Senior Project Manager - Pan Canada Women's Health

University of British Columbia - Vancouver, BC (30+ days ago)

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Job ID:

Vancouver - Hospital Site

Employment Group:
Management&Professional (AAPS)

Job Category:
Research & Facilitation

Classification Title:
Research&Facilitation, Level C

Business Title:
Senior Project Manager - Pan Canada Women's Health

Faculty of Medicine

Obstetrics & Gynaecology

Salary Range:
$33,394.00 (minimum) - $40,088.00 (midpoint) - $48,106.00 (maximum)

Full/Part Time:
Part-Time (50%)

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Job End Date:
Possibility of Extension:


Funding Type:
Grant Funded

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Guiding principle: "Midpoint" of the hiring salary range means the individual possesses full job knowledge, qualifications and experience.

Job Summary

Senior Project Manager, Pan Canadian Women's Health Research Partnership

There are currently three Canadian research institutes dedicated to improving women's health. We recognize the value and strength in collaboration, and have joined efforts to raise awareness of the importance of women's health research and have established the Pan Canadian Women's Health Research Partnership and a new national network for this purpose. From west to east:

British Columbia - The Women's Health Research Institute (WHRI) is a leading academic women's and newborn health research center embedded within the BC Women's Hospital + Health Center, and is a part of the Provincial Health Services Authority. It supports research projects throughout all acute and ambulatory programs at the hospital, as well as virtual support to women's health researchers across BC. WHRI receives core funding from PHSA, and funding from the BC Women's Health Foundation. WHRI is located in Vancouver.

Alberta - The Women and Children's Health Research Institute (WCHRI) is a leading academic health research centre at the University of Alberta, and the only research institute in Canada to focus on both women's and children's health, including perinatal health. WCHRI is supported by Alberta Health Services, the University of Alberta, the Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation and supporters of the Lois Hole Hospital for Women. WCHRI is located in Edmonton.

Ontario - Women's College Research Institute (WCRI) is one of only a few hospital-based research institutes worldwide to focus on women's health. Based at Women's College Hospital - a leading academic, ambulatory hospital - WCRI is revolutionizing healthcare by uncovering breakthrough discoveries. WCRI is located in Toronto and is supported by the Women's College Hospital Foundation.

The incumbent will be responsible for all aspects of establishing the Pan-Canadian Women's Health Research strategy and creating a new national network: developing the strategic workplan, developing a structure for collaboration amongst the three Canadian women's health research institutes, overseeing establishing protocols for administration, reporting to funders, and developing communication plans, a training strategy for trainees, and a knowledge translation plan for the communication of research results. The incumbent will work closely with the Executive Directors of the women's health research institute across Canada to manage effective implementation of the new structures and processes for the national network; and planning and developing engagement and dissemination activities.

Organizational Status

The incumbent will be located at the Vancouver research institute site, with clear lines of communication to the research leads at all three institutes.

Work Performed

  • Responsible for the planning, management and communication of the Pan-Canadian Women's Health Research Partnership's new national network across the three partner sites across Canada;
  • Establishes and ensures the functioning and maintenance of the national network;
  • Develops detailed project plans, including setting priorities and goals, establishing project timelines and ensuring key deliverables are in place;
  • Manages on-going communication and connections with the Women's Health Collective Canada, a recently formed body representing the three women's hospital foundations in Canada;
  • Develops a set of key messages and identify a list of national organizations for advocacy and influence (e.g., SPOR / SPOR support units as part of their funding renewal process) in order to amplify effectiveness at the national level;
  • Sets up associated policies and operating procedures;
  • Leads the establishment of a program to enable trainee exchange across the institutes using existing funding, including the creation of a communication strategy to advertise the opportunity to trainee members;
  • Develops a knowledge translation strategy to more intentionally share and disseminate research findings to the network and key stakeholders;
  • Identifies an approach to collecting research data with respect to what women in Canada know currently about their health;
  • Oversees the development and distribution of an inventory of research interests and areas of focus, as well as infrastructure and resource components, for each of the three Canadian women's health research institutes;
  • Develops a structure for collaboration amongst the three Canadian women's health research institutes, including analyzing options for future collaborative structure (i.e., partnership, network, name, brand, legal form, governance);
  • Prepares and creates budgets, forecasts, and evaluations;
  • Prepares funder reports, as necessary.
Supervision Received

The incumbent is required to work independently and with wide latitude in consultation with the Executive Directors of the three research institutes. Work is reviewed periodically to assess the achievement of defined goals.

Supervision Given

Manages and coordinates the completion of assigned work in collaboration with project team members and other staff.

Consequence of Error/Judgement

This senior position plays a critical role for the Pan-Canadian Women's Health Research Partnership to effectively implement a new national network. Strategic planning, actions and decisions are crucial to the success of the establishment and development of this network.
This position entails a high level of confidentiality and discretion. Failure to maintain research and institute information in confidence could result in damage to credibility and poor relations with internal and external stakeholders. Errors in judgment could result in serious financial or reputational consequences for the three women's health research institutes, undermining the institutes' ability to meet commitments and achieve strategic objectives, including the inability to successfully meet granting agencies' deliverables. Poor public/private sector relationships could result in a negative image of the research institutes and may impact levels of research funding made available through partnerships. Errors could result in significant concerns regarding the liability, credibility, and integrity of the research institutes and their affiliated universities.


Post-graduate degree or equivalent professional designation if responsible for a research project otherwise Undergraduate degree if not responsible for a research project. Graduate degree in business, health administration, social sciences, life sciences, business or other related field. 4 years or equivalent combination of education and experience if responsible for research project otherwise 6 years or equivalent combination of education and experience if not research work. Progressively senior experience (e.g. 5 to 10 years) in a complex public sector organization, with preference given to "start-up" and/or project management experience. - Exceptional project management skills and experience supporting large scale project/program planning and implementation.
  • In-depth knowledge of administrative structures, policies and procedures within the academic health care environment
  • In-depth knowledge of administrative structures, policies and procedures within Canadian health services environment
  • Proficiency with computers, office software, and internet technologies.
  • Exceptional communications skills and experience with evidence-informed communications strategies, including social media
  • Professional and technical writing skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to foster high quality and trusted relationships with staff, researchers, stakeholders, and partner organizations.
  • Exceptionally strong ability to problem solve, meet timelines, and work autonomously; must be flexible and prioritize tasks effectively.
  • Must be able to transform a broadly defined idea into a practical proposal, working with diverse, sometimes undefined stakeholders.
  • Must have strong personal initiative and willingness to move forward in sometimes ambiguous circumstances
Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.