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University of Toronto

Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)


Toronto, ON Posted 28 Days Ago1800611-1561810

Job Description

The Vice-President, Research & Innovation (VPRI) portfolio plays an important role in supporting U of T as a top public research university in the world. Our mission is to create the most supportive environment possible so that our researchers, innovators and learners can do what they do best — advance understanding and apply new knowledge.

Reporting to the Vice President, Research and Innovation and serving as a member of the VPRI Executive Team, the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) provides leadership, strategic direction and sound management to operations and business administration within the Research and Innovation portfolio, and acts as a strategic change agent for the VPRI keeping the Division at the leading edge of performance.

As an integral member of the VPRI Executive Team, the CAO will have demonstrated leadership skills and experience in administrative, human resource, financial and strategic planning, facility operations and planning and information technology. The CAO ensures plans, benchmarks, and policies are in place to support the mission of the Division. The CAO develops short and long-term strategic plans that support the priorities of the Division; provides advice and policy interpretation to senior management and ensures administrative policies and procedures are in compliance with University and Government policies. The CAO is responsible for leading the VPRI’s annual budget process based on a thorough understanding of the University budget model, financial and human resource policies, procedures and systems.  Additionally, the CAO provides strategic advice to the Vice-President, the Executive Team and senior staff on a wide range of initiatives to optimize the Division’s capacity to perform its service mandate for the University.  The CAO acts as a strategic change agent for the VPRI, keeping the Division at the leading edge of performance Determine benchmarks and measurements to ensure all administrative activities are efficient and coordinated to minimize duplication and eliminate wasted resources.  The CAO develops and maintains internal and external relations within the University and the broader community.  The incumbent has full managerial authority over the staff in the work units that report directly into the position of CAO.


University degree in Business or Commerce and a professional accounting designation (CA, CGA, CMA) is preferred.

Minimum 7 years of relevant financial accounting experience, University or Non-Profit Organization experience preferred.  Experience in preparing financial statements for capital and other projects of fund accounting.  Experience in examining and analysing financial records to ensure accuracy and compliance with established accounting standards and procedures.  Experience working with internal and external auditors.  Demonstrated technical abilities in select areas (audit, accounting, regulatory, compliance, etc.) Good analytical, interpersonal, time management, research, and communications skills.  Minimum ten (10) years related experience in a senior administrative or operations role in a University or not-for-profit fundraising environment or equivalent role within the private sector. Demonstrated experience overseeing significant operating portfolio, including financial, information systems and human resource management.  Demonstrated experience and success motivating and mentoring staff and bringing out the best in teams and individuals. 

Outstanding oral and written communication, interpersonal, analytical and presentation skills.  High level of initiative, tact and diplomacy, intelligence, and be articulate, politically astute and capable.  Ability to work at the highest strategic levels, to gain and maintain the respect of senior administration and also to take strategy and move it through to tactics and action.  Ability to work in a collaborative and collegial manner, with an appreciation for the challenges and opportunities of working within a large, decentralized institution.  Reputation for integrity, openness, decisiveness, and sound judgment. Ability to work in a fast-paced environment driven by competing tasks and deadlines.  Ability to be productive working both independently and as a part of a team. 

Must be able to effectively work with new and changing situations in a highly dynamic environment where there may not always be a readily apparent solution.


Please apply online at: https://utoronto.taleo.net/careersection/10000/jobdetail.ftl?job=1800611&tz=GMT-05%3A00
by Thursday, March 8th at 11:59pm

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The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. In accordance with the AODA Act, accommodation will be provided throughout the recruitment process to applicants with disabilities.

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