Scientific Officer

The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC)

Location: Ontario
Date posted: 2013-11-20


The scientific officer of the SOGC will advance the scientific mandate and have direct accountability for continuous professional learning and development.

The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC) is a not-for-profit professional medical organization representing over 3,500 doctors, midwives, nurses and other professionals concerned with women's sexual and reproductive health. We are a leading authority on evidence-based practices and decision making.

The SOGC employs approximately 50 staff working in five different teams - Corporate Affairs, Continuing Professional Learning, Communications and Public Education, Global Women's Health, Finance and IT - supervised by a management team consisting of one chief executive officer, one chief administrative officer, and three directors.

The SOGC is the leader in continuing education in women's health in Canada. The scientific officer will:

  • Guide the development of education, using best practices in CME and employing educational strategies based on adult learning principles, to engage health professionals;
  • Evaluate of the effectiveness of the SOGC's educational programs
  • Lead the scientific efforts of the SOGC, managing developments, as well as scientific partnerships for continuing education, research and discovery.

The scientific officer will also spearhead further development of SOGC's scientific base, engaging the best minds of SOGC members in this endeavor. Included in this is:
  • Oversight of guideline development and dissemination
  • Assisting in providing an exciting forum for sharing new scientific knowledge through media or at our annual conference
  • Creating opportunity for development and adding value for members at all career stages.

The scientific officer will seek out opportunities for the SOGC to contribute through collaborative as well as original research. He/she will develop an aligned research program that can attract third party grants and project funding, and will share results in national and internationally in peer- reviewed forum. The scientific officer is expected to establish a network of relationships with other scientists in aligned organizations and institutions and engage young and emerging scientists in our specialty.

The scientific officer will be a member of senior leadership team, bringing scientific and educational expertise to the staff in programmatic areas. The individual is expected to stay updated on technological advances and industry trends, which allows them to advise the organization's governing body in scientific matters.

The scientific officer will hold a PhD prepared or equivalent qualification. The scientific officer would have some management experience and the capability to lead the scientific development of the SOGC.

  • Managerial skills: develop and mentor team
  • High level of enthusiasm, energy, and creativity
  • Excellent analytical, communication, organization and presentation skills
  • Ability to demonstrate flexibility and integrity: be able and willing to work on a "hands on" basis using personal expertise to help in difficult syntheses
  • Able to manage competing priorities to ensure satisfactory outcomes
  • Languages: English, working fluency French highly desired

The position will be full time, based in Ottawa. The successful candidate will be eligible for part-time university status-only appointment. Travel will be expected in order to participate in relevant SOGC national and regional conferences.

Salary is based on education and experience. The SOGC offers a positive work environment, competitive benefits and is an equal opportunity employer.

Please direct inquiries, including résumé and cover letter outlining your interest and relevant experience, to the Chief Administrative Officer, Mr. Gary Boutilier,
Applications are now being accepted.


back to top