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Lead – Strategic Initiatives

Position Title Lead – Strategic Initiatives
Department/Unit Pediatrics
Research Project Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health
Location Halifax
Posting Number GP58-22
Employee Group Grant-Paid
Position Type Term
Duration of Contract (if applicable) 19 months, with possibility of extension
Employment Type Full Time
Full-time Equivalency (FTE) 1.0
Salary $64,994 – $80,000 per annum (37.5 hours per week)

About the Organization
The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is Canada’s federal funding agency for health research. Composed of 13 Institutes, CIHR provides leadership and support to health researchers and trainees across Canada. The Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health (IHDCYH; www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/8688.html) funds and supports research that ensures the best start in life for all Canadians and the achievement of their potential for optimal growth and development. The IHDCYH team is a hybrid team based in Halifax, Toronto and Ottawa, with members collaborating closely to develop and implement a wide variety of projects and initiatives in the field of child, youth and family health research.

Job Summary
Reporting to the Associate Director, the Lead – Strategic Initiatives will play a key role in leading and supporting strategic initiatives by planning, designing and implementing project plans to develop multi-faceted strategies, including convening, funding and capacity building activities, as well as the development of policies and innovative approaches to address areas of need for IHDCYH’s research community.

Key Responsibilities

  • Strategic program leadership: Lead and support the design, development and implementation of strategic programs, develop initiative timelines and budgets, funding and engagement activities, and liaise with the CIHR to ensure timely and efficient delivery of programs, as well as provide general content expertise in the mandate area.
  • Performance measurement and evaluation: Support performance measurement to assess impact by developing high-level logic models identifying appropriate indicators, and develop surveys to gather researcher input. Lead annual validation of CIHR funding data to determine trends in funding.
  • Institute: Coordinate recurring and ad hoc meetings with the institute advisory board, create agenda/binder of supporting materials, oversee logistics. Lead the renewal process to ensure diverse and inclusive representation and conversations.
  • CIHR Governance: Review and revise ministerial and parliamentary briefing materials, participate in working groups, and draft briefing materials and reports for CIHR Senior Leadership, Science Council, etc.
  • Relationship Management with internal and external partners: Identify and build collaborative relationships with local, provincial, national, and international organizations, including other funding organizations, government, non-government and voluntary organizations, as well as internal partners at CIHR’s national office and other institutes.
  • Advanced writing, information synthesis and briefing: Draft a range of professional materials, including comprehensive environmental scans, literature reviews, business cases, reports and funding proposals, as well as develop and deliver engaging presentations, including presentations of highly technical subject matter in plain language, and brief senior-level leadership.

Travel may be required, anticipated to be an approximately 10% time commitment. May require some evening or weekend work.

Federal government security clearance, paid for through CIHR, will be required upon hire.

The successful applicant will be eligible for hybrid work (combination of in-person work on campus and remote work) as agreed by all parties based on operational requirements and university guidelines.

Dalhousie’s vaccine mandate has been suspended at this time, and employees no longer need to provide proof of full vaccination. However, health and safety risks to our community will continue to be monitored and a vaccine mandate may be reinstated if necessary.

PhD in a clinical/health-related field (or equivalent combination of relevant training and experience, for example, in research, clinical or grant management, evaluation, and/or performance measurement methodology) is required. Experience developing advanced written materials and presentations summarizing health and/or research-related information is required. A high attention to detail with an ability to prioritize and manage competing deadlines, and the ability to work independently with minimal supervision is required. Due to a continually evolving workflow, must demonstrate flexibility, strong problem-solving skills, and a willingness to take initiative. Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) and experience with video conference technology are required. Experience supporting the development of a diverse and inclusive research and working environment, as well as experience working with community partners, including patients, families, children and youth are assets. Knowledge of Canada’s health research and research funding environment is an asset. Must possess excellent verbal and written English communication skills. Fluency in French is considered an asset.

Additional Information
Dalhousie University supports a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Our total compensation package includes a voluntary RRSP, health and dental plans and an employee and family assistance program.

Application Consideration
We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Diversity Statement
Dalhousie University commits to achieving inclusive excellence through continually championing equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility. The university encourages applications from Indigenous persons (especially Mi’kmaq), persons with a disability, racialized persons, including persons of Black/African descent (especially African Nova Scotians), women, persons of a minority sexual orientation and/or gender identity, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community. For more information, please visit www.dal.ca/hiringfordiversity.