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University of Guelph

School: Univeristy of Guelph
Location: Guelph, ON
Job Type: Permanent

The University of Guelph's campuses reside within the lands of the Dish with One Spoon Wampum. The University recognizes that the Anishinaabeg, Hodinohso:ni, L?naapéewak and Huron-Wendat peoples have inhabited these lands for centuries and that today these lands are home to a rich diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people. The University upholds its commitments to seeking truth and advancing reconciliation with Indigenous peoples and affirms its responsibility to realize these commitments through its ongoing actions.

The University of Guelph’s mission is to Improve Life. These two simple words are the cornerstone of an institution committed to building a better future. The institution’s culture is what draws the best and the brightest to the University of Guelph. Students, faculty and staff choose the University of Guelph for its reputation as one of the best comprehensive and research-intensive universities in Canada. The University’s reputation for academic excellence is matched by its dedication to student success.  The University consistently places at the top of student satisfaction rankings year-over-year. Its graduates and researchers change the world for the better every day in big ways and small. The University’s strength is in its people. If you are looking for a place to make a difference and improve life, you’ve found it at the University of Guelph.

The University is now embarking on a journey to create a new vision for the School of Continuing Studies by expanding the revenue generation abilities of the unit. It is within this context that the University of Guelph invites applications and nominations for the appointment of its inaugural Assistant Vice-President, School of Continuing Studies commencing fall 2024, or soon after.

Reporting to the Provost and Vice-President Academic, the Assistant Vice-President, Continuing Education (AVP) will work collaboratively with Deans and members of the University’s senior leadership team in developing, guiding, and advancing the school’s new strategic direction. The AVP is the University’s key leader in continuing education and will build upon the success of the University’s continuing education and distance learning offerings to drive innovation, foster collaboration, and develop strategic partnerships internally and externally to enhance the school's offerings and extend the reach of the school to a global audience. The AVP will actively engage in, and support, business development and revenue generation opportunities to ensure the financial sustainability of the school in both the short term and long term. Working with a dedicated leadership team, the AVP oversees all operations of the school, including compliance with relevant regulations, policies, and accreditation standards, budgeting, staffing, resource allocation, while also developing and implementing a strategic vision for the school that aligns with the University’s Strategic Plan and Strategic Transformation Initiative. The AVP will enhance and support the school’s culture of entrepreneurialism, fosters partnerships and strategic alliances across campus and with external partners including government, business sector groups and community organizations, and develops learner services and support programs to enhance student success and satisfaction. The AVP will participate in University governance committees as required, ensure that information/data is accurately maintained and analyzed against performance targets, and convey regular updates to senior leadership as required.

As the ideal candidate, your bring experience and a record of successful innovation and growth in continuing studies from a similar environment such as a large-scale education or training operation. You have progressive experience in leadership, management, and with revenue generation responsibilities in a large and multi-layered complex organization. You have exceptional strategic, business, change management and business development skills, including a track record of strong operations experience, including budgeting and forecasting. As a visionary leader, you have a passion for lifelong learning, an entrepreneurial approach, and will develop relevant strategic partnership to guide growth. As a relationship builder, you demonstrate resilience in highly complex, politically sensitive situations and are skilled with negotiating partnership agreements, ideally between a university and professional, business, or industry associations as well as with community organization, including those in systemically underserved areas. While a Graduate degree is preferred, the committee will consider a combination of relevant education and experience.

It is within this context that the University of Guelph invites applications.   To apply or explore this key leadership position at the University of Guelph, please submit a comprehensive curriculum vitae along with a cover letter in confidence to Jane Griffith ( ) and Caroline McLean ( ) or

At the University of Guelph, fostering a culture of inclusion is an institutional imperative. The University welcomes applications from all qualified individuals, and strongly encourages applications from women, members of Indigenous, Black, and racialized communities; Two-Spirit, non-binary, trans, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer people; people with disabilities; and members of other equity-deserving groups.

The University of Guelph and Griffith Group are committed to an inclusive, accessible and welcoming hiring process that provides reasonable accommodation to all applicants. Please advise Jane Griffith ( should you require any accommodation to participate in the recruitment and assessment processes.

Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, applications from Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority, in accordance with Canadian immigration regulations. Candidates must therefore indicate in their application if they are a permanent resident or citizen of Canada.

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University of Guelph

School: OpenEd, University of Guelph
Location: Guelph, ON
Job Type: Permanent

Open Learning and Educational Support is an integral part of the University of Guelph’s learner-centered and research-intensive mission. As leaders in education, we create innovative and relevant educational opportunities that meet the learning needs of a local and international audience. We are guided by learner-centered principles that are reflected in our diverse programs and rich learning experiences for traditional and lifelong learners. We intentionally integrate pedagogy with technology in the design, development, and delivery of our educational programs. Through research and collaboration, we engage in scholarship to advance the teaching and learning mandate of the University. 

Reporting to the Associate Director, Distance Education, the On-Line Quality Assurance Specialist (OLQAS) is accountable for the quality assurance of all online offerings offered through OpenEd. The OLQAS ensures that the University’s distance education courses are reflective of the Institution’s stated Best Practices in Distance Education – namely that these courses be pedagogically-sound, learner-centered, engaging, and interactive. The successful candidate is responsible for quality assurance reviews on a portfolio of online offerings. As such, the position is accountable for developing, revising, maintaining, and implementing quality assurance protocols to ensure that online course content included in new or revised courses is accurate and consistent and meets defined pedagogical, technical, and aesthetic standards. The OLQAS conducts comprehensive technical testing, editing, and proofreading of all course components to ensure readiness of each course for the start of the term. Each semester, the OLQAS is responsible for facilitating the course preparation process, assessing incoming work and working closely with instructors to prepare courses in order to establish revision objectives, communicate deadlines and negotiate an appropriate work schedule for each course. The OLQAS is the project manager for a portfolio of course revision work and works closely with faculty, the Distance Learning Program Development Specialist and Teaching and Learning Technology teams to ensure that online course content is complete, accurate, consistent, and free of copyright violation and takes corrective action as required. This position is responsible for maintaining a historical record of course information in a shared database, including the scope and nature of course revisions. The OLQAS is also involved in conducting summative evaluations with the intent of recommending and implementing instructional design enhancements to improve the teaching and learning experience. Given the exposure across a wide variety of online courses, the OLQAS identifies and documents best practices that exist in current courses that may be transferable to other offerings. As required, the incumbent of this position assesses, applies, conducts and disseminates research findings in quality assurance in online learning and distance education, prepares research proposals, and participates in funded research and development programs. 

Requirements of the position include a Master’s degree in a related field (Distance Education, Educational technology, Instructional Design, Adult Education) and a minimum of 3 years of related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience; demonstrated expertise in instructional design, pedagogy, online distance education, instructional technology, adult education, course design, and evaluation; excellent communication skills (visual, written and oral), editing and proofreading skills, organizational, time management and interpersonal skills required; strong computer and word processing skills and familiarity with Learning Management Systems. Must have a strong attention to detail, be able to quickly adapt to changing technologies, work well under pressure, work independently, and participate actively on a team. Candidates should demonstrate the ability to apply an experienced-based working knowledge of quality standards, preferably the Quality Matters rubric, and best practices in online learning, and ensure that these standards are reflected in current courses. Proven project management skills, and the ability to marshal resources (human and technical) to achieve objectives and meet deadlines. Candidates should also have a demonstrated commitment to assisting faculty, instructors, students, and external stakeholders while working in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment.


Position Number         081-037
Classification               P04*
Professional/Managerial Salary Bands

Tentative evaluation; subject to committee review.

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: 2024 04 24
Closing Date: 2024 05 08

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