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Project Lead - Toronto, Ontario

Position: Project Lead
Site: MaRS Centre, Toronto
Department: Canadian Cancer Clinical Trials Network (3CTN)
Reports To: Manager, Operations
Salary:  Commensurate with level of experience
Hours: 35 hours/week
Status: Full-time, Permanent

The Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR) is seeking a Project Lead for the successful coordination, management and outcomes of assigned The Canadian Cancer Clinical Trials Network (3CTN) activities and projects in accordance with the mission and goals of 3CTN. Acting as a link between projects to help ensure they are aligned and contribute to overall business goals, the Project Lead supports their effective, timely and cost-effective delivery. Overall responsibilities include creating clear, measureable and attainable objectives, and tracking applicable cost, time, scope, quality and other outcome measures for assigned projects.

In carrying out their responsibilities, this role is required to maintain working relationships with a wide range of internal and external stakeholder groups, including 3CTN Coordinating Centre colleagues, Committees, Network Sites, Patient Representatives, consultants and collaborators.

Hosted by the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR), the 3CTN Coordinating Centre supports a network of member cancer centres across Canada with a common objective of improving the availability, efficiency and quality of academic cancer clinical trials.

The MaRS Centre has a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy in place that requires proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or proof of a medical exemption issued pursuant to the Government of Ontario guidelines.  Accordingly, as a condition of employment, new employees who may be required to work on-site are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 subject to the duty to accommodate on the basis of protected grounds pursuant to the Ontario Human Rights Code. 

Fully vaccinated is defined as having received all of the required doses of a Health Canada approved vaccine and having received the final dose at least 14 days before your employment start date. 

As described above, the requirement to be fully vaccinated is subject to the Ontario Human Rights Code. If the candidate is unable to receive the COVID-19 vaccine for a reason protected by the Code, requests for accommodation from the vaccine policy will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Learn more about working at OICR here.


Provides coordination of 3CTN projects to achieve operational objectives and deliver desired levels of output effectiveness, quality and process efficiency:

  • Apply project management best practices, tools, knowledge and expertise in managing activities for assigned project initiatives;
  • Coordinate the development of strategic plan objectives, milestones and deliverables, yearly work plans and the 3CTN Request For Application (RFA) process undertaken prior to/during the Network’s renewal period every four years. Review RFAs and help structure Network sites milestones & deliverables framework to align with 3CTN business cycle strategic goals;
  • Assist in the development of controls for projects to help identify when significant project changes/delays are anticipated. Consult and collaborate with project team members and required stakeholders to develop adapted work plans that preserves key deliverables;
  • Ensure adequate and appropriate resources are available, monitor productivity and quality measures needed to meet project requirements;
  • Analyze risks, support the creation and execution of risk mitigation plans where required, revise as appropriate and elevate status/priority to management;
  • Monitor necessary course corrections to remain on schedule; consult with project team on potential solutions and make recommendations or escalate to management as needed;
  • Coordinate and support interdisciplinary teams in the conduct of specified 3CTN-led projects; and
  • Represent 3CTN interests through participation in collaborative work undertaken by external partners.

Facilitates collaborations, communications and stakeholder management:

  • Foster teamwork and engagement among all team members, promoting both internal and external members to achieve defined project objectives and facilitating constructive conflict resolution;
  • Maintain highest standards of professionalism and respectful interactions in all aspects of work;
  • Determine requirements of project stakeholders, and support the development of a communication plan for ensuring all are appropriately informed on progress throughout the project lifecycle;
  • Regularly report progress of activities and deliverables to relevant 3CTN team members and stakeholders including identified risks and significant changes to scope, timing or budget from approved work plans;
  • Develop and present materials for review and informational purposes using strong written and verbal communication skills; and
  • Assist with content creation, coordinate production and submission of 3CTN annual report as well as governance and operating committees’ reporting.

Other duties:

  • Other duties may include cross-functional assignments to support 3CTN’s goals and objectives.


  • Minimum Bachelors degree in a science or health related discipline is required;
  • 2-3 years working experience in project coordination activities (e.g., project planning, risk management, etc.) for multiple projects is required;
  • Knowledge of project management methodology (e.g., training or certificate) or equivalent work experience is required;
  • Knowledge of clinical trials and/or oncology research programs would be an asset;
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with colleagues and a broad range of 3CTN stakeholders, including clinical research professionals and patient representatives;
  • Excellent written and oral communications, time management skills;
  • Bilingual in both English and French would be an asset; and
  • High-level proficiency in MS Office suite, with a knowledge of MS Project preferred.

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.

Resume Format: If you elect to apply, you will need a text or HTML version of your resume so that you can cut and paste it into the application box provided. Before you submit the completed application, you will be asked to attach one or two files to your application. Please attach your resume as a .pdf or .doc file.