Governance Officer Job at University of Ottawa in Ottawa, ON

Job Description

Position Purpose

Liaises with and advises members of the Board of Governors, the Senate and the senior administration, to ensure sound management of decision-making processes, and assists the Secretary General, in performing her mandate.

Essential Qualifications

University education or equivalent experience in administration, management or a related field

At least five years of progressive senior administrative experience in a corporate or public sector setting

Understanding of University governance structure, policies and procedures and of the functions of all the constituent components of the University

Knowledge of procedures and meeting practices and their potential impact on the activities of the Board, the Senate, the Administration Committee and their committees

Experience in conducting elections and knowledge of appointment procedures

Experience in interpreting and applying legislation, by-laws and regulations

Experience in project management

Experience in using computer software and systems such as databases, spreadsheets, email, electronic agendas and the Internet

Highly developed oral and written communication skills

Ability to clearly identify issues, assess information in a logical manner and then act, in situations that are ambiguous or highly sensitive

Superior interpersonal skills to deal with a wide variety of stakeholders

Ability to manage complex, evolving agendas and adjust priorities in a high-pressure and dynamic environment, while maintaining a discrete, calm demeanour

A good political sense to ensure membership balance in University bodies

Strong analytical thinking and sound decision-making skills

Excellent organizational and time management skills

Bilingualism: fluency in French and English (spoken and written)

Key Competencies

Key competencies required at the University of Ottawa:
Planning: Organize in time a series of actions or events in order to achieve an objective or a project. Plan and organize own work and priorities in regular daily activities.

Initiative: Demonstrate creativity and initiative to suggest improvements and encourage positive results. Be proactive and self-starting. Show availability and willingness to go above and beyond expectations whenever possible.

Service Excellence: Reflect a positive attitude, demonstrate competence and professionalism, treat members of the community with respect, exercise care, devote full attention and find solutions. (Visit the section “Useful links” on the home page to read the detailed definition).

Teamwork and Cooperation: Cooperate and work well with other members of the team to reach common goal. Accept and give constructive feedback. Adjust own behaviour to reach team goals.


All qualified candidates are invited to apply; however, preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. The University of Ottawa is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage applications from women, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities. If you are invited to continue the selection process, please notify us of any particular adaptive measures you might require.

This position is excluded from all union accreditation units. Priority will be given to regular non-unionized employees and to those who have an entitlement as defined by their collective agreement or university policies. Schedule with an average of 35hrs/week. Workshops offered by Leadership, Learning and Organizational Development that you have taken may be considered an asset if you apply for a position at the University. Don’t forget to list them on your CV. We thank all candidates for applying. We will only contact candidates selected for further consideration. Any information you send us will be handled respectfully and in complete confidence. Remember to upload a copy of your diploma(s) or a certificate of merit as well as a current version of your CV into the My documents section of your career profile (please include the job ID number, i.e. J0000-0000, in the title of your document).

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