Executive Director, Research Services

Ryerson University is located in the heart of Toronto –one of the most dynamic, diverse urban centres in the world –and leverages the energy of its location 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. Ryerson intentionally advances equity, diversity, and inclusion and its researchers are generating and applying knowledge across a broad range of disciplines, fields, professions, and private, public, and non-profit sectors.

Ryerson University continues on an upward trajectory of research excellence and growth. In the past year alone, Ryerson added over 100 tenure-stream faculty positions and our overall external research funding has almost doubled.

The Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation is seeking a strategic leader with a strong client-service orientation to oversee a growing research enterprise in the role of Executive Director, Research Services. Reporting to the Vice-President, Research and Innovation, the Executive Director provides leadership and direction to the research community in order to maximize the University’s participation and success in both traditional funding via Tri-Agencies as well as new funding opportunities, including international funding. The Executive Director oversees the delivery of research funding support services including grant facilitation programs, research ethics, policy compliance, and programming to faculty. The Executive Director will represent and promote Ryerson University externally to increase successful SRC activities and will develop, sustain, and expand a research ecosystem in order to raise Ryerson’s national and international awareness, visibility, and reputation. The Executive Director will foster a service culture in the portfolio by ensuring supportive systems and processes are in place to build on excellence and seize opportunities in a highly competitive environment.

As the ideal candidate, you have facilitated institutions, faculty, and partners in securing research funding and are well versed in regulatory research compliance. You are a strategic leader and a highly skilled project manager with a track record of delivering results. You are extremely well versed in the development and administration of successfully funded research proposals. An exceptional communicator and collaborator, you can clearly articulate a vision and engage others in working towards its successful achievement. You ideally possess a professional or Masters’ degree in Research Administration or Business Administration or a related field; a minimum ten (10) years of experience in an institutional leadership role working in a university setting, including relevant administrative experience and support of post doctorate, graduate and undergraduate research; as well as extensive experience in contract administration, research funding and negotiation.

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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