University of Alberta

Program Manager, Alberta Prostate Cancer Research Initiative

MED Oncology

Competition No.  -    A105334093
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

As the Program Director for the Alberta Prostate Cancer Research Initiative (APCaRI), the successful candidate will work to coordinate the translational goals of the team. The APCaRI is comprised of multidisciplinary team of academic researchers, clinicians, nurses, and other personnel from universities, hospitals and bio-banking centres across Alberta. With an overall goal improving outcomes and quality of life for those living with prostate cancer, our team is integrating its efforts to develop new diagnostic tests for prostate cancer, to discover novel biomarkers for aggressive prostate cancer, and to conduct clinical trials to establish the value of our new diagnostics in the clinic. As a part of our efforts, the Program Director will be coordinating a comprehensive Prostate Cancer Registry and Biorepository initiative called the Alberta Prostate Cancer Cohort. This ambitious prospective collection effort will serve as a validation cohort for diagnostic PCa tests under development by the team.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Facilitates the development and implementation of the Initiative's business plan including strategic operational initiatives to support the Initiative's goals
  • Provides administrative leadership in all business operations including fiscal management of the Centre
    • Signing Authority & Responsibility for the Initiative's research budget and administer expenditures of $1-2 million annually
  • Manages funding and bureaucracy hurdles:
    • Allocates funds to teams and Principal Investigators (PIs) according to primary funding budgets
    • Reviews any budgeting requests for follow up programs, equipment etc.
    • Maintains up to date and accurate accounts on program expenditures especially relating to communications, IP protection, travel and public awareness
  • Responsible for recruitment, retention and management of human resources within the Initiative; works collaboratively with the Executive Committee to ensure HR strategies support the Initiative's short and long-term operational needs
  • Responsible for significant and strategic interactions, involvement and collaborations within the University of Alberta, Alberta Health Services, other academic institutions and external partners
  • Plans, communicates and oversees the implementation of short and long-term infrastructure initiatives to meet the Centre's evolving needs (eg. biobanking)
  • Ensures that all operating policies and procedures support CVC's mission to be recognized locally, nationally, and internationally as a leader in prostate cancer research as well as an employer of choice
  • Manages and implements clinical and translational studies arising from the team's research activities:
    • Works with PIs and IT personnel to facilitate management of a universal clinical database
    • Plans, executes and evaluates QC systems and reports result to the Executive Committee
    • Coordinates the retrieval and analysis of archival specimens for inclusion into a province-wide database
    • Maintains the prospective collection of prostate cancer biospecimens
    • Markets and distributes biospecimens and data to APCaRI members and to other researchers worldwide
  • Facilitates the preparation of ethics, consent and grant applications; contributes to publications, press releases, public awareness and web content
  • Functions as the primary liaison between APCaRI investigators
  • Functions as the primary liaison with APCaRI investigators and the Executive Committee
  • Facilitates communication with team PIs, members and end-users through maintaining and updating information on APCaRI web page
  • Plans and organizes bi-annual APCaRI symposia


  • MSc. or Ph.D. degree from an accredited institution in Biology or a related biological sciences field with a minimum of 5 years (M.Sc.) or 2 years (Ph.D.) of clinical/translational research and/or clinical trials management experience
  • 5 to 10 years of (progressively responsible) management experience working in a clinical and translational research environment with a focus on strategic business practices, biobanking, or research team management
  • 3 to 5 years of experience working and supervising personnel
  • Knowledge of current and emerging legislation related to personal and health information privacy in the Province of Alberta
  • Experience preparing and submitting grant proposals, research publications and communications
  • Proven accomplishments in research
  • Knowledge of human ethics regulations and Good Clinical Practices
  • Proven talent in being creative, innovative, and strategically focussed by articulating clinical research ideas and ability to deliver them
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively with multidisciplinary teams and health care professionals at all organizational levels
  • An active listener with critical thinking and problem solving skills as well as excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to be agile and adaptable to work independently and effectively in a very demanding, fast-paced setting with the ability to prioritize tasks, as required
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Strong proficiency with technology and automated systems/software including MS Office, Google Applications and/or in-house databases

In accordance with the Trust/Research Academic Agreement, this position will have an end date of March 31, 2019 and offers a comprehensive benefits package found at: and annual salary range of $84,669 to $116,421.

How to Apply

Apply Online

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.