Associate Medical Director, Donation Policy & Studies

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Associate Medical Director, Donation Policy & Studies
Canadian Blood Services
Location: Ottawa preferred

Canadian Blood Services is an essential part of the country’s network of healthcare systems. Together, with donors, recipients, employees, partners and volunteers, Canadian Blood Services is Canada’s Lifeline, providing lifesaving products and services in transfusion and transplantation for Canadian patients, and safeguarding Canada's systems of life essentials in blood, plasma, stem cells, and organs and tissues.

Canadian Blood Services (CBS) is seeking an Associate Medical Director, Donation Policy and Studies (Associate Medical Director). This is a part-time (0.5), fee-for-service role, reporting to the Medical Director, Donation Policy and Studies. The intent is for this role to become a full-time permanent role within a timeframe of 18-24 months.

The Associate Medical Director will be responsible for assisting with the leadership of donor health at CBS and ensuring that donation policies are relevant and aligned with evolving science and best practices. They will develop recommendations regarding policies affecting the safety and security of the blood supply, from the donor and recipient perspective, and will assess the impact and effectiveness of risk mitigation strategies. They will also develop key performance indicators, evaluate research outcomes and improve processes. Furthermore, the Associate Medical Director will build and nurture relationships with external partners, including other blood operators and academic institutions, and will facilitate collaboration and partnerships to enhance CBS’ capabilities and to promote knowledge sharing. The Associate Medical Director will play a leadership role on internal and external committees and will actively engage in national and international conferences. Finally, the Associate Medical Director will work closely with the CBS Public Affairs team by participating in media relations and stakeholder engagement activities.

As an ideal candidate, you have an MD degree, with specialty training in a relevant field being considered an asset. A current university faculty appointment or the ability to obtain one is desirable. You have five years of related experience, including leadership, strategy and policy development within a complex organization and representing an organization externally. You possess strong analytical abilities, coupled with effective problem solving and decision-making skills, and you are a highly capable written and verbal communicator. You also have a proven ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external customers and stakeholders at all levels. You are known for your integrity, collaboration, adaptability, respect, and excellence in every situation and for your highly strategic and forward-thinking approach. This is a multifaceted role, both medically and organizationally, and requires a physician leader who places a high value on innovation and developing highly collaborative relationships to continue to advance the mission of CBS.

Are you ready to embark on a meaningful and inspiring journey, where what you do matters? Be part of Canada’s lifeline. Because we can all be the reason, the connection, that keeps Canadians living.

To apply for this position, please visit For more information, please email Paul Marshall at [email protected].

Diversity and inclusion play a vital role in ensuring health equity for patients across Canada. Canadian Blood Services is committed to reflecting Canada’s population in its 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 to obtain a vaccine equivalency certificate.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those under consideration for the role will be contacted.