Strategic Research Development Officer, Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education

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Strategic Research Development Officer, Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education

Date Posted: 06/07/2021
Req ID: 4893
Faculty/Division: Faculty of Kinesiology & Physl Ed.
Department: Faculty of Kinesiology & Physl Ed
Campus: St. George (Downtown Toronto)


About us:

The University of Toronto and its Academic Divisions are continually seeking to amplify the impact of their research and innovation activities. To enable this goal, Divisions are adding new divisional researchofficers to augment the expertise and bandwidth of existing highly skilled individuals already in place. The Division of the Vice-President, Research & Innovation (VPRI) will invite these individuals together into a community of practice.

The University of Toronto’s Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education is globally recognized for developing and advancing knowledge about the interactions of physical activity and health through outstanding undergraduate and graduate education programs,cutting-edge research and the delivery of sport, recreation and high performance athletic opportunities for students, staff, faculty and community members across the three campuses. In achieving this vision , the Faculty is guided by values of integrity,respect, equity and diversity.\

In the KPE Research Office, our vision is to help our researchers leverage their unique expertise to create and translate new knowledge pertaining to the mission of the Faculty. Accordingly, the KPE Research Office provides services aimed at enhancing the pursuit , efficiency and effectiveness of research activities, covering the entire spectrum of knowledge creation (i.e., from ideation to mobilization).

Your opportunity:

The Strategic Research Development Officer will support the Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education’s research community in advancing the Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education’s and the University of Toronto’s strategic research administration activities. The position will work in collaboration with the Division of the Vice-President Research & Innovation (VPRI).

FKPE has a vibrant and very diverse group of researchers, with expertise spanning from the humanities to cellular biology (see The SRDO will thus have the opportunity to help FKPE researchers with very diverse research agenda elevate their extramural funding and partnerships profile.
The SRDO will work under the direct supervision of the FKPE Associate Dean of Research and also work closely with two (2) Research Services Officers. The SRDO will also work closely with other FKPE Offices, including the Registrar’s Office, the Alumni Affairs and Advancement Office, and the Public Relations and Communications Office.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Identifying, developing and executing strategies for research and the development of collaborations
  • Building and strengthening relationships with stakeholders and partners of strategic importance
  • Researching and recommending new opportunities for external collaborations and partnerships
  • Editing funding application content
  • Analyzing facility capabilities and sustainability for research and/or technical requirements
  • Conducting detailed data analysis to inform management decision making
  • Developing project schedules including milestones, critical path, timelines, deliverables, and reporting
  • Tracking the status of partnership development initiatives, activities, and outcomes

+Essential Qualifications:

  • Master's Degree in Kinesiology or acceptable combination of equivalent experience.
  • Minimum five years research experience in a University or similar research-intensive setting
  • Thorough knowledge of KPE-relevant research funding programs, research partnerships, research opportunities, and research ethics, as well as related University policies, procedures, and regulations
  • Demonstrated experience with editing, writing, reviewing and submitting grant proposals, including providing support and guidance regarding operating and infrastructure acquisition budgets
  • Experience and expertise in the interpretation and application of funding agency policy, criteria and application standards
  • Experience working with research granting councils and funding agencies, and specific knowledge of SSHRC, NSERC, CIHR, and CFI granting application regulations
  • Experience working with and knowledge of 'faculty awards' funding models and ability to lead a Faculty-wide awards initiative
  • Must have a level of understanding research funding opportunities that enables proactive suggestions for funding alternatives to faculty members (e.g., research sponsorship, funding partnerships)
  • Must have demonstrated the ability to grasp, understand and be conversant in describing and expanding upon complex research concepts from many disciplines ranging across many fields (e.g., Physical Activity and Health, Health Science, Health Technologies, Social Sciences, Humanities)
  • Must have excellent interpersonal skills to facilitate the Dean's Office efforts to develop effective relationships with new and existing domestic funding agencies and foundations
  • Experience working with research grant budgets
  • Must have the ability to mutli-task, work under pressure,and effectively meet tight timelines
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Must have the ability to work independently as well as in a team environment
  • Must exhibit tact, sensitivity, and judgement in dealing with researchers, administrators and funding agency personnel
  • Must be proactive, possess strong organizational, data management, analytical, and problem-solving skills
  • Experience maintaining and updating websites. Must be computer literate and proficient in using word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software
  • Must have the ability to work with a broad range of internal and external information systems and tools, including the ability to analyze quantitative data on research activity and perform problem analyses as a strategic communication tool
  • Ability to administer large scale and priority research, awards and funding initiatives to advance the interests of the Faculty and University research agenda
  • Experience working with the University's Financial Information System (FIS) and Research Information System (RIS)- or similar programs used at other research-intensive organizations

Assets (Nonessential):

  • Experience insecuring large tri-council, governmental, non-governmental, or industry research funding will be viewed as an asset

To be successful in this role you will be:

  • Achievement oriented
  • Entrepreneurial
  • Meticulous
  • Perceptive
  • Self-directed
  • Tactful

Closing Date: 07/12/2021, 11:59PM ET
Employee Group: USW
Appointment Type: Budget - Continuing
Schedule: Full-Time
Pay Scale Group & Hiring Zone: USW Pay Band 15 -- $84,316 with an annual step progression to a maximum of $107,826. Pay scale and job class assignment is subject to determination pursuant to the Job Evaluation/Pay Equity Maintenance Protocol.
Job Category: Research Administration & Teaching

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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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