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Computing and Financial Management Program Manager

Date: March 25, 2015
Reports to (Job Title): Co-Directors, Computing and Financial Management
Jobs Reporting (Job Titles): None
Department: School of Accounting and Finance


Main Campus


35 hr/wk

Primary Purpose

The Computing and Financial Management program Manager is a VPA (Vice-President Academic) program offered jointly by the School of Accounting and Finance and the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science. Outside of the Program Manager, there is no additional support staff dedicated to CFM, and as a result, a large number and range of responsibilities are delegated to this position to manage day-to-day operations, strategic planning, and to ensure that school and faculty level changes/decisions are examined to determine implications and next steps for CFM. As such, the Program Manager functions in an all-encompassing role.  

Key Accountabilities:

1.  Oversees the effective management of the program


Financial accountability



2.  Advising and coaching




Marketing, recruitment, and admissions


3.  Communications and publications


Co-op and Business Development


Alumni engagement and development

Position Requirements


Undergraduate degree


Extensive knowledge of university structure and policies/procedures, advising/counselling, co-op, academic/career advising, marketing and communications, recruitment, event planning, business development, working with employers, and alumni engagement and development. Incumbent should have strong skills in time management (managing multiple competing priorities between responsibilities), analytical skills to perform data analysis and review, and supervisory skills to manage co-ops, mentors, and volunteers


MS Word Excel PowerPoint Other
Advanced Intermediate Advanced Web content management software, photo/publishing layout/editing software

Nature and Scope

Interpersonal Skills:

Strong verbal and written communication skills to motivate/educate students, meet with various stakeholders, and to deliver presentations. Incumbent must establish strong professional relationships with many units due to various responsibilities. 1) SIGNIFICANT INTERNAL RELATIONSHIPS: Registrar’s Office (Records, Admissions, SAFA), Advisors (MUO/AUO, SAF advisors, CS Advisors, Math Advisors, other uWaterloo Faculty Undergrad Offices and Advisors, Math Exchange Coordinators, E&S/S&P for petitions, Student Success Office), SAF - Experiential Learning and Career Development team, Math Admissions Team (Office of the Dean of Mathematics), CECA (Math Co-op Advisor, Student Advisors, Employer Account Managers), Housing and Residences (LLC team), Institutional Analysis and Planning (program reviews), Marketing & Undergraduate Recruitment, Creative Services, SAF alumni and development team, Math advanced team.  2) SIGNIFICANT EXTERNAL RELATIONSHIPS: Extensive communications with interested students, applicants, parents, influencers (guidance counselors, high school teachers), alumni, industry (TFSA), employers (program awareness, co-op), and donors.

Level of Responsibility:

Unique multi-faceted role that engages a lot of support units on campus. Must have strong understanding of academic rules/regulations and strong understanding of integrated marketing and communication strategies to support day-to-day decision-making. Supervision of Program & Recruitment Associate (Co-op) - Temporary employee

Decision-Making Authority:

Under the guidance of the CFM Co-Directors, the Program Manager makes day-to-day and strategic decisions about: academic program management, financial decisions, advising and coaching, engagement and student life initiatives, marketing, recruitment, and admissions, communications and publications, co-op and business development, and alumni engagement and development

Physical and Sensory Demands:

Moderate psychological risk through disagreeable or uncomfortable conversations (through student advising). Tight deadlines (i.e. advising peak periods and deadlines, admissions, marketing/communications deadlines) 

Working Environment:

Some additional hours requirement (evenings, weekends)