Req ID: 177240

Company: Nova Scotia Health

Location: Central Zone, Corporate Office

Department : Research, Innovation and Discovery

Type of Employment: Temporary Hourly FT long-assignment (100% FTE) x 1 position(s)

Status: Management/Non Union Position

Posting Closing Date: 29-Apr-24

Nova Scotia Health is the largest provider of health services in Nova Scotia, with some specialized services also offered to clients throughout Atlantic Canada. We're on a mission to achieve excellence in health, healing and learning through working together, which is reflected in the hospitals, health centres and community-based programs we operate across the province. Our passionate team of professionals provides a variety of high-quality inpatient and outpatient services including academic, tertiary, and quaternary care, as well as continuing care, primary health care, public health, and mental health and addictions. Join a diverse team of innovators, collaborators and creative thinkers today.

Nova Scotia Health employs professionals in all corners of our beautiful province. We believe there's a place here for everyone to call home, from vibrant cities with exuberant nightlife to quaint towns with picturesque trails. The work-life balance that comes with an Nova Scotia Health role means you'll have the time to explore, discover, and participate in that coveted Atlantic lifestyle. Visit us today and check out to see why more people from across the globe are moving here.

Nova Scotia Health's Research, Innovation and Discovery portfolio is transforming health care deliv- ery and improving the health of all Nova Scotians by leading initiatives that deliver high-impact health care solutions and developing strategic partnerships with clinical champions, industry, healthcare foundations, governments and academic partners. By pairing leading researchers, innovators, and clinicians with entrepreneurs through our newly formed Health Innovation, Research and Discovery Hub, their creative solutions are improving health and health care while also contribute directly to Nova Scotia's economy.

Reporting to the Manager of Business Development, the Business Development Coordinator is re- sponsible for business development activities on behalf of Research and Innovation. The Coordinator will be supporting the development, and strategic and collaborative opportunities with partners from the private, public and research sectors. This role will interface with internal clinical departments to mobilize the launch of new services and demonstrate innovation thought leadership. Externally, the role will interface with the innovation ecosystem funders, private industry, academia, start-up compa- nies, government departments, etc.

Under the leadership of the Manager of Business Development, the Business Development Coordi- nator, will facilitate partnerships and collaborations, particularly with the private sector, that will result in increased resources to support research and innovation. The Business Development Coordinator will also support the Manager of B.D., Directors and R&I leadership team to ensure NS Health re- ceives maximum benefit from the intellectual property generated by researchers The Business Devel- opment Coordinator will implement best practices in business development, including applying appro- priate policies regarding research agreements and implementations.

This role will be critical to establishing the infrastructure internally and the partnerships externally to support the introduction of new technologies and services at NS Health. It will leverage strategic thinking capabilities, business acumen, effective collaboration, and relationship development.

The position requires a combination of an understanding of research opportunities and business acu- men. The Business Development Coordinator must be able to successfully work with external rela- tionships with industry and government, particularly those elements of government responsible for economic development. It also requires the ability to build partnerships between research groups and clinical service units, and between NS Health and its other academic partners.

The Coordinator supports strategies and operational plans consistent with legislation, accountability frameworks and the mission, vision, and values of the organization. This position supports a provin- cially integrated process and contributes to the development strategies and business practices to support the effective, efficient, and sustainable delivery of services and programs.

Under the direction of the Manager of Business Development, the Business Development Coordina- tor ensures continuous improvement to advance a vision of excellence within his/her areas of respon- sibility for the development, maintenance and monitoring of quality programs, and compliance with relevant legislation, standards and accreditation requirements.

About the Opportunity

Commercialization, Technology Transfer & Research Group Development

  • Secures relationships with internal innovators and researchers to make them aware of commercial potential for their research, both present and future, and guides inventors through invention disclosures, confidentiality issues and conflicts of interested considerations and provides guidance on opportunities related to entrepreneurship.
  • Identifies and cultivates commercialization opportunities for intellectual property.
  • Creates technical briefs for existing intellectual property for marketing said intellectual property.
  • Identify and pursue opportunities for generating revenues to support new projects and initiatives.
  • Assist research groups to develop short, medium and long-term strategies and business plans for development and securing resources.
  • Facilitate and develop research activities within clinical services units.

Industry Liaison

  • Cultivate institutional, government and industry partnerships that lead to financial synergies and/or investment in research and innovation at NS Health.
  • Facilitate partnerships between research groups and other innovation partners, with special emphasis on the private sector and innovative solutions.
  • Liaison between research groups and potential partners and sponsors.
  • Develop and implement partnerships between research groups and clinical units to further expand research at NS Health.
  • Work with internal and external partners to identify and act on business development opportunities for NS Health, the province of Nova Scotia and companies.
  • Support the identification of new solutions, services and products needed by departments and units at NS Health.

Strategic Planning, Special Projects & Business Operations

  • Liaise with Legal Services and other leaders and corporate services units to ensure processes, procedures, policies and legal agreements meet organizational requirements and objectives.
  • Maintain best practice infrastructure that optimizes the delivery of services and the project management of implementations.
  • Coordinate contracting and project management; oversee financial arrangements that support business development partnerships and multi-source major initiatives.
  • Support the implementation of strategic products and services that aim to transfer the way care is delivered.
  • Provide liaison with external agencies, government, institutions, research teams and collaborators.

Communication and Stakeholder Relations:

  • Work with partners and team members to develop and resource a communications strategy to establish national prominence for Research & Innovation, NS Health as the largest hospital-based research center in Atlantic Canada and for the regional academic health network.
  • Coordinate communications with government relations with respect to research and innovation, in the context of the broader government relations in NS Health.
  • Promote and support relations with philanthropic organizations such as the QEII Foundation and Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation, with respect to research and innovation.
  • Facilitate research and innovation collaboration between NS Health and other health science institutions such as universities, other health authorities and hospitals.
  • Maintain relations with government bodies and industry stakeholders and partners.
  • Provide creativity and input to the development and execution of a strategic communications, marketing and rebranding plan.


We would love to hear from you if you have the following:

Bachelor's degree or equivalent with at least 5-10 years professional experience in business ad- ministration, business management, marketing, or a related field.

  • Proven experience in strategic planning for research enterprises, particularly in public institutions.
  • A minimum of five years' experience in research administration.
  • Experience in the academic environment is essential.
  • Proven track record in pursuit of major research funding, partnership-building and investment attraction.
  • Preferred experience in government relations.
  • Experience in managing multi-stakeholder initiatives and projects and with stakeholder liaison and management.
  • Experience in the local health sciences research environment is a definite asset.
  • Business planning and budget management experience.
  • Experience in project management principles and implementation would be considered an as- set.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of policy impact and development.
  • Knowledge of health care organizations and the health sector.
  • Excellent analytical, organizational, negotiation and decision-making skills.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills to effectively build relationships and interact with all clients in scope.
  • High level of competence in both written and verbal communication.
  • Experience working with diversity of staff and stakeholders, with knowledge of cultural competence, diversity and social inclusion.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret statistical data and monitor quality and performance indicators and benchmarks related to the workforce.
  • Sound knowledge of information systems and financial management.
  • Skills and experience in promoting learning cultures that nurture equity, diversity and inclusivity with a focus on intersectional values, analysis, and actions, clinical humility, and the responsible use of power and privilege.


This is a full time, long assignment from May 2024 - April 2025

Compensation and Incentives

$36.34 - $45.42 Hourly / $70,849 - 88,561 Annually

Successful candidates may be eligible for our benefits package which includes health, dental, travel, long-term disability, and life insurance coverage as well as a defined benefit pension plan. (Permanent Long Assignments Only)

Successful Applicants are required to provide a Criminal Record Check (including Vulnerable Sector Search) to Human Resources before starting employment and assume any associated costs as a condition of employment.

PLEASE NOTE: Applicants will be screened on the above qualifications. Applicants must clearly demonstrate how they meet the knowledge and competencies in their cover letter and resume. Applicants relying on education and experience equivalencies must demonstrate such equivalencies in their application. Applicants will not be considered for an interview if applications are incomplete or missing information.

Once You've Applied

Thank you for your interest in this position. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Some opportunities may be eligible for our Employee Referral Program. If a Nova Scotia Health employee refers a candidate who is not working for the organization and the candidate is hired, the employee who made the referral may be eligible to earn up to $1000. For more details and instructions, please visit please visit Recruitment - Incentives

Nova Scotia Health is committed to being a workforce that is free of discrimination, values diversity and is representative, at all job levels, of the people we serve. We encourage all qualified applicants who self-identify as Indigenous, Black/African Nova Scotian, Persons of Colour, Foreign Nationals/Newcomers, Persons with Disabilities, 2SLGBTQIA+ to apply and self-identify.

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