Nova Scotia


Associate Vice-President Research

Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU) is committed to being a model of creative teaching and research that nurtures socially responsible global citizens. With a unique blend of passion and individuality, MSVU is a university with unparalleled social impact at home, across the country and around the world. The Mount community is made up of nearly 4,500 students (representing 64 countries), 550 faculty and staff, and more than 34,000 alumni. MSVU’s research centres provide unique learning opportunities for students while facilitating critical advancements in food security, healthy aging, Alzheimer's disease, literacy, childhood development and more. Faculty and departments offer early access to hands-on research opportunities enabling both graduate and undergraduate students to enhance their education by working alongside forward-thinking researchers.

Reporting to the President and the Vice-President Academic and Provost, the Associate Vice-President (AVP) Research is appointed by the Board of Governors on the advice of the President and is appointed to a five-year (renewable) term. The AVP Research strategically oversees the University’s research programs, facilitates the academic operations of the Research Office, supports faculty in research endeavours (including identifying novel funding sources, facilitating appropriate supports for funding, collaboration and research activities), works with other senior administrators, and represents the University in the area of research - both internally and externally. The AVP Research will enhance the University’s research and development capacity and activities, raising the profile of research in regional, national and international settings, and developing and enhancing effective relationships with funding agencies, government bodies and agencies, and foundations that fund research. The AVP Research is responsible to work within the framework of the University mission which supports the advancement of women and feminist research.

As the ideal candidate, you possess a doctoral or other relevant terminal degree and bring a distinguished record of academic and research achievement including experience with individual and collaborative small- and large-scale research projects, a demonstrated commitment to and understanding of research excellence and practice across disciplines (including feminist and Indigenous research), and a successful record of supervision of highly qualified personnel (including graduate and undergraduate students). You are experienced in supporting diverse forms of scholarship, research and creative activity, building and supporting community-engaged research programs, and bring a solid understanding of and appreciation for knowledge mobilization and knowledge transfer. You have deep knowledge and understanding of the tri-council and other research funding programs. You have a talent for building multi-faceted and diverse research teams that capitalize on inter- and cross-disciplinary synergies, collaboration and cooperation among academic units and with partners in other institutions and the broader research community. You possess a solid understanding of intellectual property policy in support of university research and an aptitude for innovation in technology transfer and commercialization, as well as an understanding of and interest in the emerging areas of scholarship, research and creative activity relevant to universities and their faculty members and students. You are a successful academic administrator and leader committed to excellence in education, research and scholarship, and are skilled at both internal and external engagement.

MSVU will provide support in its recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities, including accommodation that takes into account an applicant’s accessibility needs. If you require accommodation for any reason during the interview process, please contact KBRS.

If you are interested in this opportunity, contact Andrea Forbes-Hurley, Anna Stuart or Beth McLennan at (902) 421-1330 or msvuavp@kbrs.ca, or submit your application online by clicking the "Apply Now" button below:

Mount Saint Vincent University is strongly committed to fostering diversity and inclusion within our community and encourages applications from all qualified candidates including women, persons of any sexual orientations and gender identities and/or expressions, Indigenous persons, African Canadians, other racialized groups, persons with disabilities, and other groups that would contribute to the diversification of our campus. Candidates who identify as being from any of these groups are encouraged to voluntarily self-identify in their application materials. All qualified candidates are welcome to apply; however, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

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