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Senior Manager, Government Research Contracts

Date: September, 2012
Reports to (Job Title): Assoicate Vice-President, University Research
Jobs Reporting (Job Titles): None
Location: Waterloo

USG 12

35 hr/wk

Primary Purpose

The Senior Manager, GRC is responsible for managing the relationships between research stakeholders, within the University and externally, to: A) facilitate research proposal preparation and submission, B) mitigate risks to the University with respect to Canadian and US government funded research projects by i) developing models for contracts and agreements where none exists, and/or ii) negotiating terms for government research grants and contracts, and C) work with stakeholders to improve work processes.


Key Accountabilities:

1.Communication and Relationship Building

Responsibilities include:













2.Facilitate research proposal preparation and submission




3.Develop models for contracts and agreements



4.Negotiate terms for government research grants and contracts





5.Improve work processes


Position Requirements


The incumbent will have a Master’s degree in a related discipline or equivalent education and experience. The incumbent will have the ability and confidence to communicate effectively with researchers from a variety of disciplines within all six faculties. It is essential that the incumbent have strong project management and administration skills, or the ability to acquire these. A background in an  appropriate research related field and experience with budgets are desirable.  The incumbent will have, or be able to acquire, a broad knowledge of University policies and procedures relating to research and research agreements, grants management, the academic and research environment, and sponsor guidelines. 



The incumbent will have at a minimum 5 years direct experience reviewing and negotiating legal agreements. This position requires an individual with extensive knowledge of the academic and research environment, research sponsor guidelines, and university financial, legal and administrative regulations, procedures, policies, and guidelines. A minimum of 3 years working in a research office is desirable.


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Nature and Scope

Interpersonal Skills:

The incumbent will be an independent, proactive administrator with exceptional communication (oral and written), organizational and presentation skills, ensuring effective interaction broadly within the University and with external agencies. The incumbent must have personal initiative, the ability to be flexible and strong problem-solving skills. The incumbent will have strong analytical skills, be able to interpret accurately and apply agency and institutional regulations, policies and guidelines and to integrate report data from various sources. The ability to work with confidential information, to work independently and as part of a team, and the capacity to work effectively and efficiently in a complex, fast-paced and changing environment with numerous deadlines and priorities is essential.  

Level of Responsibility:

The Senior Manager, GRC will take the lead on government research contracts funded by the Government of Canada (all levels) and the Government of the United States of America (all levels). 


As the OR lead on government research contracts, the Senior Manager, GRC provides support, coaching, and training, as applicable, to stakeholders of the particular research project.


Decision-Making Authority:

 Per University Procedure 1A, the The Senior Manager, GRC has delegated authority to sign on proposals and resulting research contracts up to a value of $200,000 CDN. 

Physical and Sensory Demands:

Requires exertion of physical or 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.