21 May, 2015

IMFG is Hiring a Manager of Programs and Research

Under the general direction of the Director, Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance, the Manager, Programs and Research position takes a leadership role in the activities of the Institute, designing and participating in a major research program on the fiscal health of cities in Canada and internationally as well as other projects.

These activities include:

• Directing the IMFG Papers, Perspectives and Forum publications series;
• Overseeing events and seminar series that take place throughout the year;
• Overseeing a visiting scholar program;
• Managing the post-doctoral and graduate fellowship programs;
• Working with the Director to build the Institute through the expansion of programs, establishment of partnerships, and other strategic planning;
• Representing the Institute externally on high-level task forces and committees as required.
The Manager, Programs and Research position is responsible for supervision of an administrative assistant. In addition, the incumbent represents the Institute externally on high-level task forces and committees as required.

The Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance focuses on the municipal finance and governance issues faced by large cities and city-regions in Canada and abroad and works on solutions to their fiscal problems. It is the only institute in Canada that focuses solely on municipal finance issues and on large cities and city-regions. It is also the only institute that works with students at the graduate level in the municipal finance field so that they have the expertise to work on municipal finance issues in government and the private sector or to undertake further academic research.

Minimum Qualifications

Education: Master’s degree or acceptable equivalent combination of education and experience required. Strong knowledge of urban finance and/or extensive research experience on cities are required.

Experience: Minimum 5 years of relevant experience in planning, developing and managing research programs and strategies, 3 years of which include:
• Relevant experience in successfully undertaking research and/or framing research projects;
• Proven experience in managing senior level relationships with government, private sector and academic research institutes;
• Familiarity with the University, federal, provincial and municipal governments across Canada
• Experience in drafting plans, briefing documents and reports
• Demonstrated ability to supervise and lead staff.
• Strong technical knowledge of issues relating to municipal finance.Relevant public speaking experience in the field of public finance and/or governance is an asset.

Skills: The successful candidate must be able to work independently and to exercise a high degree of initiative, innovation and good judgment in decision-making situations. This person will also have:

• Extensive research and project management experience
• Strong computer literacy with a strong facility with the Internet as well as experience working with Word, PowerPoint and Excel. Knowledge of statistical analysis packages is an asset.
• The ability to multi-task, be proactive and meet deadlines
• Experience evaluating projects to ensure they meet their objectives
• Creativity and strong communications skills to generate new approaches to building and promoting the programs of the Institute
• Ability to create and sustain relationships with stakeholders, funders, partners and authors.

Other: Professionalism, determination, tact and discretion are of the highest importance for success in this position. Must be able to identify and understand emerging issues as well as set and manage priorities. Must have demonstrated ability to perform well under pressure.

Job Closing: May 31, 2015, 11:59:00 PM

For additional details on this position and how to apply: https://utoronto.taleo.net/careersection/10000/jobdetail.ftl?job=1500484