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Patient Partnership and New Initiatives Lead - Toronto, Ontario

Position: Patient Partnership and New Initiatives Lead
Site: MaRS Centre, Toronto
Department: Strategic Planning and Performance
Reports To: Director, Strategic Planning and Governance
Salary: Commensurate with level of experience
Hours: 35 hours/week
Status: Full-time, Permanent

The Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR) is seeking a Patient Partnership and New Initiatives Lead to facilitate the engagement of patients and caregivers with OICR. This critical role will work closely with the Director, Strategic Planning and Governance, patient advisors and OICR’s Research programs and departments in developing and leading the implementation of a strategy for integrating greater patient perspective into OICR priorities and activities. The incumbent will be the lead for patient engagement activities at OICR, liaising with patients, OICR staff and the larger Ontario cancer research community. The role will also include support for the Director, Strategic Planning and Governance in the development of OICR’s strategic plan and the execution and management of institutional projects.


Patient Partnership

  • Manages patient engagement at OICR, serving as liaison and resource for patients, OICR staff, OICR-supported researchers, and other external stakeholders;
  • Designs and leads a consultative process for developing a patient partnership strategy, building on recent consultations, benchmarking, workshop and relationship building activities carried out by OICR;
  • Defines initial areas of patient engagement, working with stakeholders to develop the implementation model(s), including overarching roles and responsibilities, terms of reference, and metrics of success;
  • Recruits, onboards and provides training to patient advisors, and supports their ongoing engagement;
  • Educates and provides training to OICR researchers and support staff on patient partnership and supports their engagement;
  • Manages relationships with patient organizations and individual patient advisors;
  • Working with OICR Communications and Research Operations, facilitates the implementation of patient engagement activities, monitors progress, addresses issues arising, assesses outcomes and impacts, and makes recommendations for improvements;
  • Tracks and reports on patient partnership efforts;
  • Liaises with peer organizations to keep abreast of current trends in the field, learn and apply best practices, and identify partnership opportunities;
  • Promotes and builds support for OICR patient engagement activities with external audiences, including patient communities and the general public.

New Initiatives

  • Supports the Director, Strategic Planning and Governance in the development of OICR’s strategic plan, which may include:
    • Conducting primary and secondary research to analyze trends/developments, and assess new opportunities;
    • Coordinating and preparing for workshops, including (but not limited to): meeting agendas, slide decks, synthesized notes, terms of reference, and proposals;
    • Synthesizing information, interpreting and using critical thinking skills to draw conclusions, and formulate recommendations;
    • Writing and editing reports including landscapes and white papers, consulting others as required to obtain required information;
    • Assisting in the design, writing and collation of sections of the Strategic Plan into a coherent and compelling document.
  • Leads/supports the execution of institutional projects to help transform institute practices and operations, as appropriate;
  • Provides project management as required.


  • Establishes/maintains relationships with key internal and external stakeholders;
  • Performs cross-functional and/or other duties consistent with the job classification, as assigned or requested;
  • Works in compliance of the Occupational Health & Safety Act and its regulations, reporting hazards, deficiencies and contravention’s of the Act, in a timely manner.


  • Bachelor’s degree in a health, life sciences, public health or related discipline (graduate degree preferred);
  • 4-6 years of practical and related experience in patient/public engagement or equivalent required;
  • Knowledge of and connection to the cancer research, clinical and patient community is an asset;
  • Experience leading the implementation of major projects related to patient/public engagement;
  • Project management training is an asset;
  • Advanced critical thinking and analytical skills;
  • Detail-oriented, with a strong sense of the bigger picture;
  • Excellent judgement and decision-making skills;
  • Excellent writing, communication, presentation and interpersonal skills;
  • Creative and flexible mindset;
  • Strong organizational skills, with ability to balance multiple priorities and meet deadlines;
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team.

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 Colleges and Universities.

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

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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