Education Manager

University of British Columbia - Vancouver, BC (30+ days ago)

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Job ID:

Vancouver - Point Grey Campus

Employment Group:
Management&Professional (AAPS)

Job Category:
Educational Programming

Classification Title:
Educ. Programming, Level A

Business Title:
Education Manager

Faculty of Land & Food Systems

UBC Farm

Salary Range:
$49,090.00 (minimum) - $58,932.00 (midpoint) - $70,717.00 (maximum)

Full/Part Time:

Desired Start Date:

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Funding Type:
Budget Funded

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Guiding principle: "Midpoint" of the hiring salary range means the individual possesses full job knowledge, qualifications and experience.

Job Summary

Working in a dynamic and high-energy environment, the Education Manager will facilitate student educational activities at the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems (CSFS) at UBC Farm. The CSFS and UBC Farm offer innovative academic and community-engaged approaches to experiential learning which enhance students' and community members' capacity for local and global citizenship while strengthening civil society and advancing food system sustainability, thereby contributing to the fulfillment of the key elements of UBC's vision. The ideal candidate has extensive experience in educational programming development, implementation, and evaluation and will have experience in planning and implementing communication and outreach activities, preferably in a University or academic setting.

Organizational Status

Reports to and works closely with the CSFS Operations Director. Works closely with CSFS Academic Director, CSFS Communications Coordinator, other CSFS staff, CSFS Advisory committee and Faculty Associates, and other UBC units related to joint programming initiatives. Supervises up to 2 staff members; hires and supervises up to 2 seasonal student interns or Work Learn students per year.

Work Performed

  • Works with the CSFS Directors to facilitate the development, implementation, and evaluation of teaching and education activities at the CSFS, both credit and not-for-credit;
  • In collaboration with the Operations Director and the Field Manager, coordinates and supports field activities for teaching courses and academic projects based at the CSFS/UBC Farm.
  • Writes and manages teaching grants for CSFS-based educational projects.
  • Develops teaching opportunities (including the co-creation of curriculum) with researchers and instructors, across various faculty, and partner universities.
  • Drafts MOUs for on-site teaching and oversees fee assessment for academic activities.
  • Oversees, in collaboration with other CSFS staff and stakeholders, the collection, sharing and promotion of CSFS teaching activities to international, regional, and local communities through maintenance of online database, website, social media platforms, and the extension web-portal, as well as through outreach events and activities.
  • Facilitates strategic linkages between academic initiatives and industry/community partnerships.
  • Acts as the administrative lead for CSFS educational programs such as the Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture, short courses, children's programs, LFS 496, etc. including coordinating and implementing student applications and registrations, tuition payments, honoraria to presenters, promotion and communications, etc.
  • Develops, coordinates, implements, and evaluates events and outreach opportunities for student engagement and knowledge mobilization on campus such as Imagine Day and the Sustainability Fair.
  • Oversees transcription of teaching findings into communication materials and maintaining collaborations with other teaching partners on curricular quality (e.g. CSL, SEEDS, etc.).
  • Delivers academic tours and in-class presentations.
  • Other duties as needed to fulfill the academic mandate of the CSFS.
Supervision Received

Works under the direction of the CSFS Operations Director. Exercises a high level of independent decision making. Keeps the Director informed and up-to-date on issues through regular meetings and works closely in collaboration with the CSFS Academic Director. Work is reviewed in terms of achievement of long-term goals. Works towards implementation of recommendations in the CSFS Strategic Plan with general direction provided by advisory committees.

Supervision Given

May supervise up to 2 student interns / employees per year.

Consequence of Error/Judgement

Acts as primary on- and off-site liaison with UBC faculty and students as well as external stakeholders. Ensures that new and existing academic relationships fulfill the CSFS' stated mission, vision and goals set out in the Strategic Plan. Failure to meet these objectives could affect the reputation of CSFS and its future ability to attract funding, researchers, and students to contribute to the center's academic portfolio, jeopardizing the viability of the Centre's core operations. As the CSFS is seen as an integral component of UBC's Sustainability strategy, the innovation and quality of on-site sustainability teaching contributes towards the quality and success of UBC's broader sustainability efforts.


Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline. Graduate degree (MSc preferred) in a relevant discipline or mix of disciplines such as communications, education, agriculture, environmental sciences, food system science, geography, etc. Minimum of two years experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience in education or educational programming experience. Demonstrated experience and success in researching, writing and managing academic funding grants. Demonstrated knowledge of UBC's organizational structures, relationships, policies, and protocols is an asset. Familiarity with the history and current operations of the CSFS/ UBC Farm is an asset. Strong interpersonal, conflict resolution, negotiating skills: able to communicate with diplomacy and tact to a multi-cultural audience as a CSFS representative as well as when dealing with controversial issues; Proven collaborative skills and vision with a strong track record for developing positive relationships with stakeholders and supporting a dynamic and creative team; ability to support diverse staff and collaborator teams. Strong project management skills with the ability to manage, monitor, complete and evaluate multi-year projects within allocated time and resources; ability to identify, obtain and effectively manage organizational resources (e.g. people, materials, assets, budgets). Ability to prioritize and work efficiently and effectively with minimal supervision while under pressure to meet deadlines in a dynamic and fast pace environment. Excellent organizational skills. Demonstrated teaching and curriculum development ability: able to comfortably provide hands-on group and individual instruction to students of diverse ages and backgrounds and able to identify learning opportunities in a dynamic field environment; strong ability to create learning opportunities in a complex multi-stakeholder and dynamic field and theoretical research landscape. Ability to effectively use MS Office and online applications at an intermediate level. (e.g., Outlook, MS Word, MS Excel). Familiarity with Drupal-based systems is an asset but not required. Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing. Strong skills in preparing proposals, reports, agreements and articles for a variety of audiences. Ability to effectively facilitate and chair meetings and deliver engaging presentations.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.