Strategic Research Development Officer

Date Posted: 05/13/2022
Req ID: 24266
Faculty/Division: UofT Mississauga
Department: UTM: Ofc of VP-Research
Campus: University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM)
Position Number: 00052156



About us:
The university’s second largest division, U of T Mississauga has 17 academic departments and offers 156 programs in 92 areas of study. Home to approximately 15,000 students and over 1,000 faculty and staff, the campus houses the Mississauga Academy of Medicine, Centre for Medicinal Chemistry and Institute for Management and Innovation. With its distinctive interdisciplinary programs such as forensic sciences and biomedical communications, U of T Mississauga offers a broad array of continuing education programs and professional masters programs. Established in 1967, the campus features award-winning architecture, robust community partnerships and a dynamic student environment set amongst 225 acres along the Credit River in Mississauga.

Your opportunity:
The Strategic Research Development Officer will support UTM’s research community to advance UTM’s and the University of Toronto’s strategic research administration activities. The position will work in collaboration with the VPRI, and under the direction of the Director, Office of the Vice-Principal Research.

You will be responsible for developing and enhancing the research enterprise at UTM. Working closely with academic leadership, you will identify opportunities for research funding, support the application development process of collaborative funding opportunities, including team and interdisciplinary projects, and develop strategies for partnerships. You will support the research endeavours at UTM by drafting and coordinating submissions for research funding, awards, and honours. You will support faculty and UTM in ensuring all submissions and applications meet University and sponsor standards and requirements. You will support the UTM research environment by cultivating relationships and partnerships across the university and within the division.

The Strategic Research Development Officer is an integral member of theUTM research enterprise and acts as a resource and support to faculty and academic leadership.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Advising faculty on funding application strategies
  • Coordinating and guiding applicants through various phases of the research funding application process
  • Providing detailed information to faculty and administrative staff on completing and submitting research applications
  • Writing applications for research funding
  • Keeping well-informed on research funding programs, application guidelines, policies/procedures and regulations
  • Planning and overseeing activities that enhance and expand research funding activity and effectiveness
  • Identifying, developing and executing strategies for research and development collaborations
  • Developing and implementing plans to support areas of research relevant to partnership needs that are consistent with the University’s academic mission


Essential Qualifications:

  • Master's Degree or acceptable combination of equivalent experience.
  • Minimum five years of relevant experience in an academic research environment required.
  • Experience writing, editing and coordinating the creation of complex, multi-stakeholder grant applications required.
  • Expert understanding of Provincial, Canadian and International partnership-based research funding programs and sponsors, such as ERA, ORF, CFI, SSHRC, etc. required.
  • Experience organizing and facilitating workshops and training sessions required.
  • Advanced computer skills (Excel, Access, Word, PowerPoint).
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational, analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal, negotiating, and marketing skills

To be successful in this role you will be:

  • Communicator
  • Diligent
  • Diplomatic
  • Organized
  • Resourceful
  • Team player


Closing Date: 06/03/2022, 11:59PM ET
Employee Group: USW 
Appointment Type: Budget - Continuing 
Schedule: Full-Time
Pay Scale Group & Hiring Zone:  
USW Pay Band 15 -- $85,159 with an annual step progression to a maximum of $108,904. Pay scale and job class assignment is subject to determination pursuant to the Job Evaluation/Pay Equity Maintenance Protocol. 
Job Category: Research Administration & Teaching
Recruiter: Carol Kayitaba

Lived Experience Statement
Candidates who are members of Indigenous, Black, racialized and 2SLGBTQ+ communities, person with disabilities, and other equity deserving groups are encourage to apply, and their lived experience shall be taken into consideration as applicable to the posted position.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Diversity Statement

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2S+ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see

Accessibility Statement

The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with our unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission.

The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities.

If you require any accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact

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