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Director ACDS

Position number: 
13334
Level: 
Executive Level 2
Role: 
Director ACDS
Location: 
Yallambie, VIC
Branch: 
Medical Radiation Services Branch
Section: 
Australian Clinical Dosimetry Service
Closing Date: 
Monday 12 October 2020
Term: 
Ongoing
Salary Package: 
$145,120-$164,797 per annum package inc 15.4% super
Body: 

ARPANSA values workplace diversity and is committed to providing a supportive, inclusive and respectful work environment. We welcome people with diverse skills, experiences, perspectives and backgrounds, and encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, people with disabilities, people that identify as LGBTIQ+, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Should you require special assistance through any stage of the selection process, please contact the Office of People Strategies and Wellbeing team.

Agency overview

The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) is a statutory agency within the Department of Health portfolio and is the Australian Government’s primary authority on radiation protection and nuclear safety. Our purpose is to protect the Australian people and the environment from the harmful effects of radiation, through understanding risks, best practice regulation, research, policy, services, partnerships and engaging with the community. 

Section overview

The Australian Clinical Dosimetry Service (ACDS) is a dosimetry audit service offered by ARPANSA to Australian and New Zealand radiotherapy centres. The ACDS was launched in 2010 and delivers a world-class radiotherapy dosimetry audit program to private and public customers on a cost recovery basis, where the client pays for the services. The audit program assesses the dosimetry of external beams radiotherapy improve patient safety by reducing systemic dosimetric risk to the patient through remote and on-site audits of the radiation delivered. 

Primary purpose of the role

The Director is responsible for the strategic direction and day-to-day operation of the ACDS. This key leadership role is expected to oversee and direct all strategic aspects of the dosimetry audit program, business planning, talent management, marketing and broader engagement with stakeholders. A key focus of the role is to develop a service with sustainable longevity whose core business is centred on reducing dosimetric risk to patients undergoing radiotherapy.

Key accountabilities

  • Lead, plan, manage and develop the strategic, operational and business services for the Australian Clinical Dosimetry Service while maintaining its technical excellence;
  • Undertake business development activities leveraging the ACDS’ reputation within the Australian and International radiotherapy community;
  • Foster new and existing relationships with internal and external stakeholders including customers, advisory bodies, professional organisations, government, patient representative groups and regulators to support the ACDS’ goals; 
  • Represent the ACDS to professional radiation oncology organisations and other relevant bodies;
  • Facilitate the development of a database of audited facilities to streamline the audit program;
  • Manage audit follow-up for unexplained audit outcomes within appropriate timeframes, consulting with the Clinical Advisory Group, the treating facility and the jurisdictional regulator as necessary; 
  • Facilitate the provision of scientific reports, and participation in external committees, conferences and workshops of relevance.

Job specific capabilities

To be eligible for appointment the applicant must a strategic thinker who is capable of communicating with and influencing a wide array of stakeholders including the Radiation Oncology clinical sector, Government and professional organisations. 

The director will be a visionary leader who solves problems and is able to embrace the challenges of building a user-pays business providing a service that customers previously received at no cost.

The director will be operating and developing the ACDS in a dynamic environment with competing resource demands while ensuring audit quality and operational sustainability are maintained. Service development will be underpinned by a strong understanding of marketing and business fundamentals and customer consultation.  

Good communication skills are essential and expertise in writing scientific and/or technical documents is very desirable.  An appreciation of the social, cultural and technical drivers for dosimetry audit participation would be advantageous.

The Director will have a thorough understanding of radiation dosimetry and its application in clinical radiotherapy, and a sound understanding of the processes and techniques involved in dose assessment and be familiar with quality systems in radiation therapy.  Knowledge of clinical accelerator beam delivery and monitoring is desirable. The position requires experience of clinical dosimetry, particularly in areas of emerging radiation therapy technologies, such as Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy (IMRT) and other narrow beam modalities being implemented in Australian radiotherapy treatment centres.

The Director will have a mature appreciation of their own knowledge domains, when and how to seek expert advice and the potential impacts of their decisions. The ability to make decisions in a pressured environment is essential.

Tertiary qualifications in a branch science, preferably physics, medicine or radiation therapy and/or a post-graduate degree with an experimental bias would be preferable.

You should hold Australian citizenship or possess permanent residency status leading to citizenship and be prepared to travel interstate from time to time as required. ARPANSA requires all new employees to undertake a baseline security clearance as a condition of engagement.

Selection criteria

There are six selection criteria for this role. Candidates are asked to address each of these in writing, limiting their response to no more than 400 words per selection criteria.

1.    Proven executive level leadership ability to lead and manage professional, technical and administrative staff across a range of activities in a cost recovery /not-for-profit business; 
2.    Demonstrated expert working knowledge of radiation physics, radiotherapy procedures and radiation dosimetry;
3.    Thorough understanding the financial management with an appreciation of the social, cultural and technical drivers for audit participation;
4.    Demonstrated ability to effectively engage with the radiation oncology related professions and to promote the optimisation of the use of ionising radiation in radiation therapy to all levels within the healthcare system;
5.    Demonstrated capacity to produce reports which are clear, concise and readily understood by the intended audience; and
6.    Demonstrated experience in quality and safety systems, the assessment of risk from radiotherapy procedures in and the communication of these risks to stakeholders – ideally risks related to radiation therapy procedures.

Benefits

  • Flexible working options 
  • Study assistance and salary packaging options
  • Employee Assistance Program 
  • Located in the leafy northern suburbs 15 km from CBD
  • Modern amenities room with garden courtyard
  • Free parking

Selection documentation

File Director ACDS July 2020

Position information: 
Ivan Williams via phone 03 9433 2408