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Program Officer, Indigenous Grand Challenges - Toronto, Ontario

Job Posting #814121

Position: Program Officer, Indigenous Grand Challenges
Site: MaRS Discovery District
Department: Grand Challenges Canada
Reports to: Vice President, Indigenous Programs
Salary Range: Commensurate with experience and consistent with the UHN compensation policy
Status: Permanent full-time

Grand Challenges Canada is seeking a Program Officer (PO) to play a critical role in building and launching the Indigenous Innovation Initiative.

Grand Challenges Canada is dedicated to supporting Bold Ideas with Big Impact®. Funded by the Government of Canada and other partners, Grand Challenges Canada funds innovators in low- and middle-income countries and Canada. The bold ideas Grand Challenges Canada supports integrate science and technology, social and business innovation – known as Integrated Innovation®. One of the largest impact-first investors in Canada, Grand Challenges Canada has supported a pipeline of over 800 innovations in more than 80 countries. Grand Challenges Canada estimates that these innovations have the potential to save up to 1 million lives and improve up to 28 million lives by 2030.

Grand Challenges Canada works closely with the Government of Canada, the McConnell Foundation, a range of Indigenous leaders and stakeholders and a global network of partners to bring successful innovation to scale, catalyzing sustainability and impact.

Description of responsibilities

Reporting to the Vice-President Indigenous Programs, the PO’s responsibilities will include but are not limited to:
• Help to build and launch the Indigenous Innovation Initiative including: engaging with senior Indigenous leaders and elders, building the initiative infrastructure, interfacing with Government of Canada departments and agencies as well as other current and potential donors, directly engaging and working with Indigenous communities to foster and grow innovative capacity.
• Lead the engagement and selection process for defining the grand challenges in various areas.
• Shape and directly manage a portfolio of seed investments in innovative products, services and implementation models from Indigenous innovators at seed and transition to scale.
• Research innovations, conduct due diligence, and help develop appropriate funding models and partnerships for specific innovations.
• Develop, refine and/or implement processes for sourcing, selection and negotiation of new innovations, and analysis of portfolio progress, results and lessons on a continual basis.
• Engage with innovators before (including conducting due diligence and forming investment strategies) and after (e.g., post-deal execution support for TTS projects) receiving funding.
• Act as a brand ambassador for and thought leader to the Indigenous Innovation Initiative, represent its strategic interests and promote its activities and opportunities through external collaborations, presentations and communications with potential partners, innovators, external thought leaders, and Canadian government representatives.

Ideal competencies and qualities
• Masters level degree in a discipline relevant to Indigenous innovation (e.g., biomedical or health sciences, public health, public administration, engineering, environmental sciences, and others)
• Experience working in or with Indigenous communities (rural, urban, on and off Reserve) required

• Outstanding judgement
• Excellent knowledge and understanding of Indigenous issues and challenges
• Knowledge and experience in project-level results reporting, data management and analysis 
• Degree(s) and/or studies in business, finance, economics considered a significant asset
• Professional business and financial experience and/or management/project consultation considered significant assets
• Highly developed interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to work well independently and within a multidisciplinary team
• Demonstrated problem solving skills
• Excellent organizational and time management skills
• Excellent verbal and written communications skills
• The ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, dynamic environment is essential
• Significant travel will be required (in Canada)

Given the primary purpose of the Indigenous Innovation Initiative is to serve the needs of Indigenous people, Indigenous applicants will be preferred.

If you are interested in making your contribution at UHN, please apply on-line. You will be asked to copy and paste as well as attach your resume and covering letter with 3 references. You will also be required to complete some initial screening questions.

Posted Date: November 2, 2017                                Closing Date: Until filled

For current UHN employees, only those who have successfully completed their probationary period, have a good employee record along with satisfactory attendance in accordance with UHN's attendance management program, and possess all the required experience and qualifications should apply.

UHN thanks all applicants, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

UHN is a respectful, caring, and inclusive workplace. We are committed to championing accessibility, diversity and equal opportunity. Requests for accommodation can be made at any stage of the recruitment process providing the applicant has met the Bona-fide requirements for the open position. Applicants need to make their requirements known when contacted.



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