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Posting Number: CPM-12092
Position Title: Research Impact Canada (RIC) Network Manager, Future Skills Centre
Department: Vice-President Research & Innovation
Category: Managerial/Professional
Reports To: Executive Director, Research & Innovation Services
Affiliation/Union: CPM
Salary Grade: F
Hiring Salary Range: $84,461 - $95,018
Maximum of Salary Range: $116,134
Hours of Work: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Position Start Date: September 16, 2019   Position End Date: March 31, 2024
Full-Time / Part-Time: Full-Time
Duration: Contract

PLEASE NOTE: This position requires bilingualism in English and French.

Broadly focused on dissemination and capacity building for knowledge mobilization, the Manager will collaborate with Research Impact Canada (RIC) member institutions as well as the Conference Board of Canada (CBoC) to operationalize RIC’s commitments to knowledge mobilization for the Future Skills Centre (FSC) ensuring results of skills research and projects are disseminated to Canadians with a focus on youth and marginalized populations . Under the direction of the Executive Director, Research & Innovation Services at York University, the RIC Network Manager for Future Skills will oversee effective RIC network operations as well as dissemination and capacity building activities for FSC.

This is a mandatory bilingual (French/English) position. This is a contract position ending March 31, 2024.

About RIC: Research Impact Canada is a pan-Canadian, bilingual network of 17 universities committed to maximizing the economic, social and environmental impacts of academic research. RIC is committed to developing institutional capacities to support knowledge mobilization by developing and sharing knowledge mobilization best practices, services and tools. York University was a founding member of RIC in 2006 and remains the lead institution. RIC is partnered with the Conference Board of Canada to provide knowledge mobilization and stakeholder engagement for the Future Skills Centre (
Provides leadership and provides effective brokering between skills research/knowledge and end users. Ensures effective integration with CBoC to deliver on knowledge mobilization and stakeholder engagement for the Future Skills Centre. Ensures effective integration with the Knowledge Mobilization Unit at York University leveraging their +13 years’ experience in knowledge mobilization and as founding RIC Lead Institution since 2006. Works with RIC Lead Institution to implement the RIC Strategic and Operational Plan and specifically as it relates to the Future Skills Centre. Leads team that supports RIC Governance Committee and three working committees to ensure effective Network management and governance: Communications, Evaluation, Professional Development. Works with research assistants supporting the committees. Liaises with RIC Governance Committee members at RIC 17 member institutions to ensure all network members are engaged in and deriving benefit from RIC membership. Works with the yaffle ( team at Memorial University of Newfoundland to oversee the development and deployment of yaffle for future skills, CBoC and RIC.

Manages project funds ($1M/year) from CBoC ensuring compliance with all York University and CBoC policies and procedures including those from the broader public sector and financial guidelines from Employment and Social Development Canada. Prepares narrative reporting for review and submission. Works with York University Research Accounting to ensure on time financial reporting and invoicing. Works with CBoC Future Skills to operationalize performance evaluation collecting quantitative and qualitative data as required.

Responsible for recruitment and selection of three full time staff: two knowledge brokers and one administrative coordinator as well as casual employees as needed; establishes objectives and deliverable and manages staff to ensure they are met. Develops plans for knowledge mobilization capacity building and knowledge mobilization dissemination including deliverables, resource allocation, progress monitoring. Reports on progress and highlights any deviations from plans. Oversees administrative functions including arrangements for in person and virtual meetings as well as ensuring timely recording and reporting on meeting proceedings. Actively promotes Equity, Diversity and Inclusion for all project activities.

Develops, manages and executes plans for events such as meetings, training courses, conferences: this includes budget planning, ensuring appropriate accommodations are secured, developing communications material (including web sites), securing sponsorship, establishing event committee(s), determining program content including sourcing appropriate speakers. Ensures events are executed on time and on budget. Oversees delivery of events: location, on site trouble shooting, evaluation and reporting. Coordinates with RIC event leads, CBoC and FSC participants.

Oversees and ensures RIC website and associated content is maintained. Develop and/or ensure content is effective, relatable and current. Oversees internal and external communications including social media channels. Works with RIC communications coordinator (casual hire) to ensure RIC website, monthly newsletter and annual report are developed, released and maintained on time and on budget.

Develops and maintains relationships with skills stakeholders including non-profit, municipal, provincial, federal, indigenous and private sector partners. Involves stakeholders as needed in planning and events.
Type: Senior University Management, VPs, Deans, Associate Deans, Office of VPRI, Office of Research Services, ORU Directors, ORU Coordinators, faculty members (individually and in groups), Faculty Research Officers, CPM and YUSA staff, All units of Finance (e.g. Insurance and Risk Management, Research Accounting, Procurement Services, Office of the Comptroller, Office of the Assistant VP Finance and CFO), UIT, York University Libraries, York University Foundation, Human Resources and Employee Relations, Department of Occupational Health and Safety, Privacy Office, Campus Services and Business Operations.
Purpose: Providing and obtaining information on a variety of research grant related issues.

Type: Contacts with senior management/executives in national and international academic, public and NFP groups, including but not limited to universities, hospitals, government agencies at the federal and provincial level and small and medium sized industries, multi-national industries.
Purpose: Liaison to build strategic partnerships and commercialization activities; to act as a resource for project information and sharing relevant information; obtain and provide information, implement and coordinate collaborative activities.
Supervisory Responsibilities:
Nature of Supervisory Responsibility:
Research Assistant:1
Research Associate: 2

Responsible for managing staff in compliance with all provincial employment related legislation and York University human resource policies, processes and guidelines. Responsible for recruitment and selection, training and development, performance management, attendance and absence management. Responsible for managing staff in ensuring compliance with applicable York collective agreements as required and promoting and supporting to ensure a positive and sustainable employee relations environment.
Physical & Sensory Demands/Environmental Conditions:
Notes: Normal working conditions in an office environment. May be required to travel nationally to events and conferences representing York University and partners (Conference Board of Canada, FSC).
Decision Making:
The RIC Network Manager is responsible for making decisions and acting independently within the overall responsibilities of the job. The incumbent exercises a high degree of initiative to ensure that the overall research goals and parameters of the project are met. Superior relationship management with external partners is critical to building and maintaining successful partnerships.
Direction Received:
The incumbent works independently with direction from the Executive Director, Research & Innovation Services. This position will also rely heavily on external groups that are part of the Research Impact Canada network.
Financial/Budgetary Control:
Payroll Budget   $300000
Operating Budget   $450000
Other Budgets   $250000
Total   $1000000
Responsible for overseeing purchases through research activity funding (e.g. specialized equipment). Oversight of capital projects and renovation of offices related to allocation of eligible funds. Responsible for all narrative and financial reporting including audits. Responsible for securing sponsorship for events, setting attendance fees and managing registration revenue.
Post-graduate degree (Master’s or higher) required.
Five years’ experience related to knowledge mobilization required. Experience managing budgets required. Note this is not a communications position. Professional communicators are welcome to apply so long as they have demonstrated knowledge mobilization experience beyond communications. Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated experience in, and existing relationships with, stakeholders (public, private and non-profit sectors) in the Canadian skills sector. Experience in the development of proposals, strategic plans, reviews, or other complex written documentation required. Experience working in a research setting and/or university is preferred.
Excellent bilingual French/English written and verbal communications skills. Excellent presentation skills and comfort with speaking before an audience. Ability to effectively manage multiple tasks and priorities. Ability to prioritize and work effectively under pressure to meet deadlines. Ability to work effectively independently and in a team environment. Strong interpersonal and negotiating skills. Proven ability to develop credibility and effective working relationships with faculty, staff, and other relevant internal stakeholders and RIC members. Ability to determine the nature and urgency of inquiries and issues, and triage appropriately. Ability to analyze problems, identify key information and issues, and effectively resolve. Ability to take complex information and fluently translate into clear and succinct language for a broader audience in both English and French. Ability to demonstrate initiative, resourcefulness and sound judgment. Ability to conduct needs analyses, plan, organize, manage, monitor, complete, and evaluate projects within allocated time and resources. Ability to exercise and discretion. Knowledge of workforce development and/or Canadian skills and training ecosystem in the context of the future of work considered an asset. Proficiency in MS Office, desktop publishing and web design applications.
Recruitment Checks:
This position requires the candidate to produce a verification of degree(s), credentials(s), or equivalencies from accredited institutions and/or international equivalents at the time of interview.
Criteria for Exclusion from a Bargaining Unit:
This position supervises other employees and makes recommendations that affect those supervised, such as hiring, firing, promotion, and/or discipline. This position has responsibility for management action under collective agreements (e.g., notice of job closure, grievances, performance issues, etc.).

This position is responsible for formulating, managing and administering budgets for the University, including the allocation of resources for the employment of staff. If this position's responsibilities are primarily accounting/bookkeeping and reconciliation functions, do not check this box.

This position is responsible for making binding decisions involving independent judgement and discretion over important aspects of the University's business (e.g., independently negotiating and authorizing contracts, on behalf of the University, with third parties).

Internal Posting Date: August 26, 2019
Internal Application Deadline: Posted until filled
Extended Posting Date: August 26, 2019
Extended Application Deadline: Posted until filled
External Posting Date: August 26, 2019
External Application Deadline: Posted until filled

Please Note: All applications must be received by 4:30 p.m. on the posted deadline date.

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