Chief of Research, The Hospital for Sick Children
SickKids, Canada’s largest paediatric academic health sciences centre, is driven, every day, by a mission to improve the health of children by providing the best in family-centered care, creating groundbreaking scientific and clinical advancements and training the next generation of experts in child health. With passionate and dedicated staff (over 2400), outstanding infrastructure (a brand new, $400 million, state-of-the-art facility), stable funding ($285 million in 2019-2020), and unparalleled community and philanthropic support through SickKids Foundation, SickKids Research Institute is well-placed to build on the inspiration of the children it serves.
Research excellence, in all its forms and applications, has always been and will continue to be a key driver in advancing SickKids vision: Healthier Children. A Better World. For over 140 years, SickKids researchers, alongside peers in education and clinical practice, have led the way in discovery and innovation and in improving the care for kids in Canada and around the globe. SickKids is currently ranked #2 amongst Canada’s top research hospitals, and #1 for research intensity.
In 2013, the Research Institute (RI) moved into its new home in The Peter Gilgan Centre for Research & Learning. The Centre is a place unlike any other, where world-leading researchers, clinicians and learners congregate and share ideas and where research excellence, collaboration and the translation of scientific advancement, from bench to bedside, can flourish. In many ways, the Centre is testament to SickKids’ notable, past, present and future achievements.
As the Chief of Research, you champion an aspirational vision for research at SickKids and the RI and provide strategic direction and leadership to achieve that vision. With a focus on enhancing child health and discoveries that deliver on this goal, and improving population health, you promote, support and drive efforts to integrate research, learning and clinical practice, which includes providing research guidance for Precision Child Health, The Leong Centre for Healthy Children, The Child Health Institute and Artificial Intelligence In Medicine (AIM). You are supported by RI Program Heads and a team of Associate Chiefs, who are senior scientists responsible for specific research portfolios within the Institute, as well as the RI’s operations team, who manage the performance of the RI’s financial, human and operational resources, and industry partnerships and commercialization. The key face and voice of the RI, you play an important advocacy and stakeholder relations role, building support and strong ties with the SickKids Foundation, governments, elected officials and policy makers, as well as a range of funding partners, granting bodies and donors at the local, provincial, national and international levels.
In addition to your RI leadership role, you are also a key member of the hospital’s executive team, reporting to the Chief Executive Officer and holding an executive level, five-year, renewable appointment that is approved by the Board of Trustees. In this capacity, you ensure the RI’s strategic alignment with the hospital’s strategy and actively participate in all hospital-wide matters, including strategy, general operations, finances, quality, risk management, performance management, human resources, information technology, etc. Lastly, you play a key role in championing Equity, Diversity and Inclusion practices, programming and measures in the RI and across the SickKids enterprise.
Your record of scientific and organizational leadership has now prepared you to lead one of the world’s most respected and comprehensive health research institutes. As the ideal candidate, you are a respected, strategic leader with a compelling, global vision for child health research. You have a strong international reputation of scientific achievement, and are considered by your peers to be a leader in your field. You are, by all measures, an authoritative voice and credible advocate for health research, nationally and internationally. As a seasoned executive, you have led complex research enterprises by exercising sound judgment and exceptional problem solving skills, by building partnerships, and by motivating and inspiring individuals and teams to excel.
If you are interested in joining SickKids and helping to define the next chapter in child health in Canada and around the world, send your CV in confidence to
Select posting #11957
The children and families we care for are diverse, and so are our employees. All are welcome to join our unique organizational culture and be part of our inclusive team.
Position Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Application Deadline date: January 31, 2020