Online Learning Project Manager

  • Company:
    University of Waterloo
  • Location:
  • Salary:
    negotiable / monthly
  • Job type:
  • Posted:
    2 months ago
  • Category:
    Education & Teaching

Term: 1 YearThe Project Manager will help manage the development of online courses and instructional modules as part of a professional team within the Centre for Extended Learning (CEL). Projects are becoming increasingly complex with multiple staff, subject matter experts and stakeholders involved, including those from outside the institution.The project manager will manage several multidisciplinary teams that include faculty and/or other subject matter experts, instructional designers, digital media developers and learning management system/quality assurance specialists involved in the design and development of Waterloo online credit and non-credit courses, as well as professional development training for external clients.Managing CEL Development ProjectsDefining, documenting, and managing the project scope and deliverablesCreating and maintaining all project management documentation and oversight strategies (e.g. charters, timelines, schedules, work-breakdown structures, etc)Establishing communication strategies within project teams and with external stakeholders (e.g. faculty members or external clients)Facilitating the resolution of bottlenecks and issues within project teams as they arise, and escalating the issue if it cannot be resolved within the teamEnsuring the project is completed on time and on budget. The PM is responsible for tracking internal staff time and project expendituresThe project manager will be responsible for an estimated 15-20 projects at any given timeThe project manager may assist in managing assessment and research to determine the effectiveness of project outcomes (e.g. course or training effectiveness)Planning with the Associate Director, Online Learning, Learning Design Manager and Production ManagerThrough regular updates and meetings, appraise and report on both the overall health and progress of the projectsHelp assess the workload of the teams involved in course development and assist with new project scheduling and staffingContinuous Improvement of Project Management and Production Management StrategiesEstablish project management practices within CELInitiate and conduct a review of current internal project management strategiesRecommend strategies for improving PM strategiesImplement approved strategies (including managing process changes, documentation, and staff support for transitioning to new strategies)Project management training required; PMP certification an assetDegree in education, educational technology, instructional design, or related field, at master level, or undergraduate level with post-graduate diploma or certificate, plus corresponding experienceKnowledge of instructional design, learning theory and online learning best practicesKnowledge of media production tools and strategies, and best practicesKnowledge of the development process involved in producing high quality online courses and digital assets5 years of strong project management skills and experience in an online learning, e-learning or instructional design related fieldDemonstrated experience and success in managing complex, multi-stakeholder projects with shifting timelines and prioritiesDemonstrated experience and success in leading multi-disciplinary teamsSuccess leading academic projects and working with academic stakeholdersWorking knowledge of media development tools, e-learning tools, learning management systems, and their optimal applicationAbility to estimate e-learning development costsProficiency in the use of electronic project management and online collaboration toolsExcellent communication and interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work as part of a teamNegotiation skills (for roles, timelines, project scope, differences of opinion, etc)