Associate Director, Research Security

York University


Associate Director, Research Security

Reference: 108950

Duration: Permanent Full Time

Location: 4700 Keele Street, Toronto


York is a leading international teaching and research university, and a driving force for positive change. Empowered by a welcoming and diverse community with a uniquely global perspective, we are preparing our students for their long-term careers and personal success. Together, we can make things right for our communities, our planet and our future.


The Associate Director, Research Security role leads the development and implementation of strategies to meet the university's security obligations and objectives relating to research and innovation activities. The role is the key liaison in engaging and assessing, with government and agency officials, the identification and mitigation of research security threats. The role acts as a resource to university senior leadership on best practices related to research security, including international partnerships, commercialization, data governance and associated cybersecurity implications. The role ensures awareness, understanding, and appropriate application of university and funding agencies' policies and procedures with respect to legal protection of Intellectual Property (IP) and export control across the research activities at York University.


To be considered for this opportunity, you will bring the following:



  • Bachelor's degree required. Graduate degree with experience in research an asset.



  • 6 years of related experience in research security within a research-intensive, or post-secondary environment or similar complex organization. 4 years of management experience.
  • Experience developing, implementing, and maintaining research security strategies and programs.
  • Experience in project management, leading, tracking status, and supporting large-scale initiatives.



  • Knowledge of the political context relevant to research and innovation.
  • Understanding of vulnerabilities to research and innovation security, commercialization, cyber security, intellectual property, and data governance.
  • Knowledge of university policies, procedures, and organizational structures, including governance processes.
  • Knowledge of best practices, trends, legal and legislative frameworks related to research security.
  • Knowledge of research funding programs, research agreements and commercialization vehicles.


For full position details, including skills and knowledge requirements, and to apply to this exciting opportunity visit the External Career Portal ( and refer to posting 108950.


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