Science to Applications (VISTA) is funded through the Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF). VISTA brings together York's world-renowned Centre for Vision Research and six other synergistic Institutes and Centres spanning five Faculties to propel York's global leadership in interdisciplinary vision science from neurophysiology to perception and computational vision to new heights. VISTA is a novel, interdisciplinary paradigm in neuroscience and computer vision. It is a research enterprise comprising of 73 faculty members from five York Faculties (Health, Lassonde, Science, Arts Media Performance & Design, and Liberal Arts & Professional Studies), 226 new graduate and post-doctoral trainees, and more than 50 partners from private, government, community, health care and international research organizations. There is a strong focus towards commercialization of the research. VISTA's Mobilization and Commercialization Centre (MC2) works with York's Knowledge Mobilization unit and Innovation York to support commercialization of VISTA's research into tangible impacts for Canadians through focused translational research and commercialization pathways. Reporting to the Scientific Director for all matters related to the VISTA program, and to the Senior Executive Officer, VPRI), the Program Manager, will work to continue to implement the policies set by the Director, Leadership Committee and Board within the University and CFREF guidelines. The incumbent supports a growing number of researchers, and industrial and community partners. Working closely with the Scientific Director, the mandate for this position is to manage the financial administration components of VISTA, oversee VISTA staff, work with VISTA operations committees to implement leadership policy, and serve as a liaison between VISTA leadership, Board of Directors, External Advisory Board, York Administration, and the CFREF Secretariat. In conjunction with and under the direction of the Scientific Director, the incumbent facilitates the achievement of the program objectives, performance targets and partnership goals through a team including: a Communication Officer, a Financial Officer, a Commercialization Manager, Marketing and Communications Officer, five research and innovation technicians, and other staff positions developed as required. The Program Manager works with the Scientific Director to ensure that VISTA functions with high efficiency, accountability and transparency, and that progress towards the deliverables of the VISTA's milestones are well monitored and documented.
University degree, with a master's or Ph.D. in the applied science, business, health, social sciences required.
Minimum of five years' related, progressive experience, preferably within the post-secondary system in Canada. Demonstrated experience managing major research or innovation projects. Experience managing staff.
Demonstrated exceptional project management skills. Excellent financial administration skills and a demonstrated capacity to manage large project budgets and maintain accountability. Strong planning, coordination and organizational skills. Superior communication skills and effective presentation skills. Excellent writing skills and ability to prepare reports, including financial reports, for various audiences. Knowledge of University policies and procedures, and governance structures, as well as research project processes. Initiative and high level of self-directedness and a dedicated towards the success of VISTA. Strong problem-solving skills. Excellent interpersonal skills to effectively interact with internal and external contacts. Teambuilding skills. Demonstrated ability to work co-operatively and collegially with multi-sectoral teams including scientists, researchers, private sector partners, community members, government representatives and non-governmental organizations. Proficiency with MSOffice (Word, Excel, Powerpoint) and email software programs.
This position requires the candidate to produce a verification of degree(s), credential(s) or equivalencies from accredited institutions and/or international equivalents at the time of interview. Normal working conditions in an open concept office environment.
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