Recruiting Program Director for the Local Government Revenue Initiative

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Closing date for applications 31/07/2022,11:59 pm EST

Based at the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, the Local Government Revenue Initiative (LoGRI) was launched in September 2021 to develop policy-relevant research and tools to help local governments in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia collect more local revenue, more equitably and fairly, and in ways that promote trust, transparency and accountability. It is, in turn, committed to working directly with government partners to successfully implement innovative reform strategies informed by research. It acts as a unique bridge between research, policy debates and direct support for local revenue reform programs, reflecting a belief that research and direct involvement in reform programs can be mutually reinforcing. The LoGRI program builds on work done under the African Property Tax Initiative (APTI) and is an initiative of the International Centre for Tax and Development (ICTD).

With the core administrative processes for the program now well established, LoGRI is growing its administrative and research teams to accelerate the delivery of key program goals. The Program Director plays a pivotal role in the achievement of the Initiative’s overall vision, goals and mission by participating in strategic planning as part of LoGRI’s leadership group, overseeing and executing all aspects of program operations, directly managing key program staff, and overseeing strategic communications, public relations and grant proposal development. The Program Director works closely with the Principal Investigator and Executive Director for LoGRI and works under the general direction of the Executive Director, Munk School.

The incumbent ensures the smooth operations of the program, including management of staff, oversight of award programs and subgrants, recruitment and contracting of field-based and technical expertise and talent, financial and non-financial reporting and management of the financial administration for the grant including financial plans and forecasting. In addition, the Director liaises with University partners including the Research Services Office, the Innovation and Partnership Office and Procurement Services. The Director develops and oversees the implementation of strategic communications and public relations, and international partnerships and related activities to increase the impact and visibility of the initiative globally.

The Director will provide strategic guidance and support to complex, multi-faceted projects as they are under development, as well as identify challenges that ongoing projects face and other barriers to success and develop solutions to those problems.

Term

This is full time role.

Salary

Pay Scale Group & Hiring Zone: PM 4 — Hiring Zone: CAD$93,345 – $108,904 — Broadband Salary Range: CAD$93,345 – $155,575

Qualifications Required

Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in social sciences or humanities, particularly in development studies, communications, public administration, public policy or an acceptable equivalent combination of education and experience. A Master’s degree or other advanced graduate degrees in a related field is strongly preferred.

Experience:

  • Five (5) years of relevant experience in project management in a large research University or equivalent setting.
  • Experience with grant development.
  • Experience with management and supervision in a unionized environment.
  • Experience working in the international development sector
  • Experience working in research and/or strategic communications.
  • Lived or work experience overseas in Africa or South Asia
  • Project Manager Professional Certification is an asset.

Skills:

  • Superior written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills – including strong skills working in cross-cultural and international settings.
  • Proven project management skills including the ability to set priorities, leverage limited resources, meet deadlines, liaise with multiple stakeholders, solve problems, resolve disputes and develop processes and policies for managing complex program operations. Strong organizational skills and ability to exercise initiative.
  • Ability to manage complex budgets, donor reporting and donor relationships.
  • Excellent computer skills, including Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook).
  • Experience with web development software such as HTML, WordPress and Acrobat Professional is an asset.
  • Excellent research skills, with the ability to create and develop the content of high quality across a range of topics, but particularly in the areas of public policy, development, and global affairs and in formats appropriate to a range of media.

Other:

  • Demonstrated abilities in developing networks of contacts and interests, particularly in the global development community.
  • The high degree of collegiality, management experience and ability to work independently, as a team member and across divisions, institutions, etc.
  • Proven ability to multi-task and source accurate information quickly.
  • Require tact, discretion and the ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to exercise judgement and independent decision-making.
  • Ability to assimilate and interpret significant amounts of information.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and responsibilities.
  • Demonstrated knowledge in print and new/emerging media including web-based marketing, content management solutions, and social networking tools.
  • Familiarity with the university and research environment is essential.

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

Diversity Statement

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialised persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2S+ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see http://uoft.me/UP.

Accessibility Statement

The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with our unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission.

The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities.

If you require any accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact [email protected].

If you are interested in applying for this position, please apply through this portal.

The deadline to apply is the 31st of July, 2022.