The Director, Strategic Research is responsible for identifying, developing, implementing and sustaining the research mission across the Faculty of Engineering. Working directly with the Dean and the ADR, the Director’s primary objectives will be to grow the research portfolio of Engineering’s faculty members, ensure the ongoing success of Engineering faculty in flagship national research programs, raise the national and international profile of Waterloo Engineering, and provide leadership within the Engineering Research Office to ensure the operational effectiveness of the Faculty’s research support services.
The Director will help develop the Faculty’s Strategic Plan, contributing to direction setting, implementation and performance measurement. The Director will facilitate discussion of key strategic priorities with stakeholders across campus, from Department Chairs, School Directors, Institute Directors and Associate Deans to the University’s senior leadership team. They will ensure that new and ongoing initiatives within the Faculty enjoy broad support and are fully integrated with the University’s overall strategic vision. Alongside the Dean and the ADR, the Director will identify and actively pursue new opportunities, collaborations, and research partnerships at the national and international level.
Where external partnerships with the private and/or public sectors are critical for establishing new initiatives, the Director of Strategic Research will work in parallel with the Director of Engineering Research, who has overall responsibility for the development and maintenance of the Faculty’s external research relationships. Where programs and initiatives are primarily academic and/or institutional in scope, the Director of Strategic Research will take the lead, liaising with the Director of Engineering Research as appropriate.
The workflow includes: setting strategic priorities; managing high-profile strategic proposals and guiding teams pursuing them; developing and monitoring performance targets; and developing and managing professional relationships with key partners.