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Hiring: Project Director

The Council of Canadian Academies (CCA) is looking for an experienced and collaborative leader to join our team of diverse professionals committed to supporting evidence-informed policy and practice in Canada.

The CCA convenes the best experts in their respective fields to assess the evidence on complex topics of public interest to inform decision-making in Canada. We engage experts in an assessment process that is guided and supported by professional staff and produce high-quality reports designed to strengthen policy and practice by providing decision makers with the best-available evidence.

CCA assessment topics reflect policy diversity facing Canadians in health, energy, public safety, climate, and innovation, among others. Assessments draw on evidence from the natural, social, and health sciences as well as engineering and the humanities.

The Project Director reports to the Director of Assessments and is responsible for leading all aspects of the CCA assessment projects.


  • Direct the conduct of assessment projects and research teams in accordance with CCA policies, practices, and guidelines
  • Build and maintain expert panels that are capable of undertaking assessments
  • Provide leadership on content development under the guidance of expert panels 
  • Lead, support and coach research staff
  • Maintain CCA core principles of independence, objectivity and quality
  • Collaborate with communication staff on dissemination and knowledge mobilization activities  


  • At least 10 years of relevant experience
  • Demonstrated success in leading and managing multi-disciplinary research projects
  • Proven relationship- and consensus-building skills
  • Expertise in one or more areas of the sciences broadly defined (natural, social or health sciences; law; engineering; or the humanities)
  • Experience in and/or knowledge of Canadian public policy environment
  • Ability to synthesize complex discussions, documentation, and literature into a clear and consistent narrative
  • Excellent oral/written communication skills (bilingualism a strong asset)
  • A post-graduate or professional degree

This position will be based in Ottawa

Please email your resume and a cover letter by April 14th explaining your response to the following four questions in 500 words or less to

  • Why are you interested in this position with the CCA?
  • What are your long-term career goals, and how will this experience with CCA contribute to meeting those goals?
  • What strengths and areas of expertise would you bring this position??
  • What else would you like us to know about you?

CCA is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion.