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Title Senior Manager, Institutional Research and Planning
Division Research and Innovation
Category Administrative Staff
Type Full-time/Probationary
Incumbent Vacant
Salary $79,262 – $105,682
Band 12 (Under Review)
Campus St. James
Effective Date ASAP
Duties Working under the direction of the AVP Research & Innovation, the Senior Manager, Institutional Research and Planning is responsible for the leadership of the Institutional Research function in the College, and manages, directs and coordinates Institutional Research (IR) to support the College's academic and strategic planning. 
  • Ensures the College can effectively use data to make evidence-based decisions on strategic issues and is positioned to report effectively to key governmental and College stakeholders on performance.
  • Manages and participates on cross-functional teams to support College strategic planning, strategy execution and ongoing reporting of the Balanced Scorecard; supports annual goal-setting in business and academic planning, reporting and outcomes management.
  • Guides, advises and supports College divisions regarding annual strategic and academic planning and execution; supports and facilitates fulfillment and reporting on outputs and quality assurance targets.
  • Leads the College in meeting its legal obligations in reporting to the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU), ensuring timely completion of reporting to MTCU, reports such as the Multiyear Accountability Agreement (MYAA), Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), and reports to external bodies such as Statistics Canada and Polytechnics Canada.
  • Maintains currency in the latest trends in research and uses this knowledge to develop new approaches, methodologies, processes, and adapts or modifies IR processes to better fit College strategic directions; provides strategic options to College management based on evidence gathered through data available at the College and in the external environment.
  • Ensures that processes exist such that data/research is collected, segregated, and analyzed.
  • Manages communication on institutional research and evidence-based decision-making, including: liaising effectively with all levels of College staff; responding to urgent requests; planning projects; answering queries; providing input on research interpretation/analysis of data needs; managing the relationship with MTCU staff and with Ministry contacts for operational items; with vendors, for both MTCU-required surveys and optional IR projects, ensuring that appropriate contracts are in place to protect student data and/or College interests; and with external bodies (e.g., other colleges, funders).
  • Leads the IR function by ensuring that College leaders are aware of policies and trends relating to education and MTCU guidelines; writes reports and gives presentations to internal committees, including the Board of Governors, Senior Management Committee, Academic Management Committee and College Council, and external audiences, including MTCU, Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario, other provincial and federal government agencies, conferences and seminars.
  • Provides staff leadership and management for overall performance and job satisfaction of the department; oversees team-building and development of the department including recruitment and selection, training and development, succession planning, recognition, labour relations, performance and service delivery standards; performance management and disciplinary action as appropriate.
  • A Master’s degree in the research field is required; a PhD would be an asset.
  • A minimum of seven years’ experience in leading the research function to support organizational evidence-based decision-making is required; experience in applying advanced research methods and data analysis; understanding of broader policy implications of particular data/findings; proven progressive leadership and management skills, preferably in a unionized post-secondary or related environment.
  • Demonstrated excellence in analysis and the ability to render complex issues and data sets intelligible and adaptable; experience in successfully implementing culture change and change management, strategic and academic planning, and contributing to strategic decision-making.
  • Proven ability to effectively facilitate and manage cross-functional teams in support of organizational strategy execution, and year-over-year goal-setting, definition and reporting.
  • Previous experience with project and portfolio management techniques and their adaptation to multiple environments.
  • Advanced professional oral and written communication, presentation skills; demonstrated ability to manage complex situations and stakeholder relationships with tact and care; superior interpersonal, negotiation and conflict resolution skills; flexibility, creativity and an ability to adapt to changing priorities are required.
  • Demonstrated proficiency, awareness and understanding of provincial and national education standards, environments and contexts.
  • Demonstrated understanding of legal and ethical requirements in the research field.
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of SPSS or similar statistical software and MS Office.
  • Basic understanding of advanced quantitative and qualitative procedures and analyses.
  • Commitment to diversity and equity are essential to interact with the College’s diverse student and staff population.
The College requires proof of degrees, credentials or equivalencies from accredited regional or federal post secondary institutions and/or their international equivalents. Credentials may require validation at the time of interviews.
To Apply
Please submit a resume and cover letter combined in one (1) document.
George Brown College is dedicated to employment equity and encourages applications from women, persons with disabilities, racial/visible minorities and aboriginal peoples.
Competition # 13-014
Closing Date Open Until Filled