University of Alberta

Strategic Development Manager

Provost & VP Academic Admin

Competition No.  -    A103135250
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

The Office of the Provost and Vice-President (Academic) is seeking a strategic and dynamic thinker for the role of Strategic Development Manager (SDM). The SDM will work closely with the senior leadership in the Office of the Provost, the Office of the President, and other units to manage strategic initiatives for the University of Alberta, and to manage institutional planning and reporting processes on behalf of the Office of the Provost.

Key responsibilities:

  • With direction from senior leadership, plans and tracks implementation of the institutional strategic plan, For the Public Good (FPG)
  • Coordinates with the Office of the President to develop priorities and strategies for FPG
  • Works with the Office of the President to communicate FPG outcomes to internal and external stakeholders
  • Develops and tracks measures of success for FPG; monitors and recommends adjustments to measures as appropriate
  • Liaises with individuals and units who are leading FPG initiatives in order to track progress, provide strategic advice, and identify issues impacting progress
  • Develops and implements project plans for strategic initiatives of the Office of the Provost, in support of the Provost, Deputy Provost, and other senior leadership
  • Develops and implements consultation and approval paths for strategic initiatives, as required
  • Ensures leadership in the Office of the Provost and the Office of the President are aware of progress made on initiatives
  • Researches and provides briefings to the Provost and other senior leaders regarding emerging issues of interest to the University of Alberta and the post-secondary sector
  • Prepares, with appropriate research and consultation, other key strategic documents for the University and/or the Office of the Provost 
  • Manages the annual development of the Comprehensive Institutional Plan (CIP) for the University of Alberta, under the leadership of the Deputy Provost
  • Liaises with key stakeholders in the CIP process, including the vice-presidential portfolios, the Office of the President, Strategic Analysis and Data Warehouse (SADW), and Government and Community Relations
  • Writes key sections of the CIP, review and edit sections prepared by others
  • Coordinates the CIP Working Group
  • Identifies, in collaboration with SADW, the data required to support the CIP and appropriate institutional measures of success
  • Confirms the appropriate consultation and approval path for the CIP, and ensure that all related deadlines are met. Prepare material in support of discussions at committees.
  • Ensures adherence to Government of Alberta guidelines for the CIP and liaises with government contacts
  • Collaborates with SADW and other stakeholders in the preparation of the Annual Report


  • Minimum Master’s degree; PhD is a valuable asset
  • Excellent written and verbal communication, data analysis and presentation skills; diplomacy and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work successfully both independently and as a member of a team
  • Ability to operate and produce work of a high quality under stressful and demanding circumstances

In accordance with the Administrative Professional Officer Agreement, this position offers a comprehensive benefits package, which can be viewed at and annual salary commensurate with experience and qualifications.

How to Apply

Apply Online

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.