Faculty Programming Development Officer

University of Toronto
St. George (Downtown Toronto)
Closing date
Oct 16, 2021

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Faculty Programming Development Officer

Date Posted: 07/16/2021
Req ID: 7701
Faculty/Division: VP - Research
Department: Centre for Research & Innovation Support
Campus: St. George (Downtown Toronto)


About us:

The Centre for Research & Innovation Support (CRIS), serves as both a visible and virtual hub and tri-campus connector with a physical location at the Gerstein Science Information Centre and a researcher-centric website where faculty can learn about and easily access the many existing services, training, research tools and expertise offered across the University. By providing leadership and coordination with central units and academic divisions, CRIS promotes the visibility of, access to and value of research and innovation supports. This new position supports our core mandate to identify emerging issues and to design and deliver complementary programming that supports researchers in their professional development, gives faculty a competitive advantage, and advances research impact.

Your opportunity:

The University of Toronto seeks a collaborative, self-directed and results-focused professional who thrives in a high-paced environment for the position of Faculty Programming Development Officer. Reporting to the Director, CRIS and working closely with the AVP Research and leaders across the University, the successful applicant supports the Centre’s mandate bydeveloping the strategy and approach to conceptualizing, developing, leading, implementing and facilitating a diverse and multifaceted series of programs designed to meet the needs of faculty researchers and their research teams.

In the role, the Faculty Programming Development Officer will develop a strategy and approach to operationalize a high-quality faculty researcher suite of professional development offerings that applies best practices in mentorship, adult education and leadership training that addresses topics across the research lifecycle and tackles complex concepts such as grant writing and peer-review, interdisciplinary research, creating an inclusive research environment, and major research project management. The successful applicant will design learning materials and establish programming that will include a variety of mediums, including digital resources that are based on learning outcomes as well as being accessible, substantive, authoritative, current, and consistent with relevant policy. The Faculty Programming Development Officer, will build alliances and partnerships and gain buy-in from Faculty and Academic Leaders to build programming that promotes faculty-to-faculty mentorship. The Faculty Programming Development Officer will also explore new opportunities and potential funding, sponsorship and/or strategic partnership models to develop a growth and sustainability strategy that enables CRIS to build our portfolio of faculty programming.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Assessing needs and contributing to the planning of unit goals and initiatives
  • Advising on best practices and strategies for effective course design
  • Developing content for instructional workshops
  • Consulting with clients regarding the development of project scope and resources
  • Planning and estimating financial resources required for programs and/or projects
  • Serving as a resource to others by providing (non-supervisory) administrative guidance
  • Fostering and maintaining networks to build capacity and collaboration

Essential Qualifications:

  • Master's Degree or acceptable combination of equivalent experience.
  • Eight years of relevant experience including:
    • Program planning and curriculum development for faculty, addressing concepts across the full range of the research life cycle including advanced concepts that arise within interdisciplinary research teams, and major research projects.
    • Exceptional grasp and experience with curriculum development, pedagogical principles, adult learning principles and theories, mentorship approaches for faculty researchers, and instructional design, including universal design for learning strategies and how these intersect with accessibility and EDI practices.
    • Organizing and facilitating workshops and training sessions utilizing effective planned hybrid, in-person or virtual delivery modes.
    • Working directly in an interdisciplinary research environment in which management of complex relationships, strategy development and implementation of academic and research programs were core components of the role; demonstrating excellent knowledge of the Canadian research landscape (e.g., academic, philanthropic, and industrial) .
    • Business development, sales or revenue generating roles that demonstrate ability to grow programming and/or operations in the public sector context such as institutions of higher education.
    • Demonstrated success developing and fostering positive working relationships with cross-divisional, interdisciplinary groups and building relationships with research leaders, faculty members, administrative staff both internal and external to the organization.
    • Conducting research and analysis and using results data to evaluate programs and make recommendations for new or improved services and supports.
  • Exceptional oral communication skills, presentation and writing skills
  • Advanced proficiency with Microsoft 365 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneDrive, SharePoint, Teams) and e-mail software applications; proven ability to learn new systems and tools quickly and independently. Advanced proficiency in virtual software platforms that enable synchronous, asynchronous and hybrid learning opportunities.
  • Proven analytical and problem solving skills and highly attentive to detail
  • Ability to plan projects and lead cross-functional project teams.
  • Ability to compile and analyze data, prepare reports and other informational materials
  • Flexibility to changing operational needs; capacity to make project adjustments and alterations promptly and efficiently, ability to handle conflicting and multiplepriorities, superior organizational and time management skills.

To be successful in this role you will be:

  • Adaptable
  • Proactive
  • Problem solver
  • Resourceful

Closing Date: 07/29/2021, 11:59PM ET
Employee Group: USW
Appointment Type: Budget - Continuing
Schedule: Full-Time
Pay Scale Group & Hiring Zone:
USW Pay Band 16 -- $89,529 with an annual step progression to a maximum of $114,493. Pay scale and job class assignment is subject to determination pursuant to the Job Evaluation/Pay Equity Maintenance Protocol.
Job Category: Administrative / Managerial
Recruiter: Anita Chooraman

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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 http://uoft.me/UP.

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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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;
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  • Employee and Family Assistance Plan;
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