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Senior Manager

Department: Propel Centre for Population Health Impact Effective Date: November 2010
Grade: USG 11 Reports to: Director, Planning & Operations and the Association Director, Operations

General Accountability

The Senior Manager is accountable to the Director, Planning & Operations, or the Associate Director, Operations, and indirectly the Principal Investigators of Propel. The incumbent is responsible for development and coordination of all aspects of the implementation of one or more research and/or evaluation projects, for making substantive contributions to scientific papers and research/evaluation proposals, for hiring, training, assigning and supervising staff (i.e., Project Managers, Data Managers, and Research Assistants) and for participation in the overall management of Propel.

table to the Director, Planning & Operations, or the Associate Director, Operations, and indirectly the Principal Investigators of Propel. The incumbent is responsible for development and coordination of all aspects of the implementation of one or more research and/or evaluation projects, for making substantive contributions to scientific papers and research/evaluation proposals, for hiring, training, assigning and supervising staff (i.e., Project Managers, Data Managers, and Research Assistants) and for participation in the overall management of Propel.

Nature and Scope

The Propel Centre for Population Health Impact is a partnership between the Canadian Cancer Society and the University of Waterloo.  Propel collaborates and partners with these and other leaders in science, policy and practice across Canada and beyond. Propel is a new entity that builds on the Canadian Cancer Society founded Centre for Behavioural Research and Program Evaluation (CBRPE) by bringing together staff from CBRPE and the Population Health Research Group (PHR). Propel is a collaborative enterprise that conducts solution-oriented research, evaluation and knowledge exchange to accelerate improvements in the health of populations.  The Centre is only one of its kind in Canada, demonstrating the unique vision that the University of Waterloo and the Canadian Cancer Society share.

We work with urgency to inform and improve policies and programs that impact health at a population level.  Our initial priorities are tobacco control, youth health, active living and healthy eating, and quality of life.

The goal of the Centre is to position itself as one of the six Centre’s of Excellence in the UW 6th Decade plan.  As a result, investigator engagement from UW and externally is essential.  The Centre has a national and international mandate. 

Statistical Data

Propel supports over $5 million in funding annually of research and contract projects for external clients.  Many of these projects are awarded to the Centre directly (not requiring a competitive process) due to reputational creditability.  The goal is to attract another  (one or more) core partner (s) with a minimum  $1 million per year in support.

Numerous external relationships with senior leaders at other universities, government, foundations and not-for-profit agencies, nationally and internationally are essential in order to partner within the science, policy and practice arenas.

The staff complement is currently 44 FTEs’ with 4 Scientists.  There are numerous affiliated Scientists who work with the Centre as well.

Specific Accountabilities

Strategic and Operations Plan

Development and Execution of Projects

Staff Leadership and Management

External and Partner Relationships and Publications

Working Conditions

This position involves office work in a comfortable indoor area.  Time is spent at an ergonomically appropriate work station with suitable computing equipment and accessories.  There are frequent opportunities for meetings and interaction with co-workers.  The work is varied.  There are deadline pressures and a demand for thoroughness and accuracy.