Director of Operations

  • Dalhousie University, Faculty of Computer Science
  • Halifax, NS, Canada
  • Feb 02, 2021
Full time Admissions/Retention/Enrollment Mgmt. Alumni Relations Deans & Directors External Relations, PR, Marketing Other Administrative Positions

Job Description


Dalhousie University is Atlantic Canada’s leading research-intensive university and a driver of the region’s intellectual, social and economic development. Located in the heart of Halifax, Nova Scotia, with an Agricultural Campus in Truro/Bible Hill, Dalhousie is a truly national and international university, with more than half of our 19,000 students coming from outside of the province. Our 6,000 faculty and staff foster a vibrant, purpose-driven community, that celebrated 200 years of academic excellence in 2018.

The Faculty of Computer Science (FCS) has experienced dynamic growth in student, faculty, staff and research in recent years and has ambitious plans for the future. As a member of the FCS Executive Team, the Director of Operations will take a lead role in helping the Faculty achieve its strategic goals. Leading a team of professionals who look after areas including student recruitment, communications and marketing, and student and alumni engagement, the incumbent will have demonstrated experience in managing cross-functional teams, executing complex projects, and working in an ever-changing environment to meet objectives effectively and on time.

Key Responsibilities

  • Direct and oversee faculty wide project scope and objectives, involving all relevant stakeholders, planning operationally and ensuring technical feasibility. Develop a cohesive strategy to ensure successful execution of projects.
  • Design, develop and execute external facing Faculty operations/projects and student success programming in line with the Faculty’s expansion plan.
  • Build consensus and relationships among partners, managers, and employees of the Faculty to support its strategic vision.
  • Establish and maintain partnerships that advance the discipline of Computer Science through K-12 initiatives, startup companies and industry that help increase the profile of the Faculty and feed into its expansion.
  • Responsible for ensuring resource availability and allocation to meet project needs.
  • Manage a complex team of professionals, ensuring projects are coordinated and executed.

Preferred and Required Qualifications


Undergraduate degree in Business or related field plus approximately eight to ten years of direct business/project management/operations management experience (or equivalent combination of training and experience). Must have a proven track record of success and be highly motivated to work in a dynamic and fast paced team environment. Excellent interpersonal and client support skills are essential. Strong communication (written and verbal) and presentation skills (one-on-one or large groups, scientific or business audience) and negotiation skills required. Leadership skills, organizational skills, and ability to manage multiple priorities required. Excellent track record in operational management and project management. Proven ability to lead, motivate and manage a diverse team with different professional portfolios. PMI certification would be an asset.


Job Competencies

The successful candidate is expected to demonstrate proficiency in Dalhousie’s core and leadership competencies (, in particular:

- Resource & Process Management

- Communication

- Thinking and Acting Strategically

- Relationship Building

- Accountability for Performance & Results

- Change & Innovation

Application Details

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Dalhousie University supports a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Our total compensation package includes a defined benefit pension plan, health and dental plans, a health spending account, an employee and family assistance program and a tuition assistance program.

Applications from university employees and external candidates are given concurrent consideration. Among short-listed candidates, university employees will be given special consideration.

 We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Diversity Statement

Dalhousie University is committed to fostering a collegial culture grounded in diversity and inclusiveness. The university encourages applications from Indigenous persons, persons with a disability, racially visible persons, women, persons of a minority sexual orientation and/or gender identity, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community. For more information, please visit


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Application Deadline

Review of applications will begin February 16, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.