Executive Director (Senior Health Knowledge Network)

Program: Bruyère Research Institute
Position Type: Part-Time, 2 days/week until March 31, 2013 with the possibility of extension
Salary Scale: We offer flexible work arrangement options and $375 per diem based on a 7.5 hour work day
Competition Closing Date: 7/4/2012 9:00 AM
The Bruyère Research Institute (BRI) is a Bruyère Continuing Care and University of Ottawa partnership. BRI is seeking an Executive Director (ED) to work with the Seniors Health Knowledge Network (N3) – formerly known as the SHRTN Collaborative.  This opportunity will involve a 2 day/week level of effort.  The contract will be until March 31, 2013 with possibility of extension pending funding approval for next fiscal year. 

N3 is a network of three networks and each has a network manager who is responsible for the day-to-operations, budget allocations within the approved budget contained in the contract with the MOHLTC.  The ED has sole responsibility for the shared collaborative budget and to ensure that the partner budgets are managed as per the approved contract.

The Executive Director reports to the Chief Operating Officer, BRI and is assigned to work on a day to day basis with the Principal Investigator and the Seniors Health Knowledge Network Stewardship Council, through one of the Co-Chairs, to ensure that Stewardship Council’s mandate is met and that BRI’s contractual obligations are fulfilled . The Co-Chair designated for this role will be responsible for coordinating with the other co-chair and the full Stewardship Council.

The Executive Director is responsible to ensure that all of requirements set out in the funding contract ($ 1,339,200 for this fiscal year) between BRI and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and funding from other sources that relates directly to the Seniors Health Knowledge Network, are met, including reporting, financial management, staffing and governance.  The ED is expected to consult with the BRI Director of Operations on matters related to Human Resources, Financial Management, and Communications to ensure all BRI policies and procedures are met and followed.


Position overview


  • The Executive Director is responsible for implementation of the work plan within the approved budget to achieve the short-term and long-term goals of the network.
  • Participate in the development, and implementation of the N3 strategic and operational plans

Financial Management and Reporting


  • Prepare the annual budget and quarterly and annual financial reports and liaise with the Bruyère Finance Department
  • Oversee development of activity reports as required by the funders
  • Manage the overall budget and ensure appropriate and adequate financial vehicles (MOUs/ contracts/ partnership agreements) are in place for all expenditures including funds for the three network partners (AKE, ORC and SHRTN); directly manage the N3 budget
  • Oversee the tracking of critical success factors and gather data for N3 and all partner networks

Communications / Marketing / Website


  • Prepare strategic plan to engage stakeholders and promote the network of networks
  • Develop strategy to engage new partners



  • Gauge the extent of the success of the SHRTN Collaborative in facilitating knowledge exchange and its contribution to improved health care of seniors in theProvinceofOntario. Specifically, evaluation initiatives will be put in place to judge the effectiveness of the Seniors Health Knowledge Network and its components parts
  • Lead the SEAG (evaluation advisory group), hire and oversee external evaluators, and ensure that internal evaluation efforts align with the needs of the network partners and the funders

Leadership and Management

  • Provide overall leadership to, and manage the staff and resources of the Seniors Health Knowledge Network, including working with partners, staff and consultants to ensure deliverables are clearly set out, met and reported upon

Liaison with Funders


  • Draft requests for funding, and reports required by funders.

Governance Support


  • Support the Stewardship Council and the working groups and Council Committees and ensure agendas are set and information flows amongst the Council members, partners, staff, key stakeholders and BRI
  • Chair the weekly Executive Team meetings
  • Chair the SEAG (evaluation advisory group) – scheduled as required
  • Chair the Marketing working group (to be created)
  • Chair the Website working group (to be reinstituted)
  • Chair the Grant Proposal working group  and ensure proposal is submitted to meet deadline and all required criteria
  • Participate on other committee and working groups as directed by the Co-Chair and/or BRICOO
  • Participate on the AKE, SHRTN and ORC steering / advisory committees

Human Resource / Consultant and Contract Management

  • Provide leadership and oversight of human resources activities including recruitment, retention, selection and hiring of employees, consultants, training and development, performance evaluations, conflict management, payroll administration, policy development, etc.
  • Manage consultants and staff hired to implement Collaborative initiatives, as well as the contracts for the SHRTN Operations Manager and the ORC Knowledge Broker and Coordinator.  Maintain relationship with Alzheimer Society of Ontario ( ASO) who manages the day-to-day operations of the AKE.

Partnership Management


  • Liaise with the BRI, partner sites and government, external agencies, key stakeholder groups and develop new partnerships as directed by the Stewardship Council.

The successful candidate will have:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent combination of degree(s)/experience.
  • Ten years of experience in a management position with demonstrated abilities in Human Resources, Website Development, Project, Event, and Financial Management, Strategic planning, Stakeholder development and management.
  • Experience working in a health services, knowledge exchange, virtual network and/or research environments.
  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks, effectively manage overlapping duties and meet deadlines.
  • Exceptional communication skills including oral presentation skills in English are required.
  • Bilingualism (French/English) is an asset.

This is a temporary term position / contract ending March 31, 2013 with possibility of extension.


This position will be located at the Saint Louis Residence in Orleans and will require travel between that site and other Bruyère sites in Ottawa as well as regular travel to Toronto, and occasional travel to other sites in Ontario.  If Bruyere is not successful recruiting someone to work on site in Orleans, they will consider a consultant who will work remotely from their home office located somewhere in Ontario.


We offer flexible work arrangement options and $375 per diem based on a 7.5 hour work day. No other benefits are available for this contract.  Preapproved expenses will be reimbursed.


If you are interested in this opportunity please submit your candidacy to Stephanie Salley (ssalley@bruyere.org) by 9 am on Wednesday, July 4, 2012.

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