York University offers a world-class, modern, interdisciplinary academic experience in Toronto, Canada’s most multicultural city.  York is at the centre of innovation, with a thriving community of almost 70,000 faculty, staff and students who challenge the ordinary and deliver the unexpected.


The Lassonde School of Engineering is a new professional school designed to create Renaissance Engineers™ – problem-solvers, critical thinkers, leaders and entrepreneurs who understand creativity, communications, social responsibility, and cultural diversity.

At Lassonde we’re empowering Renaissance Engineers™ by transforming the student experience, revolutionizing the classroom environment, developing a multidisciplinary curriculum and integrating learning with industry.

“The Lassonde School of Engineering aims to graduate entrepreneurial engineers with a social conscience and a sense of global citizenship.”  -  


Reporting to the Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies, this position is responsible for enhancing and promoting the Lassonde School of Engineering (LSE) as a centre of excellence in research The incumbent serves as an advisor to the Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies and the Dean regarding: the overarching strategic direction for research; development, and implementation of research policy; identification and development of research partnerships with government, industry and community; coordination of major research initiatives; stimulation of nominations for awards; promotion of Faculty-research initiatives; and building research capacity within the faculty through communication, education, and training. Additionally, the incumbent serves as advisor to the Dean, Associate Dean and Department Chairs regarding the strategic direction of graduate studies within LSE: develops, implements and oversees the effective delivery of the graduate studies program.

Graduate degree required (preferably in engineering, science or technology); Ph.D, preferred; equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

5+ years related experience in an academic research environment; strong leadership, and project management skills.


  • Working knowledge and understanding of the national funding arena and research opportunities, understanding of research accounting policies and procedures an asset. Demonstrated ability to develop and interpret research budgets.
  • Professional and interpersonal skills to work effectively with a wide range of individuals and diverse research constituency. Proven relationship building abilities where several stakeholders are involved. Tact, sensitivity and diplomacy in dealing with varied clientele especially faculty and senior university administrators. Well-developed interpersonal skills demonstrating the ability to work with a diverse group of individuals and teams, ability to work independently as well as in a team environment in a high-volume department.
  • Ability to develop new initiatives for the success of the organization.
  • Expertise in preparation of complex reports, applications and proposals. Excellent research, writing and analytical skills. Excellent organizational, planning and coordination skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise initiative, discretion and diplomacy.
  • Strong verbal skills to communicate clearly intent of agreements orally to internal (e.g. Faculty ROs) and external partners.
  • Attention to detail for writing and understanding appropriate interpretation of research grants and agreements.
  • Understanding of risk assessment and mitigation.
  • Superior analytical skills including an understanding of data analysis and metrics and key performance indicators.
  • Comfortable with ambiguity and competing priorities.
  • Flexibility to meet emerging deadlines and changing priorities.
  • Strong computer skills, including the ability to work with a broad range of internal and external information system tools and electronic processing systems.
  • Basic understanding of data analysis.


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York University

Contact Information


Toronto, Ontario


Research Partnerships Director

Positions For

PhD preferred, 5+ experience in academic research

Date Posted

Sunday June 09, 2013