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Alberta College of Art + Design

Executive Director, Continuing Education + Professional Development


Northwest Calgary1718JLMP02-1527890

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A leading centre of education and research since 1926, ACAD energizes art and design in Canada and internationally. We engage the world, create possibilities, and connect with brilliant minds in all corners of the globe.

Above all, we are passionate about art and design and the people who create it.

Calgary is our home base – a vibrant, cosmopolitan urban centre, a safe and friendly atmosphere, and outstanding potential for adventure in nearby mountain parks.

We hope you will join us at ACAD (where creativity matters).

Job Description

Do you believe in the power of ideas, possibility, and in building community? ACAD is looking for a visionary and strategic ExecutiveDirector, Continuing Education + Professional Development who is a strong business leader and will bring their related expertise to a growing school.


This position comes at a significant time for the department as it seeks to implement a new vision for enhancing the continuing education and professional development initiatives. This evolution provides a significant opportunity for someone with vision and business development acumen to lead the development of new programming that will position the School for sustainable growth. 


About Continuing Education + Professional Development at ACAD


The School of Continuing Education + Professional Development is a revenue generating professional education enterprise designed to serve learners of all ages and backgrounds in the region. The School has three key goals: to generate revenue, to engage the broader community, and to draw students into our full-time day programming.


Continuing Education + Professional Development programs will be in alignment with overall teaching and learning activities at ACAD, and it is expected that the Executive Director will establish positive partnerships with faculty and staff, business, industry, government, educational, and cultural sector communities to enhance the College and the portfolio's brand and reputation. They will increase partner involvement and sponsorship, and meet the needs of students and potential employers. Managing a small team, the Executive Director will possess an entrepreneurial spirit, and is a results-based leader with superb management and business development skills.


The Opportunity

(Competition # 1718-JL-MP-02)

Reporting to the President + CEO, the Executive Director will take responsibility for strategy and business development, program administration, annual business plans and budget development, relationship building, human resource management, marketing, and market research. The incumbent will also oversee the development of market driven programming; championing new programs through the approval process and supervising the development, management, promotion, and quality control of programs to meet targets. Continuing Education + Professional Development programs will drive innovation for the College and reflect a full spectrum of programs aimed at lifelong learners.  This includes non-credit courses/programs/workshops/seminars; credit and professional certificates; diplomas, and on-line/blended program delivery.


The successful candidate will have:

  • Graduate degree in a relevant field with current knowledge of research in the field of education preferred

  • A minimum of five years of progressively senior administration experience in a related field within an entrepreneurial education service provision environment

  • A strong record of initiating and stewarding external and internal relationships with potential clients and stakeholder groups

  • A proven record in revenue generation, preferably with educational program development with diverse constituencies from public, private and non-profit sectors

  • Knowledge of, and familiarity with, strategic partnerships and new business opportunities and planning in a post-secondary setting. Experience with online and digital educational services is an asset.

  • Proven experience in business planning, marketing and financial administration

  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to work collaboratively with a wide range of internal and external communities and stakeholders

  • Demonstrated ability to lead, coach and mentor staff

  • Ability to manage conflicting multiple and conflicting priorities and implement goal setting strategies

  • Solid organizational and time-management skills

  • Must be highly competent in the use of office software such as Word and Excel.


How to Apply

>>>Please submit applications via our careers page (www.acad.ca/careers). The application must include a cover letter and a current CV. Applications must be submitted in a single PDF document. Please visit ACAD’s How to Apply page to ensure your application is complete prior to submission.

Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and will continue until the position is filled or the search is closed.

Further information about the College is available on our website at www.acad.ca.

ACAD is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to fostering diversity within our community. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of the College. We encourage expressions of interest from all qualified applicants for consideration for this or other suitable vacancies although applications from Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

The collection of personal information is for the purpose of determining eligibility and suitability for employment as authorized by the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) Act, section 33(c). If you have any questions about the collection of your information, please contact Human Resources at hr@acad.ca or (403)284-7683.

While we thank all candidates for their interest, only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.


Contact Information

Alberta College of Art + Design
Posting Date: 04-Aug-2017Executive and General Management Permanent, Full-Time Open 1 ASAP
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