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Executive Director, Innovation Support Services

Job ID:
Job Type:
Regular Full Time
Open Positions:
Posting Date:
March 7, 2019
Closing Date:
March 31, 2019
Union Affiliation:
Job Reports To:
Associate Vice-President, Research, Support and Infrastructure

Salary (Grade: NM5)

Hiring salary range

Position Purpose

Provides vision, leadership and expertise University-wide regarding strategic direction and service operation, supporting research and technology partnerships with government, academia and industry, innovation and commercialization.
Handles development and delivery of strategies, services and business processes, to facilitate research partnerships. Leads technology transfer activities, to protect, develop and commercialize research discoveries through technology partnerships, licensing and new ventures.
Oversees outreach and liaison with technology development agencies, as well as links to professional peers in research management and technology commercialization.

Essential Qualifications

Graduate degree in a relevant field (administration, accounting, communications, human resources, etc.) and 10 years of progressive management experience, preferably in academic research administration
Five years of experience in a collaborative research, technology commercialization or business development role in a university, hospital, government or economic development agency
Experience in line management and leadership
Excellent understanding of university research funding and programs and of university structures in general
Excellent understanding of intellectual property protection, portfolio management and commercialization
Proven success in research and technology proposal development for government or industry sponsors
Proven success in licensing, creating and growing research or technology-based ventures, including working with investors, founders and board members
Experience in program management or managing contract research projects
Experience in promoting research expertise, technology and innovation outcomes
Ability to manage, plan and implement multiple projects, prioritizing and triaging work based on sound decision-making principles and organizational goals, producing high quality work under pressure and meeting strict deadlines
Experience in interpreting, explaining and applying policies and regulations
Excellent listening, oral presentation and writing skills
Highest level of ethics and integrity in professional matters; sensitivity to confidentiality and scrupulous commitment to the best interests of uOttawa and its researchers
Experience in financial management (budget and accounts receivable)
Strong skills in software and social media skills: Microsoft Office (including Word and Excel), SharePoint, email and website design, as well as in using blogs, Facebook, Twitter, Slack and other platforms for outreach
Experience with (preferably) Inteum (IP management) software; familiarity with uOttawa e-Awards system and uOttawa Banner Finance systems (an asset)
Strong interpersonal, organizational and communication skills
Bilingualism — French and English (spoken and written)

Key Competencies

Key competencies required at the University of Ottawa:
Planning: Organize in time a series of actions or events in order to achieve an objective or a project. Plan and organize own work and priorities in regular daily activities.
Initiative: Demonstrate creativity and initiative to suggest improvements and encourage positive results. Be proactive and self-starting. Show availability and willingness to go above and beyond expectations whenever possible.
Service Excellence: Reflect a positive attitude, demonstrate competence and professionalism, treat members of the community with respect, exercise care, devote full attention and find solutions. (Visit the section "Useful links" on the home page to read the detailed definition).
Teamwork and Cooperation: Cooperate and work well with other members of the team to reach common goal. Accept and give constructive feedback. Adjust own behaviour to reach team goals.


All qualified candidates are invited to apply; however, preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. The University of Ottawa is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage applications from women, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities. If you are invited to continue the selection process, please notify us of any particular adaptive measures you might require.

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