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Associate Director, Professional Development Program, WATPD

Department: Waterloo Professional Development Program (WatPD) Effective Date: November 2010
Grade: USG 11 Reports to: Director, Professional Development Program (WatPD)

General Accountability

This position is accountable to the Director of the Professional Development Program (WatPD). The Associate Director oversees the day-to-day operation of the program to ensure the smooth delivery of the courses to all undergraduate co-op students. In addition, the Associate Director works with the Director of the program to establish priorities for program development and enhancement.

Nature and Scope

The Professional Development program (WatPD) expands on the experiential learning experience of the University of Waterloo's co-op students with online courses for academic credit. The courses assist students in developing skills to improve their employability and their workplace productivity. In addition, these courses provide opportunities for students to reflect on connections among the workplace, their academic courses and their career path.

The program began with Arts and Math students admitted to Waterloo in the fall of 2006. For the Applied Health Sciences, Environment and Science Faculties, students admitted since the fall of 2007 have PD courses as part of the requirements for their co-op degree. In 2011, students from the Engineering Faculty will begin taking PD courses. The WatPD program will be providing support to students in the Engineering faculty through the WatPD-Engineering program. Co-op students all six Faculties must complete 4 or 5 PD courses, depending on their Faculty’s requirements.

The WatPD Associate Director independently manages course and program administration to ensure the smooth operation of the program. As such, the Associate Director shares overall responsibility with the Director of WatPD for setting and supervising the activities of all members of the WatPD team, including:

As PD courses are part of the degree requirements for all UW undergraduate co-op programs, the Associate Director of the WatPD Program has a direct impact on the graduation requirements of all these undergraduate co-op students. Specifically, the WatPD Associate Director has the following key responsibilities:

Acting Director

Program Administration

Course Administration

Budget Allocation and Expense Approval

Course Content Development

Supervision and Hiring

Liaison and Communication

As an initiative that involves co-op students from all six Faculties, the WatPD Associate Director must establish strong working relationships with groups that may need information from WatPD and/or be able to provide assistance, collaboration, and guidance to program delivery. Internal UW groups may include, but are not limited to, six undergraduate offices, Registrar’s Office, Co-operative Education & Career Services (CECS), UW Centre for the Advancement of Co-operative Education (WatCACE), Centre for Teaching Excellence (CTE), Information Systems & Technology (IST), and Distance and Continuing Education (DCE).


Statistical Data

The WatPD Program offers 7 online courses each academic term. By the end of 2011, there will be 9 courses offered each term. Beyond 2011, it is expected that there will be 2-5 additional elective courses added. New courses may be added to the program and existing courses modified as deemed necessary by the Co-operative Education Council and/or the WatPD-Engineering Curriculum Committee. By the end of 2011, the WatPD team involved in supporting the program each term will include: 9 faculty/staff instructors, 2 instructional support coordinators (full-time staff members), 1 administrative coordinator (full-time staff), 15-20 Teaching/Program Assistants (typically full-time co-op students), 20-30 part-time markers (co-op or grad students).

Beginning in 2011, there will be 5000-6000 co-op students enrolled in PD courses each term.

Specific Accountabilities

The WatPD Associate Director, individually and collaboratively, has specific responsibilities including, but not limited to, the following:

Program Administration


Course Support

Program Development and Enhancement

External (to WatPD) Accountabilities

On behalf of the Director, the Associate Director could be expected to do any of the following:

Working Conditions

The WatPD Program is a flex-time unit and occasional weekend and evening work may be required.