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Director, Centre for Graduate Mentorship and Supervision

University of Toronto
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Director, Centre for Graduate Mentorship and Supervision

Date Posted: 06/28/2022
Req ID: 25537
Faculty/Division: School of Graduate Studies
Department: SGS: Office of the Dean
Campus: St George

About Us

The School of Graduate Studies (SGS) promotes University-wide inclusive excellence in graduate education, research and professional training to ensure high standards across the various academic divisions, as well as supporting postdoctoral fellows. SGS defines and administers University-wide regulations for graduate education. We share responsibility for graduate education with graduate units and divisions and operates through a system of collegial governance, consultation, and decanal leadership.

SGS also provides expertise and advice; reviews the design and delivery of programs; develops performance standards; supports access, equitable inclusion, fairness, and ethical conduct in graduate education; organizes services and financial assistance to graduate students; encourages a close and positive relationship between research and graduate instruction, and represents the cause of graduate education at the University of Toronto and in the broader academic and general community.


Under the Direction of the Vice-Dean, Students, with administrative reporting to the Assistant Dean, Graduate Studies, the incumbent serves to conduct the following:

Oversee operations of the Centre for Graduate Mentorship and Supervision (CGMS) to accomplishing its three major goals: (1) Promote and foster excellent supervision practices by Graduate Faculty Members; (2) Develop promote guidelines/policies and frameworks to enhance graduate supervision and mentorship experiences; and (3) Assist and support students/ faculty/ grad admin with solving supervisory relationship challenges.

Situated within the School of Graduate Studies, the Centre for Graduate Mentorship and Supervision (CGMS) is a Centre that will serve as the focal point for supports, education, and outreach to ensure excellence in graduate mentorship and supervision to students, supervisors, and other members of the graduate community.

CGMS is intended to be a third node in a triangle of faculty & student supports at the University that also includes the Centre for Teaching Support and Innovation (teaching) and the Centre for Research Innovation and Support (research). The incumbent will work closely with staff from these University entities to promote collaboration and integration of activities.

Supervision of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows (PDFs) is an essential activity in a research-intensive university. For a university that strives to maintain and build upon its status as an international leader in graduate research and education, it is imperative that students, PDFs and supervisors are provided with ready access to high-quality supports that enhance the quality and ensure successful mentorship and supervision and assist individuals experiencing challenges. Healthy, supportive, and productive mentoring relationships improve student experience, enhance mental health and wellness, and positively learner experience and career outcomes for students, PDFs, and faculty members alike. Graduate supervision is also an area that is ripe for innovation, and many in our graduate community are excited to try out new models and approaches. To grasp these opportunities and take the quality of graduate supervision at U of T to the next level requires a coordinated effort across multiple offices and a highly visible entity to help lead the charge.

Qualifications Required:


Must have a post-graduate degree (Masters) in Adult Education, Student Development, Higher Education, Developmental or Counselling Psychology, Leadership or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience. Education should include a focus on adult education principles, program/curriculum planning within a developmental framework, evaluation and assessment, and issues in higher education. A Ph.D in Adult Education, Student Development, Higher Education, Developmental or Counselling Psychology, Leadership or related field is an asset.


In-depth understanding of the post-secondary environment (including diversity and equity considerations), the research and innovation landscape across the sciences, social sciences and humanities, and the provision of support for instructional technology. Experience with programs promoting equity and diversity in post-secondary settings is an asset.

Demonstrated success with the implementation of new initiatives and processes; Demonstrated experience with program development, professional learning, service delivery and evaluation of those activities in a higher education context; proven effective leadership and participation in committee work.

Highly developed interpersonal skills, with the ability to communicate both orally and in writing at all levels of an organization, including, preparing reports and delivering presentations to a variety of stakeholders.

Familiarity with Ontario and Canadian statutes, including the: Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act; and the Occupational Health and Safety Act


Strong leadership and staff management skills; superb research, writing, communication, presentation and interpersonal skills; high degree of political acuity and judgment, consensus building; ability to engage with various stakeholders and members of the University community, and connect and build rapport with graduate students, faculty and staff groups. Proven effective leadership and participation in committee work, ability to work independently and within a team environment, ability to operate at the strategic, policy, and operational levels, ability to work independently with a high degree of initiative, discretion, and tact; ability and willingness to work cooperatively in a challenging and dynamic environment; ability to work under pressure; superior organizational skills in planning, project management flexibility and problem solver orientation; excellent planning and supervisory skills; demonstrated ability to work with a constantly fluctuating workload and to meet deadlines; excellent writing ability and demonstrated ability to work with and gain the support of colleagues.


Ability to maintain strict confidentiality; practice diplomacy; high level of professionalism.

NOTE: Candidates are advised to submit by August 1, 2022, for consideration. Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

Closing Date: 08/01/2022,11:59PM ET
Employee Group: Salaried
Appointment Type: Budget - Continuing
Schedule: Full-Time Monday to Friday, 8:45 am to 5:00 pm. Occasional evenings and weekends during semester start-up and for special events.
Pay Scale Group & Hiring Zone: PM 4 -- Hiring Zone: $93,345 - $108,904 -- Broadband Salary Range: $93,345 - $155,575
Job Category: Student Services

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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].

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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.


Are you looking for a challenging, meaningful career in a supportive and diverse environment?

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Work where the world comes to discover.

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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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