Operations Director, Agricultural Genomics Action Centre

Temporary full-time from May 2024 to December 31, 2028
Hiring #: 2024-0250

Please read the Application Instructions before applying

Under the general supervision of the Assistant Vice-President, Research Innovation & Knowledge Mobilization (AVPRIKM), the Operations Director, Agricultural Genomics Action Centre, is responsible for operations and management of the Agricultural Genomics Action Centre (AGAC) – a highly complex, inter-institutional, and Canada-wide initiative.

The AGAC focuses on facilitating the coordination and mobilization of knowledge from a portfolio research project across Canada to the agricultural sector, with the intent to help mitigate the carbon footprint of Canada’s food systems and help Canada achieve its net zero goal by 2050.

The Operations Director will serve as the head of AGAC’s operations, responsible for:

  • Identifying and applying/securing potential funding opportunities from various sources, including grants, sponsorships, and partnerships, to support program goals and initiatives.
  • Day-to-day management, coordination, and implementation of AGAC’s activities.
  • Leading the AGAC team and ensuring effective execution of the operations plan and achieving set project milestones and driving program success.
  • Bringing together the research and results of multiple projects and through engagement, training, and communication efforts, amplifying their work at a portfolio level to inform policy, practice, and societal change.
  • Facilitating communication and collaboration between internal and external ecosystem partners.
  • Regularly engaging with ecosystem partners (researchers, government, industry and community representatives) acting as a key liaison to build and maintain relationships within the ecosystem.
  • Reporting progress, challenges, and opportunities to project leadership, advisory boards and appropriate governing bodies.
  • Completing reporting activities as required by funders/others.

To be considered for this role, candidates must have:

  • A Master’s degree level of education or equivalent
  • At least 5 years of experience in the field of Knowledge Mobilization within a university, hospital, NGO, government agency/department or equivalent
  • Experience in either agriculture or genomics
  • Demonstrated ability to actively seek and secure funding (grants, sponsorships, partnerships, etc.)
  • Proven leadership, project management, networking and relationship building skills
  • A reputation as an effective communicator; able to succinctly present information orally and in writing
  • Demonstrated ability to anticipate and identify problems; analyze, recommend and execute solutions
  • Proof of a valid (Ontario) Driver’s License
  • Authorization to work in Canada (Ontario) at the time of application

The candidate we are seeking is a skilled leader with strong knowledge mobilization skills, they are adept at forging enduring partnerships and experienced in securing funding. They are both optimistic about the opportunities for research to result in positive change, and practical about ways to achieve it.

Classification               Grant/ Trust fund position, Band P08
GTP Professional/Managerial Salary Bands

At the University of Guelph, fostering a culture of inclusion is an institutional imperative. The University invites and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in employment, who may contribute to further diversification of our Institution.

Posting Date: 2024 05 13
Closing Date: 2024 05 27

The full posting can be found on the University of Guelph Careers page.

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