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Associate Director, World Data Systems International Technology Office - Ocean Networks Canada

Victoria, BC
Full Time
5 days ago
Work closely with the ONC Director of User Engagement to manage the contribution of the Office to the WDS operational systems

About this Opportunity

To fill the upcoming Associate Director World Data Systems International Technology Office, we are seeking an experienced, motivated leader for a small team.

We are looking for an individual who is legally entitled to work in Canada. The position is located in Victoria BC, and is a combination of in-person, and remote work.

Some relocation assistance may be provided.

The salary range for this position is:

Recruitment range: $97,221 - $109,377 maximum starting salary is determined through knowledge, experience and internal equity.

Performance range: starting salary to max of $139,757 is available through annual performance increases.

* This position may be eligible for a Hybrid Work Arrangement*

Job Summary

Mandate or core purpose of role

Under the oversight of the WDS-SC and in close coordination with the WDS International Program Office and the WDS-SC, the Associate Director of the WDS-ITO (Associate Director) will work closely with the ONC Director of User Engagement (Director), the three Canadian members of the consortium, key domestic and international stakeholders such as the Alliance and the Research Data Alliance researchers to deliver on the WDS-ITO mandate to:
  • Set-up, operate and manage the contribution of the Office to the WDS operational systems that form part of the Global Research Data Infrastructure (GRDI) (aka Global Open Research Commons or Global Open Science Commons).
  • Coordinate the development and integration of GRDI components with other stakeholders: DataCite/re3data, ORCID, science publishers, and international programmes such as the Group on Earth Observations and ISC programmes such as Future Earth.
  • When appropriate host a Trusted Brokering Service on behalf of the GRDI community.
  • Coordinate the WDS contribution to, and when appropriate, lead the creation, development and execution of technical working groups both in house and in organizations such as the Research Data Alliance.
  • Work in concert with the WDS partners including the OECD, the Belmont Forum and others on policy and funding focus formulation, development of technical concepts, technical guidance, promotion of standards, and identification of sustainability gaps in the GRDI.

Summary of roles, functions and areas of focus

Under the oversight of the WDS-SC and with the support of the ONC Director, User Engagement, the Associate Director is responsible for:
  • Set-up and lead Office technical and business operations including leading the development of the Office Strategic Plan and biannual Implementation Plans;
  • Lead the implementation of Office strategic and bi-annual or annual plans.
  • Strategically position the ITO, and deploy its resources where they can be most impactful; fill common needs across key partnerships and respond to the goals of the ISC and funding entities
  • Lead the development and implementation of the Office advisory and technical services.
  • Develop and deliver annual programs of the Office, ensuring that they are implemented observing UVic policies and procedures.
  • Evaluate and negotiate complex organizational relationships that are key to the success of the Office and the WDS more broadly, with a focus on the reputation of the parent organizations
  • Secure and provide effective leadership and stewardship of the Office's resources (budget, staffing, space, technology), and financial and program planning.
  • Maintain effective cooperation and close coordination with the WDS-SC Chair, the WDS-IPO Executive Director, funding agencies and with ONC and UVic on administrative and technical matters
  • Engage with and provide expert advice and guidance to Canadian members of the consortium and key stakeholders such as Research Data Canada, CODATA/CNC-CODATA, the Digital Research Alliance of Canada (DRAC) WDS members as well as researchers.
  • When possible and appropriate, respond to changing needs and priorities of members, key partners and stakeholders

Job Requirements

Qualifications and experience
  • Qualifications must include a minimum 7 years of progressive leadership experience, leading the development and integration of complex data and information systems in the context of international or multi-partner scientific data and information management collaborations.
  • Master's degree in information technology, natural, library or engineering sciences. PhD preferred.
  • Must have a wide scope of knowledge and depth of understanding of current and emerging data practices to create services in support of all scientific domains of research, throughout the research data management lifecycle.
  • Management experience in a not-for-profit or academic environment
  • Supervision of small technical teams
  • Organizational and financial management
  • Development of grant proposals
  • Project management
  • Development and maintenance of web interfaces

An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

Key job-specific competencies
  • Excellent communication skills required for presentations, reports and proposal writing.
  • Strong understanding of information systems, web interfaces business software and data management.
  • Strong analytic abilities, strategic planning, and problem solving skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise judgement independently.
  • Ability to simultaneously manage a diverse range of complex projects and activities.
  • Ability to plan, organize, mentor and motivate a team to achieve goals.
  • Ability to serve as spokesperson, facilitator or participant in meetings and presentations to committees, organizations and stakeholders.

Unusual working conditions

Regular international travel will be required.

Territory acknowledgement

We acknowledge and respect the lək̓ʷəŋən peoples on whose traditional territory the university stands and the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.

Equity and Diversity Statement

UVic is committed to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion in our living, learning and work environments. In pursuit of our values, we seek members who will work respectfully and constructively with differences and across levels of power. We actively encourage applications from members of groups experiencing barriers to equity.

Read our full equity statement here:

Accessibility Statement

If you anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application and hiring process contact: Any personal information provided will be maintained in confidence.

Job Details:

Organizational Unit: University of Victoria -> VP Research -> Ocean Networks Canada

Posting Close Date: 11 April 2023

Please note that positions will close at 4 p.m. on the closing date.

FTE: 1

Salary Grade: $97,221.00 - $139,757.00

Additional Posting Information: N/A

Salary posted reflects the full range of the position. See below for recruitment range and performance range.

Salary posted will be pro-rated based on FTE

Classification: ME11

Start Date: 4/24/2023

End Date: 4/17/2026

Employee Group: Management Excluded - Term

# of Hires Needed: 1

Category: Information Technology

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Additional Info

Job Type : Full-Time, Temporary

Location : Victoria, BC

Experience Level : Director
Information Technology