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Manager, Research Partnerships

Job Information
Author pmnationtalk
Date November 28, 2019
Type Full Time
Company Wilfrid Laurier University
Salary $74,918 - $93,647 - Annual
Location Waterloo, ON
Category Education/Administrative
Client Wilfrid Laurier University
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Manager, Research Partnerships

Posting ID : 11413
Apply By : 12/22/2019
Position Title : Manager, Research Partnerships
Department : Office of Research Services
Job Type : Full-time, Continuing
Campus : Waterloo
Reports To : Director, Office of Research Services
Position Summary : Wilfrid Laurier University is a leading multi-campus, university known for academic excellence and a culture that inspires lives of leadership and purpose. Laurier has a distinct commitment to teaching, research, experiential learning, sustainability and scholarship, which combine to address critical challenges in society, business, the economy and the environment – globally and in the communities we serve. At Laurier’s heart is its strong student focus, which results in exceptional levels of student satisfaction and a deep sense of community that lives on through the university’s highly engaged alumni.

Laurier takes pride in building meaningful relationships with colleagues and students. The Laurier community supports one another, encourages collaboration and teamwork and respects work/life balance, all while recognizing the importance of a challenging, rewarding and inspiring career. Laurier has more than 19,000 students and 2,100 faculty and staff across campuses in Waterloo and Brantford, as well as locations in Kitchener and Toronto.

Diversity is one of Laurier’s core values. The university is committed to providing an inclusive workplace and employing a workforce that is reflective of local and national demographics. Our locations are situated on the traditional territories of the Neutral, Anishnawbe, and Haudenosaunee peoples. We recognize the unique heritages of Indigenous peoples and support their intentions to preserve and express their distinctive Indigenous cultures, histories, and knowledge through academic programming and co-curricular activities. Laurier’s Centre for Indigegogy is one example of how Laurier honours Indigenous knowledge.

We are currently have an opportunity to join Laurier as the Manager, Research Partnerships.

The Manager, Research Partnerships is responsible for advancing Laurier’s partnerships with non-profit and public sector entities and for identifying opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborations within and outside the institution.

The incumbent will be responsible for sourcing and nurturing research partnerships with the non-profit and public sectors.   The Manager, Research Partnerships will develop and leverage robust external and strategic relationships with relevant non-project and public sector partners and use strong internal relationships across the University to generate new research partnerships, support competitive research funding opportunities, negotiate agreements, and support knowledge exchange.  The incumbent will be responsible for overseeing Laurier’s research knowledge mobilization strategy and enhancing the impact of our research. The Manager will oversee the effective engagement of research end users and the development of meaningful research outputs for these stakeholders. In particular, the Manager will provide key leadership to Laurier’s strategic partnership with the Government of the Northwest Territories (NWT).  Working with stakeholder in the NWT, including government officials, indigenous communities, and researchers the incumbent will advance and strengthen Laurier’s long standing partnership with the GNWT.

The Manager will also responsible for the effective oversight, management, and administration of Laurier’s interdisciplinary Research Centres and Institutes.  The incumbent will ensure the efficient and effective operations of Research Centre and Institutes and will seek ways to enhance their  impact.

This position has a university-wide mandate and is based at the Waterloo Campus.  The incumbent provides leadership in a multi-campus environment, requiring regular interaction, communication and collaboration with staff and stakeholders at the Waterloo Campus, Brantford Campus and Toronto office and external partners. The Manager will ensure the unit’s policies, programs and services are delivered equitably across all campuses and reflect the needs of local stakeholders.

Accountabilities :
Partnership Development and Knowledge Mobilization

    • Pro-actively identify and target non-profit and public entities for research partnerships
    • Cultivate meaningful relationships with external non-profit and public entities
    • Oversee the work of the Knowledge Mobilization Officer
    • Develop and implement an ongoing strategy for knowledge mobilization at Laurier
    • Provide expertise and leadership to support development of public policy and professional practice through Laurier research
    • Manage the execution of Non-Disclosure Agreements, agreements and contracts

GNWT-Laurier Partnership

    • Liaise with NWT partners including government, industry, and community partners
    • Identify new opportunities to advance and strengthen the Partnership
    • Cultivate a network of stakeholders within the NWT to further raise the profile of the Partnership and to champion new projects and initiatives
    • Work closely with Laurier faculty to oversee the management of NWT based infrastructure, including a Yellowknife Office and a number of field camps.
    • Oversee the scheduling and workplan of the five GNWT based Research Associates and ensure annual reporting to funder and spending of grant funds is on track and compliant with funder policy

Research Centres/Institutes

    • Oversee the administration of Laurier’s Research Centres and Institutes program
    • Develop training resources to support Centre operations
    • Proactively identify opportunities to develop meaningful partnerships to broaden the profile and impact of the centres
    • Seek ways to strengthen student engagement and opportunities within Laurier Centres to enhance their training.
Qualifications :
    • Minimum Master’s degree in Applied Research Field, PhD preferred
    • Minimum five years related experience with partnership building in university, NGO, government agency/department or equivalent
    • Previous experience reviewing and analyzing research relevant to public policy and/or social programs
    • Previous supervisory experience
    • Project management experience coupled with the ability to work in a self-directed manner, organize tasks and set priorities
    • Detail oriented, resourceful, innovative, flexible, accessible
    • Effective communicator; able to succinctly present information orally and in writing
    • Demonstrated ability to work with confidential information, to work as an effective member of a team, as well as the ability to exercise high levels of independence, judgment, leadership and initiative with minimal supervision
    • Experience working within a Northern Canada context an asset
    • Previous experience working with Indigenous communities an asset
Grade : MG-2B
Salary : $74,918 – $93,647
Salary Notes : This is a full-time, continuing position with an anticipated start date of January 20, 2020.
Please Note :

Please submit a cover letter and resume.

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 Equity and Accessibility 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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