University of Alberta

Project Lead - Precision Health

HSC Health Sciences Council

Competition No.  -    A107637617
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

This is a re-posting; previous applicants do not need to re-apply.

The Health Sciences Council (HSC) is an administrative model through which all health sciences faculties strengthen collaborative efforts. HSC has an obligation to lead and enable interdisciplinary research (IDR) and interprofessional education (IPE). The council reports to the board of directors that are comprised of all health sciences faculties’ deans, the associate vice-president, research, and a representative of Alberta Health Services. The council itself is made up of academic and support staff that work on delivering HSC’s initiatives.

The Precision Health (PH) initiative is the latest development at HSC. The Project Lead - Precision Health position is employed by HSC, reporting to the Precision Health (PH) Signature Area Executive Committee. The committee includes Executive Director Innovation (FOMD), Executive Director of HSC, Associate VP-Research, and Leads of Diagnostics, Population Health, and Education. The Executive Committee reports to the HSC Board.   

Over the next 12 months, the ‘UA PH Signature Area initiative’ will:

  1. Engage all University faculties and identify PH leads and assets in each Faculty;
  2. Develop the PH governance and operational structures;
  3. Focus on three ‘Phase I’ themes that reflect university and provincial health priorities: Precision Diagnostics and the Translational Research Facility, Precision Public Health and Analytics, and Precision Health Education;
  4. Create a detailed strategic plan, and implementation plan with milestones/targets for each theme; and
  5. Ensure several early large-scale public funding grant application successes, the development of which will be supported by UA seed funding.

Governance and Operations:

  • Establish governance and operational structures necessary to achieve the 12-month plan as described above, noting that the UofA HSC is the secretariat for the UA PH Signature Area initiative
  • Strike committees, working groups, as necessary to operationalize the PH initiative; develop committee terms of reference and meeting schedules; schedule and administratively support meetings, etc.
  • Develop and deliver to  ‘metrics of success’ for the first 2 years of the PH Signature Area initiative

Engagement and Communications:

  • Strike and administratively manage the PH Engagement Committee and its activities across the broader university
  • Engage with the PH Executive Committee to create an inventory of information regarding faculty assets, research groups, PH leaders, and investigate faculty recruitment strategies and the possibility to align such with PH initiative 
  • Develop materials (slide decks) to support the PH engagement and communication plan

Strategic Planning:

  • Under each ‘Phase I’ theme - Precision Diagnostics and the Translational Research Facility, Precision Public Health and Analytics, and Precision Health Education – work with the theme working groups and leads to develop detailed milestone-driven project plans
  • Work with the PH teams to deliver the project plans to timeline
  • Amalgamate the project plans into a cohesive 1-2 year strategic plan for the UA PH Signature Area initiative
  • Ensure strategic plans are successfully implemented and provide high-level reports to the PH Executive Committee on the progress of strategic and research initiatives
  • Assess project risk, barriers to implementation, & develop appropriate risk mitigation strategies

Funding - Early Success:

  • Administratively support bids for funding to support the Phase I themes, in particular, work with grant leads to prepare an ‘Artificial Intelligence Applied to Health NSERC CREATE grants for submission in 2019, and identify similar opportunities for other theme areas.

Administrative Activities:

  • Assist in the strategic planning and management activities of the PH Executive Committee
  • Act as liaison with team members, consultants, applicable faculty members, government, sponsors, and external partners
  • Develop key strategic documents, including preparation and review of briefing notes, agenda items, and any other key documents related to PH initiative in accordance with PH Executive Committee and University policies and procedures
  • Produce monthly and quarterly status report for PH Executive Committee and key stakeholders for communication of project timelines, goals and objectives, the deliverance of objectives, updates, key changes, impacts, challenges, and any other relevant information for successful completion of the project
  • Coordinate and collaborate with grant leads to prepare grant submissions and assist in the monitoring of the agreement process for the project
  • Monitoring project financial information and meet with Financial Analyst to discuss variance report
  • Assist in the monitoring of the project performance and action plans to ensure all deadlines, objectives, priorities, and timelines are met
  • Research literature, university departments, and outside bodies for information relevant to fulfilling PH projects


  • Very strong management skills with 5+ years of senior management experience including demonstrated ability to deliver projects to milestones, with budget and timelines within a healthcare sector of health sciences field
  • Project Management Professional Certification (PMP) required
  • Ability to work in a complex environment with diverse stakeholders
  • Understanding of biomedical/health research framework in an academic setting
  • Working knowledge of pre-clinical and clinical research and activities
  • Direct involvement and experience in preparing major research proposals, business plans, and strategic plans
  • Ability to plan and coordinate multiple projects and operations simultaneously involving diverse priorities and stakeholders
  • Ability to coordinate work activities with other faculties/departments/units within the University and with external agencies and organizations
  • Master's Degree in biomedical, computational, health sciences or other relevant fields; Ph.D. or equivalent preferred
  • Ability to work effectively on a team and also be self-motivated and proactive
  • Experience making independent judgments within the context of established policies and procedures
  • Organized, detail-oriented, task-driven, and thorough in tracking and documenting progress toward goals
  • Advanced Microsoft Office skills including Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and ability to prepare briefs and presentations

In accordance with the Temporary Administrative and Professional Staff (TAPS) agreement, this position has an approximate appointment of three years and offers a comprehensive benefits package found at Faculty & Staff Benefits with an annual salary range of $65,906 to $109,772.

How to Apply

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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.