Sheridan College

Director, CAMDT (Centre for Advanced Manufacturing & Design Technologies)

Job Description


Faculty/Department: Faculty of Applied Science and Technology (FAST)
Employee Group: Administrative 
Campus: Davis (May be assigned activity at any Sheridan Campus)
Payband: NO
Reference Number: 17/A/41
Hiring Range: $118,509.00 - $125,916.45

Salary Range: $118,509.00 - $148,137.00
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

CAMDT is an applied research centre supporting innovation activities for industry and other community partners within the area of advanced manufacturing with a current significant emphasis on additive manufacturing (3D Printing) and robotics. Reporting to the Dean, Faculty of Applied Science and Technology, the Director, Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Design Technologies (CAMDT) provides strategic leadership and direction for CAMDT. The Director also has a dotted line reporting to the Dean, Innovation and Engagement, for strategic direction and development of collaborative practice with other Research Centres in Sheridan.


This incumbent is responsible for establishing partnerships and a Sheridan leadership presence in applied research projects that provide substantive economic and social benefits to the community and compelling value to students and faculty.  The Director leads teams that develop research plans, execute research projects, and strengthen Sheridan’s links with industry in research areas including but not limited to: additive manufacturing (3D printing), rapid prototyping, sustainable energy systems, health innovation, robotics, electronics, signal processing and automation systems.


The Director works in a matrix environment and in strong partnership with the Associate Dean of the School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering.  The incumbent manages the delivery of industry projects with faculty and resources from within the Faculties of Sheridan, ensuring that project mandates are fulfilled, as specified in funding contracts with research agencies, industry and community partners. This includes ensuring projects are based on strong and mutually beneficial relationships, fully respecting the importance of academic integrity and the promotion of research, scholarship and creative activity across Sheridan. The Director is also responsible for CAMDT external partnerships and business development – cultivating applied research relationships with industry and community partners, funding agencies, and other academic institutions.


Specific Responsibilities:


  • Has strategic leadership responsibility and accountability for performance and growth of CAMDT’s applied research activities
  • Provides operational oversight and direction to CAMDT activities, systems and projects in support of Sheridan’s strategic initiatives
  • Initiates and provides leadership in development of internal and external partnerships across Faculties and other Sheridan Centres of Research Excellence
  • Works in collaboration with other research centres on strategic direction and interdisciplinary opportunities
  • Works with the Associate Dean, School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering to ensure support for all laboratory based teaching activities within the School and within CAMDT spaces.
  • Provides accountability for Project Research, operational management of research projects and ensuring projects are completed effectively, on time, and within audit requirements
  • Works with industry partners to grow strategic breadth of community/industry connections, to deliver compelling value to industry, and to grow the number and scope of CAMDT projects
  • Responsible for ensuring that Sheridan is delivering against industry and partner commitments for funded research projects
  • Provides operational leadership on funded applied research projects and undertakes research to identify, influence and drive optimal strategies
  • Motivates project team leaders and members to take positive action and be accountable for deliverables
  • Prepares project reports and documentation for stakeholders including executive briefings, project tollgate deliverables, status reports
  • Provides leadership and direction to the CAMDT team. Optimizes team performance and professional capacity through effective recruiting, workflow/project planning, employee development and performance management
  • Accountable for the monitoring of CAMDT operating budgets and ensures compliance with funding requirements
  • Negotiates and manages contracts with vendors, in collaboration with the others in senior leadership
  • Ensures compliance with relevant legislation, policies and procedures in the areas of: health & safety, human rights, equity, diversity, accessibility; also complies with collective agreements and terms and conditions of employment
  • Cultivates relationships with stakeholders, industry partners and vendors; and Works with academic, government and industry to address economic and social challenge
  • Fosters institution-wide Internal Collaboration related to External Partnerships with Industry and Community


  • Master degree in Engineering, Computer Science/Information Technology, Business or related field
  • D. and/or P.Eng preferred
  • Minimum 7 years of in-depth experience and managing cross functional project teams, preferably at a senior level
  • Comprehensive knowledge of current and emerging trends in manufacturing or design technologies industries
  • Experienced leading corporate wide initiatives, including mid to large, and long term scale project planning and management
  • Experience developing relationship and formal partnership building with internal and external stakeholders
  • Negotiation, mediation and change leadership skills
  • Demonstrated entrepreneurial and innovation skills
  • Demonstrated experience in a research and development environment
  • Thorough knowledge of the research funding landscape in Ontario and Canada
  • Understanding of applied learning, and educational teaching/learning processes 

Please apply online: 


Sheridan welcomes diversity in the workplace and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including visible minorities, Indigenous People, and persons with disabilities. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), Sheridan is committed to accommodating applicants with disabilities throughout the hiring process.  At any stage of the hiring process, Human Resources will work with applicants requesting accommodation.


Note: Copies of educational credentials are requested at the time of an interview. As a condition of employment, Sheridan requires confirmation of educational credentials in the form of an official Canadian transcript or an official evaluation of international credentials which determines Canadian equivalency.


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