22 St. Clair Avenue East, Toronto, Ontario, M4T 2S7
The Weston Family Foundation is a family-led charitable foundation that focuses on creative solutions in the areas of health and landscapes with the objective of delivering measurable impacts to the well-being of Canadians. Since its inception, the Foundation has provided more than $400 million in charitable grants and today is one of Canada’s largest private charitable foundations.
The Weston Family Foundation (“Foundation”), formerly known as The W. Garfield Weston Foundation, was first established in the 1950s by Garfield Weston and his wife Reta Howard Weston, with a donation of shares from the family company, George Weston Limited (“GWL”). Since that time, GWL has grown into Canada’s largest private-sector employer with over 200,000 employees across the group of companies, including the original bakery business, Weston Foods, as well as Loblaw Companies Limited (which includes Shoppers Drug Mart, President’s Choice Financial and Joe Fresh) and Choice Properties.
The Foundation operates according to its mission, which emphasizes investment in innovation and learning in health and landscapes that deliver measurable impacts to the well-being of Canadians. Since its inception, the Foundation has provided nearly $475M in charitable grants.
The Program Manager is responsible for multiple funding programs and a portion of the Foundation’s grant portfolio. Reporting directly to the Associate Program Director (Neuroscience), the Program Manager is a critical member of the Foundation’s team.
Develop and use the Foundation’s scientific knowledge
Assist in the development of new funding programs.
Develop, maintain, codify and communicate industry understanding and institutional knowledge of the brain health and lifestyle factors landscape.
Use expertise to help identify potential programs from other geographies or disease areas
Run/manage a portion of the Foundation’s funding
Develop materials (e.g., MOUs, RFPs, applications).
Design and recruit review panels.
Liaise between scientific review committees and applicants/grantees, e.g., synthesize feedback from review panels to applicants and grantees, and review grantees’ progress reports.
Track progress of and help manage grantees’ projects, including working with grantees on issues.
Develop, track, report on and manage key success metrics, including grant performance.
Design and solicit feedback from key constituents about current processes.
Ensure the operational effectiveness and efficiency of the process, including identifying and implementing process improvements.
Contribute to the scientific content of Institute conferences, research and social events (e.g. design agenda, recruit review panel and relevant participants, select scientific presenters).
Attend conferences and other events to keep abreast of new developments in neuroscience research and grants management, and to recruit new reviewers.
Assist in preparing for Board and Committee meetings.
Other work/special projects as required.
Significant experience in lifestyle factors and medical interventions for the maintenance of brain health and the prevention and treatment of brain diseases of aging, and in the implementation of research findings.
Superior written and oral communications skills.
Ability to communicate complex scientific concepts to various audiences, including senior researchers and laypeople.
Ability to create clear and comprehensive scientific and lay communications, including research policies, feedback to applicants and articles.
Can-do, problem-solving attitude.
Broad knowledge of recent advances in maintaining brain health and the role of lifestyle factors in brain health and brain disease.
Understanding of the regulatory and ethical requirements for neuroscience research.
An appreciation for and understanding of the roles that biomedical and clinical research play in moving research discoveries to products, practices, and policies that improve the lives of patients and their families.
Flexibility and resilience to respond to tight deadlines, competing priorities and sometimes critical audiences.
Available to work outside normal office hours on occasion.
Excellent attention to detail.
Computer literate, highly proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel; strength in other common programs a plus.
Prefer candidates with
Advanced degree in a relevant field.
Experience writing/reviewing grants.
Project or event management experience.
Experience with translational research and/or clinical trials.
Broad knowledge of the methods, approaches and limitations of contemporary research in neuroscience.
Knowledge on the role of the microbiome as it relates to brain health and brain diseases of aging.
Title and salary based on experience. We appreciate the interest of all applicants, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No agencies or telephone calls please.
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