BACKGROUND: The Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA) is a charitable non-profit organization that partners with the University of Waterloo, Conestoga College, and Schlegel Villages to enhance the care and quality of life for older adults. Through collaborations with key partners and stakeholders, RIA supports practice-relevant research and knowledge mobilization. Research evidence is used to inform programs, education and training, and influence practice and policy. The RIA operates its own building with several tenants, research labs, meeting rooms and office space. The RIA supports 10 research chairs, 4 specialists, affiliate researchers, and 28 team members (staff) with a commitment to improved quality of life and care across the continuum of care. For more see www.the-ria.ca.
This is a full-time position for an initial five-year term, renewable.
ACCOUNTABILITY: The Executive Director is responsible for operationalizing the overall vision and strategic direction of the RIA, with ultimate accountability to the Board of Directors for the work of RIA, through the Board Chair. This includes
being aware of and working within executive limitations set by the Board
providing leadership to the RIA staff team, Schlegel Chairs, specialists and affiliate researchers, and consultants that are retained from time to time
maintaining and building positive relationships between RIA and its many partners/collaborators, including especially its core partners University of Waterloo, Conestoga College and Schlegel Villages
ensuring good stewardship of RIA funds, including revenue generation via donations, contracts and dissemination/commercialization of products
building RIA profile locally, provincially, nationally and globally
overseeing development, updating and implementation of RIA’s strategic plan and operational plans; monitoring progress on strategic aims and operational targets; and reporting successes, challenges, risks and risk mitigation strategies to the Board.
Recruit, empower and support a top-notch staff and scientific team
Monitor external environment for trends and opportunities
Play a significant role in fundraising, cultivating relationships with partners and donors
Lead by example in promoting a positive culture
Lead core partnerships with University of Waterloo, Conestoga College, Schlegel Villages
Position RIA as a global asset that promotes collaboration to enhance collective impact in improving care and quality of life for older adults
Represent RIA at community events, conferences, meetings, committees at local, provincial, national and international level to build RIA profile
Influence policy decisions at high level tables at the provincial and national level
In addition to the Chair of the Board, act as spokesperson for the RIA.
Bring researchers together to advance programs of research highly relevant to seniors’ care and quality of life
Monitor, and evaluate annually the research programs of the Schlegel Research Chairs and Research Specialists
Facilitate development of “living research environments” within Schlegel Villages and beyond
Support the Board Chair and Directors to enable effective and efficient governance
Oversee development and renewal of strategic plans and governance policies
Present an annual plan and budget to the Board for approval
Provide quarterly financial updates to the Board
Report progress on annual targets to the Board
Identify, assess and inform the Board of internal and external issues that affect the organization
Work with the Board to develop appropriate risk mitigation strategies.
Operational Planning and Management.
Work with the Senior Director of Operations to ensure the operations of RIA meet expectations of the Board, partners, collaborators and stakeholders:
Develop annual operational plans and targets
Determine staffing requirements for organizational management and program delivery
Oversee implementation of HR policies, procedures and practices
Prepare, review and refresh organizational policies and procedures
Establish a positive, safe and healthy work environment in accordance with all appropriate legislation and regulations
Ensure appropriate management of all information
Ensure privacy/confidentiality of information is maintained
Coach and mentor staff as appropriate to optimize performance. Oversee discipline and release if and when needed using accepted HR guidelines
Participate in annual reviews of staff and researchers.
Financial Planning and Management.
Work with the RIA Accountant to:
Prepare budgets and monitor expenditures
Establish and oversee contracts and collaboration agreements with partners
Approve expenditures within authority delegated by the Board
Administer the funds of RIA according to the approved budget
Monitor monthly cash flow of the organization.
Education: Masters, PhD, MD or comparable credential
Experience and Skills:
Administration and management
Deep understanding and familiarity with research in aging
Ability to critically review programs of research for relevance, integrity, collaboration and impact
Ability to inform and influence high level decision-making through engagement in provincial and national research panels, policy groups, government and non-government organizations
Knowledge mobilization science and practice
Relationship-building with external partners and donors
Facilitative and hands-on leadership style
Interest and passion for enhancing quality of life and care for older adults.
Internal Number: RIA-ED
About Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging
The Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA) is a charitable non-profit organization that partners with the University of Waterloo, Conestoga College, and Schlegel Villages to enhance the care and quality of life for older adults. Through collaborations with key partners and stakeholders, RIA supports practice-relevant research and knowledge mobilization. Research evidence is used to inform programs, education and training, and influence practice and policy. The RIA operates its own building with several tenants, research labs, meeting rooms and office space. The RIA supports 10 research chairs, 4 specialists, affiliate researchers, and 28 team members (staff) with a commitment to improved quality of life and care across the continuum of care.