Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Executive Director of the Canadian COVID19 Network of Clinical Trials Networks (BB-0CF9C)

Found in: Neuvoo Bulk CA

Description:

In collaboration with the Sunnybrook Research Institute (SRI)

Overview of position

We seek an inaugural Executive Director for the COVID-19 Network of Trials Networks.

The inaugural COVID-19 Network of Trials Networks Executive Director, reporting to the Network of Trials Networks Executive Committee and working closely with the Network Steering Committee, will hold major accountability for the overall implementation and execution of the Canadian Critical Care Trials Group led COVID-19 Network of Trials Networks. The successful candidate will set implementation priorities and oversee the day-to-day operation of the Network, involving a platform of clinical trials-based research programs investigating illness caused by COVID-19. The successful candidate will engage our networks in collective goals including enhancing research collaboration across the Network, developing and nurturing core infrastructure, enhancing our mentorship and training programs, developing approaches to engage our many stakeholders, including the patients, their families, and urban, rural, Northern and First Nations communities.

The successful candidate will play a critical role as a trusted collaborator for Network members and will lend assistance to our Executive and Steering Committees in order to ensure that Network programs grow and learn from one another. The successful candidate, will have a strong, collaborative, linked relationship with the Canadian Critical Care Trials Group and that group’s Executive Director.

What is the Canadian Critical Care Trials Group?

For more than three decades, the CCCTG with its 300 members representing over 60 adult and pediatric ICUs, has led the world in conducting high quality collaborative research into the management of the most severely ill patients, including those with COVID-19. We have conducted multiple clinical trials that have changed clinical practice, published more than 350 scientific papers which have contributed to saving and improving thousands of lives, and been leaders in promoting global research collaboration and mentorship. Our members come from across Canada, and include doctors, nurses, pharmacists, physiotherapists, nutritionists and patient representatives. We not only have created a uniquely collegial and productive research collaboration within Canada, but also have garnered the respect of colleagues around the world who have embraced a model of clinician-investigator-led research collaboration.

What is the Network of COVID-19 Trials Networks?

The Network is a nascent pan-Canadian partnership of over 400 inter-professional members - patient partners, clinical and translational scientists, health care professionals, research coordinators and trainees - at major healthcare centres and many community hospitals across Canada. Building on 30 years of collaborations, the CCCTG has established a large nascent Network of COVID-19 Trial networks comprised of ambulatory, acute and critical care, rehabilitation, and long-term follow-up networks and trials. We have championed scalable, context-responsive research approaches, including the parallel evaluation of multiple therapies using adaptive platform clinical trials into which we have now incorporated COVID-19 pandemic-relevant treatment arms and enrolled COVID-19 infected patients in Canada and, with international partner trials groups, around the world.

Candidate Profile

The Network is seeking a dynamic inaugural leader with the management skills, energy, and collaborative nature to effectively develop and manage the implementation of a vision and strategic plan. Working with networks, researchers, clinicians, stakeholders, the successful candidate will use their influence and judgement to work closely with the Network Executive and Chair.

Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities:

Provide day-to-day oversight of a team of professionals who will contribute to Network operations, assisted by an Administrative Assistant. The Network Executive Director will provide leadership and direction to a team that will:

  • Evolve and implement a sustainable Network governance model and business plan.
  • Oversee day-to-day Network collaboration for our dozens of active research programs focused on COVID-19, acute and critical illness.
  • Manage and work with a core Network team include an administrative assistant and communications director.
  • Evolve our communication strategy including goals and deliverables for internal and external stakeholders.
  • Strengthen partnerships with local institutions and provincial and national governments and agencies.
  • Develop strategies to better engage patients, their families and decision makers.
  • Support activities to develop national platforms such as capturing minimum patient data from all centres, strengthen working relationships with methods centres as well as adopt common standards for running all projects and programs.
  • Improve processes and support mechanisms for collaborative COVID trials development and operations.
  • Oversee funds for core Network resources such as coordination, common platforms and programs.
  • Strengthen centre-specific monitoring and accountability processes.
  • Nurture mentorship and educational programs for patient and family partners, researchers, coordinators, trainees.
  • Assist in the development of key Network success factors and indicators.
  • Implement Network monitoring strategies.
  • Maintain current records on Network research programs, and regular communications with Network/program leads.
  • Coordinate organization of regular Network Executive, Steering Committee, International Advisory Committee and ad hoc meetings.
  • Maintain strong relationships with the Canadian Critical Care Trials Group’s Executive Director.
  • Prepare a semi-annual report summarizing Network activities.
  • Assist with the initiation of new Network members.
  • Essential Qualifications

    Education

  • Masters degree or higher in a relevant discipline (e.g. business, public or health administration, health research) OR an acceptable combination of education, training and experience.
  • Experience

  • At least 2 years’ recent experience in a related position.
  • Leading and implementing strategic and operational plans.
  • Developing infrastructure and standard operating procedures.
  • Experience managing human, financial, material resources and in performance management.
  • Asset Qualifications

  • Experience working within the health research environment.
  • Experience leading the conceptualization, development, and implementation of citizen engagement and community policies, frameworks, strategies, tactics and approaches.
  • Skills

  • Proven leadership qualities.
  • Strong relationship management skills (e.g. interpersonal, communication - written and presentation).
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in project management including work planning, monitoring and evaluation expertise.
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple and often conflicting priorities and diverging opinions.
  • Strong critical appraisal and analytic skills.
  • Organizational and social awareness.
  • Strong negotiation skills, ability to understand different perspectives and seek mutually beneficial solutions.
  • Language

    Fluency in both written and spoken English and French is an asset.

    Conditions of Employment

    References and security check are required prior to employment.

    Salary and Benefits:

    This is a temporary full-time, grant funded, inaugural 18-24 month-year term (with the possibility of an extension) position. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

    Information Notes

  • Your cover letter must clearly express the basis of your professional and personal interest in the position. It should also provide concrete and detailed examples that clearly demonstrate how you meet the education and experience criteria listed under the Essential Qualifications.
  • Application may be sent in either official languages.
  • Send your application via e-mail to: Venika.Manoharan@sunnybrook.ca by February 28, 2021.
  • Acknowledgement of receipt of applications will not be sent; we would like to thank all candidates who apply. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
  • An interview will be held as part of the selection process. A second interview may be conducted with short-listed candidates.
  • SRI, the CCCTG and the Network are committed to the values and principles of employment equity. If contacted in relation to a job opportunity or testing, please inform us of accommodations (i.e., an alternative method of assessment, a technical aid, accessibility requirements, etc.) required at any stage of the assessment process, so that we can take the appropriate measures to facilitate your full participation.
  • Geographic relocation is not a necessity for those who are interested in this position.
  • This position is a collaboration between the Sunnybrook Research Institute (SRI) and the Canadian Critical Care Trials Group (CCCTG). SRI is the paymaster.

    About Sunnybrook Research Institute: SRI is an independent organization wholly owned by Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, one of Canada’s leading academic health sciences centres. SRI is the research enterprise for the hospital corporation and is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto. SRI has three research platforms: Biological Sciences, Evaluative Clinical Sciences and Physical Sciences, each of which functions similarly to a university department under the leadership of a cognate director. The institute supports $100 million of annual research activities within approximately 250,000 square feet of state-of-the-art research space located at the Bayview campus of Sunnybrook.

    Sunnybrook Research Institute is committed to providing accessible employment practices that are in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you require accommodation for disability during any stage of the recruitment process, please indicate this in your cover letter.

    Sunnybrook Research Institute is strongly committed to inclusion and diversity within its community and welcomes all applicants including but not limited to: visible minorities, all religions and ethnicities, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2+ persons, and all others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

    In addition, the incumbent is expected to:

    Work within the larger context of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre (SHSC) and observe Hospital and department rules and regulations, policies, procedures, practices, safety procedures and current legislation, in particular the Human Rights Code regarding discrimination and harassment.

    Ensure confidentiality of patient, employee, student and Hospital information at all times.

    Work cooperatively and constructively with the other members of SRI/SHSC staff.

    Perform the above functions in a manner, which reflects the Hospital philosophy and mission of service, while promoting and maintaining good public relations with patients, visitors and Hospital staff.

    We thank you in advance for your interest. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

    Sunnybrook Research Institute is committed to providing accessible employment practices that are in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you require accommodation for disability during any stage of the recruitment process, please indicate this in your cover letter.

    Sunnybrook Research Institute is strongly committed to inclusion and diversity within its community and welcomes all applicants including but not limited to: visible minorities, all religions and ethnicities, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and all others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.




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