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Associate Director, Continuing Education


Office of Distance and Continuing Education

Effective Date: April 2007
Grade: USG 12 Reports to: Director, Distance and Continuing Education

General Accountability

The Associate Director, Continuing Education (CE) is accountable to the Director, Distance and Continuing Education (DCE) for providing leadership and management of the University’s Continuing Education program.  This responsibility includes program development, planning, and implementation; marketing and promotion strategies; and budget management in a cost-recovery context.

Nature and Scope

Other positions reporting to the Director include the Associate Director, Distance Education; the Manager, Information Systems and an Administrative Assistant.

Reporting to the Associate Director CE is the Continuing Education Program Coordinator.

The University’s Continuing Education program (CE) exists to develop, deliver, and support non-credit professional development courses, corporate training, community outreach initiatives, and other related activities happening across the campus.  The Associate Director is accountable to the Director for building a strategic plan for CE that will lead to growth of this unit into areas that will further the goals of the 6th Decade Plan and promote the University’s reputation.  For example, CE will facilitate opportunities for alumni and practitioners to benefit from current research through knowledge mobilization technologies.  Academic support and direction is provided by the CE Advisory Committee, comprised of representatives from each of the six faculties as well as other units which have a vested interest in continuing education.  Together with this Committee and the Director, the Associate Director is accountable for providing guidance and assistance to continuing education efforts being conducted across campus.

To this end, it is important for the Associate Director to develop relationships with other units across campus, with business and community leaders, and with professional associations (such as the Professional Engineers of Ontario, the Mechanical Contractors Association of Ontario, and others).  The Associate Director will be a member of the Canadian Association for University Continuing Education, the Ontario Council for University Lifelong Learning, and other associations as appropriate.  S/he will seek opportunities for partnerships and collaboration with others.

The University’s CE program is an ancillary operation which must generate its own income and maintain its own fiscal viability.  The unit operates on a cost recovery basis.  As such, the Associate Director must assess the financial viability of proposed projects and make decisions based on appropriate cost/benefit analyses.

Statistical Data

Revenue:  $0.5 million

Staff:  2 regular FTEs

Enrolments:  currently approximately 1,000 annually

Specific Accountabilities

Working Conditions