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Executive Director
Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging

Date Posted Sep. 29, 2020
Title Executive Director
University Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging More About This Institution...
Waterloo, ON, Canada
Application Deadline Nov. 30, 2020
Position Start Date Aug. 1, 2021
  • Senior Executive Officer
  • Senior Administration
    Business & Administration

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 care and quality of life for older adults. Through collaboration, RIA supports practice-relevant research and knowledge mobilization. The RIA operates its own building with several tenants, research labs, meeting rooms and office space. The RIA supports 10 research chairs, several affiliate researchers, and 28 team members (staff). For more see

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, through the Board Chair.
1. Organizational leadership:
a. Recruit, empower and support a top-notch staff and scientific team
b. Monitor external environment for trends and opportunities
c. Play a significant role in fundraising, cultivating relationships with partners and donors
d. Lead by example in promoting a positive culture
e. Lead core partnerships with University of Waterloo, Conestoga College, Schlegel Villages

2. External leadership:
a. Position RIA as a global asset that promotes collaboration to enhance collective
b. Represent RIA at community events, conferences, meetings, committees at local, provincial, national and international level to build RIA profile
c. Influence policy decisions at high level tables at the provincial and national level
d. In addition to the Chair of the Board, act as spokesperson for the RIA.

3. Research leadership
a. Bring researchers together to advance programs of research highly relevant to seniors’ care and quality of life
b. Monitor, and evaluate annually the research programs of the Schlegel Research Chairs
c. Facilitate development of "living research environments" within Schlegel Villages and beyond

4. Governance
a. Support the Board Chair and Directors to enable effective and efficient governance
b. Oversee development and renewal of strategic plans and governance policies
c. Present an annual plan and budget to the Board
d. Provide quarterly financial updates to the Board
e. Report progress on annual targets to the Board
f. Identify, assess and inform the Board of internal and external issues that affect the organization
g. Work with the Board to develop appropriate risk mitigation strategies.

5. 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:
a. Develop annual operational plans and targets
b. Determine staffing requirements for the organization
c. Oversee implementation of HR policies, procedures and practices
d. Prepare, review and refresh organizational policies and procedures
e. Establish a positive, safe and healthy work environment in accordance with all appropriate legislation and regulations
f. Ensure appropriate management of all information
g. Ensure privacy/confidentiality of information is maintained
h. Coach and mentor staff as appropriate to optimize performance. Oversee discipline and release if and when needed using accepted HR guidelines
i. Participate in annual reviews of staff and researchers.

6. Financial Planning and Management.
Work with the RIA Accountant to:
a. Prepare budgets and monitor expenditures
b. Establish and oversee contracts and collaboration agreements with partners
c. Approve expenditures within authority delegated by the Board
d. Administer the funds of RIA according to the approved budget
e. Monitor monthly cash flow of the organization.

Education: Masters, PhD, MD or comparable credential
Experience and Skills:

  • Organizational leadership
  • 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.

Submit your application in one document (cover letter and curriculum vitae) by email to Josie d’Avernas at by November 30th, 2020.

RIA is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals including women, persons with disabilities, Indigenous peoples, members of visible minorities, and others who may contribute to further diversification of ideas. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply, however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

RIA is pleased to accommodate individual needs in accordance with the Accessibility of Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) during our recruitment process. If you require accommodation, please let us know in advance.

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Contact Information

  • Josie D'Avernas
    Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging
    250 Laurelwood Dr
    Waterloo, ON N2J 0E2
  • 519 904 0660 x4103
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