CRAFT Research Program Manager

University of Toronto - Toronto, ON (30+ days ago)

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About us:
The Centre for Research and Applications in Fluidic Technologies (CRAFT) is a collaborative research center between the University of Toronto (UofT) and the National Research Council of Canada (NRC). CRAFT aims to establish an internationally leading and nationally unique research enterprise, focused on device innovation related to (a) diagnostics for remote communities and critical care, (b) organ-on-a-chip technologies, and (c) biomanufacturing. The infrastructure will enable rapid translation from device prototyping to evaluation in UofT’s affiliated teaching hospitals. Our team builds on 15 years of combined institutional investment at UofT and the NRC. We are establishing at UofT the CRAFT Device Foundry for prototyping and scalable manufacture of polymer-based diagnostic devices and the CRAFT’s Bio-Foundry for biological evaluation. For the rapid evaluation and clinical translation of diagnostic devices we plan to establish clinical PODs at UofT’s affiliated teaching hospitals. CRAFT will establish an industry consortium and further elevate UofT’s and NRC’s global stature.

Your opportunity:
Reporting to the Academic Co-Directors, the Manager, Strategy & Partnerships brings the strategic, operational and programmatic leadership, direction and oversight in order to contribute to and ensure the success of CRAFT. As the senior administrative member of the CRAFT team, the incumbent will play a pivotal leadership role in the strategic development and management of the CRAFT initiative – a cross-divisional and tri-campus entity with the NRC as a valued partner. The successful candidate will have a unique opportunity to contribute to developing and building CRAFT by providing strategic direction and leadership in the development of short and long-term strategic plans, programs, research opportunities and collaborations.

Responsibilities include: development and management of strategic partnerships across institutional, governmental, sectoral and geographic borders; development of a scientific and clinical translation strategy and execution of strategic communications plans; developing and maintaining a CRAFT graduate student engagement program; creating a strategy for bringing together and serving researchers from various UofT academic divisions to create an engaged academic CRAFT community of affiliates; preparation of key documents including internal and external progress/impact and financial reports; supporting and managing CRAFT governance; finding and applying for research and innovation funding; developing and cultivating strategic partnerships with external entities (both industrial and academic) across all sectors that will advance CRAFT’s priorities; and planning for the implementation of scientific programs, tracking and allocating budgets.

Your responsibilities will include:
Writing grant applications
Promoting research initiatives to increase program visibility and reputation
Identifying, developing and executing strategies for research and development collaborations
Researching and recommending new opportunities for external collaborations and partnerships
Developing plans that support research collaborations and advance technologies
Coordinating the schedule for program and event calendars
Developing project schedules including milestones, critical path, timelines, deliverables and reporting

Essential Qualifications:
Master's Degree in an engineering discipline or analytical chemistry or acceptable combination of equivalent education and experience.
Minimum five years relevant experience within an academic, government and/or industry setting in accessing and implementing various funding programs which promote innovation.
Proven success assessing opportunities in a variety of science and technical disciplines
Excellent research, analytical, negotiation, entrepreneurial, and organizational skills
Strong communication skills, including exceptional presentation and writing skills
Demonstrated ability to solve problems in a creative and effective manner

To be successful in this role you will be:
Achievement oriented

Travel: None