Associate Director Operations, Administration and Finance

University of Victoria (UVIC)

April 15, 2015

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The UVic Genome BC Proteomics Centre (PC) is a state-of-the-art proteomics research facility located in the Vancouver Island Technical Park in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. It is supported by a collaborative relationship between Genome BC and the University of Victoria. The Centre is a not-for-profit facility, that operates on a cost recovery model. It is the longest operating proteomics core facility in Canada, having been in operation since 1982, and serves clients in academia, industry and government on a fee-for-service and collaborative basis. Research at the PC focuses on technology development for protein identification and characterization, quantitative proteomics for biomarker discovery and validation, and bioinformatics. 

The University of Victoria is one of Victoria's largest employers. UVic has been chosen as one of BC’s top employers and one of Canada’s best diversity employers. Together we are more than 5,000 dedicated faculty, librarians and staff supporting the University of Victoria’s diverse academic programs, world-class research and commitment to civic engagement. 

Job Summary: 

Taking a leadership role, the Associate Director (AD) Operations, Administration and Finace position is central to the operational success of the PC. Working closely with the PC Director and the PC Management Committee, the AD has principal responsibility for the oversight, management, and direction of the administrative operations of the PC, including physical infrastructure, operations, finances, contracts, human resources, and other administration. 

The primary responsibility of the PC AD is oversight for the Centre’s operations, finance, and administration, including HR management. The AD is responsible for managing human resources for 24 core positions and additional positions as required to meet project and service requirements at the PC. The AD has oversight for the technical and business operations of the PC, working with the PC Technical Operations Manager, project managers and Business Development Officer to coordinate and manage the key resources of the PC facilities at Vancouver Island Technology Park. The AD oversees the coordination of the key PC partnership activities with the national metabolomics centre TMIC laboratory at the University of Alberta, and the Clinical Translation Centre at the McGill Jewish General Hospital, as well as many contracts and agreements with international research organizations. The AD will manage the PC’s finances, with oversight for financial and budget planning, the development and implementation of an effective financial reporting process, and future expenditure needs planning. 

Masters Degree in Business or Science, with project management experience, strong accounting and demonstrated financial planning experience, significant organizational and management skills, with a minimum of 5 years of professional experience in a complex, university, business or research environment, or equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Essential qualifications include excellent organizational, communication (oral and written) and interpersonal skills as well as creative problem solving skills. Knowledge of organizational design and behaviour is also desirable.

The job specific competencies include: 

  • Project management skills including the ability to manage multiple projects, with many external partners, under pressure and time constraints
  • Financial reporting, analysis and planning
  • HR management experience, including demonstrated communication and personnel skills in a research environment.
  • Budget preparation and monitoring
  • Development and implementation of policies and procedures in alignment with University policies and procedures
  • Operations/management experience
  • Control of expenditures
  • Demonstrated computer competence including:
  • Significant Microsoft Excel skill
  • Word, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook
  • Email systems
  • Accounting systems
  • Experience with the UVic accounting system and/or the administration of large research projects would be considered a definite advantage.
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