Associate Vice-President, Online & Continuing Education

Office of the Provost and Vice-President (Academic)

Competition No.  -    A100147513
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

Location: 116 St. and 85 Ave. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T6G 2R3

As one of the top 5 Canadian Universities and one of the top 150 in the world, the University of Alberta's research and innovation spans many fields and disciplines. We are currently seeking a creative, driven, and solution-focused Associate Vice-President Online and Continuing Education. In this new role, you will report to and work closely with the Deputy Provost to lead the establishment and operation of a central hub for the University of Alberta’s online, and continuing and professional education activities. Your primary goal will be to provide institutional leadership and coordination of the development and delivery of online and continuing education programs.

A key endeavor of the position will be to establishing and maintaining the presence of U of A in the online and CPE markets provincially, nationally, and internationally.

Under the envisioned business model, the hub is directly responsible for providing portfolio and project management for program development and delivery, including working with faculties to identify and pursue opportunities. The hub is also directly responsible for external stakeholder engagement (industry, government and others), for developing and managing contracts, and for marketing and promoting online and continuing education offerings. In addition, the hub effectively partners with other service units to coordinate other support services (notably the Centre for Teaching and Learning, which provides instructional development and support, Information Services and Technology, which manages the technical platforms, the Registrar, which manages enrolment, with External Relations, which supports marketing and branding, and with the faculties, which lead academic content development).

Drawing on an expert-level knowledge of market trends and best practices in online education and continuing education, the AVP will lead a diverse team of business and academic professionals supporting the development and delivery of academic and interest-based programs. The AVP is responsible for providing strategic direction, responsive leadership, business planning, and direction to all units within the hub (Online Education and Continuing Education) that manage and support program development, and maintaining collaborative relationships with other academic units. The Associate Vice-President will clearly demonstrate the ability to develop and implement successful strategies, to form partnerships with internal and external stakeholders, and to inspire staff members to excel.

As our successful candidate, you provide a vision for the unit and ensure the programming, implementation, and evaluation initiatives lead to success, relevancy and sustainability. Engaging senior academic leaders across campus, you will be an exceptional negotiator and promoter, able to think "out of the box" to deliver results in a timely manner while contributing to the development of a shared vision.  As well, you will be accountable for establishing and fostering a strong and collaborative approach across the institution by leveraging diverse expertise and experiences.

Your principal responsibilities will be to:

  • Determine the activities required to achieve excellence through the established goals and assign responsibility and authority to perform these activities. Establish criteria and procedures to ensure that the hub and its staff are fulfilling assigned responsibilities in a manner within accepted policies of the university.
  • Ensure CPE and online programming and service units have strategic plans, implementation plans, and annual business and budget plans where appropriate provide strategic direction and supervision to the staff of the portfolio that report directly to you.
  • Provide academic leadership and mentors programming units in planning, policies, and credit and non-credit program development, implementation, and delivery.
  • Provide a vision for the unit and ensure the programming, implementation, and evaluation initiatives lead to success, relevancy and sustainability.
  • Participate on University of Alberta cross-university committees to inform and facilitate the development and implementation of initiatives to enhance programs, teaching and learning, and the effective use of educational technologies.
  • Establish and maintain mechanisms for ongoing engagement with key external partners on economic intelligence, labor force needs, etc. Including but not limited to: major industrial sectors, government of Alberta, Alberta Health Services, City of Edmonton, and other large employers.
  • Participate in national and international continuing education conferences and programs as appropriate, including membership with Canadian Association of University Continuing Education and the annual National Deans and Directors meetings, as well as the annual Western Deans and Directors meetings.

As our ideal candidate, your profile will include:

  • At a minimum, a Masters degree in a relevant cognate field required, Ph.D. preferred.
  • Minimum of 7 years, in progressively senior leadership roles in an entrepreneurial education service environment.
  • A variety of educational preparation and experiences will be relevant to this position such as (but not limited to)  business development, educational and program design, online or distance education or administration, adult education.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement successful program development strategies.
  • Entrepreneurial ability to develop and grow new market offerings.
  • Skilled negotiator in a complex educational environment with educators, community partnerships, public and private contracts.
  • Ability to conceptualize and operationalize processes with the entire organization in mind, develop best practices and procedures to support the growth and efficiency of the organization.
  • Demonstrated strong judgment and leadership in both managerial and educational matters.
  • Ability to deal with ambiguity and tight deadlines while working effectively in a team environment.
  • A record of creating, implementing, developing, planning and managing online and adult learning or continuing and professional education programs.

The salary range for this position is $123,672 - $206,120. In accordance with the Handbook of Terms and Conditions of Employment for Management and Professional Staff (Excluded), this full-time continuing position offers a comprehensive benefits package found at Faculty & Staff Benefits and annual salary range which will be commensurate with qualifications.

In accordance with the Accessible Canada Act, 2019 and all applicable provincial accessibility standards, upon request, accommodation will be provided by both Boyden and University of Alberta throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities.

To assist the University in complying with mandatory reporting requirements of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (R203(3) (e)), please include the first digit of your Canadian Social Insurance Number in your application. If you do not have a Canadian Social Insurance Number, please indicate this in your application.

To explore this exciting opportunity further, please contact our Boyden Calgary office at 403-410-6700 or submit your resume via the blue "Apply" button by visiting the Boyden Canada Opportunities website at The application portal will remain open until the position is filled.

How to Apply

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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.