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JOB POSTING: Strategy and Operations Manager

The Terry Fox Research Institute (TFRI), named for Canadian icon Terry Fox, is built on Terry's dream to end cancer through research. Established in 2007, TFRI invests in world-class, collaborative cancer research teams and partnerships. Together with its research and funding partners, TFRI is working to inspire the transformation of cancer research in Canada by bringing together leading cancer research and treatment organizations from coast to coast and empowering them under the framework of the Marathon of Hope Cancer Centres Network.

About this Opportunity

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We are seeking a strategic leader who is highly motivated, collaborative and solution oriented to develop strategic plans and mobilize stakeholdersto support strategic priorities, achieve organizational success and help our organization realize the TFRI mission. We are looking for someone who can move beyond communicating a vision to fully understanding, thinking about, planning and executing the necessary strategies to realize it. The candidate must be at ease in aligning processes, resources-planning and program goals with overall strategy.

This position leads both the development and support of implementation and program management strategies for key TFRI initiatives including the Digital Health and Discovery Platform (DHDP) and the Marathon of Hope Cancer Centres Network (MOHCCN), as well key stakeholder initiatives and thought leadership projects.

The DHDP is a scalable, multi-use platform to digitally-enable national and international collaboration to advance next-generation precision medicine technologies. The DHDP is co-led with Imagia, an artificial intelligence healthcare company, and funded ($49M) from the Government of Canada’s Strategic Innovation Fund Stream 4 program. The DHDP will apply state-of-the-art data governance principles and technology to transform collaborative research and stimulate commercialization from home grown research discoveries.

The Marathon of Hope Cancer Centres Network is a bold vision led by The Terry Fox Research Institute and The Terry Fox Foundation with support from dozens of research and funding partners across Canada including a $150M investment from the Government of Canada. Its goal is to accelerate the adoption of precision medicine for cancer through the creation of a pan Canadian network of designated cancer centres. This network represents a powerful collaborative platform that will embed research in the cancer clinic, uniting the top-tier cancer researchers and clinicians in Canada and allowing them to share their data to deliver the best outcomes for each patient in the collective pursuit of curing cancer.

The candidate will be responsible for developing a strategic reporting framework, writing of strategies, preparation of government report submissions aligned with the overall Strategic Plan, informing strategic initiatives and key priorities of internal and external stakeholders, including obligations to the Federal Government. In addition, this role will operationalize strategies by supporting all stages from concept to delivery including mobilizing stakeholders in a matrix organization to ensure adherence to commitments.

Reporting to the Executive Director, and in close collaboration with the Chief Data Officer and key leads at Imagia, other fundamental responsibilities and accountabilities will include: 

  • Lead the strategic action planning process with cross-functional working groups to create integrated, cohesive and compelling strategic plans.
  • Provide operational support to ensure adherence to the overall implementation strategy for DHDP and the MOHCCN.
  • Leverage methods of engagement to support the integration of stakeholder interests in the design and execution of projects and initiatives
  • Play a significant role in incorporating principles of patient engagement and change management into processes and projects across the program initiatives
  • Responsible for the development and reporting framework and process, monitoring systems and DHDP performance management to support evaluation of strategic plans and strategic initiatives.
  • Consult with leaders to identify priorities that directly align to and support the strategic plan, providing insights and guidance on how best to achieve alignment and interconnectivity across initiatives, members and potential members
  • Provide recommendations to Senior Leaders on prospective and current key initiatives, emerging trends, expansion opportunities, and business performance against action plans.
  • Collaborate with multi-stakeholder groups (e.g., partners, policy specialists, patients, health care professionals, system administrators, researchers, etc.) to achieve shared goals and support across the program initiatives and healthcare innovation
  • Ensure sound impact evaluation practice that tracks impact through data collection strategies for internal and external reporting and accountability


The preferred candidate holds an advanced degree(s) in health sciences, along with a minimum of 7+ years of relevant experience in healthcare, specifically that of National digital health and data initiatives. Any equivalent combination of education and experience will also be considered.

In addition, this candidate must possess and demonstrate:

  • A solid track record of producing and presenting innovative content and programming that both advances mission and builds profile/reputation.
  • A deep strategic planning expertise with the ability to identify opportunities, anticipate obstacles/risks and recommend best course of action.
  • An analytical mind with problem-solving aptitude and ability to gather, analyze, and present complex information.
  • An ability to manage volume and a diverse portfolio of initiatives across disciplines and functions. 
  • Excellent writing skills, with experience drafting strategic documents, budgeting and performance reporting, summarizing broad findings and reports for senior leaders.
  • An ability to effectively lead and influence stakeholders to achieve positive outcomes and solid relationships with public and private partners.
  • They incorporate principles of patient engagement and change management into processes and projects across the program initiatives.
  • An ability to assess the effectiveness of policies/programs against program initiatives and goals
  • An ease working in an agile environment and thrives in a collaborative, multidisciplinary work culture.
  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills with the ability to foster positive working relationships both internally and externally.

To Apply

Please email your cover letter and resume by September 1st, 2021 to with the subject line: Strategy and Operations Manager – Position Application. We thank all applicants for your interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. For more information on TFRI, please visit our website.