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Senior Director, Global Health Innovation - Toronto, Ontario

Job Posting #901027

Position: Senior Director, Global Health Innovation
Site: MaRS Discovery Tower 
Department: Grand Challenges Canada
Reports to: Co-Chief Executive Officer
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Status: Temporary Full-time (12 months with potential for other full-time permanent role)

Grand Challenges Canada is seeking a Senior Director to lead the global health innovation area of impact during a parental leave. GCC is a growing organization, which provides an opportunity for the successful candidate to be considered for an equivalent permanent role when the term is completed.

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 working in low- and middle-income countries, conflict settings and Canada. The bold ideas that Grand Challenges Canada supports integrate science and technology, social and business innovation – known as Integrated Innovation®- and we work to catalyze their scale, sustainability and impact. One of the largest impact-first funders in Canada, Grand Challenges Canada has funded over 1,400 innovations championed by innovators in more than 100 countries. These innovations have already improved 10 million lives, and are expected to save up to 1.78 million lives and improve up to 64 million lives by 2030. 

The Global Health Innovation Area of Impact is the first and largest at Grand Challenges Canada. It currently has a team of 34 and a FY22-23 budget of $48.5M, which is expected to increase in coming years with the initiation of new programs and the renewal of other programs. Current Global Health Innovation programs focus on mental health, maternal and newborn health, early childhood development, sanitation, access to comprehensive sexual and reproductive health and rights including safe abortion, and include portfolios of innovative service delivery, digital solutions and medical products.

The Senior Director, Global Health Innovation, is responsible for supporting ongoing development and performance of Associate Directors and their teams to achieve the strategic goals and objectives described in the Strategic Plan 2020-2025, and in the annual Plans and Priorities for Fiscal Year 2022-23. The Senior Director, Global Health Innovation, will also be responsible for developing the Plan and Priorities for Fiscal Year 2023-24.

The Senior Director, Global Health Innovation will report to the Co-Chief Executive Officer (Karlee Silver) and be a member of the Grand Challenges Canada management team. Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Lead the Global Health Innovation Team
• Bring out the best of a talented, diverse, high-performing team and nurture the development of its emerging leaders to achieve targets within the established working hours
• Provide direct supervision and management of approximately 3-5 Associate Directors and Senior Portfolio Officers, each of which have teams of 5-20 staff
• Incentivize the embodiment of Grand Challenges Canada’s values within the Global Health Innovation team
• Model work behaviours that support personal and team wellness, and are aligned with Grand Challenges Canada’s commitment to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility (Policy posted here)

Deliver on (and Plan) Annual Global Health Innovation Plans & Priorities
• Link corporate strategy with Global Health Innovation team activities in order to achieve annual plans and priorities and spend consistent with annual budget (both run April 2022-March 2023)
• Articulate and budget Global Health Innovation annual plans and priorities, with specific attention to supporting Associate Directors and Senior Portfolio Officers to shape the 1-1.5 years vision for the specific grand challenges program under their purview
• Ensure Global Health Innovation team has freedom to operate through strong communication flow between Global Health Innovation team and Co-CEOs and governance bodies (Board of Directors, Investment Committee, Program Advisory Council)

Steward Public Funds
• Working closely with Senior Director of Finance and Senior Legal Counsel, ensure compliance with Grand Challenges Canada and Global Health Innovation funders’ accountability requirements
• Mitigate and manage risks regarding the Global Health Innovation Area of Impact, with support from the General Counsel, Chief Risk Officer, and Co-CEOs
• Review and approve funding agreements

Strategic Partner Relations & Fundraising
• Support Associate Directors and Senior Portfolio Managers to develop and maintain strong relationships with current and potential government and private foundation funders of global health innovation programs
• Work with the Director of Funder & Partner Relations to support Associate Directors and Senior Portfolio managers to fundraise for global health innovation programs
• Coach Associate Directors and Senior Portfolio Managers to identify, develop, and nurture strategic partnerships with individuals and organizations with relevance to specific grand challenges
• Serve as primary spokesperson for Grand Challenges Canada’s Global Health Innovation work

Streamline Global Health Innovation Team Practices
• Support senior management to run a pilot on a 4-day work week (100% productivity / 80% time / 100% pay) by effectively engaging and empowering the Global Health Innovation team to adapt their approach to work
• Ensure accountabilities and related authority sits with the appropriate team members
• Work closely with relevant Functional Team Leads (e.g., Finance, Legal, Operations) and Co-CEOs to simplify selection, negotiation and portfolio management processes


  • Minimum of 15 years relevant experience with at least 5 years in a Director-level position; lived and/or work experience with health systems in low- and middle-income countries is considered an asset
  • Ability to lead people in a way that promotes inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility, and that allows individuals to grow personally and professionally
  • Expertise in change management
  • Ability to influence the actions of multiple stakeholders – from Board to team members to government funders to affected communities – towards a common vision 
  • Ability to effectively manage competing priorities and deadlines without sacrificing wellbeing
  • Demonstrated commitment to and knowledge of relevant domains (e.g., reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health, international development, social finance/impact investing, early stage investing)Previous experience investing in & working with early stage investments and/or social enterprise a plusWorking knowledge of French is a significant asset 

Work Environment & Requirements

  • International travel is expected (aligned with travel advisories). Applicants must be eligible to work in Canada. Preference will be given to applicants who are able to relocate to Toronto when the Grand Challenges Canada offices open (target date September 2022).
  • Start date: 2 August 2022

People with disabilities are encouraged to apply. 

Vaccines (COVID and others) are a requirement of the job unless you have an exemption on a medical ground pursuant to the Ontario Human Rights Code.

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. You will also be required to complete some initial screening questions.

Posted Date: June 16, 2022                    Closing Date: June 30, 2022

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 and welcomes all applicants including but not limited to: all religions and ethnicities, LGBTQ2s+, BIPOC, persons with disabilities and all others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. 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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