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Executive Director

Position Details

Position Information

Position Title Executive Director
Department/Unit Computer Science
Research Project DeepSense
Location Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Posting Number GP004-24
Employee Group Grant-Paid
Position Type Term
Duration of Contract (if applicable) 3 years
Employment Type Full Time
Full-time Equivalency (FTE) 1.0
Salary $100,000 - $125,000 per annum (35 hours per week)
About the Organization
Headquartered at Dalhousie University, the DeepSense innovation environment enables ocean related companies to connect with data and ocean scientists to leverage Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in developing commercially useful predictive models, analytical prototypes, and applications for use in the ocean economy.

DeepSense is supported with funding from industry partners, the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), the Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI), The Province of Nova Scotia, the Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship (COVE) and Dalhousie University. DeepSense provides ocean companies and researchers access to data science and ocean experts, including working with leaders in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and applied ocean research. To learn more, please visit:
Job Summary
Reporting to the Dean of the Faculty of Computer Science, the Executive Director will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of DeepSense, including relationship management with key stakeholders, business development and implementation of policies to realize the mission of DeepSense. In addition, the Executive Director will be responsible for financial management and operations as well as manage a team of staff members.
Key Responsibilities
  • Work closely with industry, the DeepSense Council, and stakeholders to develop applied research programs and to execute a long-term strategy and vision for DeepSense.
  • Drive the company’s financial planning: analyze and monitor finances to ensure all operations are within budget and secure additional funding for long term continuance
  • Create the financial and reporting infrastructure necessary to ensure regular reporting to all DeepSense Committees and ensure that quality, financial, and risk management controls are in compliance with funding partner requirements and with Dalhousie University regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Develop and recommend to the Council annual business plans and budgets that support DeepSense’s long-term strategy.
  • Work with the Dalhousie’s Industry Liaison and Innovation Office to develop appropriate policies, procedures and guidelines for the day-to-day management of DeepSense and the projects proceeding under its umbrella.
  • Recruit, develop, and lead an effective team that will work with other staff and third parties as required; foster a culture and work climate that is conducive to attracting and retaining high caliber talent.
The successful applicant will be eligible for hybrid work (combination of in-person work and remote work) as agreed by all parties based on operational requirements and university guidelines.
Required Qualifications
  • Masters’s degree in a related field with at least 5 years of progressive management experience in a related position.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Project Management and management capabilities in Operations, Programs, Human Resources, Finance, and Risk Analysis.
  • Proven track record of effective leadership ideally in applied research.
  • A keen interest in and understanding of key areas such as analytics, applied industrial research, ocean technology data products, artificial intelligence and related technologies.
  • Proven experience and expertise in working in a multi-stakeholder environment that includes industry, academia, and government
  • Strong track record in business development and partnership building

  • PhD in a related field.
Additional Information
Dalhousie University supports a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Our total compensation package includes a voluntary RRSP, health and dental plans and an employee and family assistance program.
Application Consideration
We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
Diversity Statement
Dalhousie University commits to achieving inclusive excellence through continually championing equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility. The university encourages applications from Indigenous persons (especially Mi’kmaq), persons of Black/African descent (especially African Nova Scotians), and members of other racialized groups, persons with disabilities, women, persons identifying as members of 2SLGBTQIA+ communities, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community. For more information, please visit
Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies 1
Open Date 02/08/2024
Close Date 03/07/2024
Open Until Filled No
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Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Résumé / Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter