Senior Manager, Engineering Outreach
Simon Fraser University Dean of Engineering Office-Out

Senior Manager, Engineering Outreach

Requisition ID 2019-3998  Job Category  Other  Department 2177 - Dean of Engineering Office-Out  Job Status Regular Full-Time  Hiring Range $70,663 - $88,329




The Senior Manager, Engineering Outreach provides operational leadership in overseeing and executing outreach initiatives and activities consistent with the mission, goals and objectives of the Faculty.  The Senior Manager is responsible and accountable for implementing and executing strategic, operational, and financial decisions and provides advice to senior leadership on long-term planning, program delivery, STEM and Women in Engineering initiatives, financial and resource management. The incumbent directs, engages and guides a team of dedicated staff and students and provides continuity during change in senior leadership




Advises and contributes to strategic planning, development, implementation


Serves in an advisory capacity and participates in developing and supporting the outreach strategy


Engages key stakeholders on outreach initiatives, activities, opportunities and issues


Oversees the planning, and execution of programming and events, building on successes


Evaluates and recommends new initiatives, events, and programs to support Women in Engineering and STEM areas


Responsible with the Associate Dean for planning the events portfolio to align with the mission, goals and strategic plan of the Faculty of Engineering


Participates in and supports long term planning, identifies priorities consistent with strategic plans


Provides overall direction, and leadership in fostering collaboration to advance strategic initiatives


In collaboration with senior leaders, identifies emerging priorities, develops and reviews annual goals, issues and recommends next steps


Serves as a spokesperson and articulates and promotes strategic plan, mission and values both internally and externally


Ensures the programs, events, are consistent with the values, mission and strategic plan


Undertakes special projects as requested by senior leaders. Guides program management, planning and resource allocation


Provides operational leadership and oversight of services, programs, events, and initiatives


Ensures that appropriate policies and procedures exist with respect to health and safety, and legislative requirements. Develops new guidelines, and processes as needed. Oversees training requirements for staff, students and volunteers


Identifies and evaluates risks to program participants, stakeholders, staff, property, finances and reputation and with the Associate Dean recommends and implements measure to mitigate risk


Creates new processes where no standard operating procedures exist and enhances current processes to ensure compliance with best practice and legislative requirements


Provides advice and support to senior leaders related to operations, human resources, risk management, and finances


Acts as a dedicated project leader for key programs, and events. Supports the development, execution and program evaluation


Approves program budgets, and project plans, Has the authority to make critical and time-sensitive decisions


Implements and leads a plan for the Outreach team that encourages, mentors, measures goals and celebrates achievements


Works with senior leaders to address strategic staffing priorities such as training opportunities, career development, establishing a culture of client service excellence


Shares information and develops collaborative approaches to meeting organizational goals


Employs project management approach to ensure initiatives are effectively and efficiently managed


Provides line management problem solving and guidance and acts as a resource for direct reports


Establishes good working relationships with parents, participants, stakeholders, senior leadership


Works collaboratively with outreach team to develop, explore new program partnerships,


Ensures appropriate communication of information to the Outreach team


Provides operational leadership for human resources management


Provides leadership and direction to staff and fosters constructive working relationships by collaborating on team agenda, professional development and performance goals


Convenes and leads regular team meetings


Maintains staff employment files and provides accurate reports as required


Regularly reviews the organizational structure to ensure that human resources are efficiently and effectively managed


Manages the staff cycle of recruitment, evaluation, promotion and retention


Negotiates and resolves conflicts and sensitivities


Oversees budget planning and financial management


Develops, initiatives and maintains sound financial practices in conjunction with the senior leadership and finance team


Oversees, guides and monitors annual budget, recommends changes in consultation with the Associate Dean, Outreach and Financial Officer


Is responsible for developing multi-year financial projections


Identifies and pursues grant, sponsorship, and non-traditional sources of funding in consultation with the Associate Dean, Outreach


Prepares proposals and reports to funding agencies as agreed


Responsible for overseeing financial reporting requirements


Ensures that inventory, assets, and resources are fully utilized and efficiently managed


Identifies and takes a leadership role in fundraising opportunities


Ensures that audit documents, reports and financial plans are completed and submitted


Leads communications, community relations and engagement strategy


Develops and maintains a sustainable community relations capacity by building key relationships, and partnerships that builds on, and influences a resource of engaged faculty, staff and students


Leads the communications strategy and provides guidance and oversight, tracks and reports on community inquiries


Independently prepares relevant reports, briefings, and related materials


Contributes to publication materials, relevant messaging through print, web and social media to promote STEM activities


Liaises both internally and externally with professional and community organizations to support STEM programming


Builds and maintains strong relationships with senior leaders, community partners, stakeholders, funding agencies




Bachelor’s degree required in STEM, business administration, project management, or related discipline. Master’s degree preferred or equivalent education and experience


8 to 10 years of progressive and related business experience encompassing strategic planning, people management with proven track record of achievement and success


Significant experience with human resource best practice, conflict management, negotiation and issue resolution and sound understanding of legislation related to hiring and managing employees


Experience with financial management, program evaluation, program management, and reporting


Strong leadership and management skills with record of demonstrating competence in making and executing decisions


Demonstrated experience and content knowledge of STEM programming that will aid and enhance the development of programs, events, materials, metrics, reports and presentations


Proven ability to manage and engage people, direct and guide staff on large volumes of work, conflicting priorities, and competing deadlines


Collaborative team player comfortable leading as well as executing and receiving constructive input from multiple sources


Excellent problem solving, organization, creative thinking, interpersonal, technical and writing skills


Ability to communicate effectively, precisely, and professionally with internal and external sources


Proactive in anticipating needs and the ability to manage tight deadlines


Exceptional client service skills to support an academic setting and multi-stakeholder environment


Possesses strong critical thinking skills and a motivated problem-solver with high degree of professionalism in both demeanor and communications


Ability to think strategically and with a high capacity for success


Proven ability to lead, guide and mentor a team by establishing trust and confidence


High standard of commitment, ethics, respect, care in program delivery to stakeholders


The ability to handle sensitive and confidential information, to work independently and as part of a team, and the capacity to work effectively and efficiently in a complex, fast-paced and changing environment with numerous deadlines and priorities


Thorough knowledge of the university, its policies and procedures


Frequently required to attend on and off-site programming, conferences, meetings in external locations and evening and weekend events

Is required to be available on-site or on-call during some events

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