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Ryerson University

Executive Director, Office of the Vice President, Research and Innovation



Company Information

Ryerson University, located in the heart of downtown Toronto, is known for innovative programs built on the integration of theoretical and practically oriented learning. More than 95 undergraduate and graduate programs are distinguished by a professionally focused curriculum and strong emphasis on excellence in teaching, research and creative activities. Ryerson is also a leader in adult learning, with the largest university-based continuing education school in Canada.

Job Description

The Opportunity
The Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation (OVPRI) is seeking an experienced professional to manage the Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation. The executive director will provide critical, strategic and support to the vice-president with respect to the ongoing activities of the Office.


The Ideal Candidate Profile
A skilled operations and strategic manager, you have a Master’s degree in business administration or related field e.g. public policy, law, higher education, and at least 5 years of experience in providing senior level guidance and leadership within and complex executive environment. You have demonstrated experience in the following areas:

  • Strategic planning and human resources management within a high-functioning team-based environment.
  • Establishing priorities for research issues of importance and sensitivity, producing briefing materials, speaking notes and information on significant matters, correspondence, reports, policy documents, presentations and gathering appropriate background information and materials to assist team deliberations.

You have a strong consultative and collaborative approach to work with internal and external stakeholders to resolve issues and lead initiatives with positive impact and minimal institutional disruption and delay. You have experience in marketing and communications to enhance the organization’s image and reputation and to promote and communicate success of plans, programs and activities. You have a proven track record in overseeing the organization, planning and execution of special activities, functions and events.


Office of the Vice President Research and Innovation
The Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation (OVPRI) is Ryerson’s central research administration office. The Office is responsible for advancing the research agenda at Ryerson and works with faculty, government and industry to help foster the creation of new knowledge and the establishment of innovative partnerships.


Ryerson University
At the intersection of mind and action, Ryerson is on a transformative path to become Canada’s leading comprehensive innovation university. It is a distinctly urban university with a focus on innovation and entrepreneurship, a mission to serve societal need, and a long-standing commitment to engaging its community.

Guided by a bold Academic Plan, an ambitious research agenda, and a Master Plan to revitalize the campus and surrounding neighbourhood, Ryerson is the most applied-to university in Ontario relative to available spaces, and its reputation with business and community leaders continues to rise. As employers, we’re working towards a people first culture and we’re proud to have been selected as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers and a Greater Toronto’s Top Employer for 2015 and 2016. To learn more about our work environment, colleagues, leaders, students and innovative educational environment, visit www.ryerson.ca, check us out on Twitter @RyersonU, @RyersonHR and @RyersonEDI, and visit our LinkedIn company page.





Applicants are asked to apply online through Ryerson’s Career website  at  http://www.ryerson.ca/jobs/ by June 30, 2017.

Contact Information

Ryerson University
Laurie Shemavonian
Recruitment & Retention Advisor
416-979-5000 x.2620
Posting Date: 09-Jun-2017Executive and General Management Permanent, Full-Time Open 1 ASAP
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