Director, Programs

Job description

Director, Programs

Date Posted: 02/17/2021
Req ID:2837
Faculty/Division: School of Management
Department: Joseph L. Rotman School of Management
Campus: St. George (Downtown Toronto)


About us:

The Rotman School of Management is part of the University of Toronto, a global centre of research and academic excellence at the heart of Canada’s commercial and financial capital. Rotman is a catalyst for transformative learning, insights and public engagement, bringing together diverse views and initiatives around a defining purpose: to create value for business and society. We make a fundamental promise – Here’s where it changes – to our students, our partners and the broader community. Everyone at Rotman, faculty and staff, plays a role in bringing that promise to life.

Your opportunity:

Creative Destruction Lab (CDL) is an objectives-based program for massively scalable, seed-stage science- and technology-based companies. The program's objective-setting process enhances the performance of technical founders who learn from the insights of experienced entrepreneurs, increasing their probability of success.

Founded in 2012 at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, the program has now expanded with locations in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal, Halifax, Oxford, Paris, Atlanta, and Wisconsin. Since its inception, companies that have participated in the CDL program have created more than $7.5 billion (CAD) in equity value.

As the Director, Programs, you will be responsible for leading all program activities across the CDL network on behalf of CDL-Global. This includes planning and overseeing all activities related to network-wide program efforts, directing site-level staff as applicable to ensure optimal local delivery of Global-level initiatives, creating optimal events to engage partners and key stakeholders, and planning and organizing our most significant events.

You will be focused on managing and expanding network wide programs, managing the CDL-Global Recovery program in partnership with CDL-Atlanta, managing the production aspect of all CDL virtual sessions for all nine universities, planning and organizing the partner’s program education modules, planning and coordinating the annual Machine Learning Conference, and coordinating all activities related to the CDL Vision Council.

You will play a pivotal leadership role in directing the execution of our prime, specialty, and incubator streams; coordinating MBA activities across all sites; managing the High School Girls Program, our alumni program, the Recovery stream, education modules, key conferences (Machine Learning Conference and Economics of Artificial Intelligence Conference), and resourcing and overseeing CDL-Global’s contribution to site sessions, thus contributing towards the overall success of the Lab.

You will foster a team-based culture, create an environment where knowledge-sharing, support, training tools, coaching and staff development ensure that service levels meet or exceed expectations and foster a workspace that encourages, recognizes and rewards creativity, innovation and excellence, and personal accountability.

Essential Qualifications:


MBA or other relevant post graduate degree; a combination of equivalent education and experience will be considered.


A minimum of five (5) years related and progressive experience gained through educational programming, leadership, professional development, coaching and managing teams, as well as managing the user experience and stakeholder needs. Demonstrated experience, preferably within an academic institution, where developing, planning and implementing programs has been a significant responsibility. Demonstrated experience in planning, coordinating and leading large scale events for high profile guests. Demonstrated experience in leading teams. Direct experience in business planning, business development, and operations functions. A record of leadership and vision combined with an awareness of current and emerging technology development, commercialization, and new venture development across the province and Canada.


Ability to communicate effectively to a diverse audience similar in breadth to our stakeholder groups that include students, faculty, staff, new venture CEOs, investment firms, corporate sponsors, fellows and associates, founding partners, scientists, and economists. A creative but pragmatic strategic thinker with strong managerial, follow-through, and implementation skills. Outstanding time management skills and the proven ability to effectively delegate and supervise teams with varying levels of experience and skill. Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills. Highly developed problem-solving and critical thinking skills. Excellent computer skills including GSuite and Microsoft Office applications.


Strong understanding of business models and drivers of success in start-ups. Strong team-oriented work ethic with willingness to work independently and autonomously. Demonstrated respect for confidentiality and strong sense of professional ethics. Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects or priorities simultaneously across multiple teams with strong organizational skills. Ability to handle ambiguity and work effectively in a dynamic and sophisticated organization. Familiarity with emerging communications technologies (i.e. Slack, Airtable, Salesforce) is preferred.

Closing Date: 03/01/2021,11:59PM ET
Employee Group: Salaried
Appointment Type: Budget - Continuing
Schedule: Full-Time
Pay Scale Group & Hiring Zone: PM 4 -- Hiring Zone: $91,506 - $106,758 -- Broadband Salary Range: $91,506 - $152,510
Job Category: Administrative / Managerial

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All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Diversity Statement
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, LGBTQ2S+ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see

Accessibility Statement
The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with our unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission.

The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities.

If you require any accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact [email protected].
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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Job No:
Posted: 2/18/2021
Application Due: 3/3/2021
Work Type: Full Time