Director, Partnership Engagement

Competition Reference Number CRI-13-0047
Deadline Date for Application June 14, 2013
Salary Grade CI-EXC-14
Duration Indeterminate
Location Ottawa, Ontario
Organization Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

Open To:

General Public

Salary and Benefits:

The salary range for this position is $123, 840 - $154, 800 per annum with eligibility for performance pay.

Candidate Profile

CIHR is seeking a dynamic leader with the management skills, energy, leadership and collaborative nature to effectively identify, develop and manage strategic partnerships and collaborative opportunities with partners from the private, public and research sectors. Working in a fast-paced environment, the ideal individual will have a good understanding of internal and external requirements and will be able to navigate, deliver and resolve issues within the government framework at both practical and strategic levels.

Job Summary

Reporting to the Vice-President, Public, Government and Institute Affairs (PGIA), the Director, Partnership Engagement provides proactive leadership and direction for the identification, development and management of effective and strategic partnerships and collaborative opportunities.

The Partnership Engagement Director engages strategically with the public and private sectors and secures traditional industry as well as non-industry based partnerships to improve the impact, integration and effectiveness of CIHR’s contribution to health research investments. He/She explores new opportunities to facilitate health research innovation and commercialization.

The Director is a key contributing member of the PGIA Management team and the Extended Executive Management Committee (EEMC).

Essential Qualifications


  • Masters degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. business, public or health administration, etc...) OR an acceptable combination of education, training and experience.


  • Experience in identifying, developing and managing innovative partnerships, strategic alliances and relationships both in the private and public sectors (e.g. university, industry, voluntary and/or government etc…);
  • Experience leading and implementing strategic and operational plans and in developing corporate frameworks, policies, guidelines and/or standards;
  • Experience in developing and gathering intelligence (e.g. stakeholder organizational environments, motivations, interests, requirements etc…);
  • Experience managing human, financial, material resources and in performance management.

Asset Qualifications

  • Experience working within the health research environment, with a particular emphasis on liaisons with the private sector, and/or the technology innovation sector;
  • Experience leading the conceptualization, development, and implementation of citizen engagement and community policies, frameworks, strategies, tactics and approaches.


  • Proven leadership qualities;
  • Strong negotiation skills, ability to understand different perspectives and seek mutually beneficial solutions;
  • Strong relationship management skills (e.g. interpersonal, communication - written and presentation);
  • Strong critical appraisal and analytic skills;
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in project management including work planning, monitoring and evaluation expertise;
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple and often conflicting priorities and diverging opinions;
  • Organizational and social awareness.

Language Requirements

Bilingual (CBC/CBC) - Preference will be given to candidates who meet the language requirements. In the event that no candidate, who meets the language requirements, is deemed qualified, candidates who do not meet the language requirements will be considered.

Conditions of Employment

A security check is required prior to employment.

Information Notes

  1. One position is currently available; however, a list of pre-qualified candidates may be established for future staffing of similar positions.
  2. Your cover letter must clearly express the basis of your professional and personal interest in the position of Director, Partnership Engagement.  It should also provide concrete and detailed examples that clearly demonstrate how you meet the education and experience criteria listed under the Essential Qualifications.
  3. If you have been tested for the Second Language Evaluation, please include with your application a copy of your most recent Second Language Evaluation results from the Public Service Commission of Canada.
  4. Acknowledgement of receipt of applications will not be sent; we would like to thank all candidates who apply. Only those selected for an exam/interview will be contacted.
  5. An interview will be held. A written examination may be administered.
  6. CIHR is committed to the values and principles of employment equity. If contacted in relation to a job opportunity or testing, please inform us of accommodations (i.e., an alternative method of assessment, a technical aid, accessibility requirements, etc.) required at any stage of the assessment process, so that we can take the appropriate measures to facilitate your full participation.
  7. The CIHR is a federal agency (Separate Employer) and does not fall under the Public Service Employment Act.
  8. Candidates must agree to relocate to the National Capital Region. Interviews and relocation expenses may be reimbursed.

Director, Partnership Engagement - Role Profile

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