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Senior Manager, Research Communications, Canadian Cancer Society

Toronto, Ontario
Deadline December 27, 2013

Imagine working for an organization that exists to create a world where no Canadian has to fear cancer. At the Canadian Cancer Society, our teams include people just like you: dynamic, innovative, empowered, passionate and committed to creating real change.

As Canada’s largest national health charity and leader in the fight against cancer, the Canadian Cancer Society has had more impact in more communities than any other cancer charity:

  • We spearhead life-saving research. As the largest national charitable funder of cancer research in Canada, the Society has invested more than one billion dollars in research so far, and efforts have led to breakthroughs that revolutionize the way cancer is diagnosed, treated and prevented.
  • We empower people facing cancer with free information and support services for patients and their families. Since 1996 the Canadian Cancer Society Cancer Information Service has helped more than one million Canadians with their cancer-related questions.

  • We lead change for a healthier Ontario. The Canadian Cancer Society has been a forceful and persistent voice on the tobacco control front, and efforts have led to laws that prohibit smoking in public spaces and workplaces, ban cigarette displays and vending machines and help control contraband.
  • The Society also mobilizes a community of fighters – 60,000 volunteers in Ontario alone – to help deliver programs, organize fundraising events, push change through government and fuel prevention efforts.

All of this is made possible through our ground-breaking fundraising programs and campaigns such as Relay For Life and Daffodil Month, as well as the unwavering support of our corporate partners and donors.

Be part of our team and make the biggest difference in the fight against cancer as a:

Senior Manager, Research Communications
Toronto, ON
Regular, Full-Time
Reference #: OHP 407

An Exciting Opportunity

As part of an expanded strategy to disseminate information about the impacts of cancer research, the incumbent will produce a variety of materials for diverse audiences (both internal and external) by researching, synthesizing, and  analyzing the results of research, and producing and disseminating a wide variety of  materials, such as stakeholder accountability summaries, environmental scans, briefing notes, public communications, website content, media requests, and materials to support revenue development activities.

Primary Responsibilities

Primary Functional Duties

  • Responsible for effective reporting of the impact of the Society’s funded research to enhance the profile of the Society with the public, donors, the media and other key audiences.
  • Evaluates established research metrics and communicates trends and implications of the data to a wide variety of audiences.
  • Works closely with the Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute (CCSRI) staff and other departments of the Ontario Division to generate public awareness.  
  • Works with the Society’s revenue development and marketing departments to support research communication activities.
  • Leads new initiatives to promote and engage the scientific and research community.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Staff Management Responsibilities

  • Creates a positive work environment which attracts and retains high calibre individuals.
  • Supports the team in achieving their commitments and departmental objectives.
  • Identifies developmental needs and implements tactics to reduce the gaps identified.
  • Managers and mentors through ongoing coaching and development.

Health and Safety Responsibilities

  • Works in compliance with the provisions of The Occupational Health & Safety Act and its regulations.
  • Reviews and complies with the Health and Safety Policy.


  • M.Sc. or equivalent in health sciences or biological sciences preferably with experience in an academic or corporate research environment and/or in the cancer field.
  • Statistical, analytical and methodological skills to assess research and funding trends.
  • Experience in research communications.
  • Strong understanding of cancer biology and research, health-related statistics, and oncology clinical research.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills with the ability to simplify and communicate complex scientific concepts for a variety of audiences and vehicles.
  • Ability to work under pressure with often changing deadlines.
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment and initiative where required.
  • Ability to interact with the general public as well as individuals in the scientific community.
  • Exceptional research and online search skills, including proficiency with PubMed and grey literature.
  • Computer literacy with proficiency in Internet Explorer, PowerPoint, Word, Excel, and Outlook.
  • Knowledge of the research and health care sectors.
  • Knowledge of the Canadian Cancer Society an asset.
  • Experience as a researcher specifically in the field of cancer an asset.
  • French language proficiency an asset.
  • Non-smoker.

Working Conditions

  • Office environment
  • Involved frequent travel off site to attend meetings

Physcial/Mental Requirements

  • May sit for extended periods
  • May involve significant computer use

Direct Reports

  • Research Senior Coordinator

What We Offer

  • The Society offers meaningful opportunities to make an impact in the fight against cancer.  We are committed to fostering a culture that is inspiring, supportive and exemplifies our core values:

Caring   Courage   Integrity   Progressive

In return for your contributions, we offer an attractive compensation package that encompasses a salary in the mid 70K range, excellent benefits and the opportunity to have a rewarding employment experience where your contributions can make a true difference every day.

How to Apply

Qualified non-smokers are invited to send their resume and cover letter, quoting the reference #OHP 407 in the subject line of the email by December 27, 2013 to:

Canadian Cancer Society, Ontario Division
Human Resources Department
[email protected]

Note: December 27th, 2013 is the tentative closing date or until the position has been filled.

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

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

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