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Senior Manager, Research, Canadian Cancer Society

Toronto, Ontario
Deadline: January 15, 2012

Every three minutes, another Canadian in faced with fighting cancer. Join the Canadian Cancer Society’s fight against cancer by helping us do everything we can to prevent cancer, save lives and support those living with cancer. You’ll be part of a passionate team determined to change lives and make a difference in the cancer fight.

Senior Manager, Research (Contract ending Feb. 2013, Full-time)

Toronto, ON


The Senior Manager, Research is responsible for applying his/her in-depth knowledge of Canadian Cancer Society research portfolio, funded cancer researchers and progress/impact of cancer research in order to enable effective fundraising, communications and outreach across Ontario.  As well, the position must cultivate strong relationships within the Ontario cancer research community and ensure effective stewardship of provincial research partnerships.


  • Enable strong communication of research progress, impact and funding through the development of tools and messages, presentations to internal and external stakeholders and through interaction with media
  • Work closely with fundraising teams to help position research as a priority area for donor investment and to help strengthen donor engagement activities
  • Liaise the Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute on areas related to research funding and strategic research opportunities within Ontario and remain knowledgeable on the broader research funding environment in Canada.
  • Represent and steward the Society’s investments in and partnerships with the Occupational Cancer Research Centre and the Pediatric Cancer Outcomes Initiative
  • Leverage research opportunities to enhance Ontario prevention, advocacy and/or other mission-focused initiatives and enable researcher relationships that will advance local outreach and fundraising potential
  • Manage and cultivate relationships with cancer researchers in Ontario, including on Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute prevention partnership grants and other funded initiatives
  • Develop and guide expertise within the portfolio to analyze research and statistical data, in areas that will improve mission impact within the province
  • Support activities to fulfill the Ontario Division Strategic Plan, with particular emphasis on enabling campaign-related activities linked to research
  • Additional responsibilities or duties may be assigned by Senior Director, Public Affairs


Staff Management Responsibilities

·       Recruit and retain qualified staff to meet resourcing needs

·       Manage staff performance in relation to goals established for the research department and for individual achievement. 

·       Coach, guide and problem solve with staff to support them in achieving their commitments.  Identify and initiate required training.

Fiscal Management Responsibilities

·       Monitor adherence to financial policies and controls.

·       Determine expense projections as part of the budgeting process.  Authorize expenditures within approved guidelines.  Monitor expenditures against plan and initiate appropriate remedial activity as required.

Health and Safety Responsibilities

·       Provides a safe and healthy work environment for team members

·       Ensures staff  work in compliance with the Society’s health and safety policy,  the Occupational Health and Safety Act and its regulations


  • Demonstrated experience and expertise in an area of health or cancer research
  • Solid understanding of the Ontario and/or Canadian health research funding environment
  • Demonstrated knowledge and skill in synthesizing complex/scientific information into lay language and communicating with lay audiences
  • Post-secondary education, preferably in health science-related discipline (MSc or PhD an asset)
  • Experience with a multi-level non-profit or community health organization.
  • Strong self-management skills and the ability to effectively problem-solve
  • Highly motivated with excellent communication, interpersonal, organizational, strategic thinking skills.
  • Flexibility, ability to deal with competing priorities.
  • Knowledge of Canadian Cancer Society policies and procedures is an asset.
  • A criminal record check is required
  • Non-smoker.

Direct Reports

  • Senior Coordinator – provides direction and guidance on a regular basis.


In return for your contributions, we offer a very attractive compensation package, which encompasses a salary starting in the high 60K range and the chance to work in a supportive and progressive environment. Qualified non-smokers are invited to send their resume and cover letter, quoting job# OHPE 215, by January 15, 2012, to:

Canadian Cancer Society, Ontario Division
Human Resources Department
55 St. Clair Ave W Toronto, Ontario M4V 2Y7
[email protected]

We thank all applicants for their interest and advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

For more information about how you can join the fight against cancer and become a member of our dynamic team, please visit our website at and visit the Careers section, found under About Us.

The Canadian Cancer Society provides equal opportunity in employment and encourages applications from all qualified persons.

A Criminal Records Check is required