Research and Strategic Initiatives Facilitator

Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation
Lakehead University Orillia Campus
Full-Time, Permanent Schedule II
Band 7 $62,451.43 – $78,064.29

The Research and Strategic Initiatives Facilitator is responsible for increasing research and innovation capacity and partnerships for Lakehead University in Orillia. The Research and Strategic Initiatives Facilitator will provide leadership and advice on strategies to increase research and innovation capacity at the Orillia campus, as well as connect Orillia researchers to other Lakehead research collaborators, opportunities, and community and private sector partners in Simcoe County and beyond. The candidate will liaise with research and innovation administrative support units in order to support effective and coordinated research and innovation services at the Orillia campus. The Research and Strategic Initiatives Facilitator will play a key role in ensuring that Orillia faculty and graduate students receive the same level of customer service as faculty and graduate students in Thunder Bay. The candidate will also: facilitate the development of individual, multidisciplinary and multi-institutional research initiatives and funding applications; perform extensive background research and substantive editing of proposals; facilitate economic development activities between the Orillia campus and business and industry located within Simcoe County and Barrie; and coordinate research and innovation opportunities with administration at Georgian College and business support programs and organizations located within Simcoe County, including the economic development partnership network. The Research and Strategic Initiatives Facilitator will coordinate research and innovation events and professional development workshops (e.g. grant-writing, funding opportunities information sessions, etc.), industry research networking events, innovation and intellectual property workshops and student entrepreneurship events. The incumbent will also assist with the coordination of Research & Innovation Week in Orillia.

The ideal candidate will have a Masters degree (PhD would be an asset) in a relevant field that is complemented by 5 years of related experience, preferably in a postsecondary environment. Your interest in partnership development and community relations, along with your interpersonal, writing and communication skills, will allow you to develop and confidently convey the University’s research expertise to community partners and funding agencies. Expertise in coaching, mentoring and delivering professional development workshops is expected. Knowledge of grant writing is a definite asset. A full job description may be requested by contacting the Office of Human Resources.

A review of applications will begin on Friday, February 23, 2018. This position will remain open until filled.

To apply for this position, please send your cover letter, curriculum vitae, the names of three references and a Confirmation of Eligibility to Work in Canada Form ( as a single PDF file to:

Office of Human Resources
University Centre
Room UC-0003
Lakehead University
Thunder Bay, Ontario, P7B 5E1
Fax: 807-346-7701

Lakehead University is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals including women, members of racialized groups/visible minorities, Aboriginal persons and persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Lakehead University is committed to an environment of open access to employment opportunities. Please note that the hiring committee imposes no restrictions on applicants with regard to nationality or country of residence; however, priority will be given to applicants that are Canadian citizens or Landed Immigrants. Accommodations are available for all applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process. If you require accommodations for interviews or other meetings, please contact Human Resources. We appreciate your interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be notified.

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