Ontario Tech Talent - Executive Director
Ontario Tech University
Oshawa, Canada
1d ago


Ontario Tech Talent Incorporated

Ontario Tech Talent, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ontario Tech University, invites nominations, expressions of interest, and applications for the position of founding Executive Director, with the appointment to be effective as soon as June 2020.

Ontario Tech University Vision

With its foundation in technology, the sciences and professional practice, Ontario Tech University advances the discovery and application of knowledge that accelerates economic growth, regional development and social innovation and inspires graduates who will continue to make an impact on the world, as it is and as it will be.

We embody tech with a conscience’ in all that we do.

About Ontario Tech University

With two campuses in Oshawa and acting as the eastern anchor of Greater Toronto Area tech corridor, Ontario Tech University offers more than 90 undergraduate and graduate programs that are technology-enriched and responsive to the needs of our students and the evolving workplace.

Our close-knit campus community comprises more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students and 2,200 faculty and staff combine with more than 90 specialized high-tech research laboratories and facilities.

Committed to attracting leading scholars and stimulating their success, the University works with more than 300 industry partners to form a culture of innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship.

The University will continue its already substantial growth with the development of an additional 190 acres in Oshawa to create an even more innovative mixed-used, vibrant community hub.

Since its founding in 2002, Ontario Tech University has become an emerging leader in career-ready education and collaborative research that produces new and useful ideas.

A fast-growing university with ambitious expansion plans, it is committed to social, scientific, and economic innovations that

create a better Canada and a better world.

Based on its Vision, Ontario Tech University has identified the following priorities :

  • Tech with a conscience : We aim to improve the lives of humans and the planet through the ethical application of technology.
  • It’s a key component in our teaching and learning practices, administrative processes, and innovative research projects.

  • Learning re-imagined : We adapt to the ever-changing educational landscape by experimenting with the most effective ways to deliver flexible and dynamic learning, giving more choices to more people.
  • Creating a sticky campus : We promote positive social change and encourage an accessible, equitable, diverse, and inclusive culture for our campus community.
  • Partnerships : We help industry, community, government, and academic partners be more effective by bringing them together with students and researchers to uncover innovative solutions for our partners’ most pressing problems.
  • The University’s seven faculties and School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies offer innovative and unique programs that incorporate technology and work-integrated learning experiences, producing graduates who are skilled critical thinkers ready to excel in today’s economy.

    Faculty members are deeply engaged in intensive, innovative research that covers the full spectrum of academic inquiry, from exploring fundamental science and scholarly questions to working on applied projects that respond to global challenges.

    In addition to contributing to disciplinary scholarship and addressing global issues, researchers collaborate with businesses and organizations in Durham Region and Northumberland County on a local level to find solutions that address specific industry and economic needs.

    The University is home to more than 90 unique research centres, labs, and facilities, 11 Canada Research Chairs, and six Industrial / Endowed / Research Excellence Chairs.

    For more information visit ontariotechu.ca.

    Ontario Tech Talent Initiative

    On February 27, 2020, Ontario Tech University’s Board of Governors approved the creation of Ontario Tech Talent. This unique talent development initiative aims to provide students and new graduates with opportunities to enhance their job readiness skills and improve employment prospects.

    It will also help alumni and community members remain current in the ever-changing job market by providing required reskilling and upskilling.

    Ontario Tech Talent will work in close partnership with students and employers to assess skills gaps and develop flexible programming tailored to the evolving needs of learners and employers.

    This will include verifiable credentials and stackable micro certifications that demonstrate proficiency in a set of essential skill competencies.

    This model will be advantageous to partners, allowing them to license modules and deliver the training themselves, to take advantage of online programs, or to send prospects and employees to our campus.

    Ontario Tech is the University of the future a modern, forward-thinking university that is open to new and emerging ideas, enabling innovative and relevant skill sets, while building lifelong partnerships with its students, alumni, and industry.

    When fully deployed, the Ontario Tech Talent development initiative will offer a unique and differentiated model based on five-pillars :

  • Technology-enhanced : Beyond program delivery, technology-based tools will identify skills gaps for employers, future and current employees, while also delivering assessments and verifiable credentials.
  • Partner-driven : Focus will be on meeting the skill needs of partners using Ontario Tech Talent’s services.
  • Learner-focused : A personalized assessment process will develop learner-focused skills development.
  • Flexible delivery and creative credential opportunities : Numerous entry and exit points in an environment where learning is always happening, allowing students to take individual credentials over much shorter time frames, and technological modalities, allowing all learners to more easily pursue skills and work opportunities.
  • Lifelong relationships : Provide advising, coaching and mentoring to meet the needs of individuals at different points in their career, starting with Ontario Tech upper-year students, and including all life and career stages.
  • This new organization changes how we think about higher education’s role in essential skills, as we focus on our priority to re-imagine learning.

    We will work closely with industry to help our graduates be relevant today and throughout their careers. Co-creating this program with industry and community partners allows our students and alumni to become, and remain, job ready.

    A practical focus is in our DNA, and we work hard to address the very real skills gap in Ontario and in Canada. We need all Canadians to think about learning in an entirely new and flexible fashion in order to be globally competitive.

    Dr. Steven Murphy,

    President and Vice-Chancellor, Ontario Tech University

    The Role And Mandate

    You are the founding Executive Director :

    Reporting to the Board of Ontario Tech Talent Ltd. and work closely with Ontario Tech’s President and Vice-Chancellor. To start, you will have one employee and the support of university resources.

    Defining your role :

    We know what we want you to do build this new entity and realize its vision! We also know that there are many paths to get there and you will help to define your own role (but you’ve probably already figured that out!).

    We look forward to seeing :

  • Your strategic, operational, and budget plans;
  • Your plans to narrow and identify the skills gaps Ontario Tech Talent will address including target sectors, and partners, and your plans for job-readiness and skills-enhancement programming;
  • Your plans to innovate in the fields of credentials, course delivery, and partnerships with industry;
  • Your plans to tell the story of Ontario Tech Talent to future individual and industry participants.
  • Compensation : We will talk specifics after you apply but you should understand that compensation includes base pay with significant additional income dependent upon achieving specific key performance indicators relating to participants, programs, partnerships, and financial metrics.


    You get this : You know an exciting and inspiring opportunity when you see one. You see the vision for Ontario Tech Talent and you want to be piloting the space shuttle as this concept shoots for the moon.

    You are a builder and an innovator, and you are driven by making a positive difference. You understand the transformational possibilities in the lives of students who will graduate from university with skills to make them among the most competitive graduates in the country.

    You want to help address this challenge : You have extensive experience in business and have witnessed first-hand the effects of the skills gaps.

    You understand that skills gaps are among the most crucial challenges facing Canadian business. You are personally invested in helping Ontario Tech Talent provide solutions to address these gaps.

    You’ve already got some ideas.

    You like mixing and mixing it up : You have extensive industry contacts at the senior level. In fact, you’ve already started thinking about who you could call, and with whom you could partner.

    You’re thinking about those folks who want to mix it up’ and make a difference. Hold those thoughts!

    You know how to get things done : You are a highly industrious self-starter. You understand what it takes to get a new concept off the ground because you’ve done it already (maybe several times!).

    You want to be in on the ground floor building and love the freedom that early-stage ambiguity provides to shape and build out this new concept, and define your role in it.

    You see the challenge of developing creative, adaptive solutions to evolving demands and it sounds like a lot of fun to you.

    You love technology and see the potential to continually transform skills acquisition : While Ontario Tech Talent is a separate entity, it will continue to align with and embrace the vision, mission, values and objects of Ontario Tech University.

    You are excited about this. You believe that technology with a conscience is the only way to go. You are committed to transforming the way participants acquire skills and are recognized for them, through the responsible and innovative use of technology.

    Building worm-holes and organizations is one of your things : You see that part of the excitement of this role is building an effective connection between higher education and industry to the benefit of both.

    Though others have tried and failed, you understand enough about the university sector that you can work collaboratively with leaders in a university setting and build meaningful, lasting and productive connections with industry.

    These connections will be transformative and will move industry and higher education into a different galaxy. You get that success means no one can be left behind.

    You can straddle these two worlds and you can speak their languages because you have empathy, insight, and out of this world communication skills in all media.

    You are a leader : In addition to all of the above, you are a leader and a manager. You have superior analytical, organizational, budgetary, and managerial skills, and a leadership style that relies heavily on effective communication, facilitation, and consultation skills.

    You understand that leadership comes from respect and credibility. You act with integrity at all times.

    Your work location : All of this amazing work will take place at Ontario Tech, within the Durham Region and in the GTA.

    The University’s Location

    Located on two campuses in Oshawa, Ontario, Ontario Tech University has some of Ontario’s most modern and advanced research facilities.

    The north Oshawa campus showcases the innovative nature of the University with designers having incorporated a number of environmentally advanced features into the buildings including green roofs, coated windows, and a geothermal heating and cooling system.

    The University has a significant presence in downtown Oshawa on its second campus with a number of centrally located buildings, including the Faculty of Education and the Faculty of Social Science

    and Humanities.

    With a population of approximately 166,000, Oshawa is an academic and health sciences hub that is home to two other post-secondary institutions (Durham College and Trent University Durham GTA) and to Lakeridge Health Oshawa, Lakeridge Health and Education Research Network (LHEARN Centre) and the Oshawa Clinic, the largest, multi-specialty medical group practice in Canada.

    The City of Oshawa has transformed its economy in recent years to reflect the knowledge-based employment needs of the future.

    While manufacturing remains a strong area of employment in the city, health services jobs have increased by 45 per cent over the span of ten years, while educational services jobs have increased by 39 per cent over the same period.

    These new and emerging sectors now represent 26 per cent of Oshawa’s total employment base. Sector diversity and accelerating population growth has created sustained economic stability for the community and a solid foundation to build upon.

    Oshawa is a city with a commitment to community-based living whose residents enjoy safe neighbourhoods, good schools, and beautiful parks and trails.

    With a successful downtown, a growing retail and business segment, and many tourism activities, Oshawa offers an affordable lifestyle that combines outdoor activities with easy access to Toronto.

    Oshawa is part of Durham Region, which has a population of more than 600,000. Learn more at oshawa.ca and durham.ca.

    We wish to acknowledge the Traditional Territory of and show respect for the people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation which includes the Ojibway, Odawa, and Pottawatomi peoples.

    The Process

    Ontario Tech University is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates, while especially encouraging applications from women, members of visible minorities, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.

    All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Ontario Tech University respects people’s different needs and therefore will take all reasonable steps to ensure accommodation for applicants where appropriate.

    Ontario Tech University respects people's different needs and therefore will take all reasonable steps to ensure accommodation for applicants where appropriate.

    If you require an accommodation to participate in the recruitment process, please notify the Human Resources Department.

    For more information about the universities policies for accommodating employees with disabilities please review the university’s Accessibility Policy

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