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Assistant Director, CIHR-INMHA, Cumming School of Medicine

Job ID: 22610

Updated: April 8, 2021

Location: Foothills Campus

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Position Overview

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction (INMHA) in the Cumming School of Medicine invites applications for an Assistant Director. This Full-time Fixed Term position is for approximately 14 months (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction (INMHA), headquartered at the University of Calgary, is one of the thirteen virtual institutes of CIHR. CIHR-INMHA has a mandate to support research that enhances knowledge of the brain, mental health, neurological health, vision, hearing and cognitive functioning and to reduce the burden of related disorders through prevention strategies, screening, diagnosis, treatment, support systems, and palliation. CIHR-INMHA supports innovative research that provides new knowledge of the biological and socio-cultural processes underlying cognition and emotion in the context for good health, mental ill-health and addiction. 

Reporting to the Scientific Director (SD) and the Associate Scientific Director (ASD) of INMHA, the Assistant Director is a key member of INMHA leadership team based at the University of Calgary and works collaboratively with the neuroscience community and key Ottawa-based staff at CIHR to assist the SD and the ASD in the effective delivery of INMHA's mandate. This will include the development and delivery of its research, ethics and knowledge translation priorities, the elaboration and implementation of strategic research initiatives and funding programs and fostering partnerships with relevant stakeholders in Canada and internationally.

The position will focus on priority areas that are of particular interest to partner agencies and government including research around substance use and related harms.

Position Description

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

  • Leadership
    • Responsible for the design, implementation and oversight of identified research initiatives, programs and funding opportunities in collaboration with other CIHR institutes and stakeholder organizations, as required
    • Lead, manage and participate in projects assigned by the Scientific Director and Associate Scientific Director
    • Lead consultations with various stakeholders such as researchers, government agencies and decision-makers
    • Work closely with the Scientific Director and Associate Scientific Director on the development of the institute's strategic plan that builds on previous successes, captures key objectives and transformative priorities of the institute, and elevates awareness of INMHA's profile, partners, and approach to advancing brain and mental health research in Canada
    • Provide analysis, structure and best practices for the team in order to establish goals to support execution and evaluation of major initiatives critical to the execution of the strategic plan
    • Survey the complex and competitive landscape, anticipate and identify potential threats and opportunities relevant to INMHA's strategic plan
    • Make recommendations that may impact the direction of the strategic plan
    • Find conceptual and innovative solutions that meet the unique and complex needs of CIHR-INMHA
  • Project Management
    • Manage the conception, development, implementation and evaluation of multiple projects with overlapping deadlines and priorities to enhance health research in neurosciences, mental health and addiction
    • Analyze issues and defines project objectives, scope, implementation plans, resource requirements and timelines
    • Examine the research landscape, trends and community needs in identified priority areas
    • Continuing assessment of INMHA programs in identified priority areas, suggest recommendations and enact changes
    • Monitor and report team progress, as required, toward achievement of performance indicators and collaborate to analyze trends and meet targets
    • Develop and manage budget for multiple projects related to substance use to ensure deliverables are achieved within allocated budget
    • Recruit, interview and hire consultants to assist with program development, including negotiating consultant agreements, developing scopes of work and monitoring work product
    • Responsible and accountable for the development and creation of various internal and external communication materials such as annual reports, workshop reports, briefing materials, position papers, funding proposals, slide decks that are appropriate for the intended audience
    • Provide technical expertise on discussion panels with collaborators and external funding agencies
  • Partnerships and Public Engagement
    • Identify and initiate contacts for new partnerships in identified priority areas
    • Engage with the research community at large as well as with leading researchers, stakeholders and high-profile decision-makers to inform and advance INMHA's approach and strategy to support brain and mental health research in Canada and beyond
    • As a domain expert, represent INMHA in official capacity at relevant meetings and committees aligned with INMHA's strategic priorities
    • Seize valuable opportunities to expand INMHA's network and contribute to the brain and mental health research activities
    • Foster and maintain excellent relationships with CIHR and other stakeholders
    • Promote the institute's mandate, strategies and programs in public and where opportunities arise. Act as a public spokesperson for INMHA

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • A research based Masters degree or PhD including experience in a health research or health service related field within the INMHA mandate area, ideally in an opioid- or cannabis-related research capacity, is required
  • 5-7 years of work experience in the above field is required
  • A combination of education and experience may be considered
  • Proficiency in French would be an asset
  • Project management experience would be an asset
  • Experience in financial planning, budgeting and forecasting would be an asset
  • Demonstrated understanding of Canada's academic health research and health systems environment
  • Familiar with current policy issues and key players in brain and mental health research across Canada and internationally
  • Strong leadership skills including the ability to provide effective management of people, financial resources and projects to achieve complex or high priority objectives within a multi-faceted work environment
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  •  Ability to process complex information efficiently and strategically and to think conceptually and directionally
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate effectively with internal and external stakeholders
  • Ability to develop strategies, messaging and positioning on complex topics and issues to stakeholders at all levels
  • Demonstrated engagement, innovative thinking and performance in rapidly changing environments
  • Accuracy and attention to details is essential
  • Proven ability to work independently, manage priorities and deadlines, and to be accountable for delivery of service
  • Ability to work under pressure

Application Deadline:  April 14, 2021

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.

Additional Information

This position is classified in the Management Career Band, Level 2 of the Management and Professional Staff Career Framework. 

To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Management and Staff Careers website. For more information about the Cumming School of Medicine visit Careers in the Cumming School of Medicine.

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