Strategic Research Development Officer

University of Toronto
Toronto, ON
Closing date
Oct 22, 2021

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Strategic Research Development Officer

Date Posted: 07/13/2021
Req ID: 4684
Faculty/Division: University of Toronto Scarborough
Department: UTSC: Office of the Vice-Principal, Research & Innovation
Campus: University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC)

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, Divisions are adding new divisional research officers 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 Scarborough is a place of energy, enthusiasm and passion. Our commitment to inclusive excellence attracts the brightest learners, scholars and employees from around the globe. Our success has been made possible by the opportunity given to us by our Indigenous hosts to operate on their territory, and we cherish our continuing partnerships with these communities. The University of Toronto Scarborough is an exciting campus with unlimited potential. Join us on our journey.

As part of the University of Toronto, Canada's leading research university and one of the top research universities in the world, conducting cutting-edge, world-class research is part of the University of Toronto Scarborough’s DNA. The Office of the Vice-Principal, Research & Innovation is responsible for enhancing the overall research profile of University of Toronto Scarborough locally, nationally and internationally.

Your opportunity:

The Strategic Research Development Officer will support the University of Toronto Scarborough’s research community to advance the University of Toronto Scarborough’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).

Working under the direction of the Manager, Research Services and Partnerships, in the Office of the Vice-Principal Research & Innovation, you will be responsible for helping UTSC researchers identify and attract new external research partnerships with private-sector, government, NGO, and community partners, supporting ongoing relationship management, assisting faculty members with their partners in generating proposals for externally sponsored research opportunities, and supporting other initiatives established by the Vice-Principal Research and Innovation, the Associate Vice-Principal Research-Strategic Initiatives, and the Director, Office of the Vice-Principal Research and Innovation.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Advising faculty on funding application strategies
  • Coordinating and guiding applicants through various phases of the research funding application process
  • Providing detailed information to faculty and administrative staff on completing and submitting research applications
  • Identifying, developing and executing strategies for research and development collaborations
  • Building and strengthening relationships with stakeholders and partners of strategic importance
  • Researching and recommending new opportunities for external collaborations and partnerships
  • Writing and editing targeted communications to support strategic initiatives

Essential Qualifications:

  • Master's Degree or acceptable combination of equivalent experience
  • Minimum five years of relevant experience in an academic or industry research environment
  • Experience identifying, developing and executing strategies for research partnerships and development collaborations with private, government and/or NGO sector partners
  • Knowledge of commercial research opportunities within Canada and internationally
  • Expert understanding of Provincial, Canadian and International partnership-based research funding programs, in particular major industry partnership projects led by university researchers. i.e. funded through Mitacs, Ontario Research Fund, National Centers of Excellence, NSERC Programs (including Alliance, Strategic Networks, Strategic Partnership Grants, and Industrial Research Chairs), and the new NFRF suite of programs
  • Experience organizing and facilitating workshops and training sessions
  • Experience developing project schedules including milestones, critical paths, timelines and deliverables and reporting
  • Advanced computer skills (e.g. Excel, Access, Word, PowerPoint)
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent organizational, analytical, and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent interpersonal, negotiating, and marketing skills
  • Applicants are also expected to show evidence of a commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and the promotion of a respectful and collegial learning and working environment

To be successful in this role you will be:

  • Achievement oriented
  • Communicator
  • Multi-tasker
  • Problem solver
  • Tactful
  • Team player


A copy of the full job description is available upon request from the UTSC HR Office

Closing Date: 07/26/2021, 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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Established in 1827, the University of Toronto is Canada's largest university, recognized as a global leader in research and teaching. U of T's distinguished faculty, institutional record of groundbreaking scholarship and wealth of innovative academic opportunities continually attract outstanding students and academics from around the world.

U of T is committed to providing a learning experience that benefits from both a scale almost unparalleled in North America and from the close-knit learning communities made possible through its college system and academic divisions. Located in and around Toronto, one of the world's most diverse regions, U of T's vibrant academic life is defined by a unique degree of cultural diversity in its learning community.The University is sustained environmentally by three green campuses, where renowned heritage buildings stand beside award-winning innovations in architectural design.


U of T is one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers.
U of T is one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers.


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Opportunities exist for people from a wide range of backgrounds, ranging from recent graduates to experienced senior professionals.

We offer challenging work within an open environment that celebrates diversity in all its forms. Our focus is on creating a positive work environment that attracts and retains excellent employees through a combination of competitive compensation, favourable working conditions, opportunities for career growth and development and a unique organizational culture.

Employees have access to:

  • Excellent health and dental benefits;
  • On-site support for training and career development;
  • Flexible work arrangements;
  • Childcare subsidy;
  • Tuition waivers;
  • Scholarships and/or tuition waivers for dependants;
  • Generous paid time off;
  • Support on equity and diversity issues;
  • On-site child care;
  • University Pension Plan;
  • Subsidized athletic facility membership;
  • World-renowned libraries;
  • Confidential counselling services;
  • Parking and TTC Metropasses;
  • Employee and Family Assistance Plan;
  • Continued health benefits for pensioners.


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