Job Posting

Associate Director, Work-Integrated Learning & Neurodiversity Initiative

Limited Term, Management & Professional System

Institution: University of Calgary


Calgary, Alberta

Deadline: August 19, 2022

Posted: July 28, 2022

The Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning invites applications for an Associate Director, Work-Integrated Learning & Neurodiversity Initiative. This Full-time Fixed Term position is for approximately 4 years (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.

Under the leadership of the Director, Experiential & Work-Integrated Learning and guidance from the Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) and Neurodiversity Steering Committee, the Associate Director will work with students, staff, faculty, senior leaders and key external partners to develop and lead the WIL and Neurodiversity initiative, a four-year initiative funded by The Sinneave Family Foundation focused on systems-level change to transform accessibility and embrace universal design for learning (UDL) in WIL activities. Additionally, the incumbent works closely with industry and community leaders to transform practices for recruiting and mentoring students in work-integrated learning, with a strong focus on neurodivergent students.

The incumbent is a strategic thinker and a relationship builder. They connect UCalgary's WIL practitioners across the disciplines, document current practices for supporting neurodiverse students in WIL, engage the network in learning and development opportunities related to neurodiversity and UDL, and influence systems-level change to transform accessibility in WIL. Both on and off our university campuses, the Associate Director builds and sustains relationships with employers in order to 1) increase awareness of neurodiversity in the workplace; 2) identify potential WIL placements; and 3) identify champions for onboarding students of all neurologies. The Associate Director stewards the relationship with the funder. They also build and sustain relationships with students, employers and industry leaders, university leaders and WIL practitioners as well as other UCalgary personnel supporting neurodivergent students.

In addition to managing 3 support staff, the Associate Director designs a model for engaging students as partners through the life of the project, prioritizing the engagement of students with lived experience with neurodiversity. Students are engaged in all stages of the WIL & Neurodiversity Initiative from planning to evaluation.

Position Description

Leadership and Strategy

- Engage the Funder, Steering Committee, students and WIL program staff to develop a multi-year project plan for the initiative including key activities, communication plans, forecasted budgets and program evaluation
- Develop a strategic plan to achieve the short, medium and long term goals of the initiative with a focus on establishing UCalgary as a leader regionally and nationally in WIL and neurodiversity
- Develop plans and metrics for evaluation and impact measurement; lead continuous evaluation of impact and lead and advise on the preparation of communications (e.g, associated reports, presentations, webpages etc.) to communicate and translate impact
- Convene WIL leaders and practitioners from across campus to establish a new WIL network
- Facilitate process across the network to: 1) identify current practices for supporting neurodivergent students in WIL programs; 2) provide training related to neurodiversity and universal design for learning; and 3) review current practices and policies and 4) update WIL practices, policies and programs to be inclusive of all neurologies.
- Work with university leaders (including senior leadership, deans and associate deans), Student Enrolment Services, faculty-based Work-Integrated Learning teams and the Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning to identify opportunities to reduce stigma associated with neurodiversity, incorporate principles of UDL into WIL programs, and support neurodiverse students in thriving through their WIL studies and beyond
- Work within current university policies including Student Accommodation Policy and Procedure for Students with Disabilities and develops processes and procedures (in collaboration with partners) to foster student thriving in WIL, with a focus on neurodivergent students
- Leads activities of the Steering Committee including regular meetings and planning retreats
- Promotes work of the Office of Experiential Learning and the WIL and Neurodiversity Initiative regionally and nationally and actively connects with other leaders involved in similar work
- Manages program evaluation activities and regular reporting to UCalgary and the funder
- Recruit and manage the staff team to support the 4-year initiative including 3 support staff who are specialists in their fields of neurodiversity in the workplace, universal design for learning and supporting neurodiverse students (2 FTEs); knowledge translation, program evaluation and communication (1 FTE)
- Develop and implement a plan to engage students as partners through the initiative with a strong focus on students with lived experiences with neurodiversity, including opportunities to engage students in research and evaluation, campus engagement and program design
- Develop a multi-year budget plan and provide regular budget reports to the Director, Vice-Provost (Teaching & Learning), the Steering Committee and the funder
- Overall responsibility for managing the initiative budget; monitors grant funding monthly through eFIN
- Produces accurate, timely and concise financial and business reports
- Provides strategic financial direction to the Director and the Steering Committee
- Contributes to the leadership team in the Office of Experiential Learning and supports the OEL¿s priorities related to UCalgary's Experiential Learning Plan

Communication & Relationship Building

- Develops and maintains productive working relationships with internal and external partners including the initiative's funder, the Steering Committee, industry leaders, UCalgary leadership, students, and staff teams across campus
- Fosters relationships with other groups across campus supporting neurodivergent students including the Student Success Centre, the Centre for Career and Personal Development and Student Wellness Services including Student Accessibility Services
- Networks and develops relationships with employers and engages industry as partners in transforming the experience of neurodivergent students in the workplace
- Networks and collaborates with service agencies including The Sinneave Foundation to identify existing training resources and tools, and collaborates with the above to develop new training and resources aligned with research and best practices
- Collaborate with the TI's Manager, marketing & communications as well as Advancement and Student & Enrolment Services marketing & communications to develop a communications plan for activities related to the initiative

Qualifications / Requirements:

- A graduate degree in Social Work, Adult Education, Psychology, Disability Studies, Counselling or a related undergraduate degree with an equivalent combination of education and experience.
- 7-10 years of management experience, preferably in a human service, postsecondary or other education setting, including experience facilitating change
- Demonstrated experience in strategic planning or project management, budget preparation and budget management and program evaluation
- Professional and/or lived experience working with people who experience multiple barriers to employment and training, specifically neurodivergent students/adults
- Excellent knowledge of neurodiversity especially within the workplace, including knowledge of and experience with formal and informal accommodations in the workplace to facilitate a positive work experience for neurodivergent employees and their employers
- Experience of mentoring and coaching neurodivergent individuals and providing them with support and guidance to harness their skills and interests, with a view to gaining employment
- Experience working with intersecting identities such as Indigenous, BIPOC, LGBTQ2IAS+ and non-traditional student populations considered an asset
- Previous experience in Work-Integrated Learning or Career Development in a postsecondary context including working with employers and students
- Knowledge of and ability to communicate about and integrate principles of Universal Design for Learning
- Demonstrated experience networking within a wide range of organizations in the public and private sector
- Excellent written communications skills with demonstrated experience writing in a professional context using various formats and writing for various audiences (e.g. senior leaders, industry leaders, students and funders)
- Experience developing and delivering training, group facilitation and presentations of various sizes and audience types
- Capable of managing a high volume of work, navigating competing priorities, managing workflows and working to deadlines
- Ability to act decisively and to exercise a high degree of independence, initiative and judgment on a wide range of issues
- Knowledge of university business systems - Microsoft office, PeopleSoft, Qualtrics, Zoom and other web-based applications; experience with Microsoft SharePoint considered an asset.
- Knowledge of university culture, context, and strategic plans is an asset

Application Deadline: August 19, 2022

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.
Additional Information

This position is classified in the Management Career Band, Level 3 of the Management and Professional Staff Career Framework.

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