Executive Director, Canadian Cancer Research Alliance (CCRA)

Position: Executive Director, Canadian Cancer Research Alliance (CCRA)
Reports to: The Cancer Control Division for operational accountabilities, and to the CCRA Board
Location: Toronto (Downtown)
Status: Full-Time
Posting Date: January 11, 2016
Closing Date: January 29, 2016

Overview of Role:

Reporting through the Cancer Control Division for operational accountabilities, and to the CCRA Board for establishing and executing strategic priorities and for ensuring the effective functioning of CCRA, the Executive Director works to foster collaboration among research funding agencies to successfully implement CCRA’s Pan-Canadian Cancer Research Strategy Target 2020: A Strategy for Collaborative Action, 2015-2020 leads the Partnership’s role in fostering alignment with relevant aspects of the CCRA’s strategy.  The Executive Director is mainly responsible for monitoring the implementation of the CCRA national strategy, providing regular reports to the CCRA Board and providing leadership in refreshing the strategic plan in future. The position provides oversight of CCRA programs such as the planning of the Canadian Cancer Research Conference and the regular publication of cancer research investment reports. An additional role of the Executive Director is to advise the Partnership on cancer research and oversee the planning, development and implementation of any new related research activities that the Partnership may create.


  • University graduate degree, PhD or MD desirable; with graduate training and a record of success in administration of research programs
  • Minimum 5 – 7 years progressive experience in a leadership role with strong people management skills, health research environments preferred
  • Excellent knowledge of the Canadian cancer research environment including cancer research funding organizations
  • Previous experience in collaborative research and fostering relationships with collaborators
  • Established track record of publication in leading journals
  • Demonstrated ability to oversee and execute complex programs, with a track record of achieving deliverables
  • Ability to analyze emerging issues and develop strategic responses
  • Extensive experience in the development of comprehensive business plans and budgets
  • Experience working with and delivering against detailed project management documentation (e.g. charters, work plans, status reports), monitoring project performance and initiating corrective action where required)
  • Experience in identifying and resolving conflicts related to resources, schedule, and costs
  • Excellent knowledge and demonstrated experience of health sector issues/challenges in the area of cancer
  • Strong relationship management acumen
  • Demonstrated strategic leadership and management skills
  • Ability to proactively lead and respond to change
  • A commitment to collaboration and a joint-accountability approach
  • Strong internal and external stakeholder relationship management skills
  • Strong mentoring, coaching and knowledge-sharing skills, ability to interact and work effectively with staff
  • Experience in a not-for-profit sector is an asset, particularly the Canadian Cancer Strategy environment

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