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Program Manager, Mobility for Life Project, McCaig Institute for Bone & Joint Health, Cumming School of Medicine

Job ID: 18077

Updated: May 31, 2019

Location: Foothills Campus

Position Overview

The McCaig Institute for Bone & Joint Health in the Cumming School of Medicine invites applications for a Program Manager, Moblity for Life Project. This Full-time Fixed Term position is for 1 year, with the possibility of extension.

This position reports to the Director of the McCaig Institute for Bone and Joint Health (MIBJH). The MIBJH is one of the largest and most comprehensive Canadian research institutes dedicated to bone, muscle and joint health that strives to improve the lives of Albertans through disease prevention, preservation of mobility and disease amelioration. This Institute's excellence in research has been a significant factor in moving Alberta to the forefront as a leader in bone, muscle and joint health research internationally.

The Mobility for Life Project is a new strategic initiative within the McCaig Institute. This project will be a large cohort study bringing together existing and future MSK research cohorts together to provide a foundation of data for research studies now and in the future. Research data will be collected and combined with clinical data to provide a robust, population-based dataset that can be used to help solve how and why MSK diseases develop and progress.

This position will work closely with the Manager, Business & Operations of the McCaig Institute and the Project Manager, Research in the Centre for Mobility and Joint Health.

The Program Manager will be an expert in conducting large, epidemiological / cohort studies in bone and joint health. They will provide leadership in determining the direction of the Mobility for Life Project, manage the overall project, and work with the various stakeholder groups across multiple departments, institutes, and faculties at the University of Calgary to ensure success of the initiative. They will provide support to groups with existing cohort studies to maintain alignment across all studies under the Mobility for Life umbrella (for example with ethics, recruitment, and protocols), as well as will manage the newly recruited cohort that constitute the "healthy living" theme of the Mobility for Life cohort.

Position Description

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

  • Leadership
    • Works in collaboration with the Director of the McCaig Institue to formulate and develop a strategic research plan
    • Contribute to funding strategies and identifying funding opportunities
    • Contribute to writing grants and securing research funding to support the project
    • Facilitates research and innovation activities to align with the strategic plan
    • Utilizing background in epidemiological studies, formulate, develop and manage policies and procedures for the project
    • Ensures stakeholders and institute members understands strategic plan and alignment of individual research activities and projects within the overarching Mobility for Life Project
    • Support Principle Investigators, research associates, research assistants and student teams to integrate new and existing projects under the Mobility for Life Project umbrella
    • Lead and manage the planning and implementation of multiple research projects
    • Foster a team-based culture, ensuring positive interactions with other team members and collaborators
    • Make recommendations on the development of the full project lifecycle including study design, recruitment, consent, ethics, and study execution
    • Support research associates, research assistants and students team involved in the project
    • Provide leadership and mentorship across multiple departments to various research teams involved in the project
    • As required, direct and conduct full cycle recruitment, training and development, performance reviews and annual increases for any project research staff
  • Communication & Scientific Contribution
    • Explains difficult issues and works to build alignment around a complex situation
    • Take responsibility for the successful completion of projects from conception through to the submission of all contract deliverables and project closure
    • At as a primary liaison between research team, national and international collaborators
    • Represent research team at national and international meetings, conferences and seminars
    • Promote collaboration and knowledge translation with internal and external members at every opportunity
    • Keeps research team well informed of changes within the organization and general corporate news
    • Ability to communicate effectively with internal and external stakeholders at all levels of the organization
    • Effectively communicates relevant project information to superiors
    • Delivers engaging, informative, well-organized presentations
    • Resolves and/or escalates issues in a timely fashion
    • Understands how to communicate difficult/sensitive information tactfully
    • Support project execution for the full project lifecycle including obtaining ethics, recruitment of study participants, obtaining appropriate patient consent, establishing data collection protocols, and tracking research subjects over time

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • 3-5 years progressive experience in research project management in large epidemiological or cohort studies (with experience in bone and joint health)
  • PhD required, preferably with a background in epidemiology, biomedical engineering, or related field
  • Direct experience in the field of bone and joint research is required
  • Experience with grant proposal, annual report, ethics protocol and manuscript writing
  • Excellent interpersonal skills for liaising with multi-disciplinary research teams and senior administrative staff in multiple health care areas to foster collaborative research activities
  • Experience developing data collection forms, enrolment of participants, development of databases, statistical analysis, and report generation
  • High level of effective time and project management, supervisory skills, leadership skills, facilitation skills, personal initiative and teamwork is a requirement
  • Strong time management and organizational skills with a track record of meeting commitments and deadlines
  • A positive team player who is able to develop and foster strong working relationships with staff and external groups as well as an ability to develop critical partnerships
  • Ability to manage a team in developing, coordinating and conducting research studies in consultation with the Principal Investigators
  • Ability to meet reporting requirements of funding agencies
  • Ability to work independently, manage others and promote good teamwork
  • Ability to plan, problem-solve, and organize multiple tasks and priorities
  • Ability to demonstrate tact and courtesy dealing with patients, staff and collaborators
  • Must be able to maintain strict confidentiality

Application Deadline: This position will remain open until filled; however, applicants will be reviewed as they are received.

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.

Additional Information

This position is classified in the Research Career Band, Level 3 of the Management and Professional Staff Career Framework. 

To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Management and Staff Careers website. For more information about the Cumming School of Medicine visit Careers in the Cumming School of Medicine.

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