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Director of Engineering Research

Date: May 1, 2012
Reports to (Job Title): Associate Dean, Research and External Partnerships
Jobs Reporting (Job Titles): None
Location: Main Campus

Primary Purpose

The primary objective of the position is to promote engineering research growth to meet or exceed Faculty research targets, and raise the profile of engineering research both internally and externally. S/he serves a vital end-to-end function in the management, promotion, and advancement of engineering research activity on campus, encompassing five key accountabilities: i) leading strategic planning activities to: establish priorities and objectives in the short- and long-term, communicate engineering research success and grow the engineering research ‘brand’, and increase the breadth of engineering research funding; ii) providing leadership to individual engineering faculty members in establishing robust research programs, and promoting their ongoing success; iii) facilitating development and growth of faculty-wide research institutes and centres, providing leadership in strategic planning, monitoring performance, and directing change to advance research goals and communications strategies; iv) developing and maintaining a robust network of external relationships, including industry, academic, and government partners; and v) ensuring effective day-to-day operations of the Engineering Research Office (ERO) led by the Associate Dean, Research and External Partnerships (ADR), which manages all engineering research activity on campus.

Key Accountabilities:

1.Guiding and supporting research growth and raising the engineering research profile to advance the faculty’s strategic research agenda, including but not limited to:


2.Providing leadership to individual researchers, supporting development and ongoing success of major research proposals, including but not limited to:



3.Facilitating development and growth of faculty-wide research institutes and centres, including but not limited to:



4.Developing and maintaining external partnerships, including but not limited to:



5.Ensuring efficient operation of the Office of the Associate Dean, Research and External Partnerships (Engineering Research Office (ERO)), including but not limited to:

Position Requirements


Master’s degree in engineering required; doctoral degree and/or Master of Business Administration degree strongly preferred.



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Nature and Scope

Interpersonal Skills:

Internally, the Director of Engineering Research presents, discusses information and problems with:

Collaborates, negotiates and “sells” ideas with:

Obtains action, reaches agreement and negotiates with:

Deals with, influences, and motivates:

Externally, deals with, influences, and motivates:

Canadian and international universities

Level of Responsibility:

Manage a faculty-wide function or process that is highly specialized and has direct supervision of others, including Engineering Research Office support staff, temporary employees and co-op students

Decision-Making Authority:

Physical and Sensory Demands:

Minimal demands typical of an administrative position within an office environment

Working Environment:

Travel:  Occasional travel required

Working Hours:  Regular working hours, some evening/weekend work required.

Risks  – physical and psychological: 

Physical risks

Psychological risks

Minimal exposure to disagreeable conditions typical of a supervisory position