ACADEMIC DEAN

If you are looking for an exciting leadership challenge, working with a highly collaborative team, in a beautiful college with a long-standing tradition of success, then this job is for you!

 

THE COLLEGE

CEGEP John Abbott College (“JAC”) is one of five public English language CEGEPs in Québec. Situated on the western tip of the island of Montréal in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue just half an hour from downtown Montréal, JAC enjoys a rural setting on one of the most beautiful and historic campuses in Québec. Primarily serving the Greater Montréal area, it also hosts students from other parts of Québec and the rest of Canada, including aboriginal students. In addition, the College has a significant number of international students.  As one of 48 public Québec CEGEPs, JAC offers two types of programs: (i) two-year pre‑university programs; and (ii) three-year career programs (designed for the labour market). Over 6,200 students are enrolled in full-time studies with another 2,000 students in Continuing Education.

At JAC, the collective commitment to student success and life-long learning is of paramount importance. JAC is recognized as a quality learning institution with a strong focus on student success and a reputation for excellence. It has inaugurated many innovative programs and development initiatives to meet the needs and interests of its student body. In the ever-changing educational landscape, JAC is moving forward with innovative teaching, new programs, a stimulating learning environment, dynamic student services and community partnerships.

Following the completion of its LEED-Gold Anne-Marie Edward science building in 2012, the college launched an extensive plan to renovate the rest of the buildings on its beautiful campus, including the immediate renovation of its library.  These renovations are planned to continue into 2020.

 

CANDIDATE PROFILE

  • The ideal candidate will be an accomplished and dynamic administrator, as well as a committed educator possessing extensive teaching and administrative experience in higher education.  Must also have a clear knowledge of current issues in post-secondary and cegep education.
  • S/he has demonstrated a lifelong commitment to student learning and championing student needs.
  • S/he must be able to articulate a clear academic vision and develop prioritized action plans that will allow the college to maintain its long-standing traditions of quality education.
  • S/he will have a track record of successful and courageous decision-making. This could imply being strong in situations where others are pushing in directions which may not be in the best interest of the students or college.
  • S/he has the ability to deliver optimum levels of leadership, if required, encouragement, training and support in order to help others achieve their results and meet their budgets and timelines.
  • S/he generally motivates and develops competencies in people to give their best results, praising them when things go well and appraising them of improvements which can and should be made.
  • With proven consensus-building abilities, he/she will have previously dealt with complex issues and implemented key solutions in a challenging milieu. Be non-confrontational when handling or involved in conflict situations.
  • A persuasive and collaborative leader, the candidate will have strong listening skills with a demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in an honest and transparent manner. Possesses the ability to create a network of contacts across various disciplines and organizations.

 

POSITION

Reporting to the Director General and the Board of Governors, the Academic Dean is responsible for the quality of education and academic administration of the College. As such, the incumbent’s responsibilities encompass the administration of all staff, faculty and resources committed to teaching and learning. Also under his/her direction are the development and management of institutional academic policies and instructional programs, as well as the provision of many academic support services.

 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Oversee the development and coordination of all academic programs and policies in-line with ministerial regulations, and relevant collective agreements.
  • Collaborate with the Director General to lead college operations.
  • Prepare, develop and implement activities in support of JAC’s Strategic Plan.
  • Oversee the proper functioning of the Academic Council and various other academic committees.
  • Manage the academic operations including personnel, resources and budgets in-line with college priorities and ministerial financial regulations.
  • Serve as an officer of the Board of Governors.
  • Develop and maintain JAC’s academic relationships inside and outside the college.

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • A Master’s degree, preferably in a discipline taught at the Cegep level.
  • At least five years of teaching experience in higher education.
  • At least 3 years of experience as a senior administrator in an academic environment.
  • Knowledge of the Quebec educational system, particularly at the cegep or university level would be desired.
  • Experience working in a unionized environment is an important asset.
  • Excellent communication skills in English and French, both written and oral.

Interested candidates are asked to submit a letter of application and curriculum vitae, in strictest confidence, to A.D.Search@johnabbott.qc.ca, before March 26, 2017.

John Abbott College subscribes to an Equal Access to Employment Program and encourages all qualified candidates to apply.  We thank all candidates who will submit their resumes for consideration. However, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.  The College reserves the right to administer psychometric testing and to evaluate written and oral communication skills in French and in English.