University of Toronto Associate Director, Strategic Planning & Operations (PM4) Full Time in Toronto, ON

University of Toronto

Branch Toronto ON CA

Associate Director, Strategic Planning & Operations (PM4)
Toronto, ON

Development and execution of strategic communications plans; Rategic development and management of the MbD initiative….

Job Number



Faculty / Division


Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering



Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering



St. George (downtown Toronto)



Medicine by Design (MbD) is a highly specialized research initiative at University of Toronto that draws on world-class research expertise across multiple academic divisions and affiliated hospitals. Initially funded beginning in 2015 through the Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF) program, the objective of MbD is to bridge existing peaks of excellence within the regenerative medicine ecosystem in Toronto and Canada through new talent, partnerships and cross-cutting R&D platforms, creating a holistic pipeline linking discovery science to commercial outputs across all biological scales – a globally unique capacity within a single cluster.

Reporting directly to the Executive Director of Medicine by Design (MbD), the Strategic Planning & Operations Manager brings the highest standards of professionalism and dedication to achieve maximum quality and productivity in the delivery of service and support to the Medicine by Design (MbD) research initiative.



senior administrative member of the MbD team, the incumbent will play a pivotal leadership role in the st

rategic development and management of the MbD initiative. Responsibilities include: accountable and effective management of MbD operations (human resources and financial administration); management of strategic partnerships across institutional, sectoral and geographic borders; development and execution of strategic communications plans; development and implementation of strategies for creating and tracking MbD scientific and administrative deliverables; preparation of key documents including internal and external progress/impact and financial reports;

and supporting and managing MbD governance.




Minimum of a Post Graduate Degree in molecular or cellular biology, microbiology, biochemistry, biochemical engineering or an acceptable combination of education and experience. Masters is a strong asset.

A minimum of ten years’ experience in working within an academic setting with related experience in strategy development and implementation of academic and research programs. Experience in a senior administrative role managing complex relationships, preferably in a University environment or other large organization, is also desirable. Knowledge and experience in organizational governance. Demonstrated experience in financial ,human resources and communications management.

Proven ability assessing opportunities in a variety of science and technical disciplines; excellent research, analytical, negotiation, partnership development, project management, organizational and interpersonal skills; excellent oral and written communication skills; creative problem solving and decision making; mentorship abilities. Computer competency with knowledge of spreadsheet, database, and word processing applications.

Ability to work at the highest strategic levels, to gain and maintain the respect of senior administration and also to take strategy and move it through to tactics and action. Ability to deal with senior University Officers and external stakeholders in a manner which facilitates cooperation and consensus building. Ability to be comfortable, credible and persuasive within academic, government or business environments; ability to initiate, build and nurture academic and research partnerships. Demonstrated effective leadership, motivational and planning abilities. Excellent political acuity, tact, judgment and discretion. Ability to interpret and evaluate policy and procedural requirements. Must be highly self-motivated and sustain a high degree of initiative. Must be a talented and fluent writer, able to concisely summarize information and provide a rationale for action. Must be able to identify and understand emerging issues as well as set and manage priorities.

Employee Group


Professional / Managerial Position – Senior Advancement Professionals

Appointment Type


Budget – Continuing




Pay Scale Group and Hiring Rate


PM 4 — Broadband Salary Range: $73,601 – $111,577 — Hiring Zone: $73,601 – $89,602

Job Field



Job Posting


Sep 22, 2015

Job Closing


Oct 6, 2015, 10:59:00 PM

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Employment Type: Full Time
Location: Toronto, ON, CA
Posted on: 2015-09-23
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