Fields Institute, Director

Fields Institute
The Fields Institute, a renowned hub for the advancement of mathematical sciences, is embarking on the search for a new Director who will serve as the executive and scientific leader. The Director plays a pivotal role in promoting the Institute’s vision, enhancing its global leadership position in mathematical sciences, promoting Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, and executing strategic initiatives across all operational domains.
The Director’s primary responsibility is to cultivate an on‐going, scientific strategic vision aligning with the Institute’s goal of being a global leader in mathematical sciences. This includes developing plans to maintain and enhance the Institute’s position and overseeing their execution upon approval by the Board. The Institute’s multifaceted activities encompass Fundamental Research, Training & Outreach, IP & Job Generation for Ontario, and the Mathematics and Global Impact Centre (MAGIC). As its chief executive, the Director is tasked with operational leadership and administrative prowess to ensure the Institute’s smooth operation. Strong multitasking abilities, adaptability in ambiguous environments, and effective delegation are essential. Additionally, the Director serves as the chief liaison between the Institute and the Board of Directors. The Director is also the chief spokesperson for the Institute’s wide-ranging partnerships, including Principal Sponsoring Universities, the private sector, Affiliate Universities, Federal and Provincial Agencies, Canadian and International Mathematical Organizations, and other Scientific Institutes. Building and maintaining these relationships are critical for the Institute’s success.
The next Director of the Fields Institute must be a dynamic and visionary leader with a strong background in mathematical sciences, an innate talent for cultivating and diversifying funding sources, and Inclusion, and the ability to strategically guide the Institute toward continued global prominence. The ideal candidate should possess scientific acumen, operational expertise, and excellent communication skills to foster partnerships and drive the Institute’s eminence in an evolving mathematical landscape.
To apply, please submit a CV and covering letter, detailing how you would fulfill the role description and personal specification to quoting reference 7138. The deadline for applications is March 15th Noon Eastern Time.
The selection committee will review together all candidates’ applications and agree on a longlist for the role. Longlisted candidates will be invited to discuss the position with Perrett Laver in greater detail. The selection committee will subsequently meet to decide upon a final shortlist to be invited to the formal interview stage.
The Fields Institute is committed to creating an inclusive environment for mathematical research, that actively supports and welcomes the participation of women, young researchers, and underrepresented groups in all our programs. We have joined with the NSF and major institutes in the US in a coordinated effort to promote diversity in science. We regularly provide support for underrepresented groups to participate in events at partner institutes. Here at Fields, the organizers for all our scientific events are encouraged to make every effort to include members of these diverse groups as co-organizers, invited speakers, and participants. Diversity is well represented at the Fields Institute by its staff, Board of Directors, and Scientific Advisory Panel.
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