Executive Director
Stem Cell Network - Ottawa, ON

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The Stem Cell Network (www.stemcellnetwork.ca) is a not-profit organization charged with catalyzing stem cell research into new therapies, commercial products and public policy. It is funded through a $6.4 million annual grant from the Federal Government through the Networks of Centres of Excellence program (www.nce.gc.ca). SCN is governed by an independent Board of Directors drawn from industry, academia and the NGO sectors. It is hosted by the University of Ottawa.

SCN seeks to recruit a new Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer to lead and manage the Network through the balance of its current funding cycle, which ends in March 2015. In addition the Network has an opportunity in spring 2014 to apply for two more years of management funding (expiring March 2017) to continue with its knowledge translation activities, and then fully wind-up the Network’s activities.

The incoming Executive Director will have the opportunity to get to know this unique and exciting area of research and to make their mark by leading several major projects. The Network is playing a leading role in the development of the Canadian Stem Cell Strategy, a vision for stem cell research in Canada for the next 20 years. SCN is also building and launching a major international travelling museum exhibit in June 2014, is organizing the Till and McCulloch meetings for over 400 participants in 2013 (Banff) and 2014 (Ottawa), and still has more than $2 million in uncommitted research funds.

The Executive Director reports to SCN’s Scientific Director & CEO, Dr. Michael Rudnicki, who is also Director of the Sprott Stem Cell Centre at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute.The Executive Director serves as an ex-officio non-voting member of the Board of Directors.


  • With CEO and Board, develop strategic and operating plans for SCN.
  • Provide management leadership and structure to realize the goals of SCN
  • Supervise all SCN central activities including administration, finance, and communications
  • Manage all SCN HR activities including providing regular performance feedback to SCN staff
  • Manage all SCN legal, contractual, and statutory corporate compliance activities
  • Support and report to the Board of Directors and Board committees as required
  • Serve as the primary liaison between the NCE program officer, other Networks, and the SCN
  • Act as functional lead for commercialization and partnership activities.
  • Manage the Till & McCulloch annual meetings (www.tillandmcculloch.ca) and take primary responsibility for securing sponsorship support for the meeting.
  • Collate SCN IP data for NCE reporting purposes, and supervise and review preparation of all NCE annual reports.


  • Ensure the timely delivery of all SCN goals and milestones
  • Develop strong working relationships with all SCN stakeholders and promote collaboration
  • Show good judgment in when to involve the CEO and/or Board Chair, and proactively communicate progress or issues
  • Work productively as part of the executive team
  • Develop the SCN staff and foster team spirit and culture
  • Ensure ethical conduct, integrity and a high degree of professionalism in all SCN business activities


  • A post-graduate degree or relevant professional qualifications
  • At least five years previous experience managing teams
  • Demonstrated interest and/or experience in health sciences
  • Demonstrated business acumen
  • Excellent communications skills
  • Bilingualism in Canada’s two official languages is an asset

SCN offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience and an attractive benefits package. The Network is also willing to consider flexible working arrangements.

If you would like to apply for this position please submit your resume and a covering letter explaining your interest and what you would seek to accomplish in the role by Thursday August 22, 2013.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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The Stem Cell Network (www.stemcellnetwork.ca) is a not-profit organization charged with catalyzing stem cell research into new therapies,...