As a member of a team within the Research Services Office (RSO) the Research Funding Manager (RFM) provides leadership and direction in the provision of professional client service to the University of Toronto research community. Under general supervision of the Director, the Research Funding
Manager (RFM) will work closely with academic administrators and faculty members to facilitate identification of new funding opportunities, and to work with the divisions, targetted groups of researchers and individual researchers to optimize success with new and existing funding opportunities. Areas of focus are identified by undertaking analysis of international, national, provincial and local information from a variety of information sources. Responsibilities include the development and implementation of funding strategies, promoting the University and its researchers to existing and new funding agencies, maximizing funding opportunities with current funding agencies, facilitating multiinstitutional
proposals and those requiring matching funding, providing advice and assistance in proposal development.
The RFM leads a team comprising (a) Research Funding Officer(s) and, in some cases, (a) Research Funding Administrator(s), to provide efficient and effective service and support to the University research community. The provision of such support includes professional pre‐award activities as noted above as well as post‐award activities including the timely and accurate establishment of successful awards on the University’s Administrative Management Systems (AMS),negotiating research funding agreements with sponsors on behalf of the University, post‐award stewardship of funded initiatives, expertise and direction within the team, the portfolio and the research community on compliance related issues in a rapidly evolving regulatory environment; and ongoing analysis of the University’s performance in research funding programs. The team works closely with research facilitators inside and
outside the Research portfolio to identify and address administrative challenges and opportunities in research and in developing and implementing service enhancements.
University degree or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Minimum seven (7) years recent, related administrative experience (university experience strongly preferred) including supervisory experience in a unionized environment; strong experience in negotiation and management of agreements; significant experience working with research funding agencies; expert knowledge of University research‐related and financial policies and procedures; expert knowledge of the University's Research Information System (RIS) and Financial Information System (FIS).
Excellent numerical, data management, record keeping and administrative skills. Strong computer skills including the ability to work with a broad range of information system tools including spreadsheets, databases, and sponsor‐based electronic systems.
Demonstrated leadership and management ability; ability to work independently as well as in a team environment; strong analytical/statistical, organizational and problem‐solving skills; tact and sensitivity in dealing with varied clientele; excellent interpersonal, counselling, oral and written communication skills; judgement, flexibility, initiative and creativity; attention to detail; strong computer skills including external information systems and web‐based software applications.