Director of Strategy

Job description

Director of Strategy

Date Posted: 04/07/2021
Req ID: 3478
Faculty/Division: UofT Mississauga
Department: UTM:Ofc of the Vice President & Principal
Campus: University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM)


Reporting to the Vice-President and Principal (VP&P), the Director will provide strategic leadership on developing and implementing major strategic initiatives identified by the VP&P. The incumbent will lead through influence and work with UTM’s key leaders to achieve the vision of the University of Toronto Mississauga and to provide oversight of the implementation of strategies that will support the organization’s mission. Working with the Chief Administrative Officer, Vice-Principal Academic & Dean, the Dean of Student Affairs, the Vice-Principal Research, the Registrar and Director of Enrolment Management, and the Executive Director of Advancement, the incumbent engages with appropriate units at UTM, and when necessary, across the University's tri-campus system, to develop and execute initiatives to achieve the University’s strategic objectives.

The incumbent will act as a top advisor to the Vice-President and Principal; advise and oversee critical strategic, administrative issues that require attention; identify strategic issues that require intervention; advocate on behalf of the Vice-President and Principal to further the priorities of the campus; lead initiatives that require cross-functional engagement with key staff across UTM and U of T’s tri-campus organization, and potentially with external stakeholders; work closely with the Executive Committee portfolio leaders and others to help develop financing and business plans for major projects; and represent the interests of the University of Toronto Mississauga as required from time to time.

The Director also ensures that UTM’s operational strategies and programs are consistent with and support the broader university-wide University of Toronto goals, within the framework of relevant legislation and University policies and procedures.

The position requires a visionary, strategic and innovative person, who combines a proven track record of administrative innovation, strong interpersonal and leadership skills, and administrative excellence. The incumbent will play a key role in executing the strategic mission of the University of Toronto Mississauga.


University degree is required and a post-graduate degree and/or a professional designation would be considered an asset or an acceptable equivalent combination of education and experience.


Minimum ten (10) years of related experience as a senior administrator in a complex organization, preferably in a higher education or public-sector setting. A successful track record of providing sound strategic leadership and executing complex, strategic projects with advanced change management experience and skills. Demonstrated strategic conceptualization, analytical and planning skills. Knowledge of current trends in higher education as they relate to the responsibilities of the role. Ability to champion campus issues and strategic priorities. Excellent oral and written communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills. Strong research and analytical skills. Demonstrated skill working effectively with a diverse group of clients and experience fostering an inclusive environment. Demonstrated commitment to the promotion of equity in the workplace and an ability to work effectively with all constituents in a highly diverse community. Proven ability to exercise sound judgment, tact, diplomacy and persuasion. Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a consultative team environment as well as the ability to make independent decisions and direct others in critical situations.

Technical Skills:

Proficiency in standard computer applications (MS Office Suite).


Demonstrated leadership skills and ability to influence and motivate constituencies that could span multiple organizational boundaries. Demonstrated excellent planning, organizational and analytical skills. Demonstrated project management skills. Demonstrated ability to make sound business decisions using good business judgment and innovative and creative problem solving skills. Demonstrated ability to manage financial, organizational and staff resources. Excellent interpersonal and communications skills with the ability to cultivate professional and business partnerships. Political acumen, strategic thinker and ability to lead change. Ability to manage complex or sensitive situations effectively. Skill in managing conflict. Good mediation skills. Ability to manage multiple, competing and frequently changing priorities. Requirement to maintain strict confidentiality.

Closing Date: 04/12/2021, 11:59PM ET
Employee Group: Salaried
Appointment Type: Budget - Continuing
Schedule: Full-Time
Pay Scale Group & Hiring Zone: PM 7 -- Hiring Zone: $124,533 - $145,290 -- Broadband Salary Range: $124,533 - $207,555
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: 4/8/2021
Application Due: 4/10/2021
Work Type: Full Time