Senior Manager – Research Programs

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Reporting to the Director, Research Operations, the Senior Manager, Research Programs provides senior-level support in strategic planning and management of the Canadian Cancer Society’s (CCS) research programs. Key responsibilities are grouped according to the following categories:

  1. Management of grant funding competitions
  2. Management of the CCS peer review process
  3. Strategic planning and special projects

The Senior Manager, Research Programs is also responsible for the supervision, performance management and professional development of the Grant Research Coordinator.


Management of grant funding competitions:

  • Lead a cross-functional team in the development, implementation and delivery of CCS research funding programs, including development and revision of competition materials to ensure all components are updated/improved and consistent across programs (e.g., Request for Application documents, application form and guide, rating scales, etc.).
  • Supervise the intake and processing of grant applications, including overseeing and supporting the Research Administrative Assistant and Grants Research Coordinator to ensure the administrative review is completed according to CCS Research policies and established timelines.
  • Participate in the relevance review of abstracts, as required.
  • Serve as subject matter expert on CCS research policies and program guidelines.
  • For funding partners, provide guidance to Senior Manager, Partnerships & Engagement on CCS policies and procedures and ensure that contractual obligations are met as they pertain to program administration.
  • Design and lead competition informational webinars, as required.

Management of the CCS peer review process:

  • With input from the Director, Research Operations and panel Chair, identify and recruit scientific members of the review panel.
  • Develop or update review process guidance documents and reports (e.g., Chair and Panel Member Handbook, pre-meeting panel resources, Yellow Book (report summarizing panel recommendations for CCS’s Advisory Council on Research (ACOR)), and relevant background documents for ACOR.
  • Ensure rigour of the peer-review process, including managing the COI and expertise declaration exercise, assigning of reviews, and advising panel Chairs and members on CCS policies and practices.

Strategic planning and special projects:

  • Conduct environmental scans, program analyses to identify gaps and strategic priorities.
  • Participate in the preparation of documents for ACOR.
  • Lead the conception of new research funding programs.
  • Lead consultations, workshops, and working groups.
  • Support Senior Manager, Research to ensure high quality collection of research proposal and applicant data and coding of newly funded grants.
  • Contribute to the review and development of CCS Research policies and ensure they are implemented across programs.
  • Prepare high-level presentations communicating CCS Research mandate, programs and policies.
  • Represent CCS on internal and external interagency committees as required.
  • Contributes to other projects as identified/required.

Foster a working environment that highlights the talents and strengths of each team member:

  • Ensure that hiring practices are inclusive.
  • Encourage growth and development opportunities for all team members.
  • Champion CCS as a hero in the face of cancer.
  • Actively contribute to our culture of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion by encouraging dialogue that respectfully considers a wide variety of ideas, opinions, and suggestions.


  • PhD in a Health Sciences field.
  • More than 3 years, up to and including 5 years – similar or related general experience in progressively more important positions.
  • Strong scientific background with a broad understanding of oncology.
  • Experience working with a broad range of stakeholders, internally and externally (experience working with academic and patient audiences preferred).
  • Experience working with research grant programs and grants management software an asset.
  • Project/program management experience within the non-profit or academic research administration setting(s).
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including experience building and managing relationships.
  • Excellent communication skills – both written and oral – adaptable to both technical and lay audiences.
  • Ability to manage and deliver on multiple, sometimes shifting priorities under tight deadlines in a fast-paced, collaborative environment.
  • Able to handle sensitive and confidential information and conversations with tact and diplomacy.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

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