Director - Research, International Initiatives and Knowledge Mobilization

University of Toronto - OISE

Location: Ontario
Date posted: 2013-08-29

Director Research, International Initiatives and Knowledge Mobilization


Reporting to the Associate Dean, Research, International and Innovation (RII), the Director of Research, International Initiatives and Knowledge Mobilization is responsible for promoting and supporting excellence, innovation and internationalization in research and knowledge mobilization at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto, Canada's most research intensive Faculty of Education. The successful candidate will open new opportunities for OISE research and facilitate the expansion of its reach and uptake in policy and practice globally. A results-based leader with superb management skills and an ability to plan, organize and direct new initiatives, the candidate should have a strong record of achievement in a research intensive environment and possess academic credibility to function successfully at all levels of the University. The incumbent supervises a team of permanent and occasional staff to ensure the timely delivery of support and mentorship to faculty researchers, develops OISE's strategic research communications and knowledge mobilization activities, and inspires and promotes new research partnerships with local, provincial, national and international partners in government, industry, community, university and research organizations. An outstanding communicator, with a gift for fostering key opportunities and relationships, s/he acts alongside the Associate Dean as the face for OISE's domestic and international research initiatives, building an extensive network of relationships and opportunities. The Director oversees and supports a research portfolio valued at approximately $6 million, and ensures that all OISE research activities comply with OISE and University of Toronto policies and procedures. S/he is also responsible for collective bargaining with OPSEU (research officers) and the University of Toronto's newly unionized postdoctoral stream appointments.


EDUCATION: Ph.D. in the social sciences (preferably education). Additional training in leadership and management preferred.

EXPERIENCE: A minimum of 7 years of progressively senior administrative experience in a related field, within a University or research environment. Extensive knowledge of research and public policy in the field of education and social sciences as it pertains to Canada and internationally; experience in the management of research including knowledge of federal programs, policies and regulatory requirements. Proven record in building and managing strategic research and development partnerships with diverse constituencies from public, private and non-profit sectors. Knowledge of international issues and familiarity with strategic partnerships and sources of research revenue in a university setting. Highly developed and proven supervisory skills; experience in managing in a unionized environment an asset.

SKILLS: Proficient in project management; Proven ability to liaise, build and maintain relationships with internal and external stakeholders; computer skills including knowledge of Word, Excel and related MS project, time management and presentation software; understanding of various forms of digital media and strategic research communications. Ability to utilize university knowledge and information management systems.

OTHER: Demonstrated leadership ability; superior oral and written communication skills; highly developed and persuasive interpersonal skills. Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, initiative and attention to detail. Ability to think strategically and conceptually. Ability to handle conflicting and multiple priorities and implement goal setting strategies. Solid organizational and time-management skills. Understanding of risk assessment and mitigation. Consummate professional with an ability to exercise sound judgment, tact and diplomacy under stressful circumstances.

Job Closing Date - September 17, 2013

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The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) has, for more than a century, made a major contribution to advancing education, human development and professional practice around the world. With more than 72,000 alumni, close to 3,000 students, and 20 research centres, ours is an intellectually rich and supportive community, guided by the highest standards of scholarship and a commitment to equity and social justice.

Established in 1827, the University of Toronto is Canada's largest and most research-intensive university and the only Canadian university to be named in the top 25 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. It was also named one of Canada's Top 100 Employers for the 6th year in a row. Located in and around Toronto, one of the world's most diverse cities, the University of Toronto's vibrant academic life is enhanced by the cultural diversity in its community.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.


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