Director, Government & Public Sector

Organization NameJob CategoriesPosition TypeRegion and Location(s)Career LevelSalaryAd Online SinceApplication Deadline
Canadian Institute for Advanced Research
  • Government Relations
Full Time
  • Ontario - Metro Toronto Area - Toronto
Manager (Supervisor of Staff)N/A2019-01-042019-01-25
Director, Government & Public Sector/Poste de Directeur, Secteur Public et Gouvernement

About CIFAR:

CIFAR’s core purpose is to create knowledge that enriches human life and leads to a better future for Canada and the world. Since 1982, CIFAR has been connecting the world’s best minds through interdisciplinary research programs to tackle difficult and important questions of global significance. By helping innovative pioneers push further, and inspiring young research leaders to join them, CIFAR is able to expand the boundaries of understanding in ways that would otherwise not be possible.

CIFAR offers its research fellows the rarest of commodities: freedom to take the kinds of intellectual risks that are essential for creating truly transformative knowledge. And then CIFAR helps to share that knowledge – on everything from improving human health to advancing technology, from building strong societies to sustaining the Earth – with engaged stakeholders who are ready to put ideas into action.

Based at 138 universities and research centres around the world, CIFARs 400 fellows, scholars and advisors are among the most highly cited and honoured researchers in the world. As many as 19 Nobel Laureates have been associated with CIFAR since its inception, including the most recent recipient, Arthur B. McDonald, associate fellow in CIFAR’s program in Cosmology & Gravity, recipient of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics.

The work of CIFAR’s fellows and advisors has transformed our understanding of popula­tion health, the Earth’s evolution, early brain development, artificial intelligence, the effect of institutions on prosperity, and much more.

CIFAR is generously supported by the governments of Canada, British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec, Canadian and international partners, as well as individuals, founda­tions and corporations. CIFAR’s international partners include the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Inria in France.

The primary responsibility of each individual is to contribute to the success of the organization as it carries out its mandate.  Given its dynamic nature, individual employees must be flexible and responsive to the shifting priorities and challenges at any given time.  Within this context, outlined below is the core purpose of this position and, as an illustration, examples of major responsibilities.

Position Profile:

Director, Government & Public Sector is responsible for CIFAR’s dynamic and important government and public sector funding portfolio. CIFAR has received longstanding support from the Government of Canada, provincial governments across the country and, more recently, from governments outside of Canada including the UK and France. Working with these funders to build successful partnerships that drive research excellence and impact is critical to CIFAR’s mission and vision. In this new role, the Director will lead the development, implementation and evaluation of the Institute’s comprehensive government and public sector funding strategy. Responsible for developing and delivering CIFAR’s stewardship and relationship management plans, contract negotiations and performance reporting requirements with all levels of government, the Director will work with leaders across the Institute and represent CIFAR externally.


  • Implements the Institute’s federal, provincial and global government and public sector funding plan with a focus on building successful partnerships in support of CIFAR’s mission.
  • Represents CIFAR as a go-to knowledge broker by managing current partnerships and identifying and building new funding partnerships with the public sector in Canada and abroad.
  • Supports the Vice-President in the development and implementation of CIFAR’s mission, vision and values, working closely with the Knowledge Mobilization Team and colleagues across the Institute.
  • Manages assigned resources with a primary focus on public sector funding and accountability.
  • Performs all other duties as required and provides support for other Institute initiatives as assigned.


Education/Experience required:

  • A graduate degree in public policy or a related field, or the equivalent in education and experienced combined.
  • More than five years of experience in government relations or within government.
  • Experience working in an academic or research setting.
  • Bilingual (French/English) required.

Core Professional/Technical Knowledge & Skills required for the position:

  • Expertise in government and the policy-setting and decision-making process.
  • Knowledge of and direct experience working with CIFAR stakeholders in federal and provincial governments.
  • In-depth knowledge of CIFAR’s vision and mission, research themes and programs.
  • Computer skills to use a variety of standard and in-house office software.
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship-building skills.
  • Strong communications and presentation abilities.

Position reports to:  Vice-President, Engagement and Public Policy

Term of position:   Permanent, Full-time            

Start date:  As soon as possible

Contact:  Please send resume and cover letter in confidence to quoting Director, Government & Public Sector in the Subject Line.  The deadline for submitting your application is January 25th, 2019 at 5 pm.

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One of CIFAR's core cultural values is Diversity - we value diversity and aspire to be inclusive in all aspects of our work.  CIFAR is an equal employment opportunity employer and is strongly committed to removing systemic barriers and biases, and by promoting the practice of inclusivity, so that all individuals have equal access to and benefit from the work we do.  We encourage applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who may contribute to diversity within our organization.

ACCESSIBILITY FOR APPLICANTS WITH DISABILITIES - CIFAR is committed to providing accommodations throughout the recruitment and selection process to applicants with disabilities, in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, and the Ontario Human Rights Code. To request a reasonable accommodation, please email and include the term 'Accessibility' in the Subject Line, or call 416-971-4251. Please provide your name, preferred contact method, and a detailed description of the nature of any accommodation that you may require. Please include any materials or processes that may be used to ensure your equal participation.

CIFAR frequently communicates in both official languages and our preference is to hire employees who are fluent in both English and French where possible.  Other languages are also considered an asset.

We thank you for your interest in working at CIFAR. All applications will be reviewed however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.