Employment Opportunities

Specialist, Research

Full-time
(Full-time, 35 hours a week)

Description:

Canada has one of the highest rates of multiple sclerosis in the world, with 77,000 Canadians living with MS. The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada is the country’s MS advocate, funding leading research in MS and programs & services that help people live well with the disease.

Reporting to the AVP, Research, the Specialist, Research will develop, curate and vet MS research information and communications materials for the research department, for other MS Society departments and stakeholders (the public, donors, the research community, etc.), in addition to providing scientific support for day-to-day research department operations.

This position is a position of trust. The incumbent will be required to complete the screening process including completion of appropriate background checks in compliance with the National Screening Measures Policy.

Responsibilities:

Research Department Communications

  • Keeps abreast of highly technical MS news and research findings by sourcing them from credible sources (e.g. scientific journals, newswires, other societies) and sharing with team
  • Works closely with the research team to develop communications materials that report on the latest progress in the MS field, summarizes the research activities and projects we support, and the impact of research funded by the MS Society of Canada and its affiliated MS Scientific Research Foundation (i.e. MS research updates, grant summaries, research blog and Twitter entries, research newsletters, case studies, impact assessment, etc.)
  • Assists AVP, Research in developing and implementing research communications strategies that enhance the profile of MS Society-supported programs and research advances among the public, donors, staff and media
  • Produces a variety of both scientific and plain language MS research and healthcare-related materials for diverse internal and external audiences by distilling scientific details and conveying them in a relevant and impactful way
  • Develops and regularly updates content for the research website, including research funding and training programs, the impact of MS-Society funded research, synthesizes the latest data on emerging and hot topics in research, updates on clinical trials for pipeline of emerging MS drugs, etc.
  • Attends research conferences and reports on data presented by attending scientific presentations, conducting interviews, blogging and providing written summaries as requested
  • Performs other duties as assigned

External Research Communications Support

  • Assists with scientific writing and editing requests from other MS Society departments by curating relevant scientific data and drafting and/or proofreading research content for the website, marketing materials, event materials, donor/sponsor reports and proposals, video interviews, media requests, press releases, meeting briefings, etc.
  • Provides support to and works collaboratively with the leadership giving departments to gather information for, and help develop, up-to-date and accurate research content for the campaign, proposals that solicit donor funds, sponsorship agreements, and materials that support revenue-building and stewardship
  • Assists the marketing and communications department by vetting online articles and blog or social media posts to ensure that the source is credible, the research and data generated is accurate and conducted in a rigorous manner, and the study details and results are accurately reported
  • Provides support to and works collaboratively with research and programs & services team to engage industry sponsors (e.g. MS Connects, endMS Conference, etc.)
  • Assists with addressing inquiries and comments related to research from the public that are submitted to the MS Society by email, phone, through the MS Society’s support centre “The Knowledge Network”, or on the MS Society’s blogs or social media accounts
  • Develops and/or proofreads research content for various MS Society publications that are spearheaded by other departments, such as MS Research, Impact Report, and direct mail publications
  • Provides communications support for major research announcements, such as the launch of major research initiatives, landmark publications, Health Canada drug approvals, funding announcements, etc.

Research Operations Support

  • Prepares meeting agendas, supporting materials, and minutes for research department and committee meetings as requested
  • Provides scientific input and support towards the development of new research programs and the refinement/revision of policies and procedures for current research programs
  • Works with other members of the research department to carefully inspect research funding proposals to ensure completeness, compliance with eligibility policies, relevance of research to the field, appropriate budget breakdown, and satisfactory submission of required documents
  • Supports other members of the research department in identifying the appropriate scientific experts that can adequately review applications to grant and award competitions
  • Provides support during review meetings and assists with conducting analysis and preparing materials for the executive team and presents results to the Medical Advisory Committee
  • Provides administrative and technical support during various phases of the MS Society’s grant competitions (i.e. application, review, grant agreements, funding, and reporting) as needed

Qualifications:

  • University graduate degree (minimum of Master’s) in neurosciences, molecular biology or immunology, with 1-2 years’ prior experience with scientific communications for both scientific and lay audiences is required
  • A genuine interest in advancing the scientific knowledge of multiple sclerosis and contributing to excellence in MS research and maintaining the MS Society as a trusted source of information
  • Superior scientific written and oral communication skills, in particular the ability to tailor language and tone to various audiences
  • Good understanding and broad knowledge of scientific research, in particular the process of conducting research, various types of research, and interpreting and synthesizing published data
  • Ability to distill and communicate scientific data through various print and online materials
  • Ability to address inquiries in a concise, accurate, and customer friendly way
  • Exceptional organizational skills with superior attention to detail
  • Excellent computer skills including advanced proficiency in Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, SharePoint, PowerPoint and internet platforms
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality at all times and demonstrate use of discretion and sound judgment

Special Considerations:

  • Travel may be required
  • Weekend and evening work as well as extended hours may be required during peak times related to grant competitions, conferences, and special research announcements

Additional Notes:

Location: Toronto, ON

We are working on a world free of MS, where improving people’s quality of life is a part of our everyday life. If you too are passionate about our mission, we invite your expression of interest and resume submission to:

Human Resources

MS Society of Canada

Email: hr@mssociety.ca

Application Deadline: November 18, 2019

Please note:

  • Applicants must include a cover letter and state salary expectations within their application in order to be considered
  • Applicants must be legally entitled to work in Canada to be considered for this position

The MS Society has a bold vision for the future. We have a team of dedicated professionals who share a common goal to end MS and to improve the lives of those affected by MS. We strive to be an employer of choice and provide a working environment that values diversity, team work, and professional development.

The MS Society of Canada embraces diversity and encourages all qualified applicants to apply. We are committed to accommodating applicants’ needs in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and the Ontario Human Rights Code throughout the selection process. Please contact recruitment@mssociety.ca should you need accommodation.

More information about the MS Society is available at www.mssociety.ca.

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