Department: Global Inst for Food Security
Location: Saskatoon
Status: Term, 3 years with the possibility of extension
Employment Group: ASPA 
Full Time Equivalent (FTE): 1.0
Salary: The salary range, based on 1.0 FTE, is $62,850.00 - 98,205.00 per annum. The starting salary will be commensurate with education and experience.
Salary Family (if applicable): Specialist Professional
Salary Phase: Phase 2
Posted Date: 1/27/2021
Closing Date: Until Filled.
Number of Openings: 1

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Primary Purpose: The primary purpose of this position is to facilitate and maintain existing and new partnerships with industry and researchers through 

  • Identifying and promoting funding opportunities at regional, national, and international level.
  • Developing and assessing proposals for collaborative projects with industry, academia, government, and not-for-profit organizations.
  • Expanding GIFS’ capability to develop a network of industry partners. 

Nature of Work: Reporting to the Director of Business Development, this position is a member of the research and business development team in the Global Institute for Food Security (GIFS). Interacting with a diverse group of stakeholders, the work encompasses a broad range of accountabilities and processes that involve deadlines, peak periods, and independent and collaborative work. The position functions in a collaborative team environment with joint projects across GIFS, the Saskatchewan Agriculture and Food ecosystem and sometimes other sectors.  The position requires initiative and drive to deliver results. Discretion is required in interpreting various policies, procedures and guidelines, as well as safe-guarding confidentiality and intellectual property. This position works in a lively, fast-paced environment, with multiple competing deadlines.

Relationship Development

  • Research and identify opportunities for new collaborative and fee-for-service engagements aligned with GIFS strategy.
  • Create and maintain information on potential collaborators and sponsors in collaboration with the research and development team for upcoming events.
  • Maintain an up-to-date master sponsor contact list.
  • Establish, maintain, and strengthen relations with key funding partners, members, and other external stakeholders.  
  • Develop and maintain positive and effective relationships and connections with across the Saskatchewan Agriculture and Food ecosystem as well as the National ecosystem. 

Partnership Support

  • Steward and grow partnerships when successful funding is in place in collaboration with Director of Business Development and relevant GIFS team members.
  • Maintain a working knowledge and database of the research funding arena and potential funding opportunities to support research intensification in GIFS.
  • Work collaboratively with Program Managers, researchers and finance to secure industry funding.
  • Write and produce major partnership proposals and follow up reporting in a team environment that includes GIFS Program Managers, Research Scientists, Platform Leaders, R&D Operations and Finance.

Research Grant Support

  • Provide expertise and assistance to researchers in the development of grant applications, ensuring grants are completed accurately and to applicable standards.
  • Facilitate the identification of resource information, development of pre-award and post-award documentation, including end of project reports.
  • Assess grant applications for impact and strategic alignment.
  • Effective application of UnivRS (the University of Saskatchewan's research management system)   and other pre /post-award activities, and to ensure that relevant approvals are in place.

Communication and Promotion

  • Promote industry and research partnership opportunities internally and externally.
  • Support the communications team in the development of promotional material related to researcher and industry partnership. 
  • Support tracking and maintenance of Key Performance Indicators for GIFS and provide regular update reports for meetings, communications, and newsletters.
  • Demonstrate application of continuous learning and growth by building expertise, knowledge and skills through ongoing professional development opportunities.

Special Projects

  • Initiate and complete projects designed to enhance or showcase the research capabilities and accomplishments of the researchers.
  • Work on assigned projects and with project teams on deadline-driven projects related

Qualifications and Skills
Minimum of a research-oriented Master’s degree with experience in building collaborative teams and multi-disciplinary proposals for Industry, national and international funding agencies. Related experience in the preparation of research proposals, grant applications and contracts, including budget development, and demonstrated experience in fostering effective professional relationships with both internal and external stakeholders is preferred. An equivalent level of education and experience may be considered.
The successful incumbent will demonstrate excellent organizational skills; the ability to develop and build strong working relationships; the ability to effectively manage priorities; exceptional communication skills; strong writing skills; and a working knowledge of common office software applications.


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