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Director, Programs

Universities Canada is recruiting a director of programs to be responsible for the leadership, strategic orientation, development and implementation of its programs including scholarship management, international mobility and mission-focused programs. The successful candidate will be responsible for the continuous improvement of existing programs and the design, development and delivery of new programming.

Some of the current activities in the programs group include over 130 higher education scholarship programs, the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Scholarship, the Global Excellence Initiative and the Innovative Designs for Accessibility student competition.

The successful candidate will possess the education, experience, and knowledge listed below:

Education and experience

  • University degree, preferably at the graduate level, in an appropriate discipline
  • Eight to ten years of relevant progressive experience
  • Proven track record as an effective manager in an environment emphasizing teamwork and collegiality
  • Prior experience in program management
  • Proven business development skills including negotiation and costing skills 


  • Knowledge of postsecondary issues of such as student access, attainment and success, international mobility and skills development
  • Knowledge of federal government departments, including Global Affairs Canada and Employment and Social Development Canada
  • Knowledge of the postsecondary environment in Canada.
  • Excellent networking relations


  • Ability to manage multiple external clients and multiple contracts
  • Ability to work directly with senior officers of the association, senior university administrators and other pertinent groups
  • Strong knowledge of both official languages
  • Good interpersonal and cross-cultural skills
  • Ability to balance several on-going initiatives/activities effectively
  • High degree of judgement, initiative, discretion and insight

This position is classified at management level 2 which has a hiring salary range from $102,000 to $122,000, commensurate with experience.

Universities Canada is the voice of Canada’s universities at home and abroad, advancing higher education, research and innovation for the benefit of all Canadians. We provide a forum for discussion and a framework for action at the federal level, facilitating the development of public policy on higher education, research and innovation. We also encourage cooperation among universities and among partners with whom we share interests. We are a non-governmental, not-for-profit association, funded through membership fees and revenues from our publications and other services.

Universities Canada is a National Capital Region Top Employer. We offer a comprehensive benefit package which includes four weeks of vacation (five weeks after two years), an attractive pension plan, group insurance, free gym membership and scholarships for children.

Interested candidates are asked to submit their curriculum vitae and a cover letter to the human resources service, Universities Canada, 1710-350 Albert Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1R 1B1 by April 22, 2019. Email address:

While all responses will be appreciated and handled in strictest confidence, only those being considered for interviews will be acknowledged. 

Universities Canada is committed to developing inclusive, barrier-free selection processes and work environments. All documents provided by Universities Canada can be provided in a format that takes into account the person’s disability.  

If contacted in relation to a job opportunity or testing, you should advise Universities Canada in a timely fashion of the accommodation measures which must be taken to enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner. If such accommodations are needed, please contact the human resources service. The information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially and will not affect the evaluation.

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