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Managing Director for the Translating Research in Elder Care (TREC)

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Deadline: November 02, 2014  11:59:00 pm

University of Alberta

Competition No.  -   A102324324

Closing Date  -   Will remain open until filled.

The Faculty of Nursing is currently inviting applications for a Managing Director for the Translating Research in Elder Care (TREC) 2.0 research program. The Managing Director provides vital team and operational leadership for the TREC 2.0 program and its subsidiaries. TREC is a complex of inter-connected research projects, pilot projects, network, and a training program for highly qualified personnel that has been running since 2007 and will run another 6 years in the next phase, across the four western provinces and Atlantic Canada. TREC includes over 40 investigators and stakeholders who are signatory, another 100 decision-maker participants who administer the sites involved, and a contingent of postdoctoral fellows and graduate students. Reporting to the Principal Investigator, the Managing Director is responsible for operationalizing all aspects of TREC 2.0. The two major components of the work are:

  • Leadership and management of the core TREC team: working with the Principal Investigator to ensure that the right team is in place, and that they have the tools, resources, support and leadership required to function smoothly as a team and successfully carry out their work
  • Operational effectiveness: leading the development and implementation of the structures, systems, processes and tools that are necessary for efficient operations, effective project management and sustaining healthy stakeholder relationships; ensuring ongoing management and continuous improvement of TREC operations

The Managing Director is the main program liaison between the Principal Investigator, the Advisory Board, the Scientific Advisory Committee, work groups and committees, and is integral to successful communication between these entities. Responsibilities will include oversight of all integrated research projects and ensuring budgets and targets are achieved in alignment with strategic and operational research plans. The Managing Director is also responsible for human resources and financial functions in the TREC program. She/he will work with the Project Managers, Data Manager and, as needed, Coordinators to lead the development of annual operational plans, including standard operating procedures for all aspects of recruitment, training, intervention delivery, data collection, data analysis and feedback.

Tasks include but are not limited to:

  • Building healthy and productive relationships with TREC team members; providing support and coaching where required
  • Developing, implementing and overseeing effective project and program management structures, tools and systems
  • Facilitates the development and execution of strategic and operational plans for the program
  • Developing and executing plans for ongoing internal and external communications
  • Developing, implementing and overseeing accountability, professional development and performance measurement frameworks
  • Coordinates all human resources functions of the TREC 2.0 program including development of position descriptions, interviewing, job offers, performance management and review and team building

  • Oversees management of TREC 2.0 budget and financial records, including reporting functions to funders and universities

  • Negotiating and preparing partnership agreements

  • Providing guidance to regional lead investigators on research staff recruitment and selection

  • Ensuring systematic analysis of risk on each project and the program as a whole and implementation of risk management practices

  • Overseeing research intellectual property policies

  • Developing policy and resulting operational procedures as directed by the Advisory Board, Research Committee, and Operations Committee
  • Developing and executing an effective governance framework
  • Ensuring that the preparation of grants, manuscripts and presentations is properly resourced
  • Ensuring that targets for research and system deliverables are met

The ideal candidate will have:

  • MBA and a relevant professional health degree and/or background; MBA with a PhD in a health-related field preferred
  • 5-7 years experience with large team and/or network administration and experience working with academic, regional and government parties
  • Demonstrated ability to build and manage healthy and productive relationships within a team setting; strong interpersonal skills with the ability to coach and mentor direct and indirect reports
  • Proven skills in managing large distributed teams with limited budget flexibility
  • Proven program/project management skills within a complex environment with multiple ongoing projects
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience, knowledge and/or interest in continuing care, especially the residential long-term care sector is an asset

In accordance with the Trust/Research Academic Staff Agreement, this position has an initial appointment of one year with the potential for renewal and offers a comprehensive benefits package found atwww.hrs.ualberta.ca and annual salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Interested applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, with a detailed letter describing their interest in the position and the contact information of three references.

We thank all applicants for their interest in the position; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

How to Apply

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Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

The University of Alberta hires on the basis of merit. We are committed to the principle of equity in employment. We welcome diversity and encourage applications from all qualified women and men, including persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, and Aboriginal persons.

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