Program officer, Innovative Designs for Accessibility: Partnerships and programs (three-year term position) - Universities Canada

Universities Canada is the national organization that represents Canadian public and private not-for-profit universities and university-degree level colleges at home and abroad. We provide a forum for discussion and a framework for action at the federal level, facilitating the development of public policy on higher education, research and innovation. We also encourage cooperation among universities and among partners with whom we share interests. We are a non-governmental, not-for-profit association, funded through membership fees and revenues from publications and contract management services. We are currently seeking a program officer to work with our partnerships and programs team. Reporting to the assistant director, Partnerships and programs, the incumbent will oversee a new three-year program funding, a national student design competition with a focus on innovation and accessibility.

The program officer will be responsible for all aspects of the Innovative Designs for Accessibility (IDeA) program including program design and implementation; promotion to universities and students; coordination of the annual competition including the selection process; reporting; coordination of an annual celebration event; and, liaising with government officials, students and universities. This candidate profile sets out the education, experience, knowledge, abilities and personal qualities that the ideal candidates would possess. Education and experience Undergraduate degree in a related discipline. Four to five years of prior similar experience. Prior experience in program management and promotion. Experience managing government-funded programs, an asset. Knowledge Knowledge of the Canadian higher education system. Knowledge of accessibility issues. Knowledge of database management and social media tools.


Strong financial management and reporting skills. Excellent oral communication skills in both official languages, including strong presentation skills. Written proficiency in both official languages. Ability to take initiative and to work independently. Capacity to liaise with and manage multiple external stakeholders. Ability to perform under pressure and within set deadlines and with evolving priorities. Judgement, tact and diplomacy.

The hiring salary range for this position is from $65,742 to $75,562 commensurate with experience. Candidates who do not meet all of the position requirements may be considered in an underfill capacity, in which case the candidate would be hired at a lower level than the position level. Universities Canada is a National Capital Region’s Top Employer and offers a comprehensive benefit package which includes four weeks of vacation, an attractive pension plan, and life, disability, medical and dental care insurance. 

Interested candidates are asked to submit their curriculum vitae with a cover letter to the Human Resources Service, Universities Canada, 1710-350 Albert Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1R 1B1 by October 12, 2017. Email address:

While all responses will be appreciated and handled in strictest confidence, only those being considered for interviews will be acknowledged. Universities Canada is committed to developing inclusive, barrier-free selection processes and work environments. All documents provided by Universities Canada can be provided in a format that takes into account the person’s disability. If contacted in relation to a job opportunity or testing, you should advise Universities Canada in a timely fashion of the accommodation measures which must be taken to enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner. If such accommodations are needed, please contact the human resources service. The information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially and will not affect the evaluation.