Careers – Research Manager

The Westerman Jilya Institute for Indigenous Mental Health (the Institute) is an incorporated Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation, registered under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006.

We are excited to announce a new opening for a Research Manager within the Westerman Jilya Institute for Indigenous Mental Health.

Applications close on 29th October 2021



Perth, Western Australia.


  • Full time (37.5 hours per week), 18-month fixed term, with the possibility of extension dependent on available funding.


  • A competitive base salary and attractive salary-sacrifice provisions of $130,000 annual salary plus superannuation and salary sacrifice options.
  • Flexible work practices, including the ability to work remotely.
  • The chance to make a difference and improve outcomes for Indigenous Australians in an exciting and rapidly growing start-up Indigenous Mental Health Organisation.
  • The chance to work with a diverse, highly skilled and committed Board of Directors, including Dr Tracy Westerman.

About Us

The Westerman Jilya Institute for Indigenous Mental Health Aboriginal Corporation (Jilya) is a not-for-profit organisation that was founded by Dr Tracy Westerman to address the gaps in culturally informed and clinically validated approaches to improve outcomes for Indigenous peoples in Australia across the areas of mental health and suicide prevention, justice, child protection, and education.

Jilya also supports the Dr Tracy Westerman Indigenous Psychology Scholarship Program, currently supporting 26 Indigenous Psychology students within just 12 months of our launch! Having become incorporated through the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006, Jilya is now ready to employ our first operational staff to oversee and drive our continued growth.

About the Role

Jilya is looking for an experienced individual, to drive Jilya’s research focused on Indigenous mental health suicide prevention and criminogenic research and evaluation. 

The candidate will be a registered psychologist with a strong track record of complex multivariate, data-based research and evaluation.  They will work with the Jilya Board and the Chief Operating Officer to oversee the advancement of research and evaluation priorities; be capable of undertaking complex, psychometric test validation and analysis; be familiar with psychometric test development and validation; supervising and supporting psychology students at honours, masters and PhD levels and form partnerships with Universities to ensure the data driven advancement of research. In addition, they will have the ability to form relationships with the Indigenous sector to ensure ongoing data collection, determination of causal pathways, treatments of best practice and design of early intervention and prevention programs.

Selection Criteria

To be considered for this role, you will need to demonstrate the following criteria:

  1. Psychology Degree at Masters level minimum.
  2. High level research leadership at a national and preferably international level including a track record of data driven peer reviewed publications.
  3. High level quantitative research skills including the use of inferential statistics, psychometric analysis, multivariate statistics. Candidate must have strong skills in the use of statistical software packages, preferably SPSS, Excel and Word for managing descriptive and other statistics.
  4. Experience and skill in working with a Board of Directors and a demonstrated understanding of the operations of a not-for-profit organisation.
  5. Strong understanding of University systems and ability to identify research grant partnership opportunities.
  6. Solid organisational abilities, including planning, delegating, program development and task facilitation. 
  7. Be capable of supervising, supporting and mentoring psychology students at undergraduate, masters and PhD level.
  8. Strong understanding of mental health, suicide prevention and wellbeing research specific to Aboriginal people.
  9. Ability to navigate the complex interfaces with ACCHOs and communities and complex research.
  10. Demonstrated levels of cultural competence.
  11. Values and attributes that align with the vision and goals of the organisation.

Prior to appointment, the successful candidate will need to meet a range of eligibility requirements outlined fully in the Job Description Form.

Your application should include a detailed resume and a cover letter no more than two pages long summarising your experience against the selection criteria. Further job-related information can be sourced by phoning (08) 6244 3399 during AWST standard business hours.  

Closing Date: Applications must be submitted online by no later than 29 October, 5pm AWST

Indigenous applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.

Download the JDF here: Research Manager

Please be sure to UPLOAD the selection criteria (from the JDF) with your cover application.