University of Waterloo Co-ordinator CPD in Waterloo, Ontario

Term: 24 months

The Coordinator for the Office of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is accountable to the Director, CPD for the ongoing management of continuing professional development and continuing education programming at the School of Optometry and Vision Science. This responsibility, in consultation with the Director, includes program development, planning, and implementation; marketing and promotion strategies; and budget management in a cost-recovery context. Specific areas in continuing education include live lectures, distance learning/on-line, and workshops, as well as the development of specializations in optometry.

The position will be responsible for managing the Office of CPD that will:

  • Design and implement continuing professional development programs for optometrists, ophthalmic assistants, affiliated health care professionals, and members of the general public

  • Deliver for-credit distance education programming related to the Doctor of Optometry (OD) including support for a potential satellite campus

  • Deliver for-credit distance education programming related to the Doctor of Optometry (OD) program for practicing optometrists

  • Develop a curriculum in support of specialization in optometry in conjunction with the professional associations and regulatory colleges of optometry

This role is contingent on funding.

Program Market Research

  • Conduct regular market research and needs assessments

  • Liaise with professional associations/advisory committees

  • Develop and maintain ongoing relationships with business, community and industry organizations in order to identify and assess their training needs

  • Identify and develop novel delivery opportunities

  • Cooperate with other providers to ensure that services are complementary, and avoid duplication/overlap

  • Conduct market analysis with other Schools and Colleges of Optometry in North America

Program Development/Implementation/Evaluation

  • Identify subject matter experts to develop and deliver CE and professional OD course material

  • Support the Director, CPD to develop/create courses and programs to meet the needs of alumni, the profession, affiliated businesses and the community

  • Ensure that for-credit courses meet UWaterloo and ACOE accreditation standards

  • Design/initiate curriculum in support of Director CPD with academic support from School administrators and faculty committees

  • Work collaboratively with School of Optometry and Vision Science staff re admissions, academic standards and student support issues for the satellite campus project

  • Prepare and submit grant applications and reports as required

Marketing and Promotion

  • Identify and define target markets for each program

  • In conjunction with the Communications Officer, prepare and coordinate advertising materials for programs; develop advertisements, brochures and flyers

  • Prepare course descriptions

  • Identify appropriate channels of communication to promote programs, and develop and maintain key contacts in those areas

Financial Management in conjunction with the Finance Officer

  • Review and support program area budget to meet targets/operating margins as established by the Director, CPD

  • Establish product pricing, conduct break-even analyses overall and for individual programs with support from finance

  • Seek out, apply for and find funding to support continuing professional development and distance education programming

  • Establish individual course budgets

  • Manage and review financial status monthly in conjunction with finance

  • University undergraduate degree, related college diploma or equivalent education and experience

  • 4-5 years of relevant, related experience in the management of teams involved in multimedia design, development, and production

  • Experience with high-volume resource management and scheduling, and prioritizing competing demands

  • Experience working in a fast-paced, collaborative, team-based environment

  • Experience working with remote teams and effectively mobilizing alternative forms of connection and communication

  • A strong, friendly, open-communicator with exceptional verbal and written communication skills

  • Proven ability to multi-task and manage a high volume of work and incoming data, conflicting priorities and deadlines, as well as advocate for the support and resources needed to complete projects

  • Demonstrated ability to manage concurrent projects under tight deadlines

  • Intermediate skill level in Microsoft Office suite to prepare and execute presentations as needed

  • Knowledge of the Canadian and international online learning and higher education landscape

  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain positive relationships with project stakeholders and senior administrators

  • In-depth understanding of e-learning tools, including Learning Management Systems (e.g., LEARN), media development tools, collaboration tools, etc., and their application in higher education

iCIMS Requisition ID: 2018-3446

Name: 3600 - School of Optometry

Salary Range: $54,589 - $68,236

External Company Name: University of Waterloo

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Street: 200 University Avenue West