The Opportunity

Halifax, NS

Manager, Applied Research and Innovation


Central Office

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Applied Research and Innovation
Term, Full-time Position: Commencing approximately February 21, 2022 and ending approximately February 10, 2023
Application deadline is 11:59PM, January 27, 2022

Competition No. 2022-021

Salary range: $93,082.65 to $109,509.00 annually

For the 2021-22 Academic Year, based on public health guidelines, NSCC plans to return to more in-person learning, supports and services. You may be required to work on campus, remotely or a combination of both as the Academic Year progresses. This will be clarified further upon hire.

NSCC firmly believes a vaccinated population is a vital part of keeping us, our friends, families and communities protected from COVID-19 and the developing, fast-moving variants. With this in mind, please be aware that NSCC requires all employees and students working and learning on an NSCC campus be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Employees and students who cannot or choose not to be vaccinated for medical, religious or other reasons will need to be tested and have a negative test result within 72 hours of being on campus, and follow Campus safety protocols.

What you'll do


What you will be doing…

The Manager, Applied Research Services is responsible for the organization and development of NSCC institutional research projects and processes within Applied Research. You will apply a project management approach to a diverse range of research scientist, faculty, and staff projects and support the NSCC mission of working with industry and community partners to develop Nova Scotia's economy and quality of life. 

The role involves managing multiple projects, meeting tight deadlines, providing technical support to the team, and delivering projects on time and on budget. This position leads administrative, contract, and grant funding activities, particularly for new funding programs

The Manager also assists in interpreting and implementing regulatory guidelines, serving as the NSCC Research Ethics Board (REB) liaison, coordinating aspects of REB function, and ensuring compliance with regulations from external granting agencies, such as the Tri-Council Policy on ethical conduct for research involving humans (TCPS 2). 

What you'll need


You are a collaborative, team player who takes personal accountability to deliver on what is expected in your role and you strive for excellence every day. You understand our position as role models to our students and as such, you demonstrate the utmost professionalism, integrity and respect for all persons in everything you do. You are committed to life-long learning, occupational currency and a belief in NSCC's mission. You bring a learning-centered perspective to everything you do. You think broadly, celebrate diversity of thought, and respect the uniqueness of individuals. You flourish in a dynamic, changing and sometimes ambiguous environment by keeping informed and connected within your role and the College. Is this you?

Qualifications and Occupational Experience:

  • A Bachelor's Degree in relevant area related to research administration, such as Business Administration, Management, Commerce or another related field. 
  • Masters or PhD would be considered an asset.
  • Project Management Certification would be considered an asset.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in a program management, grant management, or research administration in an institutional setting (e.g., post-secondary, government) 
  • Demonstrated experience in research environment; specifically experience managing research projects, with a comprehensive understanding of grant application processes 
  • Supervisory/management experience leading a team in a high volume and dynamic environment 
  • Strong focus on financial management through the development of proposals & budgets 
  • Knowledge of project management principles and practices, as well as process development and project management. 

Relevant Skills and Knowledge:

  • Knowledge of the current federal and provincial research funding environment
  • Knowledge post-secondary policies, procedures, structures, operations, as well as research project processes 
  • Proven ability to work and achieve objectives within a complex administrative framework
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills that enable incumbent to prioritize effectively, manage a high volume of work, and meet multiple conflicting deadlines in a fast-paced environment with frequent interruptions 
  • Proven ability to synthesize, analyze, and interpret data/information, determine implications, and provide recommendations in a clear and concise manner
  • Proven ability to exercise initiative and good judgement as well as support change 
  • Ability to understand, interpret, and effectively communicate internal and external guidelines, policies, and practices to research teams and other key stakeholders 
  • Demonstrated ability to work well with others and handle difficult situations tactfully using a collaborative/consultative approach to ensure effective and productive working relationships
  • Proven analytical, critical thinking, and decision-making skills 
  • Demonstrated ability to prepare technical and non-technical reports and presentations for all levels of the organization
  • Customer service orientation, with demonstrated problem-solving ability as well as a keen eye for details and producing high-quality work 
  • High degree of taking responsibility and being accountable for decisions made 
  • Professional manner, tact, and diplomacy in dealing with sensitive and confidential information
  • Superior communication skills as well as excellent writing and editing skills 
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment 

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A little bit about us

Nova Scotia Community College

NSCC is committed to building Nova Scotia's economy and quality of life through education and innovation, transforming Nova Scotia one learner at a time. NSCC offers more than 140 career-oriented programs throughout the province at our 14 campuses, including our online eCampus. Programs are offered through five academic schools - Access, Education and Language; Business and Creative Industries; Health and Human Services, Technology and Environment; Trades and Transportation - and reflect the labour market needs and opportunities in Nova Scotia. NSCC's primary goal: student success. An annual survey of College graduates shows that 82% are employed one year after graduation, most in their field of study, with 94% of those employed living and working in Nova Scotia. NSCC makes things happen. We're growing the economy of Nova Scotia, we're producing highly skilled workers, and we're building communities. How are we doing it? By providing the most career-oriented education available in Nova Scotia today; by maintaining close links to industry; and by inviting exceptionally talented people to join NSCC's team of 2,000.Consider being a part of excellence in learning and having the chance to help build Nova Scotia's future while building your own. All NSCC positions are advertised every Tuesday and Thursday. To learn more about our hiring process, please follow this link:

Are you interested?

Work With Us

You will change lives. You will join committed individuals as we work to build Nova Scotia's economy and improve quality of life through education and innovation. As an NSCC employee, you will be part of that change.
You will find a place to grow personally and professionally with opportunities for professional development and collaborative projects.
You will do meaningful and challenging work in a publicly accountable and respectful working and learning environment that is diverse, safe and inclusive. You will have the freedom to enable innovation, improvement and excellence.
You will celebrate the uniqueness of individuals. NSCC campuses are located on the traditional territory of the Mi'kmaq People. Nova Scotia Community College values diversity and inclusion and is committed to employment equity. We encourage applications from all qualified candidates including Aboriginal/Indigenous Persons, members of racially visible communities, persons with disabilities, persons of a minority sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, and women. Applicants from these communities wishing to self-identify may do so by completing an online questionnaire with your application.

NSCC offers a competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits package. As a learning-centred organization, we provide opportunities for every NSCC employee to be a life-long learner. Candidates selected for interviews will be expected to provide at least three recent, occupational references. The successful candidate will be expected to provide official transcripts to show proof of academic achievements.

NSCC is committed to the full inclusion of all applicants. As part of this commitment, NSCC will ensure that applicants are provided reasonable accommodations, as required. If accommodation is needed to participate in the job application process, please contact Nikki Berrigan, HR Generalist at [email protected] Our Employee Workplace Accommodation Policy can be found here:

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  1. Your Profile. You can import your resume or your LinkedIn profile to help populate your profile (click Import Options, top right) or you can complete the profile manually. One thing to note if you are using a resume or LinkedIn; they may not import synchronously with the profile and you may still need to make some manual adjustments.
  2. Your Cover Letter and Resume. Towards the bottom of the Application tab, you will see a place to attach or write your cover letter. You will also see a place to attach your resume. Although these two sections say they are optional; they are not optional and are required for a complete NSCC application. 
  3. Questions. Next to the Application tab, you will see a Questions tab. We will need you to complete these questions in order to submit your application. 

Unfortunately, we cannot accept late or paper applications.