The Future Skills Centre – Centre des Compétences futures (FSC-CCF) is an exciting new arms-length research centre established through the Government of Canada’s Future Skills Program to strengthen Canada’s skills and training ecosystem and ensure Canadians are skilled and equipped to meet the diverse needs of the nation’s employment market. A collaboration between Ryerson University, the Conference Board of Canada and Blueprint-ADE, the FSC-CCF will identify, replicate, and scale evidence-based solutions to improve knowledge of trends and skills, promote more inclusive and responsive career development processes, and improve access to high quality training. Working in collaboration, the FSC-CCF will access a network of more than 150 partners linking thousands of service providers, employers, community groups, academic and practitioner researchers. Building on this growing community of practice, the consortium will complement existing structures and drive systems change by promoting effective policies and practices. The FSC-CCF will enhance existing networks, promoting collaboration using leading-edge technology platforms to create and disseminate new knowledge. It will advance evidence-driven innovation in skills development to improve outcomes, increase inclusivity and resilience, and fuel growth.
Reporting to the Executive Director and working closely with the Research and Evaluation Sub-Committees, the Director of Research and Evaluation will be responsible for coordinating the FSC-CCF’s research and evaluation agenda with partners, stakeholders and proponents to ensure an optimal procedure framework. The Director will play a key role in facilitating the implementation of the FSC-CCF’s research plan and grant making strategy and will establish operational plans to ensure effective management of FSC-funded innovation projects from inception to completion, including evaluation and close-out. The incumbent will oversee detailed project plans, monitor project status and coordinate outputs with relevant associated knowledge mobilization activities. The incumbent will build relationships with internal and external stakeholders undertaking projects and will determine, develop and prepare plans, informed by the relevant research with a view to enhancing and promoting the Centre’s objectives. The Director will supervise the FSC-CCF research and project management support staff and develop research and project management infrastructure including relevant data collection tools, information management systems, framework, and processes to support the achievement of goals.
As the ideal candidate, you are a seasoned, passionate and innovative leader with at minimum five years experience in a leadership role in applied research, project management and program evaluation, preferably within the public or broader public sector. In that capacity you have demonstrated your ability to manage staff and to foster a work environment and culture characterized by innovation, professionalism, respect, collaboration, continuous learning and accountability. You possess a post-graduate degree (preferably a PhD) in a related field. You have considerable experience with research organizations and academic institutions and have expertise in successfully designing and carrying out quantitative and qualitative research and evaluation studies as well as in managing research and evaluation projects from inception to completion. You have a tactful and diplomatic approach to communicating with stakeholders, and understand the ways in which equity, diversity and inclusion shape research design and implementation.
The FSC-CCF welcomes those who have demonstrated a commitment to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion and will assist us to expand our capacity for diversity in the broadest sense. In addition, we encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples, Indigenous peoples of North America, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQ+.