Lead – Strategic Initiatives
CIHR - Institute of Population and Public Health

(2 positions to fill)

The Institute of Population and Public Health (IPPH) is one of 13 institutes that make up the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Government of Canada’s health research funding agency. IPPH’s mission aims to improve the health of populations and promote health equity in Canada and globally through research and its application to policies, programs, and practice in public health and other sectors. IPPH is based at the Université de Montréal under the leadership of Dr. Katherine Frohlich, Scientific Director.

Your mandate in a few words

The IPPH Lead – Strategic Initiatives will lead and/or support core Institute strategic and operational initiatives, including the planning, implementation, oversight and evaluation of projects and initiatives. In this role, you will provide scientific, research and evaluation expertise, project management services, event planning, knowledge mobilization and stakeholder engagement expertise and support. Project management, strategic advice and stakeholder engagement are integral components of the role. You will have the opportunity to work with a wide variety of stakeholders including researchers, decision makers, executives and knowledge translators, all dedicated to improving health and health equity in Canada and beyond.

Daily Tasks/Challenges

  • Lead/co-lead with the Associate Director the development and management of major strategic initiatives, including engaging with a diverse range of partners and stakeholders towards achievement of a common goal.
  • Lead and contribute to the development of other strategic initiatives and funding opportunities, their implementation, oversight, and evaluation.
  • Provide strategic advice and manage implementation of assigned initiatives including oversight of project timelines, budgets, and operational and governance committees; and by acting as the primary point of contact for internal and external stakeholders.
  • Represent IPPH in partner-led initiatives and at internal and external meetings.
  • Lead and contribute to environmental scans, literature reviews, analyses, briefings and presentations to inform IPPH strategic investments and the effective development, planning and implementation of IPPH projects/initiatives.
  • Lead and contribute to data collection and analysis, development of performance management frameworks and the evaluation of IPPH projects/initiatives.
  • Research, write, edit and proof-read communication and knowledge mobilization products, tailored to specific audiences, such as research impact stories, newsletters, news releases, backgrounders, speeches, presentations, annual reports and website content.
  • Lead and/or assist with the design, planning and implementation of events, including announcements, receptions, community forums, workshops, stakeholder consultations, Institute Advisory Board meetings and conferences.
  • Participate in peer and relevance review and validation of CIHR investments in population and public health research.
  • Develop and maintain positive relationships and effective communications with colleagues at other Institutes, CIHR central and partner organizations.
  • Occasional domestic and/or international travel will be required.
  • Other duties may be assigned within the scope of this position.

What you need to succeed in this role

  • Master’s degree related to population and public health. Holding a PhD in a related field is considered an asset.
  • Scientific expertise specifically related to the Institute’s priorities of health equity, healthy cities, public health systems, global health and/or climate change is highly valued.
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience managing or coordinating relevant projects. Experience in an academic or government environment is considered an asset.
  • Extensive knowledge of public and population health research, policy and practice issues in Canadian and global contexts.
  • Experience in negotiating, nurturing and managing relationships with a diverse array of external partners.
  • Superior project management skills and ability to manage time and coordinate workflow across multiple projects to meet deadlines.
  • Strong communication skills in English, and ideally in French (written and oral), including ability to communicate effectively with different stakeholders including community members, senior officials and researchers.
  • Excellent interpersonal, relationship-building and networking skills with the ability to work with researchers, community members, colleagues from across CIHR and partners.
  • Ability to exercise a high-degree of initiative, work under pressure in a fast-paced environment and act decisively.
  • Advanced computer skills and experience using Microsoft 365 applications and other virtual communication platforms, web-based applications and relevant software.
  • Ability to work both independently and within a team environment.

Our employer promise

  • An annual salary rate between $66,296 and $97,359 depending on your experience;
  • Diversified and interesting career prospects as well as a continuing education offering;
  • Organization of work in hybrid mode;
  • Easy access by public transportation;
  • Access to clinics and the host of services offered to the UdeM community;
  • Reduced working hours during the summer period and a host of other benefits to facilitate work/life balance;
  • An exceptional retirement plan.

More information about this position

  • Union of research employees of the University of Montreal - SERUM-pro.
  • Regular full-time position, for 35 hours per week.
  • Category: R3
  • Immediate superior or head of research: Katherine Frohlich
  • Deadline to submit your application: October 30, 2023
  • Applications welcome in English or French
  • Submit your application to l'Université de Montréal (position: 525040)
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