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Program Manager - Toronto, Ontario

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

The Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR) is seeking a strong Program Manager to oversee the management of the Genomics Technology Program (GTP), as well as promote the collaboration and coordination between other internal and externally based research programs and platforms within OICR.

The Program Manager will function as the central interface between GTP and scientific and administrative activities centrally located within OICR. The Program Manager will be responsible for all Program reporting, resource planning and administrative activities. Within the Program, this leadership role will interact frequently with the GTP Director, the Director of Technology Translation (DTT), other project managers, administrative staff, and research staff. This role will interact frequently with Project Managers across OICR Programs, the Head of Research Operations, and OICR-based administrative functions such as Research Operations, Scientific Secretariat, Finance, Human Resources, Facilities, Procurement, Legal, and Communications.

Responsibilities include:
• Oversee project management activities across the Program which includes working with the Program Director, the DTT, and other Principal Investigators to develop realistic deliverables, milestones, performance indicators and timelines for research projects;
• Develop and manage resources including budget and material requirements for the Program and modify on a regular basis to ensure accuracy and manage changes;
• Act as a central point of contact for the Program to the Head of Research Operations for all research-oriented communications and reporting activities including finances, grants, policies, key performance metrics;
• Working with the DTT, manage operational aspects of OICR’s Genomics sequencing platform (capacity planning, project planning, cost estimation, quoting, invoicing);
• Provide guidance to Program resources (e.g., staff, students), with direct supervision of several staff members;
• Support activities with collaborators and external stakeholders by establishing the necessary agreements;
• Ensure that Research Ethics Board reviews and approvals are in place for projects requiring such;
• Support collaborative activity by liaising with other Project and Program Managers across the province to facilitate the sharing of information, reuse of materials/ideas/approaches, cross-pollination and collaboration of synergistic ideas/tools/processes/projects;
• Support communication and consultation with internal and external stakeholders;
• Provide strategic advice to the Program Director and DTT 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 Procurement and/or Legal Counsel to propose, evaluate, accept and execute on third party services/products if/where required;
• Partner with OICR-based Human Resources for the recruitment of resources as required.


• PhD degree in Science or health-related discipline, ore equivalent experience;
• Minimum of three (3) years of experience in the area of Genomics;
• Scientific experience on large scale genomics projects (wet or dry lab) is an asset;
• Demonstrated expertise in capacity planning in a scientific services–oriented setting is strongly desired;
• Formal project or business management training (e.g., Project Management Professional (PMP), BBA, etc.), or equivalent experience, required;
• Minimum two (2) years of work experience in managing collaborative grant-support research projects;
• Supervisory or managerial experience preferred;
• Work experience in managing multiple projects simultaneously;
• Prior experience managing budgets and dealing with financial matters required;
• Demonstrated ability to facilitate collaboration amongst multiple groups;
• Proven ability to think and work strategically;
• Excellent written, organizational and communication skills;
• Excellent computer skills;
• Effective communication skills;
• Excellent financial and business skills.

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: September 15, 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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