Job Opportunity: Executive Director

Homewood Research Institute (HRI) invites applicants for the position of Executive Director. HRI is an ambitious and growing charitable organization dedicated to research that will transform mental health and addiction services in Canada and around the world. HRI has attracted nationally and internationally renowned scientists to do research in post-traumatic stress disorder, addiction, concurrent disorders, return to work and outcome monitoring. The work is supported by more than 18 graduate and post-doctoral trainees and 11 staff members. Through strategic partnerships with Homewood Health (a nation-wide leader in mental health and addiction services) and leading research institutes including McMaster University, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton and Western University, HRI is uniquely positioned to test new discoveries in a “Living Research Environment” and accelerate the process that transforms research into solutions for the real world. For more information about HRI, visit

After several years of inspiring, stable leadership, HRI is seeking a new Executive Director who will lead the organization through its next phase of development.

Accountable to the Board through the Chair, the Executive Director is responsible for the overall vision and strategic direction of HRI to achieve its mission and mandate. The Executive Director provides strong leadership in building national networks with leading scientists, clinicians, academia, government and other relevant sectors to enhance collective impact and improve practice and outcomes across Canada and worldwide. The Executive Director is responsible for the efficient and effective administration of the organization and building high-performance team(s) of staff and affiliated scientists.

The successful applicant will have a PhD, MD or comparable credentials with demonstrated research expertise and experience in leading a research enterprise. Knowledge, skills and attributes required include:

  • Exceptional skill in organizational leadership/management
  • A demonstrated interest in contributing to applied research in mental health and addiction
  • A substantial record of accomplishment in research, evaluation and/or knowledge mobilization
  • A facilitative leader who builds trusted and collaborative relationships across stakeholder groups
  • An effective leader who provides oversight to the operations and is responsible for reporting requirements
  • An experienced and effective negotiator who can leverage resources
  • Ability to empower and support HRI staff, scientists and partners in line with HRI goals
  • Knowledge of good governance practices
  • Bilingual competency in English and French considered an asset

Applications, including a detailed curriculum vitae and names of three referees should be directed to Heather Froome, Secretary for the Selection Committee, at by February 28, 2020.

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