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Director, Clinical Research Innovation

Alberta Innovates is seeking a Director, Clinical Research Innovation for managing the administration, delivery and growth of clinical health research programs including Alberta Clinical Research Consortium (ACRC),  Clinical Trials Alberta (CTA) and other related clinical health research programs towards supporting consortium, organizational and departmental targets. This role is responsible for investment attraction and growth, as well as identifying emerging trends and activities that prepares Alberta to capitalize on. The position is also responsible for reporting on portfolio activities, as well as developing and overseeing operational processes.

Are you our next Director, Clinical Research Innovation? You would be a good fit for this position if you:

  • Enjoy building collaborative relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Have the ability to work in a high paced environment, with a collaborative team centric approach
  • Are systems thinking, consensus building and able to improve processes


We are game changers

Alberta Innovates is a provincially funded corporation with a mandate to deliver 21st-century solutions for the most compelling challenges facing Albertans. We do this by building on our province’s research and technology development strengths in the core sectors of health, environment, energy, food and fibre, and platforms such as artificial intelligence, nanotechnology and omics. We are working with our partners to diversify Alberta’s economy, improve our environmental performance and enhance the well-being of Albertans through research and innovation.


Our subsidiary, InnoTech Alberta, offers a diversified range of scientific engineering and technological research and testing capabilities, and the facilities to support technology scale-up. Our multidisciplinary team has the depth of experience to work across all sectors, from energy to health to food and fibre. InnoTech Alberta offers you access to research talent, technical expertise, and unique facilities that can help accelerate technology development that serves both the private and public sector.


Intrigued? Here’s some more information about the position:

  • Lead the development, implementation, and evaluation of the clinical health research business unit programs, processes, procedures and policies for a robust clinical health ecosystem in Alberta of researchers, study staff, innovators, administrators and public.
  • Develop programs to help ensure that the ecosystem is knowledgeable including emerging trends and technologies, methodologies and applicable regulations to achieve high quality, efficient clinical health research.
  • Identifies and leverages engagement/ co-development/ partnership opportunities with government/academic institutions, conducting research, identifying trends and emerging issues; prepares business cases; facilitates new system/application/technology development management projects and initiatives; and manages project deliverables and resources.
  • Actively seeks and fosters investment attraction and business development opportunities in Alberta.
  • Monitor the development, progress of clinical health research nationally and internationally, providing project/program progress and status updates and reports.
  • Develop and maintains collaborative relationships with external stakeholders, industry colleagues, and government /institution representatives, maintaining currency on health industry best practices, emerging trends and shifts in regulatory/legislative requirements.
  • Lead/participate in program management and committees and promote Health sector initiatives and priorities.
  • Monitor the progress and results of the clinical health research portfolio investments and activities, providing project/program progress and status updates and reports as needed.
  • Manage health innovation portfolio budgets and reporting activities, authorizing expenditures within budget and approved limits, explaining variances, and ensuring the timely submission of required internal and external reports and financial/regulatory documents.
  • Develop and maintains cross-functional relationships with internal stakeholders to understand priorities, collaborate on development initiatives, and facilitate integration activities.
  • Manage staff and contractor activities, establishing team goals and objectives, assigning and directing work, monitoring productivity, work quality and workloads.
  • Manage recruitment and performance review activities, and ensuring the availability of skill development, coaching and training opportunities.



  • Masters or Doctorate Degree in health-related field with business acumen.
  • 5-10 years in clinical health research, especially in digital health and medical device research, product development and regulations.
  • 8 years experience in a managerial role
  • Ability to develop and maintain stakeholder relationships and influence others.
  • Proven facilitation skills, systems thinking, consensus building and process improvement.
  • Ability to work in a high paced environment, with a collaborative team centric approach.
  • Well-honed business skills to manage the financial commitments of the portfolio.
  • Solid communication and human resources skills to manage staff relationships.
  • Ability to develop and maintain stakeholder relationships both internal and external.
  • Strong project management skills.
  • Planning and priority management skills.
  • Problem solving, creative thinking and analytical skills.
  • Exceptional verbal, written, listening and interpersonal skills to convey concepts and information.
  • Financial management and business case development skills.


Why Alberta Innovates?

We offer our employees opportunities to work on projects that will expand their skill sets while witnessing the visible impacts of their efforts. We value the development of our employees and create opportunities for working in capacities that allow new skills to be learned. We know that the wellness of our team is the most important part of our business so we offer a strong benefits package and generous vacation and paid time off programs to promote work-life balance.  


Additional Information

At Alberta Innovates, we respect diversity and embrace an inclusive culture. We value uniqueness and different perspectives as they play a critical role in our success. To achieve this, individuals are selected based on qualifications, merit, and abilities and we encourage applications from all backgrounds to apply.  


The final candidate will be required to undergo a security clearance. All interviewees must be able to meet the requirement specified in the Physical Demand Analysis. This document will be supplied during the interview process to the successful candidate. This competition will remain open until a successful candidate is found.


Alberta Innovates has implemented a Vaccination policy in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Alberta Innovates employees are required to disclose proof of full vaccination or participate in a rapid antigen testing program. New hires will be required to disclose their vaccination status as a condition of employment to help support client and team member safety. We thank all candidates in advance for their understanding of this policy.