Director, Professional & Continuing Studies

Global, Marketing and Business Development
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Closing date: 
Monday, July 4, 2016 - 17:00
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Job description: 

Reporting to the Vice-President, Global, Marketing and Business Development (GMBD), the Director, Professional and Continuing Studies will oversee all aspects of the department including: Continuing Studies; Graduate Certificate Programs (within the Faculty of Management); and Contract Training.  Through the strategic direction set by the Vice-President, you will execute the key initiatives for the department providing relevant and responsive short courses/programs that complement existing and emerging programs at Royal Roads University (RRU).

Working collaboratively with the Vice-President, GMBD you will establish and develop strong collaborative partnerships with key stakeholders, clients and key-decision makers in domestic and international target sectors to ensure growth and market development. 

Additional responsibilities will include overseeing the non-credit program curricula and design with a focus on sound pedagogical practice,innovative programming, and a commitment to the University’s student-centered philosophy of education as well as ensuring for credit courses comply with the University’s Quality Assurance Policy and are delivered in alignment with the Learning and Teaching Model for RRU.  You will work closely with the Dean, Faculty of Management who retains final approval on all academic matters pertaining to for credit courses.

Building long-term alliances and relationships with internal and external stakeholders, program delivery partners, business and organizations is an integral responsibility of this important role.  Successful planning and managing of market responsive programs that support identified learning needs in the form of face to face and on-line education through short courses/programs is another key aspect of the position.


To be well suited to the role you will possess the following qualifications and competencies:

  • Master’s degree in a relevant field or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • A minimum of ten years’ experience in increasingly senior roles within the Post-Secondary Continuing Education sector
  • Demonstrated leadership abilities
  • Expertise and demonstrated track record in business development and successful marketing efforts
  • Proven negotiation expertise and experience with contract training agreements
  • International contract training experience and/or cultural sensitivity is required
  • A second language is a definite asset
  • Proven experience with project management and supervising others by establishing and monitoring performance frameworks, in addition to managing contractors and suppliers to achieve departmental and University wide goals and objectives
  • Proven expertise in educational needs assessment, program and curricula development and program evaluation
  • Excellent communicator who can represent RRU’s continuing education interests at all levels by demonstrating sound business acumen
  • Critical thinker with the ability to make difficult decisions and be accountable for the outcomes 
  • Expertise and experience building strong working relationships with individuals, business and community organizations, educational institutions, and government agencies
  • Knowledge and understanding of education within a post-secondary organizational culture
  • Capable of working under pressure meeting contract deadlines; at ease with negotiations and maintains an uncompromising commitment to quality
  • Some travel will be required

This is a regular full-time position working 37.5 hours per week. The role is positioned within Grade 6 with a recruitment salary range of $83,398.00 to $104,248 per annum. Royal Roads University is also pleased to offer a comprehensive benefits package.

Application submission information: 

To apply please forward your cover letter and curriculum vitae (preferably in electronic format) to: with a subject line of:

16-044-M0213 – Last name, First name

Or mail to:
Human Resources - Career Opportunities
Royal Roads University
2005 Sooke Road
Victoria, BC   V9B 5Y2
Fax:  (250) 391-2570  Tel:  (250) 391-2511

The competition began on June 13, 2016 and review of interest received will commence on July 4, 2016; however, the competition will remain open until a successful candidate is found. 

While Royal Roads University values all applications we receive, only those candidates short-listed for further consideration will be contacted.  RRU is an equal opportunity employer, committed to the principle of equity in employment.  All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority consideration.

If you are sending your application via e-mail, please ensure that your electronic file is saved in MS Word or Adobe format.