Associate Director, Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation (Interprovincial Organ Sharing)


Ottawa, ON, CA, K1G 4J5 St. John's, NL, CA, A1B 3Z9 Edmonton, AB, CA, T6G 2R8 Toronto, ON, CA, M5G 2M1 Vancouver, British Columbia, CA, V6H 2N9 Winnipeg, MB, CA, R3E 3R4 Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CA, B3B 0H7 Brampton, ON, CA, L6T 5M1 Calgary, AB, CA, T3N 1S5 Ancaster, ON, CA, L9K 1S4 Saint John, New Brunswick, CA, E2K 0H6

Please note this role will work in a hybrid environment. The successful candidate must be located near a Canadian Blood Services site and will be working a mixture of on-site and off-site work based on the parameters for our operations to meet the needs of our donors, our staff and our communities. Currently, employees are expected to have an in-person presence for at least 40% of their work time. This requirement may vary depending upon circumstances.



​Job category: Hospital relations and medical services
Job posting ID: 6069


​Employment status: Regular full-time
Classification: PTS/MGT/IT B
Salary/Rate of pay: $127,250 to $143,538


Application deadline: 2024-07-17 

Application requirements:

  • Your up-to-date resume.
  • Job specific cover letter.
  • We recommend you save a copy of the job posting for reference throughout the recruitment process.


Do you currently work for Canadian Blood Services? All employees must apply via the internal career page.


Together, we can make all the difference in the lives of others.


Be part of a dynamic, collaborative and caring organization committed to saving and improving lives. Thousands of patients depend on us every day for reliable access to safe blood, plasma, stem cells and organs and tissues. 


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We acknowledge that the work of Canadian Blood Services spans many Territories and Treaty areas across the country, and we are grateful for the Traditional Knowledge Keepers and Elders who have guided us in this important work. We recognize the land and waters that have inspired our work and offer gratitude to those Indigenous peoples on whose territory we work, live and play.


About the role
Canadian Blood Services is looking for a Regular full-time Associate Director to join our dynamic Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation team in our Medical Affairs and Innovations division


The Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation (OTDT) team within Canadian Blood Services collaborates with partners and stakeholders (internal and external) to develop and strengthen the foundational elements that contribute to a high-performing organ and tissue donation and transplantation system. It also develops and operates a number of registries through which Canadian Blood Services’ supports the sharing of solid organs-for-transplant within and across provincial boundaries. Canadian Blood Service’s OTDT Program also acts as the Secretariat for the System Operators Advisory Committee, a critical committee in a new governance structure that will oversee pan-Canadian collaboration in key national initiatives.


In this role, you will provide operational and administrative leadership to a diverse team of professionals and subject matter experts who work collaboratively to engage and coordinate the activities of administrators, health care professionals, researchers, and patients who are working together to equitably advance organ and tissue donation and transplantation health care services in all parts of Canada. You will be a member of the OTDT program’s senior leadership team and will work closely with other program leaders to role model Canadian Blood Services’ leadership commitments.


You are specifically responsible for the administrative, operational, fiscal and human resource oversight for all of Canadian Blood Services’ interprovincial organ sharing registries and will work to improve and optimize efficiencies across all program and service areas, including the Kidney Paired Donation (KPD) registry, Highly Sensitized Patient (HSP) registry, the Hearts Registry for High-Status and Highly-Sensitized Patients (HRHSP), the National Organ Waitlist (NOW), and all future registries. You will fulfil these functions by working in close collaboration with the OTDT program’s other Associate Directors, its medical advisors, regional donation and transplant programs, HLA laboratories, advisory and operational committees, external partners and stakeholders, and administrative and clinical thought leaders.


Formula for success

  • Leveraging your exceptional interpersonal skills, you will lead a large and diverse team of professionals. Fostering and nurturing the growth and development of people is a crucial function of the Associate Director role. 
  • To be successful in this role, you will need to rely on, guide and nurture the team, build, strengthen and maintain positive and productive relationships with stakeholders in all parts of the OTDT eco-systemin Canada, including senior administrators and leaders, clinical specialists, researchers and patient partners, and be able to provide and maintain a psychologically safe and inclusive work environment for all staff and the stakeholders with whom we partner.
  • Harnessing your ability to lead and work collaboratively across a diverse team, you will be a people-first leader and administrator with the breadth of skills, experience, and knowledge necessary to lead, guide and support a team of direct and indirect reports, who have a wide range of skills, expertise, knowledge, and experience. 
  • Drawing on your knowledge and expertise, you will oversee, guide and influence the development and implementation of strategies, policies, plans and activities for interprovincial organ sharing. 
  • Utilizing your highly strategic and forward-thinking approach, you will continually foster the high degree of cooperation and teamwork that is required, both internally and externally, to establish, maintain, evaluate, and evolve interprovincial organ sharing registries and other related activities and services based on the best available evidence and emerging science and technologies. 
  • Concentrating on your excellent communication skills and continuous growth mindset, in collaboration with stakeholders, you will always strive to improve decision making with respect to how organs are shared across provincial boundaries, to improve access and quality for all Canadians, and to contribute to exemplary patient outcomes. 
  • Focusing on your ability to build relationships with key subject matter experts and influencers, working in partnership with the Director, OTDT, the Director, Information Technology, and the technical team who support the Canadian Transplant Registry (CTR), you will also guide the ongoing operation and evolution of the CTR and related products and services to ensure it remains resilient, relevant, responsive and capable of supporting the registries as interprovincial organ sharing services evolve. 


Desired education and skills

  • Minimum of a master’s degree from an accredited university in Health Services Administration, Nursing, Business Administration, or related area of graduate study is required. 
  • Health profession current or recent designation (e.g. RN, Pharm, MD) is preferred.
  • Knowledge and understanding of publicly funded health system design, development, and delivery in Canada.  
  • Project management, portfolio management and change management expertise.
  • Ten years of progressive experience at the leadership level in a health care environment. Direct experience in organ and tissue donation and transplantation health care services is a strong  preference.
  • Demonstration of ongoing professional development and some knowledge of current and latest trends and best practices in OTDT.
  • Proven capabilities in leading large-scale initiatives and change management.
  • Proven stakeholder relationship management skills.
  • Demonstrated experience in leading and working with health professionals and high performing teams.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, including teamwork, facilitation, influencing and negotiation; able to achieve consensus to drive results.
  • Demonstrated experience in coaching and developing staff.
  • Must possess strong written and verbal communications skills, including presentation delivery. 


What we offer you

  • 4 weeks' vacation
  • Annual performance award up to 10%
  • Comprehensive group health, dental and vision benefits for you and your family
  • Defined benefit pension plan
  • Employee discounts, wellness program, professional resources


What you can expect

  • This role will work in a hybrid environment with requirements to be onsite at Canadian Blood Services location 40% of the time/ 2 days of the week.
  • Travel will be required nationally and occasionally internationally.

Diversity and inclusion play a vital role in ensuring health equity for patients across Canada. We are committed to reflecting Canada’s population in our organization and fostering an environment where all employees can be their authentic selves, with equal opportunities to succeed and contribute.  


Canadian Blood Services requires that all employees be fully vaccinated (COVID 19 vaccine doses as approved by Health Canada), subject to any medical or other human rights considerations. Persons who have been vaccinated outside of Canada must contact their local Public Health Unit in order to obtain a vaccine equivalency certificate.


If this role resonates with you, we encourage you to apply by providing your up-to-date resume. This could be your first step towards a meaningful and inspiring career. Come to work each day knowing that you save lives. 


We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only those considered for an interview or those invited to participate in an assessment will be contacted. Applicants who require accommodation should discuss their needs with us.