Senior Lead, China Programs

Updated: 3 months ago
Deadline: 25 Sep 2023

This position is a part of the Association of the Academic Staff of the University of Alberta (AASUA).

In accordance with the Administrative and Professional Officer Agreement , this full time continuing position offers a comprehensive benefits package found at Faculty & Staff Benefits and annual salary range of $73,843 to $123,075.

LocationNorth Campus Edmonton. This role is hybrid with a mix of remote and in-person.

Working for the University of Alberta

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Your work will have a meaningful influence on a fascinating cross section of people—from our students and stakeholders, to our renowned researchers and innovators who are quite literally curing diseases, making discoveries and generating solutions that make the world healthier, safer, stronger, and more just.

Working for the Department/Faculty 

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Reporting to the Associate Dean, this role is a member of the senior leadership team of the Master's & Executive Education Office. The Senior Lead, China Programs is the key position responsible for leading and managing all aspects of business graduate programs in China. This includes, but is not limited to, the Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Financial Management (MFM) programs in China. The mandate of the role includes providing leadership and strategic advice as well as making decisions on all issues impacting the China Programs, setting direction for the program team, identifying opportunities for program growth and expansion in a competitive market, ensuring all aspects of program delivery are planned and delivered effectively, facilitating opportunities for collaboration and connections with our international partners and contacts, and developing and maintaining exceptional relationships as the lead relationship contact with the University of Alberta, Alberta School of Business, China Program Agents as well as other key internationalstakeholders. 

This Senior Lead directly supervises two positions: Program Advisor and Program Coordinator. The position requires a combination of academic knowledge, leadership skills, relationship building, and a global perspective to ensure the program's success. This position also requires an exceptional degree of responsiveness and communication both to our international partners as well as students to promote an effective partnership relationship as well as a high-quality educational experience. The Senior Lead performs a variety of additional complex program management duties in relation to the international context. 

This position primarily works Monday through Friday but exercises considerable flexibility in communicating with key partners and students located in different time zones during non-traditional MDT/MST business hours and over the weekends. Some weekends and international travel are required.


  • Assumes primary accountability for budgeting, developing, delivering and reviewing a comprehensive suite of well-managed China Programs to meet student needs, as well as institutional & partner expectations and government agency requirements. 
  • Oversees the academic services process by way of supervision of the Program Advisors and Coordinators. 
  • Responsible for the recruitment, development & retention of instructors and faculty. 
  • Leads negotiation efforts for rates of pay of instructors as well as all contract terms. 
  • Conducts performance reviews for instructors and provides pertinent feedback. 
  • Manages the marketing approach for the China Programs and leads social media to promote the China Programs and build student networks. 
  • Manages the China Programs admissions process and ensures strategies are developed to meet and exceed targets to recruit high-quality students. 
  • Manages performance of team members to ensure excellent student service, partnership management, and program management through the full program cycle. 
  • Leads event planning in partnership with China partners, including program opening ceremonies, orientation, recruitment events and convocation celebration events.

Minimum Qualifications

  • A Master's or Doctoral degree in a relevant field (e.g., Business Administration, Management). 
  • Five to ten years of significant experience in higher education administration, preferably in program management or leadership roles. 
  • Exceptional Mandarin speaking and writing abilities is required for communication with our China Partners, Instructors and students. 
  • Strong understanding of global business and industry trends, with expertise in international business management and relationships. 
  • Knowledge of the various cultural norms that dictate general practices and protocols, including those specific to China. 
  • Strong entrepreneurial spirit and ability to work under pressure. 
  • Ability to juggle multiple priorities at hand and use mature judgment to prioritize accordingly. 
  • Knowledge of accreditation standards and processes for business programs. 
  • Familiarity with copyright and FOIPP rules as per university regulations and relevant laws. 
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement innovative curriculum and teaching methodologies. 
  • Experience in student recruitment, admissions, and advising. 
  • Supervisory experience, leading and directing a team. 
  • Proficiency in data analysis and using technology for program management and assessment. 
  • Strong organizational and problem-solving skills, with the ability to manage multiple priorities and meet deadlines. 
  • Some travel will be required. 
  • Have a solid understanding of industry trends to inform upon strategic planning, budgeting, and forecasting.

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

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