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Director, Research Partnership

Date: August 26, 2013
Reports to (Job Title): Associate Vice-President, Research Operations
Jobs Reporting (Job Titles):

International Industrial Liaison Officer

Industrial Liaison Officer (2)

Senior Manager, Industrial Research Contracts (2)

Senior Manager, Government Research Contracts

Manager, NSERC Research Partnership Programs

Manager, Industrial Research Contracts

Research Contracts Administrator (3)
Location: Main Campus, Needles Hall

USG 16

35 hr/wk

Primary Purpose

 The Director, Research Partnerships is responsible for managing the industry - and government - funded collaborative research portfolio in the Office of Research. Collaborative research funded by industry and government at the University of Waterloo has been steadily increasing year-over-year, reaching a total of $58.8 Million in 2012-2013. This accounts for approximately 1/3 of all research income at the University. The industrial funding is of vital importance to the Institution as it can be leveraged through government programs. The Director, Research Partnerships provides leadership to the Research Partnerships group in the Office of Research. This group provides start-to-end service to the organization and its research partners in the advancement, development, administration and performance of collaborative research projects. This includes the promotion of external relationships with industry and government partners; the development of research proposals and projects; the negotiation of terms and conditions for research agreements; the secure administration of research funding; the reporting and finalization of research projects, and resolution of arising issues or conflicts with research funders/partners. The Director, Research Partnerships is accountable for the management of risk related to research, including financial, contractual, environmental, and intellectual property, as well as compliance with statutes and regulations. The University of Waterloo’s Sixth Decade Plan calls for continued increases in research funding, which requires an ongoing strategic commitment to research development. The Director, Research Partnerships provides overall leadership to the Institution in areas related to the portfolio to ensure that the University’s reputation as a leader in collaborative research is maintained and enhanced in a competitive and dynamic environment, thus preserving and increasing sponsored research activity, and promoting the commercialization of research results.  The Director, Research Partnerships ensures that the Office of Research works closely with key stakeholders, both internal and external, to advance the strategic research priorities of the Institution.

Key Accountabilities:

1.  Provide leadership to the Institution in the area of collaborative research with industry and government partners by:


2.  Advance the Institution’s strategic plan through leadership of campus-wide research development activities. This includes:


3.  Ensure the professional and effective delivery of research administration services to University stakeholders through:


4.  Manage the Institution’s exposure to research - related risk by:

Position Requirements


Advanced Degree(s): research based post-graduate degrees with additional legal and/or business degrees are preferred







MS Word Excel PowerPoint Other
Advanced Advanced Advaned MS Outlook and Adobe Acrobat

Nature and Scope

Interpersonal Skills:


           The Director, Research Partnerships:


              Promotes, justifies or settles highly sensitive matters in consultation with:


           Collaborates, negotiates and “sells” ideas with:


              Presents, discusses information and problems with:


              Deals with, influences or motivates employees or groups, including:


              Obtains action, reaches agreement and negotiates with:



         Obtains action, reaches agreement and negotiates with:

Level of Responsibility:

Financial Accountability:

Decision-Making Authority:

Physical and Sensory Demands:

Requires exertion of sensory effort resulting in slight fatigue, strain or risk of injury.

Working Environment:

Involves minimal physical or psychological risk resulting from unavoidable exposure to hazardous,    disagreeable or uncomfortable environmental conditions.