Manager, MoJo Operations, McCaig Institute of Bone & Joint Health, Cumming School of Medicine

The University of Calgary - Calgary, AB (4 months ago)

Apply Now

Position Overview

The McCaig Institute for Bone & Joint Health in the Cumming School of Medicine invites applications for a Manager, MoJo Operations. This Full-time Fixed Term position is for 1 year, with the possibility of extension.

This position is accountable and reports to the Scientific Director.

The Centre for Mobility and Joint Health (MoJo) is a clinical research facility within the McCaig Institute for Bone and Joint Health in the Cumming School of Medicine. This state-of-the-art facility will better connect patients, physicians, and researchers from across the province, helping to generate evidence to inform policy, practice, and treatment for Albertans. The facility brings together state-of-the-art technologies including biomarker and motion analysis as well as advanced medical imaging equipment, making the McCaig Institute one of the leading bone and joint research institutes in the world. The facility includes dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA), computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), X-ray, EOS, ultrasound and high-resolution CT.

The successful incumbent will be responsible for overseeing the successful operations of the facility including ensuring effective operating procedures, quality management, maintaining accreditations/certifications (UCalgary and CPSA), managing ethics applications and providing annual reports to granting agencies and other stakeholders. They will also support strategic growth of the facility and help to facilitate increased utilization, encouraging the development of research projects from groups across the Cumming School of Medicine and University of Calgary. Judgement and discretionary decision making which impacts programs, services, finances and/or department operations applicable to the Cumming School of Medicine and University of Calgary are required attributes.

Early morning and evening hours may be occasionally required to attend critical meetings or to meet deadlines.

Position Description

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

Operational Management

Formulate, develop and manage policies and procedures for the facility including SOPs and workflows
Take responsibility for the successful completion of projects from conception through to the submission of all contract deliverables and project closure
Oversee and lead study intake
Responsible for obtaining/maintaining CPSA accreditation
Develop, implement and maintain quality control procedures
Complete CFI and other regular business reporting
Monitor and control the schedule, quality and risk of projects undertaken by research team
Performs detailed management of the design, documentation and implementation of complex research projects
Liaise and manage relationships with academic and industry partners, develop collaborative research protocols that meet academic, industry and funding requirements
Facilitates research and innovation activities to align with the strategic plan

Understands the principles of equipment in the centre and able to interact professionally with vendors.
Optimizes efficient schedules of equipment usage and staff support for efficient operations.
Coordinates maintenance and upkeep of all imaging equipment, and directly communicates with vendors to ensure proper maintenance schedules are maintained.
Oversees computing infrastructure and manages technical support.
Understands and may develop medical image processing techniques, and supports staff and trainees in proper application.
Communication & Relationships

Ensuring key internal and external stakeholders are informed (UofC, AHS, UofA, provincial and federal government, governing bodies, industry and external collaborators)
Promote collaboration and knowledge translation with internal and external members at every opportunity
Facilitates team and client meetings effectively
Keeps research team well informed of changes within the organization and general corporate news
Effectively communicates relevant project information to superiors
Delivers engaging, informative, well-organized presentations
Resolves and/or escalates issues in a timely fashion
Understands how to communicate difficult/sensitive information tactfully
Financial Administration

Responsible for the establishment of the facility’s annual operational and financial goals and objectives
Establish and implement a fee-for-service structure for long-term sustainability
Develop and monitor an annual budget for research operations
Develop detailed plans and budgets for specific projects demonstrating how the business objectives will be realized
Monitor and manage budgets with creation of financial reporting documentation for variance analysis and to assist in future long term financial planning
Ensure effective systems in place for invoicing users of the facility
Staff Management

Support research associates, research assistants and students utilizing the facility
Directly manage and oversee delivery of research services
Direct and conduct full cycle recruitment, training and development, performance reviews and annual increases
Manages performance, disciplinary action and termination of staff reporting to the position
Challenges others to develop as leaders while serving as a role model and mentor
Lead and manage the planning and implementation of multiple research projects
Lead and manage the research team, fostering a team-based culture, ensuring positive interactions with other team members and collaborators

Qualifications / Requirements:
3-5 years of relevant experience (managing a radiology clinic; research project management)
Minimum of 5 years of technical experience.
At least 3 years’ experience managing and/or leading a team.
Direct experience in the field of bone and joint research is an asset.
Direct experience in a clinical/radiology setting is an asset.
Experience with creating and implementing SOPs, radiology workflows, quality assurance, and ethics.
Understanding of medical imaging equipment maintenance and operations.
Excellent interpersonal skills for liaison with multi-disciplinary research teams and senior administrative staff in multiple health care areas to foster collaborative research activities.
Experience within the University environment is desirable.
Proven ability to develop local and external collaborations.
Well-developed knowledge and expertise in the Health Care setting, particularly conducting research with physicians, other health care providers and patients.
Previous experience interacting with Industry Partners would be an asset.
Experience developing data collection forms, enrolment of participants, development of databases, statistical analysis and report generation.
Familiarity with federal and provincial governments, U of C, industry and health sectors stakeholders required.
Ability to work independently.
High level of effective time and project management, supervisory skills, leadership skills, facilitation skills, personal initiative and teamwork is a requirement
Application Deadline: This position will remain open until filled; however, applicants will be reviewed as they are received.

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.

Additional Information

This position is classified in the Research Career Band, Level 3 of the Management and Professional Staff Career Framework.

To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Management and Staff Careers website. For more information about the Cumming School of Medicine visit Careers in the Cumming School of Medicine.

About the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit

The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their professional success while they are here. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.