We’re hiring! Are you passionate about making an impact on climate change? Do have what it takes to negotiate partnerships with Shatha, support planning activities with Sayyeda, and work with Canada Research Chair David Sinton? If so, join our dynamic team as the Partnership & Business Development Officer. Find the job posting here: jobs.utoronto.ca/job/Toronto-Partnership-&-Business-Development-Officer-ON/564770617/

Your opportunity:

Reporting to the Director, Strategy and Operations, you will play a key role in the Climate Positive Energy’s growth and success. You will work to secure external funding to grow the initiative, including industrial partnerships (Sponsored Research Agreements) and government / foundation funding. Fundraising will include introducing prospective projects, policies, technologies, and platforms to major global organizations, non-profits and community groups and negotiating their partnership and financial support. You will also work to raise the national and international recognition of the initiative. Finally, you will support executing the Climate Positive Energy’s operational plan and activities. The candidate is expected to have an established network and maintain or develop a high level of understanding of climate change, clean energy technologies, and relevant knowledge mobilization pathways.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Identifying, developing and executing strategies for research and development collaborations
  • Analyzing market data to determine trends and effectiveness of programs and initiatives
  • Researching and recommending new opportunities for external collaborations and partnerships
  • Writing grant applications
  • Writing solicitation documentation in support of commercialization activities
  • Promoting research initiatives to increase program visibility and reputation
  • Promoting the University’s research capabilities to industrial, governmental and finance sectors to enhance research and innovationfunding opportunities
  • Preparing project expense/revenue modeling, forecasting cost-to-completion and financial tracking

Essential Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree or acceptable combination of equivalent experience.
  • Minimum five years of relevant experience and a proven track record in supporting clean energy technology or policy development and knowledge mobilization
  • Experience managing complex relationships, strategy development and implementation of academic and research programs, preferably in a university environment
  • An extensive network among the energy industry and organizations that fund clean energy programs at the national and international level
  • Experience writing grant and investment proposals to acquire funding for research programs
  • Excellent knowledge of the Canadian research landscape (academic and industrial) related to clean energy
  • Experience working with complex groups and building relationships with academic staff, faculty members and both internal and external stakeholders
  • Strong interpersonal skills; highly proactive, persuasive, and diplomatic
  • Excellent entrepreneurial ability; demonstrated initiative
  • Abilityto manage multiple priorities; strong project management skills; and ability to meet deadlines and time constraints
  • Superior ability to work collaboratively with faculty members and other contacts
  • Ability to understand and articulate research goals and requirements of industry and academic contacts
  • Understanding of research contracts, intellectual property, research applications and research funding opportunities
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion and the promotions of a respectful and collegial learning and working environment

To be successful in this role you will be:

  • Achievement oriented
  • Approachable
  • Communicator
  • Persuasive
  • Self-confident
  • Team player

Closing Date: 11/18/2022, 11:59PM ET
Employee Group: USW 
Appointment Type: Budget – Continuing 
Schedule: Full-Time
Pay Scale Group & Hiring Zone:
USW Pay Band 17 — $96,978 with an annual step progression to a maximum of $124,017. Pay scale and job class assignment is subject to determination pursuant to the Job Evaluation/Pay Equity Maintenance Protocol. 
Job Category: Administrative / Managerial

Lived Experience Statement
Candidates who are members of Indigenous, Black, racialized and 2SLGBTQ+ communities, persons with disabilities, and other equity deserving groups are encouraged to apply, and their lived experience shall be taken into consideration as applicable to the posted position.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Diversity Statement

The University of Toronto embraces Diversity and is building a culture of belonging that increases our capacity to effectively address and serve the interests of our global community. We strongly encourage applications from Indigenous Peoples, Black and racialized persons, women, persons with disabilities, and people of diverse sexual and gender identities. We value applicants who have demonstrated a commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion and recognize that diverse perspectives, experiences, and expertise are essential to strengthening our academic mission.

As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see http://uoft.me/UP.

Accessibility Statement

The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with our unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission.

The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities.

If you require any accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact uoft.careers@utoronto.ca.