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Senior Manager Scientific Outreach & Government Relations

Date: May, 2012
Reports to (Job Title): Associate Director, Communications & External Relations
Jobs Reporting (Job Titles): Summer intern, Outreach Volunteers, Free-ance technical writers and Strategic Oversigh tothe Outreach, Communications & Event Co-ordinator in the Communications & Outreah team.
Location: Main Campus

USG 13

35 hr/wk

Primary Purpose

1)Responsible for developing and leading IQC’s international scientific outreach strategy and all programs which support IQC’s strategic objectives related to raising awareness, education, recruiting HQP and top graduate students and reinforcing international scientific reputation as source of quantum information.

2) Responsible for supporting IQC’s Executive Director in developing strong relationships with all levels of government to demonstrate the value of their investment, cultivate future support, and help secure the financial sustainability of IQC.

Key Accountabilities:

1)Establish the direction and priorities of IQC’s world-class scientific outreach mandate and execute against those priorities:


2) Ensure scientific integrity is achieved/maintained for all materials (print, government material, video and ads) produced to raise profile of IQC


3) Directly represent and support the growing government relations function at IQC aimed at deepening relationships with key government partners, monitoring relevant policy and budget info, and reinforce quantum information as a key priority for Canada.


4) Play a key senior role in the recruiting strategy of IQC, a complex international strategy amid tough competition; contribute to the positive experience of grad students after they enroll.


5) Raise quantum awareness and IQC profile through outreach-focused communication strategies:

Position Requirements


A PhD in Math, Computer Science, Physics, or Engineering with a quantum information specialty


Successful track record of working within a university, and a research institute, environment.


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Ability to translate complex scientific concepts into lay terms for many audiences. Ability to inspire, engage students, teach/educate, and spark student interest in pursuing quantum science. Ability and skills to operate scientific equipment. Ability to develop and conduct technical scientific demonstration for educational and outreach purpose.

Nature and Scope

Interpersonal Skills:

Close partnership with the Executive Director of IQC, all faculty, students and postdoctoral researchers. Collaborate with Communications team and enlist support for outreach communication materials. Credibility and maturity to interact effectively with senior government representatives, eminent international scientists, and the highest level of international officials (ambassadors et al).

Level of Responsibility:

This position is responsible and accountable for the Institute’s international outreach strategy, with results measured by increased number and quality of graduate student applications, tour requests, applications for summer schools and conferences, and feedback from many publics. This position is also accountable for deepening the Institute’s ties with relevant government bodies and key personnel in support of IQC’s long-term financial security.

Decision-Making Authority:

Responsible for a significant budget of $400 000 dollars, outreach program decisions, and Outreach and government communication plans.

Physical and Sensory Demands:

Working Environment:

Minimal exposure to disagreeable conditions typical of a senior management position exposed to the time demands, complex decisions, dynamic environment associated with senior level responsibilities.