Published on: February 4th, 2022
Senior Program Manager – Knowledge Mobilization (for social innovation)
About Brain Canada
Brain Canada is a dynamic charitable foundation that designs and develops research programs and funds transformative brain research across Canada. Brain Canada raises funds to support brain research and stewards the Canada Brain Research Fund, an innovative private – public partnership supported by Health Canada and more than 100 partners and funders. Brain Canada promotes a “One Brain One Community” approach that views the brain as a single interconnected system and fosters a stronger, more networked brain community across Canada. For more information, see braincanada.ca.
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Position (permanent, full time): Senior Program Manager - Knowledge Mobilization (for social innovation)
Reporting to the Chief Research and Programs Officer and in close collaboration with other members of the Brain Canada team, the Senior Program Manager-Knowledge Mobilization (KM) is involved in various activities including expert facilitation, relationship building, and project management. The Senior Program Manager-KM works on both the pre-award and post-award processes for a portfolio of research programs and projects. Specifically, the Senior Program Manager-KM:
- Will be one of the main points of contact at Brain Canada for funded researchers/project teams and is responsible for monitoring community-driven research and programs activities that require a specific collaborative and inclusive research approach to assess progress and maximize outcomes;
- Will be involved in developing research programs with community-based organizations that face a distinctive set of challenges and concerns related to engaging in the knowledge translation process;
- Will be responsible to launch community-led programs, coordinate rigorous peer review processes of different funding programs, maintain a strong communication with the community action leaders and the funded researchers;
- In preparation for the development of community-driven programs, the Senior Program Manager-KM may be requested to lead focus groups with community groups and stakeholders to help elaborate Brain Canada’s knowledge mobilization and social innovation activities.
- Participate in the development of community-driven and key opinion leaders programs:
- actively participate in the development of Brain Canada’s KM strategic plan;
- assisting in discussions with community leaders, key opinion leaders and stakeholders;
- supporting the development of research proposals for grants and contracts;
- assisting in engaging knowledge users throughout the life cycle of projects and initiatives to identify knowledge needs and gaps, develop and implement plans in response, and iteratively improve tools and resources based on feedback;
- identifying and evaluating best practices in collaboration with community members and organize the means to share this knowledge more broadly among the research community;
- developing strategies to raise the programs’ profile;
- drafting, launching and administration of Requests for Applications (RFAs);
- launching new research programs by facilitating program start-up activities, including revisions of programs agreements and budgets;
- ensuring constant communication throughout the process with the community leaders;
- ensuring applicants receive appropriate instructions, support and answers to enquiries;
- assisting the Communications and Legal departments with the necessary details required for external documentation.
- Coordinate the peer review process of each program;
- Ensure relevant policies are followed;
- Manage a portfolio of funded programs:
- monitoring funded projects' scientific and financial progress to ensure that all goals are met;
- critically assessing risks, outcomes and anticipated future impact;
- ensuring all documentation is properly archived and updated for programs/projects in portfolio;
- collecting data and producing reports on project/program outcomes for different internal and external stakeholders and funders;
- coordinating the process to close out projects after completion;
- fostering relationships, facilitating meetings, and communicating effectively with project teams, the host institutions and other partners;
- working closely with project teams to assist with problem solving, risk management and collaborations;
- coordinating with other Brain Canada departments to assist with project-related matters and ensuring milestones are considered and completed on time and on budget;
- assisting with networking, partnership development and profile building when requested;
- other duties as assigned by the Chief Research and Programs Officer.
- MSc or PhD with research experience in the neurosciences, public health or a related biomedical, social or behavioural area, or in health administration.
- Knowledge Translation Professional Certificate or Project Management Professional (PMP) designation an asset
- Four to six years experience working with community groups outside of research for Knowledge Mobilization in a range of related activities including written/oral communication, liaising with a variety of stakeholders such as researchers, clinicians, patients and families, community organizations, key opinion leaders, and partners.
- Proven expertise in process and project management.
- A minimum of two years experience working in a research funding organization or in an administrative capacity in a research performing organization, and knowledge of running research competitions, including the peer review process.
- Good broad knowledge of the methods, approaches and limitations of research.
- An appreciation for and understanding of the roles that biomedical, clinical, translational, health services, and population health research together play in moving research discovery to products, practices, and policies that improve the lives of Canadians.
Key skills and behavior
- Mastery of database, project management and office software;
- Positive attitude, highly motivated, and team player;
- Extremely well organized and diligent;
- Superior attention to detail;
- Excellent interpersonal skills; able to deal calmly and effectively with dissatisfied individuals on occasion;
- Excellent written and verbal communications skills in English, with French an asset;
- Ability to communicate brain research in lay terms;
- Problem-solving skills and creativity;
- Good judgment and discretion;
- Ability to operate with minimal supervision and clerical support;
- Ability to work under pressure, meet tight deadlines and cope with rapidly changing scenarios;
- Ability to work outside normal office hours as needed, and to travel occasionally.
In addition to remote work anywhere in Canada, we offer:
- Various career and learning opportunities;
- Access to professional development funds and organizational trainings as available;
- A safe, healthy, flexible and stable work environment that values work-life balance, teamwork, creativity and innovation.