Faculty Positions

Position Title / Rank: Associate Vice-President (Agri-food Partnership)

Office of the Vice-President (Research)

Consideration of candidates will begin late spring 2017

Position Description:

The University of Guelph invites nominations and applications for the position of Associate Vice-President Research (Agri-food Partnership).

From the origins of its founding colleges over 140 years ago, the University of Guelph and the Ontario government have worked together to support, and help shape, the future of Ontario's agri-food industry. From the early development of improved agriculture practice and technologies, to new discoveries fuelling today’s bio-economy, the partnership's legacy of discovery and innovation has meant more economic activity, stronger environmental protection, and improved animal and human health in Ontario, Canada, and around the world.

Reporting to the Vice-President Research, the Associate Vice-President Research (AVPR) plays a key role in providing strategic leadership and support to the largest single research partnership at the University. The AVPR oversees all research matters associated with the University’s partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), and works with a diversity of public and private sector partners in the province in the development of a robust agri-food sector.

The ideal candidate will bring a combination of an agricultural and academic background, with extensive experience leading university and government partnerships, complex research agreements, and large project management initiatives encompassing lab services and field operations. They will have a strong background in government relations, and solid management skills having led a large and diverse team. The AVPR must also have an extensive understanding of resource and financial allocation, contract management, and the facilitation of research strategy and priority-setting processes for the sector. The successful candidate will be a strong and passionate advocate for the Ontario agri-food sector from primary production through to the marketplace, have a solid understanding of the Ontario agriculture regulatory system, and be excited about promoting the opportunities for Ontario agriculture, food, and bio-products in a global marketplace.

Located in Guelph, Ontario, on the traditional territory of the Attawandaron people, the University of Guelph is a research-intensive and learner-centred comprehensive university, with 25,000 undergraduate and graduate students attending three campuses, spanning urban hubs and rural communities. The University is known for its commitment to developing exceptional thinkers and engaged citizens.

Consideration of candidates will begin in late spring 2017. Written nominations, applications, or expressions of interest may be submitted in confidence to uguelphagrifood@odgersberndtson.com

In accordance with the AODA Act, accommodation will be provided by both Odgers Berndtson and the University of Guelph throughout the recruitment process.

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

The University of Guelph acknowledges the Attawandaron people on whose traditional territory the University of Guelph resides and offer our respect to our Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee and Métis neighbours as we strive to strengthen our relationships with them.

At the University of Guelph, fostering a culture of inclusion is an institutional imperative. The University invites and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in employment, who may contribute to further diversification of our Institution.