Director, Research Security Risk, OVPRI

Job Title: Director, Research Security Risk, OVPRI

Salary: Commensurate with experience and education

Department: Office of the VP (Research & International)

Anticipated Start Date: May 2023

Note: Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis and the position may be filled prior to posting end date. 

Job Summary
Reporting to the Associate Vice-President (Strategic Initiatives and Operations) the Director, Research Security Risk will provide strategic guidance to ensure that research security risk at the institution is proactively managed as it relates to research collaborations with international partners and commercialization activities.

Working closely with other stakeholders across campus, the Director will lead and/or support the development of resources, tools, and guidelines for the research community to mitigate security risks and meet institutional and national security objectives. The Director will engage with their peers in government, including the newly created Research Security Resource Centre or other institutions, and coordinate with Carleton leadership in research security on the identification and mitigation of research security risks.

The Director will serve as a resource to senior leadership for best practices regarding research security, including data governance, policies, and external factors. The Director will also ensure awareness and understanding, and appropriate application of the University’s policies and procedures regarding legal protection of IP and export control.

Key Accountabilities

  • Leads the strategic direction of the Research Security portfolio and ensures coordination with the leaders in IT Security, Risk Management, and Research Administration, to examine, advocate and advance research security matters in research, international partnerships, and commercialization at the University by engaging with all levels of the University and Faculties.
  • Evaluates current policies, practices and programs and external research security requirements to drive strategic direction. Maintains a strong understanding of the current literature and the legal and legislative frameworks related to research security, and conducts related research (e.g. literature reviews, needs assessments, data collection and analysis)
  • Provides expert counsel to senior administrators, faculty, and staff on research security risks in the pursuit of potential new opportunities for collaborations, both internally and externally, to implement and be a leader of best practices in research security.
  • Leads the University’s broad research security strategy as it relates to all Research portfolios including, for example, Tri-Agency funding, Industrial Partnerships and Carleton International


  • Demonstrated knowledge of the geo-political context relevant to research security threats as it relates to the vulnerabilities to research and innovation, cyber security, intellectual property commercialization, and data governance
  • Innovative and strategic thinker with a broad vision for the role of research security in achieving institutional excellence
  • The intellectual acumen and approach that will facilitate credibility and foster trust and strong, productive working relationships
  • A strong understanding of systemic issues and analysis of the legal and legislative frameworks related to research security
  • A high level of interpersonal skills and the capacity to listen effectively and sensitively to a broad range of diverse stakeholders, including faculty and staff members
  • The ability to conduct research of superior quality on improving research security at research intensive universities
  • Depth and breadth of knowledge of research funding programs, understanding of external funding and funding procedures is preferred
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and oral for the preparation of reports and making presentations
  • Excellent organizational skills, with demonstrated success in relationship management and project management

  • Education
  • Minimum of a Master’s degree required in Business Administration, or Political Science, or Public Policy



  • Minimum of five years of relevant experience in progressively senior positions addressing, leading and advancing research security within a research-intensive, or post-secondary environment or similar complex organization including minimum of 3 years' experience in project management and proven ability to align work priorities and realize strategic goals.


About Carleton University

Carleton University is situated on unceded Algonquin territory and bordered by the Rideau River and the Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage site, in Ottawa, Ontario. The university is just minutes from the heart of our nation's government and G-7 organizations and this capital advantage provides opportunities for staff and faculty and students to make a positive impact in our community and around the world.


As one of the 2023 Top 100 Employers in Canada and one of the National Capital Region’s Top Employers for nine consecutive years, Carleton University is one of Canada’s most resourceful and productive hubs of learning and research, fuelling a rich talent pipeline that is supporting social and economic renewal. The university’s smart, caring and connected community inspires and empowers individuals to become change leaders who drive impact in the world while challenging conventional modes of thinking and doing. At Carleton, we are committed to fostering an innovative, equitable and welcoming work environment. Carleton is also a nationally certified Healthy Workplace and is a recipient of the Canada Awards for Excellence, Healthy Workplace Order of Excellence and Platinum Level Certification for Mental Health at Work.


The university’s Strategic Integrated Plan 2020-2025 is an ambitious vision for the future, anchored in Carleton’s strengths and student-centric, community-engaged values.




HR Note:

Equivalencies will be considered. Applicants are encouraged to provide information which may demonstrate equivalent qualifications. Please note that applicants may be required to complete an employment test as part of the selection process for this position. Those applicants that are selected for an interview will be requested to contact the Human Resource Advisor assigned to this competition as soon as possible to discuss any accommodation requirements. Arrangements will be made to accommodate your request in a timely manner. Carleton University is strongly committed to fostering diversity within its community as a source of excellence, cultural enrichment, and social strength. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our University including, but not limited to: women; visible minorities; First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples; persons with disabilities; and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expressions.