Senior Manager, OJGP - OICR

Ontario Institute for Cancer Research

Ontario Institute for Cancer Research

Toronto, ON, Canada
Posted on Friday, September 8, 2023

Position: Senior Manager, OJGP
Location: MaRS Centre, Toronto
Department: Genomics

Reports To: Director of Genomics and Senior Principal Investigator
Salary: Commensurate with level of experience
Hours: 16 hours/week

Job Type: Hybrid
Status: Part-time, Temporary (2-year contract with possibility of extension)

The Ontario Joint Genomics Program (OJGP) is a new initiative for a province-wide community of genome sequencing partner institutions who operate under a central administration to enable complete genomic knowledge to guide clinical management of cancer patients. The OICR Genomics Program is seeking a part-time Senior Manager, OJGP to shape, monitor, and coordinate initial activities within the OJGP and provide reports to the Oversight Committee. The successful candidate will help with the initiation of the program, facilitate smooth, coherent service within the OJGP and will coordinate activities with external partners and internal stakeholders.

This position is temporary, part-time for two-years.

To learn more about working at OICR, visit our career page.

The responsibilities include:

  • Work independently in consultation with OICR senior leadership to coordinate activities across multiple sites to establish a business plan, strategy, and operational framework for OJGP.
  • Interact with multiple institution leaders across the province; weekly progress update meetings with OICR President and Genomics Director.
  • Organize meetings and coordinate communication with stakeholders to secure support for the OJGP model and identify specific genomics technology expertise and needs at NGS labs intending to join the OJGP. Help establish provincial supporting working groups needed for establishing the OJGP and track their deliverables and milestones.
  • Through working groups and other relevant cross-provincial stakeholders, finalize Terms of Reference or a Charter governing the Vision, Mission, activities, governance, and other associated logistics needed to launch and execute on the OJGP model.
  • Work with Legal/Technology Transfer departments at stakeholder centre to complete contractual agreements.
  • Develop a framework with partner institutions’ technology transfer groups to coordinate licensing agreements for shared IP developed through the OJGP.
  • Prepare periodic reports on work progress towards establishing the OJGP to the OICR Genomics Program and OICR leadership, as necessary.
  • Prepare financial reporting templates to facilitate transparent auditing after OJGP launch.
  • Once established, coordinate the launch of OJGP activities with the central coordinating centre at OICR and with OICR Genomics Program leads.
  • Develop processes to facilitate communication and monitor activities with partners and stakeholders in the OJGP such as portals for network partner services and a repository of shared protocols and other documents.
  • Work with OJGP partner procurement departments to develop strategies to obtain centralized high-volume discounts on reagents, consumables, and equipment.
  • Help in developing a Quality Management process across partner sites.


  • PhD in relevant field required, e.g. life sciences, or equivalent education and experience.
  • MBA required.
  • Experience working in an academic cancer centre or university as an independent researcher with some grant writing experience.
  • Project Management (PMP) certification is an asset.
  • Experience with Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS), Electronic Medical. Records (i.e., Epic), databases (i.e., REDCap) and shared trackers (i.e., Excel).
  • Experience in an accredited laboratory (ACD, CAP, CLIA, etc.) and/or with ISO requirements is preferred.
  • Expertise in cancer genomics and current next-generation sequencing technologies and informatics platforms.
  • Excellent organizational, writing, and communication skills.
  • Knowledge of the Ontario cancer genomic medicine ecosystem, including familiarity with key. genomic sequencing laboratory heads and capabilities of different labs.
  • Attention to detail and strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

OICR is a collaborative, not-for-profit research institute accelerating the development of new cancer research discoveries for patients around the world while maximizing the economic benefit of this research for the people of Ontario. We are dedicated professionals who bring expertise to each of our roles. We are looking for individuals who share our values of excellence, innovation, collaboration, impact, responsibility and community.

Launched in December 2005, OICR is an independent institute funded by the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Colleges and Universities.

For more information about OICR, please visit the website at

CLOSING DATE: Until Filled

OICR is committed to fostering a climate of equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility. This commitment is central to, and mutually supportive of, our research excellence mandate. We welcome and respect the diversity of all members of our community and we support an inclusive culture for all. We welcome all applicants, and encourage applications from racialized persons, Indigenous Peoples, women, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2S persons, and others who may contribute to furthering a diversity of ideas within our community. OICR is committed to fair assessment of a candidate’s abilities, and consideration for diversity of thought, method, and experience. Providing an accessible workplace and recruitment process is important to us, as described in our Accessibility Plan ( Should you require accommodation during any stage in the recruitment process, please complete the form at the bottom of page Information received related to accommodation will be handled confidentially.

The Ontario Institute for Cancer Research thanks all applicants. However, only those under consideration will be contacted.

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