Managing at UBC

Managing at UBC is a leadership development program designed to equip newer managers with the foundational skills, knowledge and tools to succeed and grow in leadership roles at UBC.

Managing at UBC is designed for people-leaders who are currently in a management role and have been leading staff for three years or less (in or outside of UBC). Over an eight-month period, leaders from across the university come together to share experiences and learn best practices on topics related to leading self, leading teams, and leading within the organization.

** Information for the 2023-2024 program will be updated shortly

Applications for the 2022/23 program are now closed. The deadline was Friday, August 12, 2022 at 4:30 p.m.

 What's in it for you?

Managing at UBC supports Catalyst 2: I can grow my career and Catalyst 4: I am inspired by diverse leaders who live UBC’s values of the Focus on People 2025 framework through fostering professional and personal growth. The program also contributes to furthering authentic conversations for colleagues to hold each other accountable for inclusive and impactful leadership across the university. 

"The program exposed me to other UBC staff managing in other departments, which was a great opportunity to network, but also gave me exposure to the breadth of UBC’s vast organization.”

Through the program, you will be able to:


What to expect in the 2022/23 program

The program will take place October 2022 to May 2023.  All sessions will be held online/virtual.

Who's eligible

The Managing at UBC program is open to the following staff:

  • Management & Professional (M&P) employees only
  • Is currently in a management role, with direct staff report(s) (managing work learn/student appointments not eligible)
  • Has been in a management role for three years or less (in or outside of UBC)
  • Demonstrates willingness and commitment to one’s own learning and development
  • Has support from their manager for full participation in the program

What you'll be required to do to

To earn a certificate of completion, participants are expected to:

  • Attend all workshops (with the exception of time booked for vacation, or illness)
  • Develop a leadership development plan
  • Participate in six one-hour Leadership Group Coaching sessions (November to April)


Workshops will take place on Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (2.5 hrs.) on the following dates:

  • October 6, 2022
  • October 27, 2022
  • November 17, 2022
  • December 8, 2022
  • January 12, 2023
  • February 2, 2023
  • March 9, 2023
  • April 6, 2023
  • April 27, 2023
  • May 18, 2023

What you will explore

Some themes you can expect to learn through the program are: 

  • A coach-approach to leading others
  • How to navigate conflict in the workplace 
  • A strengths-based approach to leadership

Program fees 

The program is 100% funded by Human Resources.

How program participants are selected

To ensure that all qualified applicants are fairly considered, a lottery may be implemented as part of the selection process. Priority may be given to managers in their third year, or those who have applied but were waitlisted in previous years.  Applicants will be notified of their program status by email in September. We thank all applicants for their interest in the program.

UBC recognized for coaching programs

Managing at UBC won two prestigious awards in’s 2017 LEAD Awards.

In 2018, UBC earned an honourable mention through the International Coach Federation's 2018 International Prism Award. The honourable mention is recognition that our coaching programs have fostered personal development while shaping organizational culture and addressing strategic goals.


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the program team at

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