Applications close:  20th May 2024 AUS Eastern Daylight time

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