Associate Director and Executive Fellow, Lazaridis Institute

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Author ahnationtalk
Date January 12, 2018
Type Full Time
Company Wilfrid Laurier University
Location Waterloo, ON
Category Business / Management
Client Wilfrid Laurier University
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Posting ID : 8625
Position Title : Associate Director and Executive Fellow, Lazaridis Institute
Department : Lazaridis School of Business and Economics
Job Type : Full-time, Continuing
Campus : Waterloo
Reports To : Dean, Lazaridis School of Business and Economics
Position Summary : Wilfrid Laurier University is a leading Canadian university known for academic excellence and a culture that inspires lives of leadership and purpose. With approximately 19,000 undergraduate and graduate students, Laurier has a distinct commitment to teaching & learning, research, and scholarship.

The university is mid-sized but with small-school strengths: experiential academic programming, engaged alumni, high levels of student satisfaction, and a unique culture of inspiring lives of leadership and purpose.

Laurier has a strong reputation in providing undergraduate and graduate programs focussed on academic excellence and curricular and co-curricular experiential learning. Its alumni are successful; and being a part of the Laurier Community means life-long benefits of an education focussed on development of the whole person.

The majority of Laurier’s undergraduate students, roughly 80%, come from areas that are within a short commute of Waterloo and Brantford, including the Greater Toronto Area. The majority of Laurier’s post-graduate/doctoral students, roughly 70%, come from countries outside of Canada. The university is committed to diversifying its recruitment efforts to include more international, national, and Aboriginal students.

Laurier offers its full- and part-time graduate and undergraduate degree programs through nine Faculties: Arts, Business and Economics, Education, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, Human and Social Sciences, Liberal Arts, Music, Science, and Social Work. Laurier’s highly regarded cooperative education program offers options in select undergraduate and graduate programs.

In the past decade, Laurier has grown dramatically from a primarily undergraduate institution to a dynamic comprehensive university. Today, Laurier’s research environment consists of five hundred researchers in nine faculties housed within a highly interactive and interdisciplinary academic community.

The Associate Director & Executive Fellow, Lazaridis Institute will report to the Managing Director, Lazaridis Institute.

The appointment will be for a 2 or 3-year term with the option for renewal.

The Associate Director & Executive Fellow is a senior management position with regular direct interaction with the Dean, Lazaridis School of Business & Economics, other Ontario Executive Fellows, Research Director and the Lazaridis Institute Global Advisory Board.

The Associate Director & Executive Fellow will be supported by a Program Manager, a Associate Director Marketing and operational/administrative staff.

Accountabilities :

As part of a small team, the Associate Director’s mandate will be both broad and varied, and will include participation in internal operations (finance, human resources, etc.) with a primary focus on external relations (business development, communications, community relations, stakeholder engagement, etc.).

The Associate Director’s roles and responsibilities will include, but not be limited to:

Business Development, Stakeholder Relations & Communications

  • Developing a solid and sustainable funnel of Canadian scale-up companies, and an extensive and effective network of Canadian and international mentors, speakers, business accelerators and incubators, finance institutions, venture capital, private equity firms, and government agencies.
  • Working with the Managing Director to develop and evolve new income streams through revenue generation, sponsorship and equity.
  • Developing a strategy that communicates a positive and professional profile/brand for the Institute locally and internationally.
  • When required, representing the Institute in the local, Provincial, and global entrepreneurial ecosystems.
  • Ensuring that the Institute is positioned to contribute and advance its mission of developing management to lead globally competitive technology companies.
  • Working collaboratively with Lazaridis School of Business & Economics faculty and staff to ensure that the role of the Institute is well understood and valued and that the Institute is effectively integrated into the School.

Program Oversight and Support

  • Identifying and developing new approaches to programming across the three areas of program focus.
  • Nurturing a culture of innovation, creativity, and risk taking as it relates to program development and industry engagement.
  • Mentorship and coaching of participants within the executive development program.
  • Supporting curriculum development efforts within the Institute and with the Lazaridis School of Business & Economics, including the development of non-credit executive curricula for the Institute.
  • Initiating and managing partnerships aligned to the Institute’s programming within Waterloo Region (Communitech, The Accelerator Centre, corporations) and beyond, for example in Ottawa (Invest Ottawa), British Columbia (BCTech), and California (C100).
  • Designing and reporting on performance metrics of the Institute to the Ontario Government, other stakeholders, and the broader community.
  • May be invited to teach in non-credit executive education courses.

Operations Oversight and Support

  • Working with Institute staff to deliver the Executive Development Programs.
  • Working with Institute staff to ensure effective management of the Institute’s budget and finances.
  • Reporting to and communicating effectively with the Managing Director and the Dean on matters related to the Institute’s operations and finances.
  • Supporting institute-related events held by the Academic Programs – as described above.

Qualifications : The ideal Associate Director candidate has a distinctive blend of managerial and leadership experiences and skills that align with the Institute’s aspirations to be the most effective and innovative platform to educate technology business leaders of today and the future. To do so, and to deliver on the roles and responsibilities outlined above, the ideal candidate will have:

  • Experience as a senior industry leader and subject matter expert, primarily from the technology sector, with a record of managing, operating, and building a globally competitive technology company.
  • Demonstrated entrepreneurial business acumen including bottom line operating experience.
  • A proactive and strategic approach to building an organization.
  • An understanding of academic administration, including university methods of operating and culture, developed through guest lecturing, volunteering, or governance experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and sustain relationships with senior leaders within the public and private sectors.
  • A collaborative and flexible working style.
  • Tact, diplomacy, and sound judgement to engage with a range of internal and external stakeholders and partners.
  • Execution skills to deliver programs that will be effective in the business and academic worlds.
  • Proven management and supervisory experience.
  • Drive, initiative, resiliency and results-orientation – highly adept at setting priorities, maintaining focus, and delivering on plan.
  • A current level of knowledge of technology management, education, and entrepreneurship.
  • Undergraduate degree is preferred
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • A positive, supportive, and engaging personality.
  • Commitment to promoting equity and diversity.

To Apply : To apply or for more information about this opportunity, please contact Ian Collyer at

Please Note :

Wilfrid Laurier University endeavors to fill positions with qualified candidates who have a combination of education, experience, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position while demonstrating Laurier’s Employee Success Factors.

Diversity and creating a culture of inclusion is a key pillar of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Strategic Academic Plan and is one of Laurier’s core values. Laurier is committed to increasing the diversity of faculty and staff and welcomes applications from candidates who identify as Indigenous, racialized, having disabilities, and from persons of any sexual identities and gender identities. Indigenous candidates who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programing at Laurier are welcomed to contact the Office of Indigenous Initiatives at Candidates from other equity seeking groups who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programing at Laurier are welcomed to contact the Diversity and Equity Office at We have strived to make our application process accessible however if you require any assistance applying for a position or would like this job posting in an alternative format, please contact Human Resources at 519-884-1970 ext.2007 or

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