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Project Lead – Women’s Heart Health Research

Position: Project Lead – Women’s Heart Health Research
Reports to: Director, Research and Knowledge Exchange
Department: Mission
Location: Any Heart and Stroke Foundation Office
Status: Full time/3 year Contract (June 2018 – May 2021)

The Heart and Stroke Foundation

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That’s why Heart & Stroke leads the fight against heart disease and stroke. Powered by donors and volunteers, we fund life-saving research and help Canadians lead healthier lives.
Heart & Stroke is a health charity active in communities across the country. We are sustained by the commitment and generosity of more than 100,000 volunteers and more than 1.4 million donors.

The opportunity

Heart disease and stroke are leading causes of death among women in Canada, claiming 31,000 lives each year. Lack of public and professional awareness of women’s coronary risk; knowledge gaps regarding women’s symptom presentation, optimal screening, and diagnosis procedures; and sex disparities in application of evidence-based therapies all contribute to adverse vascular outcomes for women.

With the support of a $5 million grant from the Federal Government the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada (HSFC) has launched an initiative designed to stimulate dialogue about heart disease and stroke in women, address sex-disparities in prevention and management, and ultimately transform and save women’s lives through research, awareness, advocacy and policy and practice change.

The Project Lead will ensure the overall implementation of this multi-year research initiative (HSFC is currently entering year three of the five year federal government commitment). The Project Lead is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Advancing Women’s Heart Health project, i.e. work plan delivery, record-keeping, Steering Committee support, and budget management. Diplomacy and effective communication skills are important ingredients to the success of this position.

Key responsibilities

Project Management

  • Leads the overall project ensuring project deliverables are clearly defined, communicated and executed by all partners.
  • Establishes and tracks project milestones and deliverables and ensures the project is on time and on budget.
  • Completes, seeks approval of, and submits all required project reports, forecasts and financial information to Health Canada. Completes all training required by Health Canada.
  • Assesses and manages project’s risk on an ongoing basis in order to maximize project’s success and minimize risk and/or losses of funds.
  • Provides strategic advice on project policy and process issues to ensure the project remains on track, on budget and is undertaken in an ethical and efficient manner by all project committees.
  • Organizes and supports the Steering Committee in its teleconferences and meetings and in its role in providing high-level direction to the project.

Stakeholder Development

  • Builds new relationships associated with the project and maintains and deepens existing partnerships
  • Represents HSFC on the Canadian Women’s Heart Health Summit Planning Committee, working closely with University of Ottawa Heart Institute and other partners and sponsors.
  • Supports the volunteer leaders and members of the Steering Committee.
  • Establishes strong relationships with donors and corporate supporters


  • Supervises project consultants and contractors.
  • Acts as the primary point of contact for the project with Health Canada and ensures there is effective communication between Health Canada, HSFC and all of the project team members.

Budget Management

  • Monitors project expenses on an ongoing basis.
  • Ensures HSFC and Health Canada financial reports and forecasts are filed on time. Manages expenses incurred as a result of project activities.


  • University or College degree in Science, Health Promotion, or a related field. 

Experience and Skills

  • 5 years of project management experience in progressively more responsible roles, is essential.
  • Work experience within the NGO or public sectors is a definite asset as is experience with committees or boards.
  • Experience managing federal and/or provincial grants is also an asset.
  • Knowledge of women’s heart health and brain issues and research funding processes.
  • Exceptional organizational and analytical skills, as well as demonstrated ability to lead projects in a fast-paced environment.
  • Outstanding project management skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently and with minimal direct supervision is essential.
  • Ability to critically assess information and synthesize a broad range of information for the purposes of high level decision making.
  • Demonstrated ability to problem solve, think outside the box, and find creative and feasible solutions to project delivery challenges and expected risks or issues. Must be willing and able to handle unexpected changes in plans and need to improvise or change course of action within short notice.
  • Proven ability to manage conflict and bring together or unite stakeholders with disparate viewpoints is an asset. Diplomacy, patience and good listening skills are important ingredients to the success of this position.
  • Ability to establish and maintain relationships with volunteers, donors, stakeholders and partners to achieve shared objectives.
  • Strategic and operational planning skills. The level of planning associated with this position is both strategic and operational level with most planning occurring at the operational level. The project manager will be required to plan, lead and execute multiple projects and files simultaneously.
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills. Good presentation skills are desirable.
  • Proficiency in both official languages is preferred

If you have the qualifications and share our passion for our mission, we invite you to forward your resume, cover letter and salary expectations to

This posting will remain open until June 15, 2018. Please include the exact job title in the subject line of your email.

We thank all applicants for their interest however, due to volume, we can only contact those selected for interviews.

Candidates from diverse groups are encouraged to apply. We are committed to fostering an inclusive, barrier-free and accessible environment. If you have been contacted for an interview and require an accommodation due to disability to participate in the recruitment and selection process, please advise and we will work with you to meet your needs.

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