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Director and Chief of Staff

University of Ottawa

This is a Contract position in Ottawa, ON posted September 16, 2020.

Salary (Grade: NM4) Hiring salary range $110403$151,807

Position Purpose

Directs the activities of the Office of the Vice-President, International and Francophonie to fully implement its mandates and goals. Establishes and maintains effective channels of communication and continually liaises between various stakeholders and the Office. Works closely with the Vice-President, International and Francophonie and with senior managers on a wide variety of projects and initiatives of strategic importance. Develops and implements organizational plans and business processes, conducts analyses, makes recommendations, supervises and coordinates issues of priority to the University and leads project teams with the objective of meeting strategic objectives while managing financial and human resources responsibly.

Essential Qualifications

• Graduate degree in management or a related subject
• Fifteen (15) years’ management experience, more specifically:
o experience in creating business plans and planning documents
o experience in developing organizational performance scorecards (objectives, targets, strategies, performance indicators)
o experience in project management
o experience in organizational change management.
• In-depth knowledge of financial and human resources management
• In-depth knowledge of university culture and of how a university operates is an asset
• Inspirational leadership illustrating the ability to foster collaboration and motivate stakeholders and colleagues through innovation and excellence.
• Builds constructive teams that work well together to achieve results and motivate others to exceed expectations
• Outstanding communication skills to present and explain a complex ideas and issues to various audiences, both inside and outside the University
• Excellent skills in writing reports for senior management and various decision-making bodies
• Ability to evaluate and address complex issues in a clear, thoughtful manner, in order to quickly resolve them without compromising events or relationships
• Strong attention to detail, risk assessment and conflict resolution skills
• Demonstrated tact, diplomacy, judgment and leadership
• Fluency in English and French (spoken and written)

Key Competencies

Key competencies required at the University of Ottawa:
Planning: Organize in time a series of actions or events in order to achieve an objective or a project. Plan and organize own work and priorities in regular daily activities.
Initiative: Demonstrate creativity and initiative to suggest improvements and encourage positive results. Be proactive and self-starting. Show availability and willingness to go above and beyond expectations whenever possible.
Service Excellence: Reflect a positive attitude, demonstrate competence and professionalism, treat members of the community with respect, exercise care, devote full attention and find solutions. (Visit the section ”Useful links” on the home page to read the detailed definition).
Teamwork and Cooperation: Cooperate and work well with other members of the team to reach common goal. Accept and give constructive feedback. Adjust own behaviour to reach team goals.


All qualified candidates are invited to apply; however, preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. The University of Ottawa is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage applications from women, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and racialized persons. If you are invited to continue the selection process, please notify us of any particular adaptive measures you might require.

This position is excluded from all union accreditation units. All applications will be considered equally. Priority will be given to employees who have an entitlement as defined by their collective agreement or university policies. This posting may appear simultaneously on external websites. Schedule with an average of 35hrs/week. Requirements related to skills and experience are determined by the University of Ottawa, and all positions are subject to relevant laws, collective agreements, and regulations. Please note that we will only communicate with candidates who are chosen for a preselection test or for an interview. Remember to upload a copy of your diploma(s) or a certificate of merit as well as a current version of your CV into the My documents section of your career profile (please include the job ID number, i.e. J0000-0000, in the title of your document).