Manager, Academic Programs and Strategic Projects

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Manager, Academic Programs and Strategic Projects

Dean’s Office, College of Social and Applied Human Sciences

Temporary full-time from November 1, 2021 to October 31, 2023
Hiring #: 2021-0557

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The Manager, Academic Programs and Strategic Projects provides advice and support to the Associate Dean, Academic (ADA), Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies (ADRGS), and the Dean, on matters related to the undergraduate learning experience and strategic projects across the College, thereby enhancing the impact of our programs and strategic projects on student outcomes, research outcomes, staff and faculty experiences, and the reputation of the College to outside partners.

The College has five academic departments and approximately 120 faculty. Undergraduate enrollment exceeds 5000 majors registered in undergraduate programs across the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Bachelor of Applied Science programs. Graduate enrolment exceeds 360 students registered in departmental, inter-department, inter-college and inter-institutional programs. The implementation of the 2017 strategic plan is well underway and includes several initiatives that directly impact the undergraduate and graduate experience including the establishment of the "Hub for Teaching and Learning Excellence", the "Interdisciplinary Hub," an Internationalization Strategy, and an Equity, Diversity, Indigenization, and Inclusion (EDII) strategy. CSAHS intends to build on this re-visioning to continue to be a leader in the delivery of innovative programs for future students.

The Manager works in partnership with the CSAHS Associate Deans, the Manager Graduate Programs, program committees, department curriculum committees and undergraduate coordinators and plays a key role in supporting and spearheading new initiatives and pilot projects that are aligned with CSAHS’s strategic plan. In the coming year, activities focused on growing and actioning our EDII initiatives will be particularly active, and experience in this area is especially welcome.

The main responsibilities of the Manager, Academic Programs and Strategic Projects include:

  • Providing strategic advice to the Associate Dean Academic and departments regarding new and existing undergraduate programs, including program quality assessment and reporting, new program areas, learning outcomes and their measurement, and student recruitment and retention.
  • In collaboration with departments and programs, oversee the development and implementation of new curriculum initiatives, including international programs
  • Managing and coordinating the procedures for curriculum proposals and quality review procedures. This includes the development of documentation for these processes and ensuring correctness and thoroughness of material provided by departments and programs.
  • Collecting, managing, and analyzing quantitative and qualitative data from varied sources to inform development of implementation plans
  • Helping to develop and implement college level strategies, policies and programs including existing and new EDII initiatives
  • Developing and monitoring mechanisms for the measurement of progress on strategic initiatives
  • Providing leadership and support for the College’s Hub for Teaching and Learning Excellence Committee for implementing projects related to both graduate and undergraduate priorities

Requirements of the position include:

  • A Master’s degree in a related field (PhD degree preferred) with a minimum of 3 years of related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Well-developed analytical, creative problem solving and planning skills.
  • Demonstrated management and administrative skills, as well as ability to negotiate and provide advice.
  • Ability to collect, manage and analyze quantitative and qualitative data from varied sources
  • Ability to work independently and with a variety of diverse professionals including faculty and university staff.
  • Knowledge of Canadian undergraduate programs, especially in the social and applied human sciences, an understanding of teaching and learning principles, knowledge of undergraduate policies and degree regulations, including quality assurance processes
  • Knowledge and/or lived experience of equity, diversity, inclusion, and Indigenization topics, especially as these relate to university teaching.

This appointment is regularly performed on-campus but will be initially fulfilled both remotely (off-campus) and on-campus until the University resumes its regular operations.

Classification P05
Professional/Managerial Salary Bands

At the University of Guelph, fostering a culture of inclusion is an institutional imperative. The University invites and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in employment, who may contribute to further diversification of our Institution.

Posting Date: 2021 10 12
Closing Date: 2021 10 25