PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST
Job Band 10: $36.82 - $48.07
The Ontario College of Trades (College) is currently seeking a Program Development Specialist to join our Standards department to develop and maintain apprenticeship programs, training and curriculum standards, tests and examinations for trades, and provide consultative advice to the College’s governance structure and external stakeholders on trade viability, training design, development and certification.
The successful candidate will:
- Develop training standards and assessments for assigned trades through ongoing consultative processes with stakeholders, such as industry experts and trade boards, to: gather occupational and trade related content; facilitate and participate in trades training-related committees and meetings; and resolve occupational and trade-related issues in support of standard design and development.
- Provide consultative advice and act as the primary liaison between the College and industry experts and with provincial ministries, federal government departments, agencies, and training institutions to further the College’s mandate.
- Advise on the latest trades-related trends to inform and influence government on policy development and legislation.
- Maintain trade board relations including: acting as trade board secretary; identifying and assisting with the recruitment of trade board candidates and orientation of trade board members; advising members of legislation and risks of options on trade standards; inform on issues; providing research and policy support to all levels of the College’s governance structure; and processing trade board expenses.
- Conduct and lead projects, coordinate conferences and design and develop programs involving project planning, costing, resource needs, outcomes, milestones and timelines.
- Design, develop and validate training materials for trades (as assigned) through a needs analysis, analyze and review trade scopes of practice, develop on-the-job training standards and in-school/classroom curriculum standards and “entry to practice” criteria and procedures.
- As necessary, act as a national host for selected, inter-provincially-designated trades and assist Employment and Skills Development Canada (ESDC) in managing the Red Seal trade certification process.
- Plan and facilitate the development of interprovincial test banks, provincial examinations, training and curriculum standard workshops, and examination editing workshops, and coordinate peer reviews and interprovincial document validation, document translation.
- Minimum of 3-5 years of experience in the apprenticeship/trades system.
- Knowledge of adult learning principles including program and training design, curriculum development and learning needs/style assessment.Experience with instructional techniques and occupational analysis to design, develop and validate trades scopes of practice, training and curriculum standards, and prior learning assessments.
- Knowledge of the development of learning outcomes, testing, measurement and evaluation principles, criteria and norm-referenced assessment principles, and statistical analysis to design provincial competence examinations for evaluating written and practical examinations.
- Knowledge of Ontario ministries, the College, labour standards and legislation, and other trade-specific regulations and policies to provide information, analysis and interpretation to stakeholders for ensuring compliance in the development of training standards and assessments, and the operation of trade boards.
- Knowledge of workplace preparation programs and youth employment strategies to ensure they are integrated in training-design and assessment.
- The ability to act as a provincial host for selected inter-provincially designated trades, including knowledge of provincial and inter-provincial document and examination development procedures testing, and standards for skilled trades. Understanding of the stakeholder landscape, including labour and trades issues in Ontario and Canada, to provide advice, lead discussions, and inform the College of issues impacting its mandate.
- Experience with project management techniques and methods to plan, lead and conduct a number of program-specific projects.
- Knowledge of the apprenticeship system in Ontario and across Canada.
- College diploma or university degree is considered an asset.
- Verbal communication skills.
- Consultation and presentation skills to provide advice and act as the primary liaison between the College and assigned industry experts.
- Facilitation, conflict resolution, and consensus-building skills to facilitate trade board relations and consultations and various activities in support of the Red Seal trade certification process.
- Research and analysis skills to conduct analysis of relevant labour market and apprenticeship data for stakeholders
- Written communication skills to write a range of training materials, including briefings, proposals, curriculums, examinations, tests, and tools, and to prepare agendas, minutes, briefs and reports for trade board meetings
- Proficiency with a variety of computers applications (databases, Microsoft Office, and trainer-specific systems) to prepare briefing materials, reports and presentations.
- Relationship-building skills to develop partnerships, and negotiate, and build consensus.
*This position is represented by OPSEU.
How to Apply:
Please forward your resume, together with a separate cover letter by March 20, 2017, to email@example.com. Only applications submitted via email will be accepted.
Be sure to quote the following competition number in the subject line of your email: OCOT-009-17
Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
Recognized as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers (2016), the College embraces diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive workplace. Our goal is to attract, develop and retain highly talented employees from diverse backgrounds, allowing us to benefit from a wide variety of experiences and perspectives. In accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, and the College’s Accommodation Policy, accommodation will be provided at any point throughout the hiring process, provided the candidate makes their accommodation needs known to the College. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. No agencies, please.
The Ontario College of Trades is an equal opportunity employer.
To view our vacancies or to check the status of this vacancy, please visit http://www.collegeoftrades.ca/careers.