Clinical Chair in Department of Paediatrics, University of Toronto + Chief
University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine

Clinical Chair, Department of Paediatrics, University of Toronto + Chief, Department of Paediatrics, The Hospital for Sick Children 

Job Field: Academic Administration

Faculty / Division: Faculty of Medicine

Department: Paediatrics

Campus: St. George (downtown Toronto)

Job Posting: Aug 10, 2019

Job Closing: Oct 15, 2019, 11:59pm EST


Applications are invited for the combined position of Chair, Department of Paediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto and Chief, Department of Paediatrics, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The appointment as Chair-Chief will be for a 5-year term effective July 1, 2020, renewable following a favourable review. The Chair-Chief will also hold The R S McLaughlin Foundation Chair in Paediatrics at The Hospital for Sick Children.

According to the latest Academic Ranking of World Universities, the University of Toronto ranks among the top 10 universities in the world; in clinical medicine it is ranked fifth, fourth in medical technology, and seventh in public health. The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), affiliated with the University of Toronto, is Canada’s largest paediatric academic health sciences centre and an international leader in paediatric health care, education, and research. With its Research Institute founded in 1954, SickKids is one of the leading paediatric research hospitals in the world. The Department of Paediatrics at the University of Toronto and SickKids is one of the most productive paediatric academic health sciences centres in the world. As stated in “Vision 2023: Department of Paediatrics Strategic Plan, 2019-2023,” the Department is guided by the following core values: Excellence, Integrity, Compassion, Collaboration, Equity & Inclusion, Transparency.

The Department’s undergraduate medical education program provides pre-clerkship, clerkship, and electives training for over 600 students per year. The University of Toronto has the largest postgraduate paediatric core and subspecialty training programs in Canada, with 17 residency training programs across eight different geographic settings. Over 400 faculty members (of which 19 hold endowed chairs) appointed across 17 academic divisions are dispersed across the Toronto Academic Health Sciences Network (TAHSN)—one of the top five clusters of academic medicine in North America. Measured by publications, the Department ranks second among North American paediatric departments, including private institutions in the US. The Department’s research enterprise enjoys strong affiliations with research institutes across TAHSN, including SickKids and the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. Research programs span basic science and clinical research, as well as health policy, health services research, and global health initiatives.

The successful candidate will be an internationally recognized scholar and respected clinician with the breadth to catalyze research in all areas of paediatrics. They will be committed to excellence in education and have a track record of successful collaborative leadership. Candidates will have an established international reputation and will be expected to sustain and lead innovative and independent research at the highest international level and to maintain a competitive externally-funded research program. Candidates must also have demonstrated teaching excellence in a degree-granting program at graduate and undergraduate levels and significant experience as an effective mentor to successful trainees.

Candidates must demonstrate a record of accomplishment in collaborative leadership to engage with leads in other health science disciplines across the campuses of the university and across fully-affiliated hospitals, community-based health organizations, private practices, as well as cultivate strategic partnerships with stakeholders in corporate sectors and government ministries. Previous experience managing the financial, budgetary, and human resources aspect of a large department or unit would be an asset. Required are strong communication and interpersonal skills and a creative approach to problem-solving. The candidate will have oversight over the promotion and implementation of strategic priorities, recruitment, development and retention of faculty, and education and research programs in a large geographically-dispersed department. They will have experience in alumni relationship-building and successful fundraising, as well as a clear vision and demonstrated ability to take the Department of Paediatrics to a new level of recognition and academic achievement.

The successful candidate will have a medical degree and the equivalent of a Canadian Royal College Fellowship in Paediatrics. The successful candidate must be eligible for licensure in Ontario and a full-time clinical academic appointment at a senior academic rank at the University of Toronto at a level of accomplishment to hold an endowed chair. In this role, the incumbent will perform some clinical duties, the magnitude of which is negotiable. Compensation will be commensurate with qualifications and experience at, or above, C $450,000.

Interested individuals must apply by clicking on the link below. Applications must include a letter of interest with evidence of successful leadership experience, a current CV, a research statement, and teaching materials that include a teaching statement, sample course materials, and teaching evaluations. Submission guidelines can be found at

Applicants should arrange for three confidential letters of reference—on letterhead, signed, and scanned—to be sent directly by each referee to by the closing date.

The closing date for this position is Tuesday October 15, 2019.

The Department of Paediatrics is located at SickKids, 555 University Avenue, Room 1436, Toronto, Ontario, M5G 1X8, Canada.

If you have questions about this position, contact Anastasia Meletopoulos, Academic Affairs Manager, Office of the Dean, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto at

SickKids is committed to diversity. As the children and families we care for are diverse, so are our employees. All are welcome to join our unique organizational culture and be part of our inclusive team. If requested, SickKids is proud to make available accommodations to support applicants with disabilities during the interview and assessment process. Information received relating to accommodation will be addressed confidentially. SickKids is also committed to providing services in both official languages and our preference is to hire employees who are fluent in both English and French whenever possible.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons/persons of colour, women, Indigenous/Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief diversity survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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