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Job Number : 29086
Type and Location : Australian Psychological Society National Office / Melbourne
Listed By : The Australian Psychological Society Ltd on 31 Oct 2019
Manager Strategic Projects

Position in Context

The APS undertakes a range of external and internal projects to meet its objectives as outlined in its Strategic Plan.


The position has responsibility for the delivery of APS projects (internal and external) in accordance with the project briefs and for positioning the APS for future tenders and project proposals.


The position works across:

  • External projects that are funded from a range of organisations related to health and wellbeing of the Australian community as well as training for health and education professionals; and
  • Internal projects that are undertaken across APS portfolio areas to deliver on strategic initiatives.


The position also is involved in the development of tender and project proposals as well as developing relationships with other organisations that are of strategic benefit to the APS and to manage the implementation of other related APS projects as required.

Key Areas of Responsibility

Project Management

  • Ensure strong working relationships with the projects’ funding body and any collaborating organisations.
  • Manage the relationship with the projects’ Contract Manager including the negotiation of the APS role within contracts, funding and deliverables.
  • Lead the financial and contract management for projects, ensuring accountability for the funds, and project deliverables are met, including overseeing APS subcontracts with suppliers.
  • Provide leadership in applying psychological knowledge to the projects.
  • Assist with implementation of externally funded projects.
  • Provide final approval of project resources developed.
  • Represent the APS on project governance committees, as required.
  • Assist in the delivery of agreed internal APS projects.
  • Develop tenders and project proposals as required.
  • Negotiate contracts and manage implementation of other projects as required.
  • Ensure that appropriate processes, systems and practices are in place with the APS to support optimal program delivery 


  • Work with the Chief Professional Standards Officer to ensure that the APS has a high profile and is actively involved in relevant projects to influence opinion and decision makers.
  • Lead the development of proposals for additional funding, with support from the Chief Professional Standards Officer.
  • Leverage partnerships to meet the role of the APS strategic vision. 

Knowledge Translation

  • Develop evidence-based resources for a range of audiences to enhance the APS’s profile and contribute to community understandings of psychology.
  • Act as content expert for the Communications, Marketing and Events team to produce content for internal stakeholders and/or for specific projects. 
  • Develop collateral for projects.
  • Utilise and build upon existing resources to explore new opportunities to engage the health and education sectors (e.g. universities, community sector).
  • Work with other APS staff (e.g. APS Institute, Professional Practice) to enhance linkages and promote sharing of resources for a range of audiences. 

Staff Management 

  • Manage project teams as appropriately set up.
  • Provide leadership and direction to team members.
  • Manage the performance of team members by setting clear goals and performance expectations, providing appropriate feedback in a timely manner and coaching and acting.
  • Develop staff competencies aligned with the APS’s and individual needs.
  • Ensure the Society’s policies and procedures are adhered to by team members.


Qualifications, Technical Knowledge & Experience

  • Proven ability to work and deliver on multiple projects with conflicting timeframes ideally in a research, education or healthcare setting.
  • Proven project management skills such as quality planning, risk management, communications, scheduling and budgeting.
  • Experience in identification and capture of external funding sources.
  • Ability to translate technical content for a range of audiences and platforms.
  • Tertiary qualifications in a relevant discipline
  • Knowledge and experience of government tendering processes
  • Experience in grant-writing and reporting
  • Postgraduate qualifications (Professional Masters, Doctorate or PhD) in psychology or a related discipline.
  • Knowledge and experience in mental health and the implementation of projects in this area.

Competencies, Personal Attributes/Behaviours 

  • Demonstrated experience in leading and motivating a team to achieve performance outcomes.
  • Ability to build effective relationships and encourage collaboration with staff and key external stakeholders that will deliver real benefits to the APS.
  • Strong strategic thinking (proven ability to identify opportunities, aware of trends, and development of implementable plans) and creation of funding strategies.
  • Strong written communication skills in a variety of formats (e.g. policy documents, proposals and submissions, and reports).
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills



We look forward to receiving your CV and a cover letter addressing the following:

  • Your top 3 strengths and how these contribute to your success
  • How your skills and experience meet the requirements of the role
  • Why you want to work at the APS
Contact Details
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