National Lead, CANTRAIN Mentorship programs (Research Institute)

McGill University

Job Description

The Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) is a world-renowned biomedical and hospital research centre. Located in Montreal, Quebec, the Institute is the research arm of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) affiliated with the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University. The RI-MUHC is supported in part by the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS).

Position summary
CANTRAIN is a national clinical trials training platform. The CANTRAIN vision is to offer the best certified and standardized clinical trials training and mentoring program across Canada, including real-world experience through Studentships, Fellowships and Internships for postgraduate and medical trainees and clinical research professionals.

The national clinical trials training program is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from Indigenous and racialized people, people of all gender identities and sexual orientations, and people with disabilities. The national clinical trial training program also recognizes the need for experience, knowledge and guidance from communities disproportionately affected by chronic or rare diseases.

General Duties
Identify opportunities to integrate mentoring into all CANTRAIN training streams and build a national mentoring network (College of Mentors).

The National Lead will:
•Design the CANTRAIN Mentorship Program policies and procedures,
•Attract and recruit Participants (both mentors and mentees) for the CANTRAIN Mentorship Program,
•Match Mentors and Mentees within each training program of CANTRAIN,
•Guide and train CANTRAIN Mentors,
•Measure CANTRAIN Mentorship Program Impact.

The National Lead will work with the different stream training programs to identify the most appropriate Mentorship Programs for each stream.

The National Lead will create a program workflow diagram to explain each CANTRAIN mentoring program, identifying key actions and necessary supports and resources.

The National lead will be responsible for all website and LMS content pertaining to the CANTRAIN mentorship program.

This position engages and facilitates national and provincial mentorship activities to an audience in both English and French. The role includes partnership development and maintenance with key learning tools.

Participate in the accreditation and certification process for each training program stream.

Reports to: The National Director, Training Programs, the National Executive Director / Chief Operating Officer (ED/COO) and the Principal Investigator, who is the Chair of the Executive Committee (EC) and of the Governing Council (GC).

• Support the growth and engagement of our national network of learners and mentors,
• Primary liaison with all mentors and mentees to ensure engagement, address needs, identify learning or procedural gaps, implement new innovations, and plan regular content updates in response,
• Oversee the design and development of curricula and advanced training materials for mentors,
• Collaborate on the plan for the implementation of the national training platform in each province and center, specifically the recruitment, registration and training of mentors,
• Develop a plan for continuous evaluation of the mentorship program, including mentor and mentee satisfaction, and develop action plans in response,
• Ensure that equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) best practices are integrated into the CANTRAIN mentorship program.
• Collaborate in the implementation and deployment of the training platform in different provinces and institutions.
• Develop organizational partnerships to facilitate successful local implementation of the CANTRAIN platform.

Education / Experience

Education: Doctorate Degree
Field of Study: Health sciences
Professional Membership: ☐ Yes ☒ No
• Advanced degree in health sciences or related field with experience in large-scale program design and delivery
• In-depth knowledge of the clinical trials and drug development environment including academic, industry and healthcare provider organizations,
• Experience with complex stakeholder engagement and collaboration, including patients, governmental bodies, NFPs across multiple jurisdictions.
• Experience with eLearning/multi-media platforms.
• Ability to plan and prioritize multiple and competing tasks/projects effectively, meet deadlines, and work independently in a fast-paced environment, Collaborate with teams, staff, and clients at all levels.
• Understanding of Clinical Trials Training related resources and services at the regional, provincial and national levels in Canada.
• Superior written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to communicate in an empathetic manner using clear, simple and sensitive language, superior presentation and group facilitation skills.
• Experience building relationships with strategic partners at regional, provincial levels to inform and implement projects,
• Ability to multitask and prioritize projects efficiently, Experience working with unserved and underrepresented communities within a culturally safe and health equity framework.

Other requirements:
• Excellent French and English, spoken and written,
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills,
• Ability to work independently or with teams with minimum supervision,
• Very good ability to lead,
• Initiative, leadership, autonomy, self-taught and innovative,
• Highly motivated and performance oriented,
• Rigor and attention to detail,
• Ability to work independently and be ready to travel across Canada,
• Very good knowledge of Microsoft Office suite software (Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint).

Additional information

Status : Temporary Full-Time (35-hour workweek)
3-year term
Pay Scale: $64,864.00 to max $120,465.00 / Commensurate with education & work experience.
Work Shift: In-person 3 days / w and teleworking 2 days / w.
Work Site: 5252 de Maisonneuve

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Equal Opportunity Employment Program

The Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity, diversity and inclusion within its community. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates who self-identify as members of racialized groups/visible minorities, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, and 2SLGBTQIA+ persons. We also welcome candidates with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application process may confidentially contact, [email protected]

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