Maternal, Infant, Child & Youth Research Network (MICYRN) / Scientific Director

Leadership Position in Maternal & Child Health
Scientific Director
Maternal, Infant, Child & Youth Research Network (MICYRN) 

Applications are invited for the position of Scientific Director of MICYRN to replace the current Director who plans to retire. The Maternal Infant Child Youth Research Network is seeking a dynamic and collegial individual to lead the network and continue to implement the scientific vision and leadership direction of the organization in alignment with the strategic plan set by the Board of Directors. This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual from the pediatric or obstetric academic community to play a key leadership role in strengthening and expanding the potential for maternal and child research organizations across Canada to improve health outcomes of women and children.   

MICRYN was formed in 2006, through the cooperation of all of the institutional directors of child health research in the country, with the belief that the synergistic strength gained from formal collaborative networks of investigators and integrated infrastructure spur tremendous advances that are unattainable by individual groups working in isolation. There is a strong commitment of the MICYRN member organizations to improve the quality and impact of research through establishing best practices, creating efficiencies for timely completion of studies, and ensuring uptake of results. 

The primary mandate of MICYRN is to support a national collaboration in maternal and child health research through establishing and sustaining a core network infrastructure to support research teams to have the greatest impact of knowledge to practice or policy both nationally and beyond. In 2011, MICYRN was federally incorporated as a non-profit charitable society, now joining 20 Canadian maternal-child health research member organizations and over 20 affiliated practice-based research networks of perinatal and pediatric specialists based at teaching hospitals affiliated with the 17 medical schools in Canada. Productive partnerships have been established with the USA and European Union. There simply exists no other such organization in the world.

Scope and Qualifications
The Scientific Director is responsible for implementing the scientific vision and leadership direction of the organization according to the strategic direction set by the Board of Directors (the Board). This involves working with senior leaders of health research organizations across Canada and beyond (including CIHR, PHAC, NIH and the European Network for Pediatric Research at the European Medicines Agency), and key stakeholders in academic health organizations (including Health Canada). 

The successful candidate will be a strong academician, with excellent administrative experience, strong leadership skills, and a track record of working cooperatively and collegially. The ideal candidate for Director brings natural strengths at relationship building, is well networked within the maternal/child community in Canada, and has prior experience with international networking, USA, Europe. S/he must have management experience and demonstrated skill at addressing issues related to health research infrastructure.   S/he should be an MD with advanced training (MSc, PhD) or PhD with experience in applied health research. Applications will be considered commencing August 1, 2017 with a view to fill the position within a year.  

The Scientific Director of MICYRN is a non-salaried volunteer position, with funding support provided for all travel andexpenses associated with MICYRN business. This prominent role is well supported financially by an experienced team, including at Executive Director, at the coordinating centre in Vancouver. The coordinating centre provides a diverse skill set in managing the network operations, supporting the board and engaging members across the network, with personnel specializing in the areas of administrative and logistical support, communications and stakeholder engagement, and project and executive management. Further, the activities of MICYRN and functions of the Scientific Director are supported by an electedBoard of Directors.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities of the Scientific Director

  • Scientific and Strategic Leadership – This entails preparation of and overall direction, coordination and management of the Network strategic plan in collaboration with the Board to ensure that the vision, mission and strategic plan of the Network meet the needs of the organization and the community it serves. The Director acts as the key spokesperson and representative for the organization to the scientific community and other key stakeholders.
  • Operational planning and management – The Director ensures that the operation of the organization meets the expectations of its clients, Board and funders and oversees the planning, implementation and evaluation of the organization's initiatives and special projects. S/he provides guidance to the Executive Director in developing an operational plan, which incorporates goals and objectives that work towards the strategic direction of the organization and in overseeing the efficient and effective day-to-day operation of the organization.
  • Program planning and management – This includes oversight of human resources planning and management such as recruitment of and guidance to the Executive Director regarding staffing requirements for organizational management and program delivery.
  • Financial planning and management – The Director works with the Board to secure adequate funding for the operation of the organization, oversees the development of fund raising plans and writes funding proposals to increase the funds of the organization, and approves expenditures within the authority delegated by the Board.
  • Community relations/advocacy – The Director takes primary responsibility to communicate and promote MICYRN’s objects and activities to the research community and private and public sector organizations as well as with stakeholders to identify (community groups, funders, politicians, and other organizations) changes in the community served by the organization.

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be considered. Applicants are invited to submit a letter outlining their   interests in the position, a description of their credentials that align with the stated job qualifications, and current curriculum vitae.  Brief letters of support should be included from the applicant’s Department Chair to indicate a willingness to support the applicant’s time commitment to MICYRN; and from the head of research at the applicant’s site, to indicate a willingness to be actively engaged in MICYRN. 

Applications should be submitted in confidence to:
Dr. Stephanie Atkinson,
Chair, MICYRN Board of Directors, 
c/o Dept. Pediatrics,  HSC 3A44, 
1280 Main St W, Hamilton, ON L8S 4K1
or by email to 

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Posted on March 29, 2017 .