Academic Associate (Manager – ACAR Centre)

Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University - Montréal, QC (30+ days ago)

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The Azrieli Centre for Autism Research (ACAR) at The Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital (The Neuro) in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at McGill University invites applications for an Academic Associate (Manager – ACAR Centre) position.

The Neuro launched in 2017 the Azrieli Centre for Autism Research (ACAR), aiming at making breakthroughs in autism research and translating discoveries into better care for individuals with autism and their families across Quebec and around the world. By creating, managing and promoting scientific and strategic infrastructures, as well as training and knowledge transfer opportunities, ACAR has become an important pillar in the ecosystem of autism research.

The Neuro is currently seeking a Manager - ACAR Centre who will lead the next phase of ACAR development, by coordinating and leading its daily internal operations and offering senior and robust strategic management to ensure its full and optimal operations as well as its long-term sustainability.

Reporting to the Neuro’s Associate Director (Research), the Manager – ACAR Centre will work in close collaboration with the ACAR executive committee members, and will perform the following primary duties:

Specific duties include:

Strategic Planning

  • Work closely with the ACAR Director and the two Associate Directors to define and implement overall scientific direction, research activities, strategic action plans, and priorities of ACAR.
  • Implement the actions required to achieve ACAR strategic priorities.
  • Ensure alignment of ACAR strategic development with the activities of the Transforming Autism Care Consortium (TACC).
  • Support the Associate Directors in all aspects of achieving their ACAR mandates.


  • Maintain and update governance documentation, including Bylaws and Committees’ Terms of Reference
  • Schedule, prepare material and facilitate ACAR governance meetings, including Board Meetings, Executive Committee Meetings, monthly calls with Azrieli Foundation, Stewardship Meetings, etc.


  • Plan and manage the day-to-day operations of ACAR, ensuring project controls, accurate reporting and accountability.
  • Supervise the ACAR team to ensure smooth day-to-day operations, effective communications, and event organization.
  • Coordinate the annual operations plan and budget.
  • Oversee budget review and reporting.
  • Manage ACAR financial contribution to the Quebec Autism Research Training (QART) Program.
  • Prepare fiscal year end budget reconciliation, develop projections.
  • Prepare customized reports.
  • Manage ACAR infrastructure.
  • Oversee fund transfers.
  • Collect progress reports for ACAR members and awardees.
  • Manage membership of the center.
  • Facilitate onboarding of new members.


  • Participate in the development of a robust and comprehensive communications plan.
  • Oversee activities of ACAR Communication Officer.

External Relations

  • Represent ACAR at local, provincial, national and international meetings and events
  • Manage communication with ACAR members


  • Support all activities related to donor stewardship.
  • Coordinate regular meetings with the Azrieli Foundation.
  • Work closely with the Neuro Director of Philanthropy to prepare progress reports, new proposals, and other material for donors.
  • Participate in the development of a fundraising strategy in support of its long-term sustainability.

Grants and Partnerships

  • Coordinate national and international research partnerships.
  • Coordinate development and launch of funding competitions.
  • Coordinate grant review process.
  • Identify and pursue financing opportunities in partnership with government, academic and corporate entities, including proposal preparation and grant writing.

Research and Training

  • Position ACAR and The Neuro as an important resource and venue for student and postdoctoral training at McGill, and as a leading site for student and postdoctoral training in neurodevelopment research provincially, nationally and internationally.

This position is a contractual position for a 1 year term, with possibility of renewal. The salary will commensurate with experience.


The successful candidate must hold a PhD degree in neuroscience or related disciplines. The candidate must have demonstrated superior organizational, planning, priority settings, analyzing and problem-solving skills. The ability to communicate in scientific and nonscientific settings and build cooperative, interactive and effective interpersonal relationships is required. The ideal candidate must have demonstrated the ability to work in a fast-paced environment and to manage multiple projects within established deadlines. The candidate must be able to work autonomously and as part of a team. We require fluency in both English and French, spoken and written.

Application Process

Letters of application, accompanied by a curriculum vitae and name of two individuals willing to provide letters of reference, to be sent We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

McGill University is committed to equity in employment and diversity. It welcomes applications from indigenous peoples, visible minorities, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, women, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others who may contribute to further diversification.

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Contract length: 12 months

Job Types: Full-time, Contract

Salary: $0.00 per year


  • 8 hour shift