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Program Officer, Research and Training Programs


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Please note: We work in a hybrid environment. The successful candidate must be located near a Canadian Blood Services site with the flexibility to work remotely to ensure we continue to meet the needs of our donors, our staff and our communities.


Job category: Innovation, research and science

Job posting ID: 4244


​Employment status: Temporary full-time

Position's anticipated end date: 2025-03-28 

Salary/Rate of pay: $63,600 - $75,525

Application deadline: 2023-03-27 


This position is open to: Internal and External applicants


Somewhere in Canada there’s a life you can save.   


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


Join Canada’s Lifeline and make a meaningful difference every day.


About The Role:


Canadian Blood Services is looking for a Program Officer, Research and Training Programs to join our dynamic Innovation & Portfolio Management Team at our head office location in Ottawa. The work of a Program Officer, Research and Training Programs is integral to Canadian Blood Services’ role as Canada’s Lifeline. 


As a Program Officer, Research and Training Programs you will be responsible for planning, coordinating, and implementing funding opportunities, as well as providing post-award support and oversight of projects receiving funding. 


Key Responsibilities Include:

Plans, coordinates, and integrates activities to support the delivery of funding programs aligned with the research and training funding programs framework.

  • Plans and coordinates knowledge exchange activities to inform development of funding opportunities.
  • Develops funding competition documents, including application guidelines, forms, and reviews materials. 
  • Plans, organizes, and supports the delivery of the review process, including the administrative review, the recruitment of reviewers, and review of meetings, ensuring that peer review best practices, systems, and procedures are followed. 
  • Prepares meeting minutes, funding recommendation documents, and applicant communication documents. 
  • Executes, monitors and tracks funding opportunities deliverables to ensure timely delivery of funding programs. 


Monitors the progress of projects funded through the research and training programs and provides financial oversight.

  • Prepares documents related to funding projects, ensuring project reporting requirements are satisfied, prior to review and signature.
  • Coordinates and monitors CBS finance and external stakeholders to ensure appropriate distribution of funds to funding recipients.
  • Contributes to budgeting and forecasting activities.
  • Facilitates and promotes effective stakeholder relationships.
  • Develops and maintains processes for tracking program and project activities. 
  • Performs other duties as required. 


Education, Training and Experience:

  • Post-secondary level education, preferably a university degree in a related field.
  • A minimum of three years related experience in research administration roles.
  • Experience in the administration of research and/or award funding programs.
  • Experience in collaborating with multiple partners in the delivery of programs.
  • Research administration certification is an asset. 
  • An equivalent combination of education, training and experience may be considered. 


Demonstrated Competencies, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • In-depth knowledge of best practices for reviewing grant proposals and of peer-review systems, process, and procedures.
  • Sound knowledge of the Canadian research landscape and funding mechanisms for research. 
  • Ability to work independently with sound judgement and understanding of when to seek direction.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to contribute effectively in a team environment. 
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple priorities at one time. 
  • Advanced verbal and written communication skills in English.
  • Creativity, enthusiasm, flexibility, and a strong commitment to working with a high energy, team environment. 



  • Competitive base salary range 
  • Payments in lieu of vacation and benefits 
  • Annual Performance Award up to 6%
  • Defined benefits pension plan
  • Employee discounts, wellness programs, and much more!

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.  


To protect the health and safety of its employees, all Canadian Blood Services’ employees are required to be fully vaccinated (COVID-19 vaccine doses as approved by Health Canada), subject to any medical or other human rights grounds. 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! 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 (such as testing) will be contacted. Applicants who require accommodation should discuss their needs with us.