Work for the ADC: Director, Accreditation, Policy and Research

Work for the ADC: Director, Accreditation, Policy and Research

5 November 2021
University lecture

Cement yourself as a strategic thought leader in this full-time ongoing role, leading the Australian Dental Council accreditation, policy and research functions to strengthen our role as leaders in accreditation and assessment nationally, and internationally.

About the role

This ongoing full-time position is a high-profile member of the Senior Leadership Team with significant opportunity to shape the future of dental education in Australia.

It’s an exciting time to join the ADC in this role as we move to finalise our proposed changes to the professional competencies of the newly qualified dental practitioner, build a research strategy to assess the impact of accreditation on oral health outcomes and progress opportunities to secure our reputation internationally as a leader in accreditation.

We are now seeking to formalise the leadership and strategic direction of the accreditation, policy and research team to set us up to deliver our strategic plan.  This is a perfect opportunity for a big picture thinker who can translate research into best practice policy outcomes and can bring an innovative mindset to the ADC as we move into new markets and diversify our business.

Reporting directly to the Chief Executive Officer , you will be responsible for:

  • Setting the strategy and business direction for the ADC accreditation, policy and research, portfolio and playing a leadership role in delivering ADCs’ organisational strategy.
  • Leading the strategic planning and development of policy direction for the ADC, including developing and reviewing policy, procedures and accreditation standards.
  • Leading the accreditation team and accreditation activities to ensure best practice
  • Representing the ADC as an expert in accreditation and policy and build robust relationships with stakeholders in accreditation requirements.
  • Maintaining and continuously improving systems and processes to ensure quality support and service to our stakeholders.
  • Working with the Senior Leadership Team and Chief Executive Officer to promote an evidence-based approach to our functions to continue our leadership in accreditation and research.
  • Promoting an innovation mindset across the organisation.

We are committed to providing flexibility in how, when, and where you work, but there are inherent onsite requirements in our Melbourne based examination centre and office and some national and international travel (when permitted) required for this role.

About you

You are the person we are looking for if you have:

  • Sound understanding of health regulation policy, including the development of competency and accreditation standards and their application, including understanding of health regulation internationally.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including ability to liaise with members of the dental and other health professions, educators, training providers, government, consumers and other stakeholders both locally and internationally.
  • Demonstrated experience in professional accreditation, auditing and/or quality improvement procedures.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing policy, research agendas and evaluation.
  • Strong leadership capability, including the ability to set clear direction for the accreditation, policy and research team, motivate and engage your team, encouraging continuous improvement and providing regular feedback and recognition
  • Demonstrated ability to contribute to the overall strategic direction of an organisation through as senior leader, and member of the executive team.
  • Experience working with Committees and Working Groups, including the development of strategic agendas and discussion papers.
  • Experience and confidence presenting to senior leaders and stakeholders.
  • Ability to manage conflicting priorities and tight deadlines.

It would be desirable if you also have:

  • Some experience in accreditation, quality assurance or regulation within the Australian or dental context.
  • Some experience in the health sector.

More information about the role is available in the position description.

Working with us

We strive to achieve high performance and high quality in everything we do and for us, that means putting our people first. We know that when our people are happy, healthy, and supported, we do our best work.

We are a small team with a friendly and inclusive culture, and we will set you up to succeed with great conditions, great benefits, and the personal and professional development you need to be your best. Some of the benefits of working with us include:

  • An attractive salary and generous leave entitlements.
  • Flexible work options.
  • An organisation that recognises the importance of diversity and inclusion.
  • Training and leadership development.

Please apply for this position via Seek. Applications must include a copy of your resume and a detailed cover letter that addresses the selection criteria, telling us why you are the right person for this position for this position and why this position is right for you.

Applications close at 11:59pm on Thursday 18 November 2021.

Please direct enquiries to the Chief Executive Officer, Narelle Mills via [email protected]. Respectfully, the ADC is not seeking support from external recruitment agencies for this role.

We are committed to a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. We strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people from culturally diverse backgrounds, people who identify as LGBTIQ+ and people with disability.