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Program Manager - Toronto, Ontario

Position: Program Manager
Site: MaRS Centre, Toronto
Department: Diagnostic Development
Reports To: Director, Diagnostic Development
Salary: Commensurate with level of experience
Hours: 35 hours/week
Status: Full-time, Permanent

The Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR) is seeking an experienced Program Manager to support the mission of the Diagnostic Development Technology program.


General Responsibilities:
• Act as a central point of contact to the Program Director for all administrative and research-oriented communications and reporting activities including budget oversight, operations planning, policies, key performance metrics, fund development and day to day program operations;
• Nurture, build, negotiate and maintain internal and external collaborative relationships/agreements with relevant teams, including funding organizations, government, non-governmental organizations and voluntary health organizations;
• Make recommendations to the Program Director regarding the development, planning and implementation of projects that will support the goals and priorities of the program;
• Develop and manage resources including budget and material requirements for the program and report on a regular basis to ensure accuracy and compliance among project teams;
• Assist in sourcing additional personnel and resources as required.

Oversee project management activities across the Program/Platform
• Work with program PIs (and their project managers where applicable) to develop realistic deliverables, milestones, performance indicators and timelines for research projects;
• Plan, schedule and organize team meetings, keep clear minutes, capture assignment of action items and ensure follow-up;
• Create and manage resource workflow plans in accordance with budget allocations and project deliverables;
• Effectively manage projects in accordance with OICR’s policies and procedures;
• Create project specifications/requirements (task breakdown lists), schedules, milestones/deliverables and review practices;
• Lead project closeout activities, including lessons learned, budget analyses, and evaluation of project performance/KPIs;
• Create, maintain and communicate to all affected stakeholders project documents (plans, specifications, reports, minutes, briefings, scope changes, budget analyses, resource workflow plans);
• Communicates regularly with executive management and administration regarding the status of current project initiatives; obtains executive guidance and approval as required to advance initiatives.

Strategic planning
• Provide strategic advice to the Program/Platform Director regarding the development, planning and implementation of projects that will support the goals and priorities of the program;
• Create and execute risk mitigation plans, revise as appropriate and elevate status/priority to relevant stakeholders where required;
• Liaise with OICR strategy on new initiatives implementation planning.

Support Collaborative Activities
• Liaise with Project Managers across the province to facilitate: sharing of information, reuse of materials/ideas/approaches, cross-pollination and collaboration of synergistic ideas/tools/processes/projects;
• Liaise with Procurement and/or Legal Counsel to propose, evaluate, accept and execute on third party services/products/agreements if/where required;
• Partner with OICR-based HR for the recruitment and/or management of resources as required;
• Partner with commercialization office to advance marketability of biomarker assets;
• Partner with events office to execute outreach/awareness/education activities for OICR and the program.

Support Communication and Consultation with stakeholders
• Provide content for strategic and government reports including process, goals, and milestones of ongoing and future initiatives to Scientific Secretariat;
• Provide supporting material to Scientific Secretariat for research reviews;
• Liaise with Grants Administration to identify attractive and applicable grant opportunities and support applications and reporting as required.


• MSc/PhD in Science preferable in pathology with postgraduate research experience and publications is expected; AND
• Business related experience of 1-2 years including program/project management in the industry/academia; AND
• 1-2 years of grant writing or proposal development experience.

OICR is an innovative cancer research institute located in the MaRS Centre in the Discovery District in downtown Toronto. OICR is addressing significant challenges in cancer research with multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional teams. New discoveries to prevent, detect and treat cancer will be moved from the bench to practical applications in patients. The OICR team is growing quickly. We are innovative, dedicated professionals who bring expertise to each of our roles. We are looking for individuals interested in being part of a culture of excellence that will result in Ontario being recognized internationally as a leading jurisdiction for cancer research.

Launched in December 2005, OICR is an independent institute funded by the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science.

For more information about OICR, please visit the website at www.oicr.on.ca.

POSTED DATE: July 28, 2017
CLOSING DATE: Until Filled 

OICR is an inclusive employer dedicated to building a diverse workforce. We encourage applications from all qualified candidates and will accommodate applicants’ needs throughout all stages of the recruitment and selection process. Please advise the Recruiter to ensure your accessibility needs are accommodated throughout this process. Information received relating to accommodation will be addressed confidentially.

The Ontario Institute for Cancer Research thanks all applicants. However, only those under consideration will be contacted.

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