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Manager International Development, Projects & International Development, VP (International Operations)

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Job ID: 15739

Updated: August 8, 2018

Location: Main Campus

Position Overview

The Projects and International Development team within the Office of the VP (International Operations) is currently seeking a Full-time Regular Manager, International Development.

This position reports to the Director Programs and International Development, in the University of Calgary International, and works closely with the Vice Provost International. The position requires a high degree of initiative and independent decision making and problem solving on complex issues. This job involves working in a high volume and fast paced environment, and managing diverse and complex external and internal relationships. Incumbent must have the ability to exercise considerable managerial discretion when overseeing staff.

Position Description

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

  • Contribute to strategies and plans to develop new international development projects
  • Stay current on information/intelligence of donor priorities, including government donors, private sector, foreign government funding agencies, multi-laterals and others
  • Develop and maintain a portfolio of international development programs, in line with the international strategy, and in consultation with relevant faculties, departments and international partner institutions
  • Define program design, proposal strategy/vision in cooperation with relevant faculties, departments and international partners
  • Provide reporting, tracking and data analysis necessary for the management of the international development projects portfolio
  • Ensure clear communication between all internal and external stakeholder
  • Ensure that a robust opportunities and projects tracking system is maintained within the unit for improved project management, accountability and transparency purposes
  • Ensure project proposal submissions deadlines are met, and annual targets achieved as planned
  • Conduct mapping exercises and surveys to identify international opportunities for Calgary
  • Develop and implements activities related to knowledge sharing like through the International Development Week, and other such international development forums, and engages with and maintains partnerships with international development related associations and networks
  • Ensure high quality programs are delivered in Canada and abroad, and projects are monitored and evaluated on a regular basis
  • Ensure projects are managed effectively, and within the parameters of agreements with international development funders
  • Staff are well trained, competent, supported in their work and encouraged in their professional development
  • Foster a service-oriented approach and encourage flexibility in learning and adapting quickly to change
  • Determine, prioritize, and implement new initiatives for the teams through short and long term planning strategies
  • Lead the teams in developing, implementing, and maintaining multiple projects and programs, while providing high level leadership and oversight
  • Provide expert recommendations/solutions related to business process design and ensure consistency throughout business practices
  • Represent the project team at meetings, managing negotiations and securing the cooperation of senior management for all key project plans, commitments, and changes
  • Conduct risk analyses and establish contingency plans for each project
  • Domestic and international travel required

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Master's degree in international development, development economics, or other related international development management related fields
  • 5 to 7 years of experience in Canada and abroad with complex, multi-partner international development projects, working with large non-profit organisations and networks, or post secondary institutions. Field experience preferred
  • A combination of education and experience will be considered
  • Ability to collect and interpret data for the purpose of developing effective and meaningful programs, including strong attention to detail
  • Proven analytical abilities and strategic thinking in contributing to the design and implementation of programmatic and operational changes
  • Demonstrated strength in information management
  • Expertise in a variety of software applications
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and communication/conflict management skills in a busy, open work environment; must be able to organize, motivate, and develop people
  • Demonstrated ability to achieve excellence in individual performance while always being focused on working with others to achieve the team goals
  • Initiative, creativity, partnership building skills, and service delivery focus
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including displaying sound judgment, tact and diplomacy in interactions with internal and external stakeholders
  • Knowledge of web based applications is an asset
  • Understanding of the University's mission, values and plans is an asset

Application Deadline: June 25, 2018

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 I of the Management and Professional Staff Career Framework.

To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Management and Staff Careers website.


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