Research and Strategic Initiatives Facilitator, Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation, Lakehead University, Competition # OR-20-07, Orillia, ON

Administrative/Staff Positions
Application Deadline: 
Friday, August 21, 2020 - 4:30pm

Research and Strategic Initiatives Facilitator

Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation, Lakehead University

Full Time, Contract (1 year)

Orillia Campus

Competition # OR-20-07

The Research and Strategic Initiatives Facilitator is responsible for increasing research and innovation capacity and partnerships for Lakehead University in Orillia. The Facilitator will provide leadership and advice on strategies to increase research and innovation capacity at the Orillia campus, as well as connect Orillia researchers to other Lakehead research collaborators, opportunities, and community and private sector partners in Simcoe County and beyond. The candidate will liaise with research and innovation administrative support units in order to support effective and coordinated research and innovation services at the Orillia campus.

The Research and Strategic Initiatives Facilitator will work closely with the Principal of the Orillia campus and associated administrative personnel. The incumbent will play a key role in ensuring that Orillia faculty and graduate students receive the same level of customer service as faculty and graduate students in Thunder Bay. The candidate will also: facilitate the development of individual, multidisciplinary and multi-institutional research initiatives and funding applications; perform extensive background research and substantive editing of proposals; facilitate economic development activities between the Orillia campus and partners located within Simcoe County, Orillia and Barrie; and coordinate research and innovation opportunities with administration at Georgian College and business support programs and organizations located within Simcoe County, including the economic development partnership network. The Facilitator will coordinate research and innovation events and professional development workshops (e.g. grant-writing, funding opportunities information sessions, etc.), industry research networking events, innovation and intellectual property workshops and student entrepreneurship events. The incumbent will also assist with the coordination of Research & Innovation Week in Orillia.

The ideal candidate will have a Masters degree (PhD would be an asset) in a relevant field that is complemented by 5 years of related experience, preferably in a post-secondary environment. Your interest in partnership development and community relations, along with your interpersonal, writing and communication skills, will allow you to develop and confidently convey the University’s research expertise to community partners and funding agencies. Expertise in coaching, mentoring and delivering professional development workshops is expected. Knowledge of grant writing is a definite asset.  A full job description may be requested by contacting the Office of Human Resources.

A review of applications will begin on August 24, 2020. The anticipated start date for this position is October 5, 2020.

To apply for this position, please send your cover letter, curriculum vitae, the names of three references and a Confirmation of Eligibility to Work in Canada Form ( as a single PDF file to:


Office of Human Resources

University Centre

Room UC-0003

Thunder Bay Ontario,

P7B 5E1


We appreciate your interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be notified.

Lakehead University is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals including women, racialized persons, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities and other equity-seeking groups. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.  This is in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements.

Lakehead University is committed to supporting an accessible environment. Applicants requiring accommodation during the interview process should contact the Office of Human Resources at (807) 343.8334 or to make the appropriate arrangements.