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Director, Digital Health Innovation Research Program, Clinical Neurosciences, Cumming School of Medicine

Job ID: 26547

Updated: August 4, 2022

Location: Foothills Campus

We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta. The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.

Position Overview

The Department of Clinical Neurosciences in the Cumming School of Medicine invites applications for a Director, Digital Health Innovation Research Program. This Full-time Fixed Term position is for approximately 1 year (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.

Reporting to the Principal Investigator.

The role of the Director for the Digital Health Innovation Research Program is multifaceted, including creating, overseeing the implementation of the group's strategic plan; managing core business operations (finance, HR, communications, staff management) and coordinating local, national, and international collaborative research projects and meetings. The position provides leadership and expert advice in research strategy and partnerships.

Position Description

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

Strategic Direction and Program Management

  • Oversee program reporting. Working with Principal Investigator, will drive the generation of reports describing our research progress (and challenges) related to the milestones, deliverables and outcomes set within the strategic plan

  • Liaise between our research teams and committees to ensure all parties involved remain engaged and aware of project progress and challenges

  • Use leading-edge knowledge in digital health principles, patient registry/database concepts and clinical trial practices to promote and champion these complex research programs involving national and international locations

  • Actively develops the short and long-term strategic direction of the Korngut Research Group by recommending expansion or lessening of investigations on the basis of information acquired

  •  Develop short- and long-term goals and strategies to maximize outcomes, minimize risks, and enhance the group's reputation and ability to perform high-caliber research

Communication and Relationship Development

  • Provide expert recommendations and solutions related to research strategy and partnerships, ensuring consistency throughout institute practices

  • Work through complex university issues and challenging interpersonal interactions with composure and diplomacy

  • Provide credible expert advice and consultation, education, and support to the Korngut Research Group's leadership team and partners and stakeholders

  • Develop and maintain productive working relationships with existing and potential funding organizations including pharma/industry sponsors and non-profit groups

  • Lead the development and maintenance of memoranda of understanding, collaboration agreements, and other formal documents with external partners

Innovativeness/Initiative

  • Works across research projects to test and advance innovative processes, hypothesis, and methodologies while fostering innovation by encouraging challenges to status quo

  • Demonstrates advanced skills in optimizing technology and processes to support each of the Korngut Research Group's platform. Provides recommendations and seeks opportunities to enhance technology and support systems

Leadership

  • Oversees delivery of multiple projects within each arm of the Research Program (CNDR registry, Digital Health and Clinical Trials) at a high level while defining objectives and performance expectations for the team to which the role oversees

  • Lead the Korngut Research Group's core operational and administrative team, working closely to develop and grow the team's technical and related skills

  • Foster development of knowledge and skills among staff based on best practices, coordinate workflow and workloads, and review work to ensure consistency of practices

  • Exercise discretion for recruitment, hiring, performance management, and discipline, up to and including termination

  • Act as a coach/mentor in the training and development of the core team, ensuring staff develop collegial, positive, high trust working relationships with each other and other key stakeholders, both internal and external

  • Provide credible expert advice and consultation, education, and support to staff

Staff Management

  • Will oversee the process for the staff management of specified research staff (8.5)

  • Manages the creation job profiles, hiring, and onboarding of staff

  • Performs and engages staff in annual performance reviews

  • When required, performs disciplinary actions, including terminations

  • Oversees the complete range of human resource management for operational staff including hiring

  • Expected to bring human resource management expertise for the program

CNDR Management

  • The Canadian Neuromuscular Disease Registry (CNDR) is a national infrastructure project involving neuromuscular disease research, clinical care, education and patient engagement initiatives

  •  Liaises with software development personnel with respect to database design, construction and maintenance

  •  Develops and implements project plans and timelines and ensures CNDR Portal and Database are fully functional at all times

  • Ensures registry aligns with international standards and safety and security of data and associated registry materials

  • Ensures adherence to all regulatory and licensing requirements

  • Develops, implements and oversees all registry policies and procedures

  • Directs national registry operations including national oversight of clinical site administration and policy compliance

  • Conducts national data auditing as needed

Risk Management

  • Ensures project ethics in all centers is current and maintains national records for all ethics submissions

  • Ensures legal documentation is in place as appropriate

  • Liaises with ethical and legal consultants as required to ensure project risks are well managed

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Advanced degree (MBA, Masters degree or PhD) in a relevant field required
  • Minimum 5 years experience in team leadership, management, execution of strategic plans, financial management and reporting required
  • 2-3 years of experience in health-related research leadership and knowledge translation is an asset
  • Experience in innovation, commercialization or entrepreneurship roles a strong asset
  • Required to be task and detail oriented, organized, and efficient, with strong time management and multi-tasking skills
  • Required to have strong written, oral, and interpersonal skills, with an ability to interact effectively with stakeholders in multiple domains (scientists, clinicians, technical staff, trainees, administrative support, granting organizations, fundraisers, and donors) to enable a collaborative and goal-oriented research program
  • Required to have strong leadership skills, including a demonstrated ability and comfort with decision making responsibilities and the ability to motivate, inspire and build confidence in others to achieve common goals
  • An understanding of budgeting and financial accounting for a research program, small business, or small organization is required; an ability to help generate and communicate financial reports is required
  • Acts expertly as the key person thinking beyond existing solutions when problems are encountered
  • An ability to hire and help manage staff is required
  • Education or experience in health science discipline preferred
  • Successful completion of epidemiological and literature search research methods course preferred
  • Experience with writing grants and/or research proposals an asset
  • Strong interpersonal, conflict management and resolution, team-building skills
  • Authorship in a professional or scholarly journal preferred as this position expects publication and presentation of advanced papers to external audiences and designs and implements new research projects
  • Strong proficiency in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, email, Internet, Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft Office, Dropbox, Zoom, MS Teams and cloud-based platforms
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • A basic understanding of website maintenance and social media is required
  • Advanced knowledge of University of Calgary research administrative procedures and Business Administrative System experience managing staff in a unionized environment is an asset
  • French Language fluency will be considered a strong asset
  • Previous technical experience with patient registries or databases will be considered a strong asset
  • Experience with financial management is required including experience with large budgets and institutional financial management practices
  • Previous experience managing national research networks is highly desirable

Application Deadline:  August 18, 2022

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 Research Career Band, Level 5 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 visit Careers in the Cumming School of Medicine.

The University strongly recommends all faculty and staff are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

About the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit ucalgary.ca.

The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy in line with the foundational goals of Eyes High, committing to creating a rich, vibrant, and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supports Indigenous Peoples, encourages Indigenous community partnerships, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in all that we do.

As an equitable and inclusive employer, the University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. In particular, we encourage members of the designated groups (women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible/racialized minorities, and diverse sexual orientation and gender identities) to apply. To ensure a fair and equitable assessment, we offer accommodation at any stage during the recruitment process to applicants with disabilities. Questions regarding [diversity] EDI at UCalgary can be sent to the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion ([email protected]) and requests for accommodations can be sent to Human Resources ([email protected]).

We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.

 

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