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Director, SIRT



Director, Screen Industries Research and Training Centre (SIRT)

Sheridan is currently seeking candidates for the role of Director, SIRT who will be responsible for advancing SIRT’s reputation and evolution as one of Canada’s leading digital media applied research and training centres.  The incumbent reports to the Dean, Innovation and provides strategic and operational leadership for the direction of SIRT and its suite of innovation supports for industry and community partners. These activities provide compelling training experiences to students, research opportunities for faculty and staff, and substantive economic and social benefits for individual companies and community partners as well as Ontario and Canada as whole.

The incumbent is responsible for the establishment and development of partnerships and revenue generation that will ensure SIRT’s financial viability; as well as the management of both research and operational staff and SIRT’s facilities and extensive advanced technologies.  The Director works collaboratively with the Directors of Sheridan’s four other Research and Entrepreneurship Centres to foster interdisciplinary and cross-sector partnerships that engage faculty and student researchers to best meet the needs of our innovation partners. The incumbent is also responsible for ensuring SIRT’s deliberate integration with other areas of Sheridan, driving academic innovation through connections to the Faculties, and with specific attention to the Generator Support Office which manages research administration functions and supports for Sheridan.


Who We Are:

Located at Pinewood Toronto Studios in the heart of the city’s film and television studio district, SIRT ( is an integral part of Generator at Sheridan and our institution’s research, innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem. SIRT was established by Sheridan in 2009 and works extensively with students and staff to provide innovation support to industry and community partners in areas such as applied research and training. Located at Pinewood Toronto Studios in a 10,000 sq. ft. sound stage, SIRT links industry and other partners to advanced digital media infrastructure and cutting edge expertise. Together with our partners, we explore and evolve digital image technical and creative processes for the film, television and interactive media industries as well as application of screen industry technologies within the performing arts and other sectors. Currently, the Centre is focusing on developing and enhancing technology in digital cinema production, virtual production, computer graphics/visual effects, software engineering, virtual humans, virtual & augmented reality, artificial intelligence, and remote collaboration.

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What You’ll be Doing:

  • Providing strategic leadership for SIRT based on your advanced understanding of global innovation occurring within screen industry technologies and workflows; and the unique leading role that SIRT can play within Ontario as it continually adapts to meet the changing innovation needs of potential community and industry partners.
  • Guiding operations with responsibility and accountability for performance and financial viability of SIRT through revenue generation from grants and contracts for applied research, training and other innovation supports. Includes development and delivery of all SIRT projects, ensuring that project mandates are fulfilled as specified in contracts with funding agencies, industry and community partners.
  • Stewarding SIRT’s external partnerships and business development – cultivating applied research, training and other innovation support partnerships with industry and community partners, funding agencies, and other academic institutions.
  • Providing leadership and direction to the SIRT team; optimizing team performance and professional capacity through effective recruiting, workflow/project planning, employee development and performance management.
  • Actively engaging with other research and entrepreneurship centres at Sheridan, the Faculties, and Sheridan’s Generator Support Office in order to grow Sheridan’s innovation ecosystem and more fully meet the needs of our community and industry partners as well as the social and economic development needs of our communities.


About You

  • You have proven experience in project planning and management leading a variety of applied research projects, including mid to large, and long-term; as well as discipline/industry expertise relevant to SIRT’s areas of focus.
  • You bring an entrepreneurial spirit and innovation skills that allow you comfort with entering unchartered territory and spotting new opportunities.
  • Your excellent interpersonal, communication, negotiation and mediation skills allow you to build relationships and formal partnerships with internal and external stakeholders with diverse agendas.
  • You bring proven leadership experience with the ability to affectively manage people and change in order to optimize team performance.

The ideal candidate will possess the following:

  • Master’s degree in Film and Television, Animation, Visual FX, Interactive Media, Digital Media, Computer Science/Information Technology, Business, or other related field
  • A minimum of 7 years of significant work experience in a related, relevant area of focus (Equivalency wlll be considered)  
  • A deep knowledge of the screen industries sector and broad and in-depth knowledge of current and emerging trends in screen industry technologies
  • Capacity to develop and execute research projects and demonstrated experience in a research and development environment
  • Business and partnership development experience
  • Experience in addressing Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion within organizational development as well as in meeting community needs through partnerships and projects
  • Grant writing and administration experience
  • Experience in financial budgeting, management and reporting
  • Thorough knowledge of research funding landscape in Ontario and Canada


Other Details

Faculty/Department: Research - SIRT

Campus Location: Pinewood Toronto Studios - Toronto (May be assigned activities at any Sheridan Campus).This position will work a hybrid of on campus and remote work.

Employee Group: Administrative

Payband: NO

Hiring Range: $125,468 - $133,310

Application Deadline: April 9, 2023


Sheridan is deeply committed to implementing the Calls to Action framed by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. We acknowledge that we live and work on the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nations, Anishinaabe Nation, Huron-Wendat and the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. Sheridan is situated on these lands, and it is our collective responsibility to honour and respect those who have gone before us, those who are here, and those who have yet to come. We are grateful for the opportunity to be working on this land.

Sheridan values the diverse and intersectional identities of its students, faculty, and staff. Sheridan regards equity and diversity as an integral part of academic excellence and is committed to accessibility for all employees. Sheridan seeks applicants who embrace our values of equity, anti-racism, and inclusion. As such, we encourage applications from qualified candidates who have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including those who identify as First Nations, Métis and/or Inuit/Inuk, Black, members of racialized communities, persons with disabilities, women and/or 2SLGBTQ+.

Sheridan will provide job applicants with accommodation in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. To request accommodation, please contact:

You may be asked to provide copies of your educational credentials at the time of interview. Upon hire, we require official confirmation of educational credentials and Canadian equivalency assessments, if applicable.

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