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Manager, Research Communications, Canadian Cancer Society

Toronto, Ontario, or Vancouver, British Columbia
Deadline February 20, 2018

Job Posting
Position: Manager Research Communications
Reports To: Senior Manager, Strategic Communications
Location: Toronto rr Vancouver
Status: Regular, Full Time
Position Summary:

As a member of the Communications team at the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS), the Manager of Research Communications is primarily responsible for managing the development and communication of materials that demonstrate the impact of the organization's funded research.  As part of an expanding strategy to disseminate information about cancer research, this role will be central to synthesizing and adapting scientific materials for public and donor audiences, and collaborating with colleagues to ensure nationwide alignment for research communications activities.
Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Produces a variety of plain language materials for diverse audiences (both internal and external) by synthesizing results of research for materials including grant summaries, research impact stories, stakeholder accountability materials, briefing notes, public communications, website content, background for media requests, and content to support revenue development activities.
  • Reports on the impact of CCS's funded research to enhance the profile of the organization with donors, the general public, media and other key audiences.
  • Maintains a strong understanding of the Canadian Cancer Society's research portfolio.
  • Reviews scientific progress reports submitted by funded researchers for the purpose of identifying significant achievements and identifying research engagement opportunities.
  • Responds to requests from internal departments to provide information for the public and donors about the value of the organization's funded research.
  • Communicates research trends and their implications to a wide variety of audiences through multiple vehicles.
  • Leads content strategy, project management and vendor management for Research Horizons website and is an integral member of the cross-functional project team.
  • Seeks out proactive research communication opportunities, liaising with CCS-funded researchers on a regular basis.
  • Uses CCS's Writing Manual and Brand Guidelines to accurately and appropriately tailor messaging as needed.
  • Manages and coaches the Research Communications Intern.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • PhD in health sciences preferably with experience related to cancer biology in an academic, government or corporate research environment, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
  • 2-3 years of experience in research communications and knowledge translation.
  • Excellent synthesis and writing skills, and ability to communicate complex scientific concepts for a variety of audiences and vehicles.
  • Strong editing skills and attention to detail.
  • Good understanding and knowledge of the spectrum of cancer control research and health care sectors.
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment and initiative where required, while working under pressure with often changing deadlines
  • Excellent oral communication skills and ability to interact with diplomacy and tact with colleagues, the general public, as well as individuals in the scientific community.
  • Proficiency in Internet Explorer, PowerPoint, Word, Excel, Outlook and online search tools, including PubMed and grey literature
  • Knowledge of the Canadian Cancer Society an asset.
  • French language proficiency an asset.

Working Conditions:

  • Office environment with occasional requirements to work outside of regular office hours (some evenings and weekends).
  • A Criminal Records Check is required.

What We Offer:

CCS offers meaningful opportunities to make an impact in the fight against cancer.  We are committed to fostering a culture that is inspiring, supportive and exemplifies our core values:
Caring   Courage   Integrity   Progressive
In return for your skills and dedication, we offer an attractive compensation package that encompasses a competitive salary, excellent benefits and the opportunity to have a rewarding employment experience where your contributions can make a true difference every day.
To Apply:

Qualified candidates are invited to submit their resume, cover letter and salary expectations by February 20, 2018.

We thank all candidates for their interest and advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

The Canadian Cancer Society is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates.