The University of Toronto is a pioneering institution in teaching, research and entrepreneurship. As a large and diverse university, UofT has many nodes of excellence in fostering student entrepreneurship, mentoring and support. University of Toronto, Entrepreneurship (UTE) is a University of Toronto initiative, which has a mandate to support and grow entrepreneurial activity at U of T (http://entrepreneurs.utoronto.ca/).
Reporting to the AVP-IPE, and working with academic leaders and the UTE Management Committee, UTE has administrative oversight of the UTE programs and forms part of the UTE leadership team. Activities include: internal program execution and development, collecting and analyzing program metrics, leading U of T’s participation in various funding programs, partnerships and financial opportunities in support of U of T’s entrepreneurship goals. The incumbent supports and provides leadership toward the overall UTE mandate to provide a high level of professional service to the University’s entrepreneurship community including: faculty members, academic administrators, administrative staff and representatives of partner institutions and sponsor organizations. The incumbent provides a range of support and services to help ensure the smooth and effective operation of the unit and UTE administered programs. The incumbent also receives technical direction on financial and portfolio operations activities in close cooperation with counterparts in other VPRI units to ensure a common level of business support and consistent standards across the VPRI.
The UTE Managing Director has oversight of ONRamp, a dynamic facility at The University of Toronto to support entrepreneurs and startups. The incumbent serves as a key liaison with UofT’s key partners in this facility (i.e. Royal Bank of Canada, McMaster, QueensU, Western University, University of Waterloo) and oversees and leads UTE staff which support ONRamp. The incumbent also supports and promotes the success of the Schwartz Reisman Innovation Centre which will include spaces for entrepreneurship events, startups and scale-ups. The incumbent also has oversight and executes on various external and internal funding programs designed to support UofT entrepreneurs and further build a culture of innovation at the university at large.
The incumbent works in a highly dynamic environment that requires a high degree of sensitivity, responsiveness and a need to maintain strict confidentiality. The incumbent must present a professional image by interacting knowledgeably and courteously with people including senior administrators, faculty, staff, students, research sponsors and government representatives. The incumbent must be a highly motivated and energetic individual who enjoys the challenge of working in a fast-paced environment.
The incumbent supports the advancement of the University’s standing as a leading global institution in the translation of academic research into entrepreneurial opportunities and to advance the use of University knowledge towards the generation of companies, jobs and prosperity in Canada.
Post graduate degree in science, engineering and/or business, or the equivalent acceptable combination of education and experience.
Five (5) years’ relevant experience within an academic, government and/or industry setting in accessing and implementing various funding programs which promote innovation, student entrepreneurship and-or research commercialization including company creation, early-stage financing, venture capital;; Demonstrated experience in financial management; prior staff management experience (unionized environment is preferred) and application of HR policies and practices.
Proven success assessing opportunities in a variety of science and technical disciplines; excellent research, analytical, negotiation, entrepreneurial, organizational; excellent oral and written communication skills; Strong communication skills, including exceptional presentation and writing skills; demonstrated ability to solve problems in a creative and effective manner.
Strong interpersonal skills, tact and judgment, including the ability to partner internal and external stakeholders in a manner which facilitates collaboration and consensus building, to identify and build on areas of common interest, and to articulate a compelling case for U of T Entrepreneurship. Must be highly self-motivated with a strong degree of initiative, superior planning and time management skills, must be able to balance conflicting demands on time.