Director Operations, Research Safety and Compliance

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Director Operations, Research Safety and Compliance

Date Posted: 06/04/2021
Req ID:4281
Faculty/Division: VP - Research
Department: Environmental Health & Safety
Campus: St. George (Downtown Toronto)


About us:

The Vice-President, Research & Innovation (VPRI) portfolio supports the University of Toronto 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. Our work supports, fosters and promotes the research and innovation culture and activities of our faculty, staff and students, along with our partner hospitals, funding sponsors, and partners in the public and private sector. VPRI provides a full range of services including guidance to faculty, staff and students on funding opportunities, research agreement negotiation, oversight and accountability services including research accounting, environmental health and safety, innovation and entrepreneurship, partnerships, policies and procedures, and institutional awards and honours.

Your Responsibility:

Reporting to the Executive Director, Research Safety and Compliance (RSC), the Director Operations leads the operations of the unit in the development and delivery of Research Safety and Compliance and Environmental Health & Safety systems and programs for the University community on all three campuses and other University of Toronto off-campus locations; the management of staff within the RSC unit and; the automation and leveraging of technology in the development of compliance management systems and safety training programs.

Key responsibilities include providing leadership and oversight to staff within RSC and divisional Health and Safety Advisors and Health and Safety Officers; providing advice to the Executive Director, RSC; providing leadership and establishing processes for effective injury prevention in research environment, providing operational leadership and for research licenses (i.e. HPTA, CNSC and Cannabis); providing operational leadership for importing and exporting permits for regulated materials; providing operational leadership to the UTM and UTSC campuses with respect health, safety, licensing, permits and environmental issues related to research activities; developing the standard for training offered by the unit; and identifying relevant compliance legal and other obligations pertinent to the University.

Essential Qualifications:


Master’s degree in Occupational Health or a related discipline preferred, or equivalent combination of education and experience.


Ten (10) years specialized experience progressing to a senior management level in environmental health. Experience in a similarly complex large research-intensive organization (University environment strongly preferred) dealing with complex health & safety issues (e.g., biohazards, radiation safety, chemical safety, nanomaterials, etc.) a must. Knowledge of occupational health and/or industrial hygiene strongly preferred. Demonstrated risk management approach. Demonstrated successful experience working with unions required. Experience developing and monitoring department and project budgets. Understanding of and experience with providing oversight to radiation programs strongly preferred. Demonstrated ability to interpret legislation and build appropriate relationships with both internal and government partners.


Strong oral and written communication and interpersonal skills. Demonstrated strong presentation skills in a forum with a diversity of stakeholders. High degree of political acuity and superior judgment. Ability to work with senior administrative and academic administrators as well as Union leaders in a manner which facilitates cooperation. Ability to work independently with a high level of initiative and as part of a team. Ability to work under pressure. Ability to develop, mentor and lead a diverse group of professionals. Experience assimilating complex information and drafting formal and informal reports for a variety of stakeholders with competing interests. Superior organizational and analytical skills. Demonstrated flexibility and problem-solving orientation.


Computer skills required. Ability to operate specialized industrial and monitoring equipment. Good understanding of operational databases.

Hours of work

Full-time schedule (36.25 hours) on weekdays during University business hours of 8:45 am to 5:00 pm, with additional hours requirement to be meet operational needs including weekends and evenings.

Will require incumbent to respond to and/or attend onto campus(es) to handle emergencies and operational needs, travel between campuses.

Closing Date: 06/17/2021,11:59PM ET
Employee Group: Salaried
Appointment Type: Budget - Continuing
Schedule: Full-Time
Pay Scale Group & Hiring Zone: PM 6 -- Hiring Zone: $114,634 - $133,739 -- Broadband Salary Range: $114,634 - $191,056
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: 6/5/2021
Application Due: 9/3/2021
Work Type: Full Time