Employment Opportunities

Assistant Vice President, Research

(Full-time, 35 hours a week)


The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada (MS Society) is a world leader focused on accelerating research and improving quality of life for those living with and affected by multiple sclerosis. Positioning people at the center of everything they do, the core support of the MS Society has been from tens of thousands of dedicated individuals, companies and foundations in communities across Canada. A growing 1,500 volunteers serve on MS Society chapter boards and councils, with an additional 13,500 volunteers who facilitate service programs, fundraising events, public awareness campaigns and social activities. Working collaboratively across the country, the MS Society’s employees, volunteers and donors raise funds to support research into the causes and treatments of MS. The head office of the MS Society is located in Toronto with divisional offices located in Dartmouth, Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg, Regina, Edmonton and Vancouver.

Based in Toronto, Ontario and operating on a national level, the Assistant Vice President, Research reports to and works collaboratively with the Vice President, Research on a variety of key initiatives including developing innovative research programs while working seamlessly with a team of researchers across the country and globally. A trusted advisor to the Vice President, Research, the MS Society Senior Leadership Team and to MS Society leaders across Canada, she/he is a highly credible leader that can positively impact and influence a wide range of key internal and external MS Society stakeholders including volunteers and donors. The AVP Research will act as an effective ambassador to raise awareness and funds for MS Society research through impactful presentations, discussions, professional networking and social media. The Assistant Vice President, Research is a leader with the ability to distill complex scientific information and design effective research programs. She/he will be able to effortlessly incorporate scientific information into MS Society’s research operations and powerfully communicate to both internal and external stakeholders. She/he will have a proven track record of success in the development and implementation of both strategic research programs and operating plans with the ability to connect the dots from long-term vision to day-to-day accountability and reality.

The ideal Assistant Vice President, Research is a trusted and transparent senior executive and research leader with proven experience: executing and driving the innovative and strategic research direction of a dynamic organization; inspiring and collaborating with Senior Leadership Teams across an organization; effectively developing a wide range of research, industry, government, philanthropic and key stakeholder relationships; and successfully establishing sustainable funding for research programs that, through a data driven lens, add meaningful value to the MS Society of Canada. Confident working in rapidly changing industries or organizations, this transformative leader is an exceptional communicator experienced in driving change, growth and possibility across functions and geographies. An effective mentor and coach, the AVP Research, will have ideally completed research at the doctoral level in the health science field and have five to ten years of progressively responsible leadership and research experience within academic, research and educational institutions, healthcare organizations and related foundations, government, and/or the not-for-profit, public or private sector. Specific understanding of multiple sclerosis and/or neurological disease research is an asset.

The MS Society is at an exciting time in its history, with a new President and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Pamela Valentine, who brings a depth of scientific experience combined with a drive and passion for innovation. With the integrated voice of team members, volunteers, and people living with and affected by MS, the MS Society is currently developing a new Strategic Plan and fundraising campaign. The MS Society is demystifying the disease, removing barriers, and is on the cusp of breakthrough research that will stop disease progression, empowering more people to live their best lives and drive change that will lead to a future free from MS. This is an exciting time for an outstanding and executive research leader to join the MS Society of Canada and play a role in breakthrough research and scientific discoveries that will contribute to the MS Society of Canada’s mission to find a cure for multiple sclerosis for many years to come.

How to Apply

If you are interested in exploring this exciting MS Society Assistant Vice President, Research position at the MS Society of Canada, please provide a detailed cover letter and resume highlighting your relevant leadership, business and research experience to Lisa Heidman LL.B., ICD.D, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Arlington Partners International at lisaheidman@arlingtonpartnersinc.com and Mireille Macia, Senior Client Partner, Assessment at mireillemacia@arlingtonpartnersinc.com.

We look very forward to exploring your candidacy.

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