Assistant Vice-President, Business Development and Strategic Initiatives

Ryerson University leverages its location at the heart of downtown Toronto to foster bold thinking, collaborative partnerships, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Through the Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation, the University’s Scholarly, Research and Creative (SRC) engagement is strengthened by a willingness to cross disciplinary boundaries, break down barriers, build alliances and take strategic risks to advance inquiry, discovery, knowledge, and creative works. Led by an intentional commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion and a desire for sustainable change, Ryerson researchers are creating evidence-based solutions and activating real-world transformation.

Ryerson University continues on an upward trajectory of research excellence and growth. Our unmatched performance in collaborative innovation and research has led to the university leading in non-profit research income growth among comprehensive universities and overall external research funding has almost doubled in the past year.

The Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation is seeking a dynamic and forward-thinking leader to serve as the Assistant Vice-President, Business Development and Strategic Initiatives. Reporting to the Vice-President, Research and Innovation, the Assistant Vice-President is responsible for scaling Ryerson’s SRC enterprise by building awareness, expanding networks and partnerships and elevating Ryerson’s visibility, reputation and profile at a national and international level. A senior administrative leader within the portfolio, the new Assistant Vice-President, Business Development and Strategic Initiatives will proactively pursue new business development opportunities, projects, and initiatives to optimize and expand business growth; establish and develop collaborative external networks and partnerships; lead the development of a strategy focused on developing, sustaining and expanding Ryerson’s SRC ecosystem activities; and promote the alignment between innovation and research through enhanced commercialization, knowledge translation and mobilization.

As the ideal candidate, you are a creative, innovative thinker and strategic leader. An articulate communicator, you have demonstrated exceptional interpersonal, organizational, and networking abilities. You excel in large-scale project and program management and you thrive on delivering successful results using sound judgement and decision-making. You ideally possess a professional or Masters’ degree in Business Administration, Management or a related field; a minimum ten (10) years’ senior leadership experience working in a large, complex organization with relevant experience in business development, entrepreneurial and/or innovation activities; and experience working in a post-secondary institution, successfully managing business development. You are familiar with accelerators and incubators and possess demonstrated experience leading large-scale concurrent projects with a team of experts within a matrix environment. You have managed a diverse set of stakeholders and complex relationships across different lines of business including sourcing, building and leveraging partnerships.

Ryerson University is strongly committed to fostering diversity within our community. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples, Indigenous peoples of North America, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQ+. Upon request, accommodation will be provided throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to those who require it.

If you’re interested in this opportunity, contact Amorell Saunders N’Daw at asaundersndaw@kbrs.ca or Janet Rose at jrose@kbrs.ca, or submit your application online by clicking the "Apply Now" button below.

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