Deputy Director Search 2020

The Canadian Statistical Sciences Institute (CANSSI) seeks nominations and applications for the position of Deputy Director for a three-year term beginning July 1, 2020.

CANSSI is Canada’s catalyst for discovery and innovation in the statistical and inferential data sciences.  The mission of CANSSI is to support the development, application, and communication of cutting-edge statistical and data science research in the context of tackling engineering, health, scientific, and social challenges. CANSSI operates a variety of programs designed to build multi-disciplinary research collaborations with a strong statistical foundation and to support new collaborations that link statistical and inferential data sciences to applications. CANSSI is also committed to training the next generation of Highly Qualified Personnel to lead the future development and application of statistical and inferential data science research. We support a postdoctoral fellows program and a variety of training opportunities for graduate students. Our flagship program of Collaborative Research Teams covers a diverse range of methodology, models, and applications.  We support a wide array of workshops, conferences and thematic programs. We also support a distinguished visitor program.

Importantly, CANSSI’s support is designed to address the challenges of geographic dispersion across Canada and to pursue CANSSI’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

The Deputy Director is part of the CANSSI leadership team consisting of the Scientific Director, Associate Scientific Director and Deputy Director. Candidates should be researchers in the statistical sciences with strong interpersonal and administrative skills, abundant energy and creativity, and an interest in developing CANSSI and raising statistical and inferential data science research in Canada to new levels. The Deputy Director should have a strong record of mentoring Highly Qualified Personnel. Ideally, the experience, outlook, and skills of the Deputy Director will complement those of the Associate Scientific Director and Scientific Director. It is likely that the position will be held by someone with an academic appointment at a Canadian university.

CANSSI supports the Deputy Director and their home institution to a level commensurate with the responsibilities.

Applications are strongly encouraged from women and members of underrepresented groups. A letter of application addressing the qualities above, together with a CV and names of two references, should be sent to Expressions of interest or nominations may also be sent to this address. Questions about the position may be directed to Don Estep ( Applications or nominations will be considered until the position is filled. The Deputy Director Search Committee will begin assessing submissions May 15, 2020.

CANSSI Position Description
Deputy Director

The Deputy Director (DD) is part of the CANSSI leadership team consisting of the Scientific Director, Associate Scientific Director and Deputy Director. The general duties of the Deputy Director are to assist the Scientific Director in implementing and overseeing CANSSI activities, in implementing directives of the Board, and providing leadership on scientific and training activities.  The Deputy Director reports to the Scientific Director and to the Board.

Specific responsibilities of the DD include providing administrative oversight and coordination of CANSSI’s programs for supporting Highly Qualified Personnel, including:

  • Postdoctoral Fellows Program;
  • graduate student training and research programs;
  • undergraduate support programs;
  • CANSSI support for and involvement with summer schools in data science and statistics.

The DD also shares duties with the directors, including:

  • Adjudicating proposals for support for workshops, conferences, and datathons;
  • Working with CANSSI member institutions, regional centres, and the CANSSI community;
  • Building research links with researchers in other disciplines;
  • Working to build on the strength of the Canadian statistical and inferential data science community to enhance Canadian research and training of highly qualified personnel;
  • Working to meet CANSSI’s goals in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.

The Deputy Director also serves on various CANSSI standing and ad hoc committees upon assignment with mutual agreement with the Scientific Director.

The leadership team meets weekly and the DD meets separately with the Scientific Director weekly.

The CANSSI Commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

CANSSI’s mission is to advance the development, application, and communication of cutting-edge statistical and inferential data science research and training. CANSSI supports collaborative, multidisciplinary research and the establishment of new linkages between the statistics and inferential data science community and  research communities in academia, industry, government, and non-profit organizations. CANSSI also strives to attract new researchers to the field and provide students and postdoctoral fellows with opportunities to participate in collaborative, interdisciplinary research involving the development and application of cutting-edge statistics and inferential data science.

The creation of an equitable, diverse and inclusive Canadian statistics and inferential data science research enterprise is necessary for CANSSI to achieve its mission and for the statistical and inferential data science community to respond effectively to local, national and global challenges. CANSSI-supported activities are evaluated on their commitment to increasing and supporting diversity by giving equitable access to opportunities, supporting equitable and inclusive participation, and creating conditions for success for all participants which include feeling valued and included. Diversity refers to the differences that make each individual unique and valuable, including but not limited to age, class and income, culture, educational background, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, geographical location, marital status, physical abilities/qualities, race, religious status, and sexual orientation. Inclusion refers to the behaviours and social norms that ensure people feel welcome and valued.

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