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Online Learning Project Manager

Date: July 2015
Reports to (Job Title): Associate Director, Online Learning
Jobs Reporting (Job Titles): None
Department: Centre for Extended Learning




USG 10
35 hr/wk

Primary Purpose

The Project Manager will help manage the development of online courses, courses and instructional modules as part of a professional team within Extended Learning. Projects are becoming increasingly complex with multiple staff, subject matter experts and stakeholders involved, including those from outside the institution.


The project manager will manage several multidisciplinary teams that include faculty and/or other subject matter experts, instructional designers, digital media developers and Learning Management System/Quality Assurance Specialists involved in the design and development of Waterloo online credit and non-credit courses, as well as professional development training for external clients. 


The Project Manager will be responsible for establishing project management practices within CEL. Current project management practices within CEL are largely ad hoc. The Project Manager will lead an internal review of existing project management practices, recommend new practices, changes and improvements, and initiate process change to enhance CEL’s project management strategies overall. The Project Manager will continue to lead continuous improvement efforts in this area.


The Project Manager will report to the Associate Director, Online Learning, and be accountable to him for the successful delivery of finished courses.


As each course development project is different, with unique parameters, needs, goals, personnel, etc., the Project Manager will work largely independently in monitoring projects. The incumbent will have to rely on his or her own experience and skills to determine planning, organization, monitoring, communication and intervention strategies for each project.


The University of Waterloo has made the development of online courses and programs a strategic priority. As such, it is essential that we be able to deliver increasing numbers of high-quality online courses on time. Increasing demands on CEL’s services means we need to continue to become more efficient in our work. Projects need to be delivered on time, and in the case of external contracts or funding, on budget.

Key Accountabilities:

1.  Managing Extended Learning Development projects


2.  Planning with the Lead Online Learning Consultant, Production Manager, Associate Director, Online Learning


3.  Continuous Improvement of Project Management and Production Management Strategies

Position Requirements





MS Word Excel PowerPoint Other


  • working knowledge of media development tools, e-learning tools, learning management systems, and their optimal application
  • ability to estimate e-learning development costs
  • proficiency in the use of electronic project management and online collaboration tools

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