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Senior Portfolio Manager, Global Mental Health
Grand Challenges Canada in Toronto, Ontario Canada
Date Posted 09/10/2021
Nonprofit-Mental Health Occupations
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

University Health Network (UHN) is looking for an experienced professional to fill the key role of Senior Portfolio Manager, Global Mental Health in Grand Challenges Canada. Transforming lives and communities through excellence in care, discovery and learning. The University Health Network, where “above all else the needs of patients come first”, encompasses Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and the Michener Institute of Education at UHN. The breadth of research, the complexity of the cases treated, and the magnitude of its educational enterprise has made UHN a national and international resource for patient care, research and education. With a long tradition of groundbreaking firsts and a purpose of “Transforming lives and communities through excellence in care, discovery and learning”, the University Health Network (UHN), Canada’s largest research teaching hospital, brings together over 16,000 employees, more than 1,600 physicians, 8,000+ students, and many volunteers. UHN is a caring, creative place where amazing people are amazing the world. Find out about our purpose, values and principles here.

Grand Challenges Canada (GCC) is seeking a Senior Portfolio Manager to play a critical role in supporting the Global Mental Health Program. GCC supports innovations in reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health, with an aim to save and improve lives of unserved and underserved populations in low- and middle-income countries. Through the Global Mental Health Program , Grand Challenges Canada seeks innovative and transformative person-centred, community-based mental health approaches that meet people where they are. We provide grant and concessionary risk capital, along with technical advisory, to support innovators through seed and transition to scale funding.

As one of the largest impact investors in Canada, GCC has supported a pipeline of over 1,300 innovations in 106 countries. Grand Challenges Canada estimates that these innovations have the potential to save up to 1.78 million lives and improve up to 64 million lives by 2030. GCC is hosted in Toronto at the Sandra Rotman Centre at the University Health Network and this is a Toronto-based role.

Senior Portfolio Manager Formally reporting to the Director, Global Health Innovation, managing a small team, and working closely with the broader Global Health Innovation team, the Senior Portfolio Manager will play a key role in developing, shaping and managing the growing Global Mental Health Program. This includes setting the overall programmatic strategic direction, leading a small team, and overseeing a growing portfolio of investments. Employing deep thematic expertise in mental health program implementation and/or mental health research, as well as global health innovation, business acumen, and investment knowledge and experience, responsibilities of the Senior Portfolio Manager include but are not limited to:

• Leading the Global Mental Health Program and further developing GCC’s profile in the global mental health ecosystem;
• Structuring and managing new programmatic funding opportunities, including liaising with external partners, funders, and other key stakeholders
• Supporting the development of annual plans, priorities, and budgets;
• Meeting quarterly negotiation and spending targets;
• Recruiting and managing a high-performing, resilient team in order to grow the Global Mental Health Program;
• Leading Investment Committee preparation, supporting Global Mental Health team to evaluate and develop high impact recommendations;
• Leading analysis of portfolio progress, results and lessons on a continual basis;
• Serving as a thought leader in global mental health innovation, and developing best practices for impact-first investing in innovations targeting youth mental health;
• Establishing a network of donors, foundations, impact investors, social entrepreneurs, development organizations critical to accomplishing the ultimate goal of building out the space for innovation in global mental health in low and medium income countries;
• Acting as a brand ambassador for GCC, represent GCC and Canada's strategic interests and promote their activities and opportunities through external collaborations, presentations and communications with potential partners, innovators, external thought leaders, and Canadian government representatives;
• Providing support to Global Mental Health and all Global Health Innovation team members to succeed in their roles.

• Advanced degree in mental health and/or significant experience working in the mental health field
• A minimum of 5-8 years’ working experience preferably with experience working and/or living in low resource contexts in mental health, including at minimum 2 years’ experience in a manager-level role
• Demonstrated commitment to and knowledge of relevant domains (e.g., mental health, global health, early stage investing)
• Experience working with early stage investments, grant management and/or social enterprises
• Demonstrated ability to lead through influence
• Excellent analytic, strategic thinking and project management skills to oversee a growing program
• Demonstrated ability to develop and manage internal and external partnerships, oversee strategic initiatives and/or relationships
• Demonstrated ability to develop investment portfolio strategy and implementation
• Highly developed interpersonal skills; excellent verbal and written communications skills; team player with excellent listening skills
• Positive attitude; manages change and ambiguity with grace
• The ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, dynamic environment is essential
• Some international travel may be required
• Personal networks in the global mental health sector is an asset
• Working knowledge of French is a significant asset

People with disabilities are encouraged to apply. People with lived experiences in relevant thematic areas are encouraged to apply.

Vaccines (COVID and others) are a requirement of the job unless you have an exemption on a medical ground pursuant to the Ontario Human Rights Code.

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