Key Duties & Responsibilities
The Director of Administration for HEI is the senior administrator in the department and manages operations in support of the department’s education, research and service mandate. The Director collaborates with the Department Chair in strategic planning to support and advance the department’s research, education and service mission and to strengthen its financial base including business case development. The Director oversees all department operations: finance, human resources, office space, information systems and technology, educational and workshop programs, faculty recruitment and communications in a highly complex, research-intensive, multi-disciplinary and multi-site environment. This position manages the development of major new research and infrastructure projects at the department level as well as the department’s tactical planning in inter-institutional collaborations and Faculty-wide initiatives. The Director of Administration also manages special projects for the department.
Supporting the Director of Administration are a Finance Manager and a Human Resources Manager responsible for the day-to-day administration and operation of the department. The Director frequently works together with senior managers in the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) and other FHS Department Managers and School Administrators.
Education: The incumbent will have a Master’s degree in health services, business administration, public-service administration or similar area of study, or equivalent experience.
Experience: The successful candidate will have 5 to 10 years of related professional, management and technical experience, preferably in a University setting, health-care organization or similarly based research or education environment. Proven financial management and human resources skills as well as excellent organizational, planning, communications and interpersonal skills are preferred. Familiarity with University structure, policy and administrative systems would be a definite asset.
Knowledge/Skills: The ideal candidate demonstrates McMaster’s core leadership capabilities (Takes a Strategic Approach, Communicates & Collaborates, Develops People, Drives Results, Champions Change and Innovation, Invests in Relationships); has in-depth knowledge of financial management principles, processes and various government legislations; and the ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously and under pressure, as well as the ability to manage on both the micro level of operational management and the macro level of recognizing opportunities and thinking in an integrative and conceptual manner.