Director, Educational Product Development

Published
November 18, 2022
Location
Calgary, Canada
Job Type
Category
Annual Salary
$150,000-175,000
Hours per Week
37.5
Closing Date
2022/12/02

Description

SAIT’s Centre for Continuing Education and Professional Studies focuses on the non-credit programming for the individual learner. We create courses and programs for life-long learning with career at our core. Our courses range from exploring general interests to up-skilling for career advancement and reskilling for career changes. We complete all background activities required to set up our products for students to purchase and experience several delivery options.

The Opportunity
Reporting to the Associate Vice President, the Director, Product Development will play a key role developing high quality educational products that support a modern workforce and a rapidly changing landscape.
The Director is responsible for researching employment and skills trends, along with understanding the latest delivery modalities, market needs and end-user learning technologies. You will identify, develop and support the delivery of a best in market experience for students.
With a focus on building relationships, you maintain strategic business relationships both internally and externally to ensure SAIT provides a responsive and unique range of fee for service learning solutions. You understand the importance of developing key relationships to support product development and revenue targets, manage margins and position SAIT as a leader in continuing education and professional studies.
You have an entrepreneurial mindset, focusing on learning products that address learner needs and industry requirements while supporting revenue growth. You will lead a team to ensure products are scalable and multi-purposed for individual learners, group training and international clients. An important part of the role is to ensure a strong customer focus by developing products and systems that are easy to navigate and incorporate technology that builds, tracks and rewards learner success.

Knowledge and Skills

  • Minimum ten years’ educational product development experience in progressively senior positions
  • Experience working in a post-secondary environment focused on non-credit courses and programs is strongly preferred
  • Experience managing a team is required; managing in a unionized environment is preferred
  • Understanding of adult education and curriculum development
  • Knowledgeable of trends and best practices in continuing education and professional studies; able to connect product offerings with industry needs
  • Deep understanding how to leverage technology to produce and deliver high quality courses
  • A creative visionary – ability to think strategically and translate between strategy and tactics
  • Innovative and growth-oriented mindset; willing to adapt and change to industry requirements
  • Strong collaborator and relationship builder with both internal and external stakeholders
  • Team builder with a focus on building and maintaining an environment of mutual trust and respect
  • Critical thinker and problem solver; strong analytical skills
  • Goal and results focused
  • Financial management skills
  • Strong service orientation

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Integrate a vision, strategy and implementation plan for Continuing Education and Professional Studies (CEPS) in alignment with SAIT’s 5-year strategic plan
  • Ensure the department’s business plan is developed, implemented and monitored in keeping with SAIT’s and Corporate Development, Applied Research & International's (CDARI) vision, objectives and institutional policies and procedures
  • Develop a strategic and responsive CEPS product development unit that is student-centric, industry-relevant, and unique to SAIT
  • Lead and drive the overall coordination and integration of CEPS with an emphasis on innovative product development for multiple learner audiences, including international students
  • Build programs and product development modalities with subject matter experts, co-creation with companies and industry associations, and enable licensing and use of open educational resources
  • Collaborate with Marketing to uniquely position and market SAIT’s CEPS programs
  • Provide risk management and oversight for product development and programming, including program and process review, product creation and sourcing, costing and delivery
  • Manage budgets and support setting revenue targets and monitor spending to ensure revenue margin targets are achieved
  • Build new relationships and expand existing partnerships to grow, fund and develop new products, programs and services
  • Initiate, coordinate and interpret market research relevant to continuing education and professional studies to competitively position SAIT’s programs locally, nationally and internationally
  • Foster a creative and inclusive work environment
  • Encourage and recognize high performance, engagement and daily creativity
  • Lead with a collaborative approach that drives the engagement of a centralized strategy, removing silos and focusing energy on collective targets
  • Prioritize and understand the importance of the learner/customer experience as a differentiator for SAIT’s CEPS programs and brand

Education

  • Minimum of a Degree in Education or Social Science, or related field; a Masters is preferred

How to Apply

Please apply online on our career page.

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