Deputy Director, Education

Montreal, Canada
28 Nov 2018
06 Jan 2019
Contract Type
Full Time


The basic principle for anti-doping education is to preserve the spirit of sport, as described in the World Anti-Doping Code (Code), from being undermined by doping.  The primary goal of such programs is prevention.  The objective is to prevent intentional or unintentional anti-doping rule violations and to promote behaviors and attitudes in line with the values of clean sport.

The Education Department is responsible for developing and implementing the education strategy and plan in support of WADA’s strategic priorities and the World Anti-Doping Program.

The Department, which is currently comprised of three staff, is responsible for the global promotion and protection of clean sport.  Education is one of WADA’s key long-term strategies for promoting the values of the spirit of sport and endeavoring to prevent the behavior of doping. Through Education, WADA facilitates, coordinates and monitors education initiatives worldwide and promotes social science research that will guide such initiatives to their most successful outcomes.


Reporting to the Director of Education and Communications, the Deputy Director, Education will be responsible for leading the development and implementation of WADA’s strategic education priorities, programs and activities; including, managing WADA’s Social Science Research Grant Program and coordinating the activities of WADA’s Education Committee. This position will have a dotted-line reporting relationship with the Education team.


The Deputy Director, Education, will oversee WADA’s dual role in clean sport education as a global regulatory body and development agency, which is responsible for the implementation of the World Anti-Doping Program.

In terms of regulation, the incumbent will be involved as follows:

International Standard for Education (ISE): to lead and coordinate the development, adoption and implementation of the new ISE.

Code: to support the development and implementation of the new Code as it relates to education specifically. 

Code compliance: to liaise and coordinate with other WADA Departments in ensuring that signatories to the Code are compliant with its requirements, specifically as it relates to education.

In terms of development, the incumbent will be involved as follows:

Promoting education: in response to emerging trends and issues, to develop and implement strategies to foster the development of existing and the implementation of new preventive anti-doping education programs.

Knowledge sharing: to develop strategies for the worldwide sharing of knowledge and effective preventive strategies in education, taking into consideration the diverse needs of WADA’s different stakeholders and of different regions.

Stakeholder support: to ensure that strategies are in place to provide guidance and support for key stakeholders in delivering their mandated responsibilities in relation to education.

Education Committee: to manage and coordinate the activities of WADA’s Education Committee, including the planning and conduct of Education Committee meetings, the management of Committee meeting outcomes, and the implementation of the Committee recommendations that are approved by WADA’s Executive Committee and Foundation Board.

Social science research: to further develop WADA’s Social Science Research Grant Program so as to: 

  • expand international awareness of the importance of choices that are principled and fair, as well as conducive to long-term good health; 
  • permit the identification and implementation of effective means of preventing cheating and doping behaviours; and
  • coordinate the sharing of outcomes of relevant ongoing or avant-garde research.

Evaluation of education programs: to ensure that robust measurement tools are in place to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of education programs, including WADA’s own education initiatives and indirectly supporting the measurement of the effectiveness of education programs more generally.


  • Proven track record of development and delivery of education programs in sport or another field;
  • Knowledge of anti-doping an asset;
  • Knowledge of the structure of international sport an asset;
  • Understanding of and belief in, the long-term preventive role of education;
  • Understanding of the practical applications of social science research for the development of successful preventive education initiatives;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and cultural sensitivity;
  • Strong team leader and team player;
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills;
  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal);
  • Excellent oral and written skills in one of the two WADA official languages (English/French) and very good command of the other official language;
  • Regular international travel will be required;
  • Evening and weekend work may be required;
  • Fit with organization culture and values (e.g. teamwork, team spirit and love of sport).


  • Graduate or post-graduate degree in education, or related field required;
  • Significant (7-10 years) practical experience in management; international sport; anti-doping; and/or the prevention field (education or health);
  • Significant experience in working for, or in collaboration with, governments and/or international organizations;
  • Teaching and/or research experience an asset;
  • Strong staff management and mentoring skills.

Vision: WADA’s vision is a world where all athletes compete in a doping-free sporting environment.

Mission: WADA's mission is to lead a collaborative worldwide movement for doping-free sport.  
Core Values:

  • Integrity
  • Accountability
  • Excellence

About us: WADA is headquartered in Montreal, Canada and has regional offices in Cape Town, Lausanne, Montevideo and Tokyo. As of August 2018, the Agency employs approximately 120 employees and is represented by 45 nationalities. We value the diversity of our employees – current and future – that, as a global team, endeavor every day to protect the rights of clean athletes worldwide.