Units

Administration units work together to support the vision and mission of the university in a customer-centric, agile, and cost-effective way.

Client and Technology Success Team

Providing direction and expertise on change management and communication strategies and ensures that IT services and solutions enable the success of all USask units and colleges. The team includes customer experience, the Arts and Science IT team, the Edwards/Law IT team, and the IT College Coordinators for Engineering, AgBio, Education and Kinesiology.


ConnectionPoint

ConnectionPoint partners with colleges and units on campus to provide services and support for specific finance, human resources and research administration processes and requests. This includes: front line customer service, recruitment, hiring and other employee lifecycle support, payroll and benefits administration, payments to companies and individuals and reimbursements for personal and travel expenses


Consumer Services

Providing residence, retail, parking, culinary, and protective services in support of the university and the student experience.


Controller

Managing the university’s financial life cycle and providing strategic support for decision makers including: financial planning, budgeting, financial forecasting, variance analysis, financial reporting, external audit, strategic investment management, tax strategy, and financial SBA (strategic business advisor) training and support.


Digital Strategy

Digital Strategy manages the growth of digital content to effectively and strategically deliver university's digital services to ensure they build and protect USask’s brand and reputation. This includes providing outstanding digital experiences through the delivery of high-quality, strategic content and engagement, leveraging digital platforms to tell the USask story and ensuring we are linking digital activity to USask’s vision and strategy.


Employee and Labour Relations

Designing and establishing employee and labour relations strategies in support of the overall goals of the university and providing strategic support, specialist advice, and subject matter expertise for employee relations. This includes: labour relations and employee relations.


Enterprise Architecture, Identity and Data Management

Providing guidance and oversight, enterprise architecture has an enterprise-wide view on the university’s business processes, data, identity management, systems, and technologies. Enterprise architecture helps the institution achieve its objectives by enabling the delivery of business outcomes while stewarding technology to align with long-term strategy.

Enterprise architecture follows a set of guiding principles and frameworks to minimize duplication and complexity in the technology landscape, deliver critical business capabilities, improve integration and data quality, and to support continuous improvement and digital transformation.


Enterprise Procurement

USask aims to ensure that procurement activities are conducted using processes that are fair, open, and transparent. The Enterprise Procurement team supports critical operational activities, research programs, and the academic mission using procurement processes that promote best value and the highest ethical standards. As procurement professionals, we provide guidance related to the public procurement directives and requirements, while developing programs, tools, and services to support faculty, researchers, and staff. Our team is organized in a streamlined manner, each based areas of expertise and is available to support the USask community with a variety of procurement activities including Strategic Sourcing, Supplier Relationship Management, and Contract Management.


Enterprise Solutions

Providing solution evolution and delivery for the following four areas: students and alumni/donor administration, finance and resources, academic and collaboration technologies and health sciences.


Facilities

Facilities provides leadership in the upkeep and improvement of USask buildings and infrastructure. Our dedicated professionals oversee a broad range of planning, maintenance, custodial and asset management activities that help preserve university buildings and grounds while providing a safe and comfortable environment for our faculty, staff and students.


Financial Operations

Providing oversight to financial resource allocation and utilization including: organizational finance, cash management, liquidity and risk, banking administration, financial transactions, asset and liability management, tax operations, compliance and internal controls, finance systems, and grant and contract financial management.


IT Security, Risk and Compliance

Ensuring information technology security standards and policies, including: architecture, risk assessment and legislative compliance (e.g., PCI, FIPPA).


IT Support Services

Providing information technology services and support, including access to use technology resources (e.g., notebooks, projectors, software), technical support and training, implementation and technical support for classroom, multimedia spaces and devices, and continuous process improvement.


Planning, Design and Construction

Providing knowledge and strategy around capital projects, enabling access to opportunities while ensuring the overall sustainability of operations. This includes: planning and development, capital and investment planning, developing/maintaining strategic partnerships, sustainability/environmental, land and space planning, real estate management, property and leasing management, land development, real estate business opportunities.


Research, Library and Data Centre Technologies

Enabling research success across campus and supporting the University Library with information technology services, including: research computing consultation, data and storage, research data management, library collections, high performance computing, software for science and scholarly work, and research grant review.


Safety Resources

Safety Resources is the primary point of contact for all USask occupational health and safety, research safety, and environmental protection programs and services. Our experts offer consultation services and support for best practices in health, safety, and environmental management, including specialty programs in construction and trades safety, asbestos management, safety committees, hazardous waste, laboratory safety, radiation safety, biosafety, and cannabis research.


Shared Services

Ensuring customer centricity across the Administration portfolio, translating business requirements into functional approaches and supporting solutions development and shared services. This includes: human resources, finance, and facilities SBAs (strategic business advisors), the administrative network and business change management project managers.


Talent Management and Strategic Enablement

Providing talent management strategies, talent development frameworks, and culture change models at an institutional level. This includes: end-to-end talent management; equity, diversity, and inclusion; organizational development, change management, and leadership development. Strategic consulting and supporting culture shifts is an important part of the work of this team.


Total Rewards and Wellness

Designing, maintaining and optimizing the university’s employee value proposition to effectively support the attraction, engagement and well-being of faculty and staff. This includes: compensation, benefits, pensions, wellness, events and recognition.


University Risk Management

The University Risk Management (URM) program ensures that the portfolio of risks that could influence the achievement of both the university’s strategic and key operational objectives is being consistently and effectively managed. The program is focused on: clear roles and responsibilities; risk ownership that ensures appropriate oversight, management and identification of all significant, current and emerging risks. This work provides assurance to our Board and management that risk is being appropriately managed within defined levels to bring value to the organization.