Director, University Relations

University of Toronto
: St. George (Downtown Toronto)

Job Details

Director, University Relations

Date Posted: 05/12/2022
Req ID:24217
Faculty/Division: Office of the President
Department: Government Relations Office
Campus: St. George (Downtown Toronto)


Working under the general direction of the Chief of Government Relations, the Director, University Relations is a member of the senior Government Relations Office (GRO) team and contributes to the strategic direction. The Director, University Relations provides senior-level managerial expertise and strategic advice to the Government Relations Office (GRO) and manages the portfolio in a proactive, efficient, professional, collegial, and knowledgeable manner. The incumbent requires an excellent understanding of the higher education sector to facilitate and implements the administration of priorities and directions and strategic initiative set by the Chief of Government Relations.

The Director supervises administrative, professional, and casual staff; manages financial activities; oversees information systems and organization; provides strategic input and supports developing, implementing and championing various projects and initiatives. The incumbent also briefs the Chief on key issues; communicates with internal and external parties on issues of importance; provides leadership, information, advice, and direction to support the effective operation of the GRO portfolio; and identifies and develops the group’s core competencies.

The Director provides leadership, advice, and direction of the Chief’s staff, and works closely with the University’s senior administrative team. To be successful the Director must build and maintain collegial and constructive relationships to ensure ongoing issues are managed successfully. The Director’s duties are complex and demand a high level of responsibility and responsiveness to ensure that the GRO is effective in carrying out the Chief’s mandate in a way that commands the respect of the University’s diverse constituencies, and the external communities. The Director provides leadership, direction, and oversight across a number of areas including university relations, sector-based organizations of which the University is a member (e.g., COU, Universities Canada, and U15), and operations. The Director facilitates interaction and coordination with the Vice-Presidents (and where engaged – Presidential and Provostial advisors) on a wide range of issues (i.e., strategic positioning; public policy development; and sector-based advocacy. The also provide input on institutional issues management, and triages issues of reputational significance to the University, and works with the various designates from the Vice-Presidential portfolios in proactively and reactively managing issues.

Qualifications Required:


University degree or acceptable equivalent combination of education and experience.


Seven to ten years in a senior administrative role managing a complex organization preferably in a University or public-sector environment. Demonstrated experience dealing with governments at federal, provincial, or municipal levels. Demonstrated understanding of higher education sector policy environment, including, but not limited to areas of financial, regulatory, and broader public policy goals. Demonstrated experience in financial management, human resource management, facilities management, and process and systems improvement. Demonstrated effectiveness in managing and mentoring a variety of staff and teams. Past experience managing in a unionized environment an asset. Knowledge of labour relations, health and safety and other University policies and procedures is highly desirable. Significant experience working within the University environment and familiarity with various internal portfolios. Ability to serve the needs of multiple “clients” needs while preserving and guarding the intent/integrity of policy and principles with utmost neutrality and objectivity. Experience working in cross-functional and virtual team environments, with varying degrees of interdependency.


Demonstrated competence using, MS Office including Microsoft PowerPoint.


Highly professional demeanor with exceptional interpersonal, written and oral communication skills. Superior organizational and time management skills in planning, executing and completing tasks; ability to work well under pressure. Demonstrated ability to exercise initiative, discretion, tact, judgement and diplomacy. Proven effectiveness relating to all levels of faculty, staff, students, and people external to the University. Ability to balance the competing priorities. Ability to pay attention to detail as well as maintain a broad perspective.

Closing Date: 06/03/2022,11:59PM ET
Employee Group: Salaried
Appointment Type: Budget - Continuing
Schedule: Full-Time
Pay Scale Group & Hiring Zone: PM 5 -- Hiring Zone: $105,411 - $122,980 -- Broadband Salary Range: $105,411 - $175,685
Job Category: Administrative / Managerial

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All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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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.

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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].

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