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Director, Educational Development

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Position Information

Position Title Director, Educational Development
Department/Unit OLCD
Location Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Posting Number S231-24
Employee Group DPMG
Position Type Term
Duration of Contract (if applicable) Three (3) years
Employment Type Full Time
Full-time Equivalency (FTE) 1.0 FTE
Salary $68,105 - $91,237 per annum
Classification ADM-06
Provisional Statement
This is a provisional classification. Formal regular review classification procedures may be initiated at any time by the incumbent or supervisor after the incumbent has worked a minimum of six months in the role.
About Dalhousie University
Dalhousie University is Atlantic Canada’s leading research-intensive university and a driver of the region’s intellectual, social and economic development. Located in the heart of Halifax, Nova Scotia, with an Agricultural Campus in Truro/Bible Hill, Dalhousie is a truly national and international university, with more than half of our almost 21,000 students coming from outside of the province. Our 6,000 faculty and staff foster a vibrant, purpose-driven community, that celebrated 200 years of academic excellence in 2018.
Job Summary
The Faculty of Open Learning and Career Development develops and delivers innovative and diverse educational programs for more than 3000 students annually to help them navigate the changing world of learning and work. Reporting to the Dean, the Director, Educational Development will work collaboratively with a wide-range of stakeholders to drive the quality and consistency of courses of all delivery modalities in the Faculty.
Key Responsibilities
  • Lead strategic and tactical plans for the Faculty’s educational development and instructional design, in alignment with the Faculty’s strategic plan and emerging strategy. Regularly track and accountable to meet key performance metrics in educational development.
  • Contribute to Faculty strategy discussions, decision-making and approvals as a member of the Faculty Governance Council, and to Faculty tactical planning and implementation as a member of the Academic Standards and Quality Control committee.
  • Review the needs and situation analyses conducted prior to the development of a new course to ensure adequate information for quality course development. Manage new course development and course revision processes.
  • Complete in-depth regular reviews of all courses in consultation with relevant Faculty committees. Support Directors to complete accreditation applications or renewals for courses and certificates, and to map and audit courses specific to accreditation standards.
  • Lead the design and production of new courses and revision of existing courses working with instructional designers, instructors and/or subject matter experts. Ensure course outlines, objectives, learning outcomes, content and assessments are relevant, actionable and meet Faculty standards.
  • Directly supervise Instructional Designers as well as provide guidance and direction to instructors, facilitators, and subject matter experts regarding course building and educational development.
The successful applicant will be eligible for hybrid work (combination of in-person work on campus and remote work) as agreed by all parties based on operational requirements and university guidelines.

Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor of Education or Master’s degree in Curriculum Development, Instructional Design, Education Technologies, Adult Education or related topic, plus approximately five years relevant experience (or equivalent combination of training and experience).
  • Experience within instructional design, teaching and learning in higher education, educational technology, training, and development, and/or a related field.
  • Competency in applying evidence-informed teaching practices, strategies, and approaches; in developing courses and instructional resources, preferably for adult learners; and in learning theories and instructional design models.
  • Advanced knowledge of tools within learning management systems and commonly used education technologies in a teaching and learning environment along with the proven ability to learn new systems and technologies.
  • Effective interpersonal and communication (verbal, written and presentation) skills, including experience writing copy, instructional text, and audio and video scripts; and leading and collaborating on cross-functional and multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Excellent analytical reasoning, problem solving, and organizational skills with the proven ability to multi-task and establish priorities and meet deadlines with minimal direction.
  • Proficiency in Articulate 360, Storyline, and/or Rise.
Job Competencies
The successful candidate is expected to demonstrate proficiency in Dalhousie’s core and leadership competencies (, in particular:

- Respect & Inclusion
- Adaptability
- Knowledge & Thinking Skills
- Communication
- Accountability for Performance & Results
Additional Information
Dalhousie University supports a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Our total compensation package includes a defined benefit pension plan, health and dental plans, a health spending account, an employee and family assistance program and a tuition assistance program.
Application Consideration
Applications from current university employees and external candidates are assessed concurrently. Current university employees will be given special consideration.

We sincerely appreciate all applications and note that only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted directly by the hiring department or Human Resources.
Diversity Statement
Dalhousie University commits to achieving inclusive excellence through continually championing equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility. The university encourages applications from Indigenous Peoples of Turtle Island (especially Mi’kmaq), persons of Black/African descent (especially African Nova Scotians), and members of other racialized groups, persons with disabilities, women, persons identifying as members of 2SLGBTQIA+ communities, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community. In accordance with our Employment Equity Policy, preference will be given in hiring processes to candidates who self-identify as members of one or more of the equity-deserving groups listed above. For more information, including details related to our Employment Equity Policy and Plan and definitions of equity-deserving groups please visit
Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies One (1)
Open Date 07/09/2024
Close Date 07/16/2024
Open Until Filled No
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Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Résumé / Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter