Program Manager

Ontario Institute for Cancer Research - Toronto, ON (30+ days ago)

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The Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR) is seeking an experienced Program Manager to support the mission of the Diagnostic Development program.

The Diagnostic Development program aims to develop personalized medicine approaches that maximize the chance of positive outcomes for those diagnosed with cancer. The Program Manager will assist the Director of Diagnostic Development to manage a broad range of research and operational activities within the program, and to coordinate collaborations with other internal and externally based OICR programs, as well as with collaborators or other research institutions in Ontario and beyond.

The Program Manager will work with the Director and Principal Investigators in Diagnostic Development to manage scientific and operational activities. The Program Manager will be responsible for assisting with a range of planning, administrative and reporting activities for multiple projects. Within the Diagnostic Development Program, this leadership role will interact mainly with the Director of the Diagnostic Development, Associate Directors, Principal Investigators, scientific leaders, research staff, and administrative staff. This role will interact frequently with the Head of Research Operations, other Program Managers across the province, as well as other OICR, MaRS-based personnel in administrative functions such as Finance, Human Resources, Facilities, Sponsored Awards, Grants and Awards, Procurement, and Communications.

To find out about what is happening in Diagnostic Development, visit OICR News.

Provide strategic advice to the Program Director and PIs in the Program regarding the development, planning and implementation of projects that will support the goals and priorities of the Program;
Develop and manage resources, including budget and material requirements, for the program and report on a regular basis to ensure accuracy and compliance among project teams;
Oversee project management activities which includes working with Investigators to develop realistic deliverables, milestones, timelines, and budgets for research projects;
Act as a point of contact to the Head of Research Operations for all research-oriented communications and reporting activities including, but not limited to, deliverables and milestones, finances, grants, human resources, policies, key performance metrics;
Nurture, build, negotiate and maintain internal and external collaborative relationships/agreements with relevant teams, including funding organizations, non-governmental organizations and voluntary health organizations;
Partner with Human Resources for personnel management, including recruitment;
Partner with Finance for budget management at the Program and Project levels;
Support collaboration activity by liaising with other Program Managers across the province to facilitate the sharing of information, reuse of materials/ideas/approaches, cross-pollination and collaboration of synergistic ideas/tools/processes/projects;
Assist with the submission, approval and implementation of research ethics requests, collaborative agreements and other regulatory documents required to deliver project goals;
Support communications and consultations with internal and external stakeholders;
Create and execute risk mitigation plans, revise as appropriate and elevate status/priority to relevant stakeholders where required;
Liaise with Procurement, Commercialization and/or Legal Counsel to propose, evaluate, accept and execute on third party services/products if/where required.
PhD in Science required, preferable in pathology, with postgraduate research experience and publications;
Formal project or business management training, or equivalent experience, required;
1-2 years of grant writing or proposal development experience required;
Work experience in managing multiple projects simultaneously;
Demonstrated ability to facilitate collaboration amongst multiple groups;
Proven ability to think and work strategically;
Excellent written, organizational and communication skills;
Excellent computer skills;
Effective communication skills;
Excellent financial and business skills.

OICR is an innovative cancer research institute located in the MaRS Centre in the Discovery District in downtown Toronto. OICR is addressing significant challenges in cancer research with multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional teams. New discoveries to prevent, detect and treat cancer will be moved from the bench to practical applications in patients. The OICR team is growing quickly. We are innovative, dedicated professionals who bring expertise to each of our roles. We are looking for individuals interested in being part of a culture of excellence that will result in Ontario being recognized internationally as a leading jurisdiction for cancer research.

Launched in December 2005, OICR is an independent institute funded by the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Colleges and Universities.

For more information about OICR, please visit the website at

CLOSING DATE: Until Filled

OICR is an inclusive employer dedicated to building a diverse workforce. We encourage applications from all qualified candidates and will accommodate applicants’ needs throughout all stages of the recruitment and selection process. Please advise the Recruiter to ensure your accessibility needs are accommodated throughout this process. Information received relating to accommodation will be addressed confidentially.

The Ontario Institute for Cancer Research thanks all applicants. However, only those under consideration will be contacted.

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