Manager, Program Development

Permanent, full-time position – Guelph, ON

Open Learning and Educational Support is an integral part of the University of Guelph’s learner-centred 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. Guided by learner-centred 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.

As Manager of Program Development, you will play a vital role within the mandate of Open Learning and Educational Support by providing leadership in the development and implementation of a portfolio of programs. This is a unique opportunity to demonstrate and leverage your expertise in adult education program development and delivery, and understanding of the environment, learning styles, pedagogical needs and industry/discipline context to develop non-degree academic programs. More specifically, you will:

  • apply best practices in adult education, and employ strategies in curriculum design and development, including constructive alignment, learning outcomes and assessment techniques and tools;
  • establish needs assessment strategies for the intended audience, identifying and analyzing data from a variety of sources to make informed decisions on new trends, markets and new program opportunities;
  • actively engage in research on pedagogical approaches and digital technologies to inform curriculum development and course design;
  • build relationships with faculty and industry/community representatives;
  • recruit, mentor and coach instructors;
  • develop and implement program business plans;
  • contribute to the development and implementation of strategic marketing plans;
  • work with internal and external service providers contributing to the effective delivery of programs;
  • design and implement formative and summative evaluation techniques; and
  • contribute to special projects, as required.


To be considered for the position of Manager, Program Development, you must be a creative, innovative and enthusiastic leader and relationship builder with the following strengths:

  • A master’s degree in a related field and several years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience in a client-centred business environment at a decision-making level and ability to take a leadership role in program development, implementation and evaluation.
  • Skills in adult learning principles, practices and programming; curriculum design and development; digital pedagogies; and program design and evaluation.
  • Skills in stakeholder relationship-building and engagement; budgeting, and financial management; meeting facilitation and presentation; written and oral communication; grant and proposal writing; organizational, project, and time management; data analysis and decision-making; and negotiation.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team, and thrive in a fast-paced environment.

The University of Guelph ( is one of Canada’s leading research-intensive comprehensive institutions, with a record of outstanding scholarship in the arts, humanities, social sciences, life sciences, physical and engineering sciences, agriculture and veterinary sciences. This is your chance to join us in our endeavour to improve life.

To view a detailed posting for the role of Manager, Program Development, including application instructions, please go to our website at Applications, quoting Hiring #2021-0693, must be sent to:

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.