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SIRI Specialist


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The Strategic and Institutional Research and Award Specialist is responsible for providing advice and support services to researchers seeking to secure research chairs, awards, and/or funding for institutional/ large scale (usually +$1M) research projects and programs. The Strategic and Institutional Research and Award Specialist works with York University researchers and collaborates with other York University research support service providers, including specialized support services in the Faculties (e.g. Research Officers and Directors), to ensure that researchers have timely access to information about large scale/ institutional and/or strategic research grant opportunities, research chair nominations and prizes. The Specialist is also responsible for completing high quality and highly competitive applications/nominations; supporting institutional reporting; and working with faculty members and research support staff across the institution to build capacity to be successful in research funding, research chair and award competitions.

Minimum undergraduate degree is required with graduate degree preferred or four years recent experience (defined as within the last five years) working at York University and performing the same or similar tasks. This educational requirement is in addition to the minimum experiential requirement listed below.

Progressive experience in research administration to adequately support faculty in the development of large-scale/strategic/award opportunities. Minimum 7 years of progressive experience in terms of the size and scope of research grants/awards that are supported.

Demonstrated skills/ability in the following areas: The incumbent needs to be able to develop, understand and advise on the development of complex research budgets which typically comes with several years of experience working in the research administration field. They must also have a strong understanding of the internal university environment to ensure that internal processes are appropriately developed and managed given the constraints of overall university processes. Must have exceptional relationship building skills as they need to work extensively with senior leadership within the university (for example, Deans, Associate Deans Research, ORU Directors, Associate Vice Presidents, etc.) to secure the appropriate supports needed to carry out successful projects. Liaises with external funding agencies and maintain significant relationships with these agencies to better understand their directions and priorities to advise faculty and the senior research administration on how best to position applications/nominations. Provides strategic advice to faculty on how best to develop and position their applications/nominations for favorable reviews with funders. A key part of this role is to understand the research funding landscape at the provincial, national and international level to best support faculty members in determining where their research projects would have the best chance of being most competitive. This advisory capacity only comes with several years'; experience in progressively developing roles in research administration. The Specialist also provides advice to the Vice-President on institutional procedures that are necessary to ensure that applications/nominations are adequately resourced, and risks are mitigated through institutionally led policies and procedures.

Additional Notes:
Please note: This position requires the candidate to produce a verification of degree(s), credentials(s), or equivalencies from accredited institutions and/or international equivalents at the time of interview.

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As per Article 12.02(f) of the YUSA-1 Collective Agreement, to be considered an internal applicant, employees in the YUSA-1 bargaining unit must submit the application 5 working days following the first day of posting. this is referred to as the 'Posted Date' on the job the posting.   This applies to YUSA-1 internal and YUSA-1 Concurrent postings.  Please refer to the 'Posting Intent' on the job posting.


If not filled by an employee in the YUSA-1 bargaining unit, employees in the YUSA-2 bargaining unit who have applied within the first 5 days from the 'Posted Date' will be given preference.

The University welcomes applications from all qualified individuals, including, but not limited to women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities (racialized), aboriginal (Indigenous) persons and persons of any gender identity and sexual orientation. York University is committed to a positive, supportive and inclusive environment.

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York University employees must apply to jobs through the Employee Career Portal - YU Hire. If you are a current York University employee and/or are using your rights under a collective agreement to view and/or apply to jobs, you MUST log into YU Hire to access the York University Employee Career Portal.

PLEASE NOTE: All applications must be received by 11:55 pm EST on the posted deadline date, if applicable.