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Senior Sustainability Specialist

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**closes April 30!

Who We Are:

Ivey Business School acknowledges and respects the traditional lands of the Anishinaabek, Haudenosaunee, Lūnaapéewak, and Attawandaron peoples, where Western University and Ivey Business School are located. This land continues to be home to diverse Indigenous peoples, whom we recognize as contemporary stewards of the land and vital contributors of the community.

Ivey Business School ( at Western University ( is Canada’s leading provider of real-world, case-based business education. Drawing on extensive research and business experience, Ivey’s faculty provides the best classroom experience, equipping students with the knowledge, skills, and capabilities they need to confidently take on today’s leadership challenges and opportunities through Case-Method Learning. Ivey offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs, as well as Executive Education at campuses in London, Toronto, and Hong Kong.

The Ivey Centre for Building Sustainable Value (the BSV Centre) was one of the first sustainability centres in a business school globally, and is recognized for its excellence and 20-year track record in research and teaching. Our Centre mission is to shape pathways of systems change towards an ecologically sound, fair future.

The BSV Centre’s unique capabilities in cross-disciplinary research are central to our efforts to drive system change. Systems problems that drive climate emissions, inequities and biodiversity loss cannot be solved via the same ‘siloed’ way of thinking that have created them in the first place. The BSV Centre brings together over 20 world-class researchers across disciplines spanning Strategy, Accounting & Finance, Economics, Operations & Supply Chains, and Marketing & Consumer Behavior to tackle these complex problems.

The BSV Centre supports this work of Ivey faculty through a systematic process to maximize the impact of research. Over the past 4 years, the BSV Centre has been developing and refining an “impact roadmap” as a key process for scaling up and accelerating the impact of research on practice. This roadmap is a sequence of activities to build capability, impact and engagement around research initiatives, through practitioner focused publications, events, partnerships and securing additional resources and funding. A key element of this process is to connect researchers and business leaders to apply research findings and co-create pioneering practices and transition pathways. This roadmap has been applied, for example, in our work on the circular economy and conservation finance, resulting in Ivey playing a leading role in driving these agendas in Canada.

The BSV Centre is seeking a dynamic Senior Sustainability Specialist – Research Impact, who will play a leading role in maximizing the impact of Ivey’s research on practice and delivering on our bold ambition to shifting systems.

Who You Are:

You are the champion and owner of our Research Impact Roadmap. You will work in close coordination with Ivey faculty and the BSV Centre team to build clear strategies and plans for maximizing the impact of research on practice, and ensuring these plans are delivered effectively. You are a natural relationship builder with a proven capability for mobilizing partnerships and coalitions around areas of common interest. You are highly innovative and entrepreneurial, seeing the bigger picture and the opportunity for Ivey’s leading research to engage and shift business practice and policy. 

You have a broad-based knowledge of business and sustainability topics and a background working in a research-driven organization. You have excellent communication skills and a track record in explaining complex ideas and concepts to general audiences. You are action oriented, an activator of resources and connections through the application of project management principles and tools.

What You’ll Do: 

Research Impact Strategy & Initiatives 

Lead the research and outreach activities and initiatives of the BSV Centre to scale the impact of Ivey’s sustainability-focused research on practice.

Refine and develop the BSV Centre Research Impact Roadmap.

Manage key research-focused initiatives within the BSV Centre as well as providing project management support for faculty research projects when requested.

Support BSV faculty in preparing research funding proposals and interfacing with Western University and other external institutions.

Develop and maintain work plans, budgets and supporting business processes to enable strategy implementation, working closely with key stakeholders.

Complete and support university research ethics applications as required.

Manage and support Master’s level and undergraduate research assistants as required.

Collaboration & Partnerships

Work closely with Ivey Faculty members to support the development and implementation high-impact research projects and to establish clear plans for maximizing the impact of projects on practice.

Build strong collaborative relationships with other Ivey Institutes and Centres, and sustainability expertise at Western University to support the implementation and impact of Ivey research projects.

Consolidate and cultivate the social capital the school and its faculty have built with leaders in private and public sectors in areas of interest for the BSV Centre.

Build and maintain a portfolio of impact-focused relationships and partnerships with businesses to support their involvement in research projects and/or adoption of key insights or practices emerging from Ivey research.

Establish and grow relationships with policymakers, industry groups, thinktanks and other institutions that can promote or benefit from Ivey research to enable sustainability systems change in Canada.


Communications & Outreach

Develop and prepare, in consultation with faculty, executive briefs, policy briefs, news items and other written outputs to communicate research insights to key stakeholders.

Plan, organize, and deliver in-person or virtual events, including conferences and workshops, that support stakeholder engagement in Ivey research. 

Work with Ivey Communications and BSV Centre team to build communications campaigns to maximize impact and awareness of Ivey research.


What You Have: 

Education & Experience

Postgraduate degree in business, management, economics, or policy, ideally with a specialization in sustainability.

A minimum of 3 years’ experience in a similar role, ideally working with researchers and/or in a research institution or policy think tank.

Broad-based knowledge of sustainability issues, especially relating to business.

Proven experience in managing complex projects and initiatives, especially those involving multiple stakeholders.

Experience initiating, developing and growing partnerships and collaborations with senior business leaders, governments and other stakeholders.

Familiarity with the main qualitative and quantitative research methods used in management and business research.

Familiarity with university research ethics requirements and processes. 


Skills & Abilities 

Exceptional interpersonal skills and the ability to inspire confidence and trust in business leaders, government officials, faculty and internal stakeholders.

Excellent written and oral communications skills and track record in communicating on complex subjects to non-specialist audiences.

Ability to organize and manage a diverse range of assignments and projects with high efficiency in a fast-paced environment.

Resourceful and independent, but comfortable working within the framework of an integrated development program and team-oriented environment.

Basic familiarity and appreciation of the mission, purpose and values of a comprehensive university and, more particularly, a teaching business school and its responsiveness to the educational and research requirements of a sophisticated international business community.

Ability to self-organize and prioritize amongst complex and competing objectives.

Familiarity with Microsoft Office, project management software, and online collaboration tools.

Willingness to travel (domestically); possess a driver’s license.


What We Offer:

A bright, inclusive, and modern eco-friendly working environment

Flexible or hybrid work plans for many roles

A collaborative and engaging work culture

Opportunity to join a community of people-focused professionals

Market competitive compensation with annual increases available 

Generous benefits package with employer-paid premiums, including a comprehensive Health and Dental Plan, Health Care Spending Account, as well as short- and long-term disability programs

Enhanced mental health benefits coverage and resources

A generous group retirement savings plan with 7.5% employer contributions 

Life and AD&D insurance for you and your family

Out-of-country travel insurance

Vacation starting at 15 days per year plus 2 paid Ivey Personal Days

Paid time off during the School’s December holiday closure

Numerous campus-wide arts, culture, and sport events

Supports for professional development and career progression opportunities

Employee Assistance Program with family coverage



London, Ontario 

Position Type:

Full-time (35/hours a week) 3-year renewable contract.

Hiring Range

Based on the salary band for this role, candidates can expect to be offered a starting salary in the range of $63,800-$79,700. When determining salary, Ivey Business School considers the external market, candidate qualifications, as well as internal equity. Once in the role, successful candidates will have the opportunity to progress through the range and beyond the hiring range of the band, through annual increases.


If you are excited about the opportunity to work for Canada’s most prestigious business school, working alongside the brightest staff, students, and globally recognized faculty, tell us why by submitting your resume and cover letter via the Ivey Careers page today.

Application will close Sunday April 30, 2023 at 11:59PM.


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Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at Ivey

Ivey Business School is committed to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. Please explore Ivey’s EDI homepage for more information on Ivey’s commitment to EDI, to read about Ivey’s progress in the EDI Update, and to meet Ivey’s EDI Advisory Council members.

Ivey Business School invites applications from all qualified individuals. Ivey is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace, and welcomes applications from women, members of racialized groups/visible minorities, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression.


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