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Project Manager - Toronto, Ontario

Position: Project Manager
Site: MaRS Centre, Toronto
Department: Global Alliance for Genomics and Health
Reports To: Executive Lead
Salary: Commensurate with level of experience
Hours: 35 hours/week
Status: Full-time, Temporary (1 year)

The Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR) is seeking a Project Manager to join the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (Global Alliance) team. 

Learn more about working at OICR here

GA4GH is an international, nonprofit alliance formed in 2013 to accelerate the potential of research and medicine to advance human health. Bringing together hundreds of contributors working in healthcare, research, patient advocacy, life science, and information technology, the GA4GH community is working together to create policy frameworks and standards to enable the responsible, voluntary, and secure sharing of genomic and health-related data. Learn more at www.ga4gh.org.

GA4GH is supported by four international hosts: the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, the Wellcome Sanger Institute, EMBL-EBI, and the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR). Eight technical and policy framing teams (“GA4GH Work Streams”) drive the standards development work to meet the specific needs of real world clinical and genomics data sharing projects. GA4GH Work Streams collaborate with Driver Projects and other genomic data initiatives that help guide our development efforts and implementations of our products.

The Project Manager will report to the CEO and will help identify areas of collaboration and resource/expertise sharing and identify common needs for standards across initiatives. In particular, the Project Manager will provide critical supervision, guidance, management, and support for non-technical activities, including organizing meetings and virtual conferences, facilitating collaboration between Canadian COVID platforms and GA4GH Work Streams, and ensuring that stakeholder needs are represented across the consortium.

To find out more about what's happening in Global Alliance, visit OICR news.


  • Act as a liaison between Canadian COVID projects and GA4GH; Communicate GA4GH work to partners and wider researchers in the field;
  • Coordinate the collaboration between the GA4GH Work Streams and Canadian COVID projects by scheduling meetings, preparing materials, drafting agendas and minutes, etc.;
  • Coordinate the activities of external consultants and collaborators to access specific expertise and technical resources, ensuring they align with GA4GH principles and standards;
  • Strategic planning and programme management with the leaders and contributors in the Work Streams and Driver Projects to progress tools and standards development and deployment
  • Define technical / regulatory / national issues in supporting the needs of COVID data sharing projects and contribute to the development tools for project specific workflows;
  • Promote the uptake, adoption and implementation of GA4GH tools and standards,
  • Align and liaise with the dispersed Secretariat, COVID data sharing projects and Work Streams to inform the development and extension of GA4GH tools and standards, enabling their use for COVID data sharing;
  • Track and report on deliverables and milestones, including realistic forecasts of expectations (eg. budget and timing) to deliver on scheduled projects and grants;
  • Deliver high quality documents for review and feedback by the Canadian COVID Projects, Work Stream contributors and GA4GH leadership;
  • Prepare presentations and communication materials for internal and external audiences;
  • Develop and maintain excellent relations with a geographically and disciplinary diverse set of key stakeholders balancing all of their needs for optimal outcomes– from healthcare, genomics researchers and data companies across Canada and internationally;
  • Ability to navigate a complex organizational structure to ensure all parts of the organization and global genomics ecosystem are represented in the alliance;
  • Ability to understand and create alignment between projects covering genomic science, infectious disease or epidemiology, software development, and privacy and security policy;
  • Possess the ability to analyse complex information and identify key points whilst understanding context;
  • Flexibility to work on multiple tasks with different deadlines, across different time zones and differing priorities, and cope with additional, unexpected tasks as they appear.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, or recognized equivalent required;
  • Three – four years of experience;
  • Previous work experience with international complexity is a plus;
  • Above average writing skills;
  • Above average organizational skills;
  • Have excellent analytical, problem-solving, and time management skills;
  • Ability to work autonomously;
  • Experience with word processing, slide presentations, and spreadsheets are required;
  • Experience working in a GSuite environment is a plus;
  • Experience with Github is a plus, but not a requirement;
  • Familiarity with or interest in cloud computing and/or data modelling;
  • Familiarity with the FAIR data principles;
  • Basic understanding of ethics, policies, and concerns surrounding the sharing of sensitive human data;
  • Knowledge of genomic database management, including submission of samples, production and release operations;
  • Experience with grant reporting; and
  • Knowledge of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) considerations in genomics and healthcare.

OICR is a collaborative, not-for-profit research institute accelerating the development of new cancer research discoveries for patients around the world while maximizing the economic benefit of this research for the people of Ontario. We are dedicated professionals who bring expertise to each of our roles. We are looking for individuals who share our values of excellence, innovation, collaboration, impact, responsibility and community.

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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