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Methods Platform Lead


Department: Saskatchewan Centre for Patient-Oriented Research (SCPOR)

FTE: 1.0

Status: Term, one year, maternity leave replacement.

Competition No.: 17098-M

Salary Information: The salary range is $76,363 to $127,192 per annum (Specialist Professional, Phase 3). The starting salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

Primary Purpose: The Platform Lead will report to the SCPOR Executive Director and together will provide leadership to the corresponding platform, while upholding SCPOR’s vision, mission and core values. The Platform Lead, together with the Executive Director, Associate Director, and other platform leads will mobilize the platform resources (human and other) needed for the approved SCPOR Programs and other activities. The Platform Lead will provide input regarding the recruitment, supervision, and evaluation of SCPOR staff within the platform to the Executive Director and Associate Director, as necessary. SCPOR staff will help manage projects and carry out a variety of patient-oriented research activities.

The Platform Lead will liaison with the Peer Review Coordinator (SHRF), Research Approval Coordinator (SHR, RQHR and other regional health authorities, as required), as well as SCPOR research methodologists. In addition, SCPOR will periodically employ residents in training, post-doctoral fellows, graduate students, and research assistants/co-ordinators. The Lead of this platform may provide the necessary supervision and mentorship in accordance with agreement from the students’/ post-doctoral fellow direct supervisor.

Nature of Work: The Methods platform functions within SCPOR to build capacity to provide robust services for qualitative and participatory approaches, literature syntheses and environmental scans, biostatistics, epidemiology, predictive modelling, health economics and developing approaches to implementation science including “real world” clinical trials and realist approaches. There are two components comprising this platform: methods support and development; and real world clinical trials. Within the methods support and development portfolio, the Platform Lead will provide the community with timely services in various research methodologies, including biostatistics, epidemiologists and health economists to develop/build on methods for use within rural, remote, and indigenous communities. Within the real-world clinical trial portfolio, the Platform Lead would harness expertise in innovative trial design, data management, statistical analysis, ethics approvals, and multi-site management for clinical trials.

The Platform Lead will create strong working relationships with key partners, including patient and family advisors, health service providers, post-secondary organizations (First Nations University of Canada, Saskatchewan Polytechnic, University of Regina, and University of Saskatchewan), regional health authorities, eHealth, the Saskatchewan Health Quality Council, and government. As this is a provincial initiative, building and maintaining strong working relationships with all relevant current and future provincial stakeholders are essential. 

Methods Platform planning, management, and evaluation:
  • In partnership with the Executive Director and Assistant-Director plans and oversees the development of the Methods Platform portfolio
  • Develops internationally recognized expertise and capacity in various health-related methodologies in collaboration with SCPOR research methodologists
  • Leads the assessment of provincial needs for methodological expertise and methods development to address the needs of SCPOR programs and other SCPOR activities
  • Leverages local academic and health system research expertise to provide methodological guidance, support and consultation
  • Plans, implements, executes, and evaluates Methods Platform performance and outcomes to continuously improve quality


  • Together with the Executive Director, provides the overall leadership of platform staff in the development and implementation of short and long-term plans to achieve SCPOR’s mission
  • Develops effective and collaborative relationships with partners and stakeholders to support and accelerate the advancement of patient-oriented research
  • Ensures the key stakeholders including, patients/family advisors, health care professionals, researchers, learners, and policy-makers are engaged appropriately in the development of the Methods Platform
  • Represents SCPOR Methods Platform in different forums, events, or committees to advance the understanding and goals of SCPOR at provincial, national, and international levels
  • Liaises with similar leads of other SUPPORT Units as well as relevant national and international  organizations
  • Collaborates and liaises effectively with the Executive Director, the Assistant-Director, other platform leads, and SCPOR staff
  • Communicates regularly with stakeholders to keep them informed of the work relating to the platform and to identify changes in the needs of the stakeholders served by SCPOR
  • Provides input to the Executive Director and Assistant-Director regarding planning, implementing, and evaluating effective succession planning for positions relating to the Methods Platform

Operational planning, management, and evaluation within the jurisdictional city:

  • Provides oversight of the Methods SCPOR platform activities, manages daily operations, and assures a smoothly functioning and effective operations of the platform
  • Develops and implements operational action plans to advance the strategic directions of the platform within SCPOR’s mandate
  • Ensures the platform’s operations meet the expectations of its partners, funders, and key stakeholders
  • Ensures platform’s processes are streamlined and aligned to facilitate effective delivery of SCPOR’s mandate and deliverables
  • Provides staffing requirements input to the Executive Director and Assistant-Director for effective platform management and program delivery 
  • Coaches and mentors, as appropriate, to improve performance and caliber of staff members within the platform
  • Supports career development activities of platform staff

Education and Experience:

  • An advanced degree (Ph.D. preferred) in a health science-related discipline
  • Knowledge and understanding of healthcare research
  • Minimum of 2 years of progressive experience and proven track record in management/leadership and effective collaboration with various groups of diverse interests and backgrounds

Knowledge, competencies, skills, abilities, and personal characteristics:

The Methods Platform Lead should possess/ demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Results oriented: An effective leader able to translate goals into achievable steps with a strong follow through; able to prioritise and evaluate objectively
  • Leading change: Leads by example and effective coaching; embraces the vision, mission, and core values of SCPOR and the patient-oriented research initiative
  • Excellent communicator, team builder, and motivator: Possess strong negotiation and networking skills, as well as excellent team and consensus building, and conflict resolution skills; able to influence and enable others to commit to change
  • Ability to manage uncertainty: Embraces and develops novel approaches to healthcare research models; able to withstand periods of uncertainty and setbacks
  • Self-starter and able to work with minimal supervision: Avidly takes on initiatives and requires little supervision in executing SCPOR’s goals
  • High level of professionalism: Possesses dexterity in effectively maneuvering in difficult situations with competing interests

This position is in the scope of the Administrative and Supervisory Personnel Association.

Please apply no later than February 28, 2017, at 4:30pm.

Inquiries regarding this position can be directed to Tina Murdock at 306-966-8745.

Be sure to apply online as emailed applications will not be accepted.

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The University of Saskatchewan is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the university community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced. The university welcomes applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.