Vice President, Research

Job Summary

Location: Inuvik
Department: Aurora College
Job ID: 18655
Salary: $125,229 - $178,893
Employment Type: Full-Time, Temporary
Closing Date: Oct 9, 2020

Department Information

Aurora College is focused on student success and is committed to supporting the development of our Northern society through excellence in education, training and research that is culturally sensitive and responsive to the people we serve.

Job Information

The VP Research reports directly to the President of Aurora College as one of 6 members of the Senior Leadership Team and collaborates regularly with the Vice President, Education and Training, the Vice President, Communities and Extensions, the Vice President, Student Affairs and the Director of Finance.

The VP Research works directly with the Research Advisory Council (RAC) and seeks advice and direction for the research programs through the RAC as a standing committee of the Aurora College Board of Governors. A key aspect of this role is to provide input into, and recommendations concerning strategic planning for research and innovation at the College and providing advice to the Legislative Assembly on science activities as requested. The VP Research must support the RAC’s activities though the preparation of decision and option papers and the presentation of financial and other analysis that will assist in developing appropriate policies and programming.

The VP Research provides leadership directly to ARI Management team and the staff located at the three Aurora College campuses and the Western Arctic Research Centre. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the social, political and cultural environment as it effects research, innovation, technology development and education in the Northwest Territories, along with Aboriginal Claims and Self-Government initiatives, and the context of Northern Aboriginal communities.  
  • Knowledge of leadership, motivational theory and effective practices; team building, relationship building with faculty, staff and students; success in a multi-layered organization; networking;
  • Knowledge of organization and structure of colleges; post-secondary systems, program development; planning; the relationships between the colleges and various partners in communities, both in the North and in post-secondary institutions throughout Canada;
  • Knowledge of the NWT research, and industrial development regulatory process, the various agencies, boards and government departments, the permits they issue, legal requirements to obtain them and relationships with the NWT Scientists Act.;
  • Knowledge of northern research patterns, trends and funding programs;
  • Knowledge of administration and development of research programs in the physical, biological, human health and social sciences;
  • Knowledge and ability to effectively manage risk management and legal matters relating to research program deliveries especially in off campus and field camp settings; 
  • Knowledge and experience in the development and safe operation of research programs in remote arctic locations, development of field camps, research stations and study sites, knowledge of key safety requirements and the realities of remote northern transportation and communications planning;
  • Knowledge and ability to implement innovation and change within  a division; 
  • Knowledge of organizational behavior and design;
  • Knowledge of effective Human Resource practices and the ability to mentor and evaluate;
  • Knowledge of the organization and structure of colleges; post-secondary systems, program development and  planning; 
  • Successful development of working partnerships;
  • Knowledge of financial administration, generally accepted accounting principles and budget preparation, as well as, the ability to monitor variances and implement required budgetary controls and/or corrective action;
  • Ability to negotiate and attract third party investment to expand program and service delivery;
  • Knowledge of strategic planning; short and long term planning;
  • Ability to  manage tight time deadlines and multiple priorities;
  • Knowledge of research methods, research project development and implementation, needs assessments and program evaluation and management.

Typically, the above qualifications would be attained by:

  • Completion of a PhD in Science. 
  • 10 years progressive experience in fields of post-secondary education and research 
  • Experience in a northern research context.

GNWT Inquiries

Inquiries Only:

Inuvik HR Client Service Centre
Department of Finance
Government of the Northwest Territories
BOX 1869
Tel (867) 678-6600

Note: If you do not receive electronic notification confirming receipt of your application, please follow up via telephone.

More Information

Term Position

This job opening is for a 2 year term.

Senior Management Occupation

This job opening is for a Senior Management Occupation. Candidates must clearly identify their eligibility in order to receive priority consideration under the Affirmative Action Policy.

Transfer Assignments

Transfer Assignments may be considered.


Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.

Salary Information

The salary for this position starts at $64.22 per hour (approximately $125,229. per annum) plus an annual Northern Allowance.


Eligibility lists may be created from this competition to fill future term and indeterminate positions.

Criminal Records Check

Candidates must provide a satisfactory criminal record check. Failure to provide a satisfactory check may deem you disqualified from the competition.

Diversity and Inclusion

The Government of the Northwest Territories is an inclusive workplace.  If you have a disability and you require support during the hiring process, you are encouraged to identify your needs if you are contacted for an assignment or interview so that you may be accommodated during the hiring process.

Job Opening Information

Job Opening ID # 18655

Closing Date: October 9, 2020 - 23:59, Mountain Time