Thursday, 29 Feb 2024

Are you a strategic leader with expertise in research, evaluation, and implementation science? Do you have a passion for enacting meaningful, actionable change on a grand scale? Are you ready to steer a global organisation’s strategic direction with a focus on innovation and effectiveness? If so, the CEI team would love to hear from you.

Location: Sydney (hybrid)

Remuneration: $160k – $180k + Super

Contract terms: 1 Year

Who is the Centre for Evidence & Implementation (CEI)?

At CEI, we believe sound evidence and effective implementation have the power to solve our most pressing social problems. We work with policymakers, practitioners, organisational leaders and funders – motivated by our mission to close the gap between what we know (from research) and what we do (in practice).

An independent not-for-profit organisation with offices Melbourne, Sydney, London, Singapore, and Oslo, we are passionate about using our expertise to improve the lives of children, families and communities.

Our core areas of work encompass:

  • Translating research into actionable insights.
  • Implementing evidence into routine practice using implementation science.
  • Rigorous evaluation of policies, practices, and programs.
  • Fostering cultures that value evidence for tangible change.

To find out more about CEI, please visit

What will the Director do?

As the Director, you will oversee a broad range of CEI projects and drive the strategic direction of research, evaluation, and implementation science activities.

Directly managing the Principal Advisors, you will:

  • Be an integral member of the organisation-wide Leadership Team, driving the delivery of CEI’s vision.
  • Oversee and ensure high-quality project delivery, from conception to execution.
  • Direct and manage project teams effectively, maintaining project integrity.
  • Spearhead business and client development, fostering new strategic relationships.
  • Curate a portfolio of fee-paying projects in line with CEI’s vision and primary focus areas.
  • Champion CEI’s strategic direction, influencing both short-term objectives and long-term goals.
  • Strengthen organisational capacity, ensuring a smooth operational flow and efficient functioning.
  • Lead the organisation in key content areas, emphasising the importance of an informed and educated approach.
  • Guide the team in the nuances of implementation science methods.
  • Offer expertise in research and evaluation methods, setting the gold standard for the organisation.

What makes me great for this role?

As a distinguished leader with a deep understanding of implementation science, your track record reflects both strategic acumen and a relentless drive for impactful, evidence-based results.

Your credentials include:

  • A postgraduate degree in fields like psychology or health, enriched by a minimum of 8 years of expertise in vital content areas such as mental health or social welfare.
  • Solid grounding in implementation science; additional proficiency in research and evaluation methods is highly regarded.
  • Expertise in liaising with diverse client groups.
  • Advanced written and verbal communication
  • Demonstrated skills in project management, encompassing proposal drafting, budgeting, team mentorship, and resource allocation.
  • A commendable track record of winning new projects, both through competitive tenders and direct stakeholder approaches.
  • Advanced client engagement skills.
  • Past experience in an organisational leadership role, underlined by strategic thinking, business growth initiatives, and a commitment to professional ethics.
  • The capacity to operate autonomously in dynamic settings, complemented by an unwavering dedication to positive organisational culture and high motivation levels.
  • Advanced people management capabilities, encompassing coaching, mentoring, and developing internal staff.

Why work for CEI?

This is more than a job—it’s an opportunity to lead groundbreaking research that shapes public policy and fosters social change. Being part of the CEI family offers:

  • Purposeful Impact: Drive transformative societal change with robust evidence.
  • Diversity: Embrace a culture rich in diverse experiences and values.
  • Development: Enjoy continuous opportunities for professional growth.
  • Influence: Make tangible contributions in a dynamic setting.
  • Global Reach: Collaborate with our international teams in London, Singapore and Norway and work on projects that span continents.
  • Community & Collaboration: Thrive in a culture that balances challenging work with fun.
  • Career Partnership: Build a lasting career in a supportive environment where we are invested in your journey.
  • Work Benefits: Enjoy an extra week of leave, a competitive salary and salary packaging.
  • Flexibility: Hybrid work model with an office in Sydney’s CBD.

How do I apply?

Please submit your CV and cover letter highlighting your alignment with the position competencies, in one PDF document.

Note – while you’re not required to address each competency individually, we encourage you to illustrate how you satisfy as many of the job-related, personal, and qualification competencies as you can.

Applications must be submitted via email: [email protected]

To download a detailed position description please visit

Please note: The Centre for Evidence and Implementation (CEI) is a subsidiary of Save the Children Australia, a child-safe organisation. All employees are required to undergo a National Police Check and sign our Child Protection Policy and Code of Conduct.

CEI is committed to diversity and inclusion

Diversity and inclusion are fundamental to CEI’s work. We are driven to improve outcomes for communities facing adversity through leveraging the best available evidence. We actively seek and welcome applications from people with diverse backgrounds, and with lived experience of the social issues our work addresses and in the communities we aim to serve. We strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.