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Project Lead, Stroke Best Practices

Position: Project Lead, Stroke Best Practices 
Reports to: Director, Systems Change and Stroke Program
Department: Mission – National
Location: Toronto
Status: Permanent, Full-time

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 & Stroke leads the development and dissemination of the Canadian Stroke Best Practice Recommendations (CSBPR), a world-class comprehensive set of clinical guidelines for the management of stroke care across the continuum. The CSBPR updates target all healthcare providers and system leaders, and follow a rigorous development process to ensure timely high quality evidence-based synthesis of emerging research reaches those who need it through innovative channels of dissemination and implementation. 

The Project Lead for the CSBPR is responsible for the overall coordination, development, implementation and evaluation of the CSBPR program, working closely with the Director of Systems Change and the Stroke Program, and a broad range of external experts and volunteers. The main areas of responsibility include: (1) ensuring the process for the CSBPR development follows or exceeds industry standards for rigour and quality; (2) coordinating and managing the CSBPR update cycle; (3) engaging volunteers from a range of healthcare disciplines; and (4) disseminating, publishing and supporting resource development.

Key responsibilities

Leadership for the CSBPR development, update and review process

  • Coordinates and delivers overall process for development of and updates to the Canadian Stroke Best Practice Recommendations;
  • Refines and implements recruiting process for SBP subject matter experts for writing groups, including onboarding and stewardship.
  • Coordinates multiple external writing groups, including facilitation of goals and timelines for key activities and deliverables.
  • Coordinate and circulate review of evidence to writing groups.
  • Create and maintain writing group documentation, including agendas, attendance, meeting notes and action items.
  • Review and become familiar with all materials and scientific content to actively engage with writing groups during discussions and deliberations.
  • Develops draft documents incorporating all feedback from various reviewers, working closely with writing group chairs and advisors, ensuring that all format and content requirements are met.
  • Ensure all CSBPR review activities follow the H&S processes for rigor and ethical review.
  • Coordinate external review processes and reviewer selection and onboarding, and collation of feedback.
  • Participate in final module production, translation, and development and submission of stroke best practice publications; contributes as a co-author on CSBPR publications, and lead or coauthor on program reports and other related peer-reviewed scholarly papers.
  • Participate in advisory committee meetings and other governance mechanisms.
  • Maintain relationships with key external organizations and subject matter experts involved in stroke best practices, and other related guideline development work (such as Hypertension Canada and the Canadian Cardiovascular Society).
  • Respond efficiently to new scientific evidence and manage rapid review processes when needed.
  • Identify opportunities for innovation and improvement in work flow with the Director, Systems Change and Stroke Program.
  • Apply guideline appraisal tools to other guidelines that may related to CSBPR or are seeking collaboration or endorsement by H&S.
  • Ensures all copyrights, intellectual property and original material are appropriately secured, working with H&S legal and IP staff.
  • Working with the Director Systems Change and Stroke Program, provides regular written and verbal reports on progress against plan to the CSBPR advisory committee, and internal H&S leadership.

Knowledge Exchange and Innovative Digital Technologies

  • Work is conducted within the framework of the Knowledge-to-Action cycle and is evidence-based and supported by high quality data where possible
  • Develops, maintains and updates a toolbox of CSBPR resources and materials for clinical teams to assist with implementation at the frontline and within systems of care
  • Oversight for CSBPR website management working with the Senior Specialist, Knowledge Exchange for Health Professionals. Ensure all content is up-to-date and accurate; consider ways to leverage the CSBPR website and functionality to promote uptake of the CSBPR;
  • Lead the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s mission external webinar program for healthcare providers, including overall program development and schedule, speaker selection, and ensuring content aligned to CSBPR, review evaluation data and prepare evaluation reports;  support and coordinate with the Senior Specialist, Knowledge Exchange for Health Professionals who is responsible for the technical and logistical aspects of webinars
  • Oversight for a social media strategy for stroke best practices and related resources, working with H&S Communications lead for stroke.
    Work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders to review and update stroke resources across H&S for accuracy and alignment with current best practices.
  • Monitor stroke literature and reports and participate in related knowledge exchange.
  • Participate in stroke month development and dissemination activities.
  • Prepare conference abstracts for submission and participate in presentation development and delivery.
  • Explore the delivery of webinars for healthcare professionals to extend the reach of Clinical Update and/or Canadian Stroke Congress.
  • Along with Manager, Systems Change, supervise students and other trainees engaged with the CSBPR program as needed. 

Cross-functional support

  • Builds appropriate rapport and has the ability to build constructive and effective relationships across the organization and with external stakeholders through dedication to meet the expectations and requirements of all stakeholders.
  • Using interpersonal and listening skills, the Project Lead works effectively with other members of the CSBPR advisory, SME and scientific research teams, and interacts with all clients using a high degree of discretion and diplomacy.
  • Represent the Stroke Program on stroke-related internal and external meetings and conferences.
  • Work with the Health Information Team to respond to internal and external requests for information relating to stroke initiatives and resources.
  • Ensure alignment of all public facing and other materials involving stroke information are aligned to and consistent with the content of the CSBPR. 


  • Master’s degree in a health-related field, health sciences, health administration, social sciences, or equivalent area of study. 
  • Undergraduate degree in a regulated health profession is preferred (e.g., nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, social work).
  • Knowledge and training on research evidence synthesis and clinical practice guideline development.  

Experience and Skills

  • 5 years of previous work experience in an academic or research environment and/or health charity sector.
  • 5 years’ experience in the healthcare system, ideally working in primary, acute or rehabilitation care.
  • Experience working with people who have experienced a stroke or heart disease an asset.
  • Demonstrated superior analytical and critical thinking skills.
  • Experience in research synthesis and guideline development, including but not limited to literature reviews, objective statements, methodology and analytic plans, knowledge exchange plans, ethical and privacy requirements, in order to ensure our processes follow the highest rigor and candidate is able to provide critical feedback and guidance to writing groups and review guidelines;
  • Knowledge of work practices in a collaborative research and evidence-based environment, in order to provide support to interdisciplinary scientific writing groups and advisory committees, researchers, community partners, and other stakeholders working on various modules of the CSBPR;
  • Knowledge of a range of study designs including both qualitative and quantitative research methods is required.
  • Strong written communication and editorial skills sufficient to coordinate, draft and edit CSBPR modules throughout the review and update process. 
  • Written communication skills to write clearly and succinctly on complex scientific and technical matters involving CSBPR and emerging evidence; Verbal communication skills are used in providing advisory services and education to internal staff and the stroke community, and to align stroke content across internal teams. 
  • Proven ability to synthesize, interpret, analyze and report on data and scientific evidence.
  • Excellent time management, organization and project management skills to ensure CSBPR update cycle is delivered within set timelines, to effectively and efficiently use resources, and to arrange information and files in a useful manner. 
  • Ability to work efficiently under conditions of multiple deadlines and changing priorities with meticulous attention to detail. 
  • The use of tact and diplomacy are essential when communicating and explaining scientific matters to internal staff and external stakeholders related to subjects within the CSBPR.
  • Strong interpersonal and listening skills to work effectively with other members of the stroke and heart program teams, as well as other teams across the organization and to interact with all stakeholders using a high degree of discretion and diplomacy.
  • Strong computer skills and ability to use technological tools to organize and advance the work of the team (i.e., MS Office Suite, SharePoint, CRM and other workflow tools).
  • An ability to work 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 We offer comprehensive benefits including pension, dental and medical coverage.

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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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