Director, Operations - Cardiovascular Research Institute

MED CV Rsch Institute

Competition No.  -    A100846029
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

As one of the top 5 research universities in Canada, the University of Alberta's (UAlberta) research and innovation spans many fields including health and life sciences, social sciences, energy, business, computer science, agriculture, artificial intelligence, humanities, and engineering. Our expertise and strength attracts over $500 million annually from various research funders and partners including federal and provincial government, industry, foundations, and other organizations, and UAlberta Institutes play a critical role in increasing the Universities competitiveness for external research funding.

The Cardiovascular Research Institute (CVRI) is a pan-faculty (n>5) UAlberta initiative with >60 members that will integrate and build upon existing research strengths in cardiovascular research, to create a comprehensive program that integrates discovery and clinical science with clinical care and improved patient outcomes.

We are currently seeking a Director, Operations who will report to the Scientific Director, CVRI and play a key leadership role within the institute. The Director, Operations will be responsible for administrative and financial management, making strategic recommendations to the Scientific Director, and ensure the execution of the Institute’s goals.

Responsibilities include:

  • Developing comprehensive business and project plans and overseeing strategic planning and execution for the short- and long-term success of the institute
  • Providing financial management including the oversight and control of funds to ensure optimum use of financial resources
  • Implementing and ensuring compliance with university policies and procedures, including research administration, contract management, risk management, etc.
  • Building and maintaining relationships with external and internal networks and partners, including collaborators, philanthropic partners etc.
  • Identifying opportunities for fundraising, developing funding proposals, and securing funds for the institute
  • Directing and coordinating the content of strategic and financial reports and ensuring timelines/deliverables are met
  • Coordinating the activities of multiple, diverse stakeholders (i.e. members, other institutes, institutions, funding agencies, patients, etc.)
  • Developing and leading the implementation of communications and marketing strategies both internal and external to the Institute
  • Develop site-based research units at the Royal Alexandra Hospital and Mazankowski in partnership with the Northern Alberta Clinical Trials Unit and Alberta Health Services
  • Develop and manage the core labs associated with CVRI and its researchers
  • Develop and deliver trainee and research grant competitions and maintain reporting
  • Oversight of day-to-day operations including supervision of future institute staff and core staff

Qualifications of preferred candidate:

  • PhD or advanced degree (health sciences discipline preferred)
  • 5+ years of experience writing in an academic environment
  • 3-5 years of academic senior-level research administration experience
  • 3-5 years project management experience
  • Previous experience in marketing and communications is a strong asset, with an emphasis on knowledge translation for the general public and for fund development
  • Extensive experience in financial management, including analysis, budgets, forecasting, and reporting
  • Previous leadership experience
  • Demonstrated initiative and a high level of independence including the ability to make independent judgements in the in the context of UAlberta policy and procedures
  • High professional standards in all aspects of work, with sensitivity in handling confidential information
  • Strong diplomatic and interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge of Health Canada, NACTRC, SPOR, AHS and other scientific entities are an asset
  • Able to identify and address key administrative and managerial issues
  • Strong problem-solving skills
  • Ability to produce critical assessments of key scientific, clinical, and marketing opportunities for the institute
  • Proficient verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to develop presentations and reports to clearly convey information and/or knowledge transfer
  • Expert level computer literacy and competence required, e.g., Microsoft Office Suite, etc.
  • Motivated and flexible team player with the ability to prioritize and meet tight deadlines
  • Working knowledge of UAlberta administrative structure, policies, procedures, and issues.
  • Organized, detail oriented, task driven, and thorough in tracking and documenting progress toward goals

In accordance with the Trust/Research Academic Staff Agreement, this position has an initial appointment of one year, with the possibility of extension each year, and offers a comprehensive benefits package found at Faculty & Staff Benefits and an annual salary of $84,669 to $116,421. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

COVID-19 Vaccination: Proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 in compliance with the University’s COVID-19 Vaccination Directive. Fully Vaccinated means a status an individual achieves 14 days after having received the recommended number of doses of a COVID-19 vaccine approved by Health Canada or the World Health Organization, and requires the individual to maintain the recommended number and type of vaccine doses as updated and required by Health Canada thereafter.

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.