Vice President, Academics & Learning Services

Closing Date: 2017-09-22

Location: Saskatoon, SK

 

Vice President, Academics and Learning Services

Full Time / Permanent            Competition #SSA-0146

The Vice President, Academics and Learning Services plays a strategic role championing the success of our students by ensuring SIIT is responsive to the needs of our students and that our graduates have the knowledge and skills to participate in a competitive labour market.

This role provides strategic leadership, direction, and vision for programs and services at SIIT which promote academic success and create a student-centered atmosphere. As an employee of SIIT, the incumbent will positively promote and create an environment that demonstrates SIIT’s vision, mission and mandate.  This position includes the following broad range of accountabilities:

  • Lead in the development, implementation, and monitoring of the Institute’s academic strategic priorities and goals
  • Ensure SIIT program offerings are diverse and rigorous, maintaining relevance to labour market and community needs
  • Deliver strategic priorities that are innovative and aligned with emerging trends, needs of key stakeholders and students to remain responsive to the varied environments
  • Develop and manage relationships with external agencies such as the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations and its communities, the Ministry of Advanced Education, and other relevant Federal and Provincial government departments.
  • Promote the Institute and create appropriate community connections by forming networks through the development of partnerships
  • Collaborate to ensure high quality and consistent practices are integrated, supportive and meet the overall Institute direction and student needs
  • Act as a resource to Senior Executives and the Board of Governors on academic issues, emerging trends and strategies
  • Lead the resolution of high level concerns from students, faculty and/or administration
  • Ensure resources are allocated in accordance with the financial planning and academic budget of the Institute
  • Hold employees accountable for outcomes and a high level of performance by addressing people management issues within the department in a timely manner

Required Competencies: Flexible & Adaptable; Leadership Communication; Relationship Building; Results Oriented; Innovation; Teambuilding and Collaboration; Change Leadership; Planning & Goal Setting; Strategic Business Sense

Required Qualifications and Experience: We are seeking a proven innovative leader who has a track record of delivering results by building, mentoring and leading a team.  The ideal candidate will have a Master’s Degree and leadership experience in a post-secondary institution.  We require someone who has led a team in the development and successful deployment of strategic initiatives.  Financial and change management experience along with the ability to build partnerships is required to be successful in this position.  We consider knowledge of First Nations culture and experience working with First Nation learners, communities and organizations to be essential.  

Location: Saskatoon, SK

Submit resume, quote the competition # in your cover letter, including references, by September 22nd, 2017 to:

Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies

Attn: Human Resources
Email: hr.resume@siit.sk.ca

Phone: 306-244-4444 or 1-800-667-9704 Fax: 306-244-0165

 

 

See below for full job description

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 Vice President, Academics and Learning Services

Department:                     Academics

Reports to:                        President and CEO

 

Nature and Scope

The Vice President of Academics provides strategic leadership, direction, and vision for programs and services at SIIT which promote academic success and create a student centered-atmosphere. As an employee of SIIT, positively promotes and creates an environment that demonstrates SIIT’s vision, mission and mandate.

 

General Accountability

The Vice President of Academics’ primary purpose is to lead the initiation and implementation of best practice and contemporary programs, which incorporate the use of advanced technology in teaching practices, in order to enhance First Nation student learning and success, meeting both labour market and community needs.  The incumbent is accountable for the planning, organizing, staffing and managing of the Institute’s academic operations.  The Vice President champions a student-focused culture and provides oversight to academic departments including the Registrar’s Office, Learning Services, Post-Secondary Studies, Trades & Industrial, and Adult Basic Education.

 

Specific Accountabilities

As a member of SIIT’s Executive team, this position serves in a leadership role among a team of senior administrative and academic professionals.  The incumbent is required to support an academic team that seeks out and implements best practices in educational administration, academic planning, and instructional programming. The Vice President provides leadership in developing and maintaining the best possible educational programs and services for the students of SIIT by guiding employees of the administrative, instructional, and support service teams in setting and achieving the highest standards of excellence in educational programs, learner success and technology advancement.  This position includes the following broad areas of accountabilities:

 

  1. Academic & Administrative Leadership
  • Lead in the development, implementation, and monitoring of the Institute’s academic strategic priorities and goals
  • Ensure SIIT program offerings are diverse and rigorous, maintaining relevancy to labour market and community needs
  • Develop and lead innovative program initiatives, maximizing the incorporation of technology to support learner success in their academic programs
  • Develop and direct the implementation of the academic strategic plan, goals, and objectives for the Institute’s academic programs and services
  • Provide advice and leadership to decision makers at all levels of the Institute on issues that have an impact on student success
  • Ensure that processes and infrastructures are in place to identify and meet the changing needs of students
  • Coordinate the operation of all academic departments within SIIT, and assign functions and responsibilities as required
  • Ensure the Senior Executive Team is informed on academic issues which may impact either academic or non-academic operations of the Institute, present reports to the Senior Executive Team
  • Promote the Institute and create appropriate community connections by forming networks through the development of partnerships by way of joint-advisory groups, agreements, workshops and/or seminars and programs and/or external  committees
  • Develop & implement all aspects of a comprehensive, multi-year enrollment plan for identifying and meeting annual enrollment goals, including the preparation of academic program enrolment projections
  • Ensure that the assignments of Academic Management staff are aligned with the strategic plan and operational priorities
  • Assist in resolving high level complaints from students, faculty and/or administration
  1. Institutional Planning
  • Lead the development of SIIT’s Academic Operational Plan to ensure efficient alignment with the Institute’s overall vision and Strategic Plan
  • Ensure plans are aligned with emerging trends, needs of key stakeholders and students to remain responsive to the varied environments
  • As a member of the Senior Executive Team, provide direction concerning academic strategic planning related to SIIT’s academic practices
  • As a member of the Senior Executive Team, make decisions regarding the management of resources and participate in a wide range of operational decision making affecting the current and future effectiveness and fiscal viability of the Institute
  • Provide leadership on planning, developing and implementation of new academic programs and by ensuring that the Institute engages in an effective program review process
  1. Relationship Management

Internal:

  • Foster a positive working relationship among all departments across the Institute
  • Collaborate to ensure high quality and consistent practices are integrated, supportive and meet the overall Institute direction
  • Act as a resource to Senior Executives and the Board of Governors on academic issues, emerging trends and strategies
  • Develop and maintain respectful relations through the use of problem solving and constructive resolution of employee issues
  • Lead internal committees where required

External:

  • Develop and manage relationships with external agencies such as the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations and the Ministry of Advanced Education, Federal and Provincial government officials and other government and non-government agencies or training partners
  • Represent and promote SIIT on national, provincial, regional and departmental committees as required
  • Value and foster community engagement and collaborate with First Nations across the Province
  1. People Management and Leadership
  • Ensure a positive, diverse and inclusive work and learning environment
  • Partner to effectively recruit and retain outstanding faculty and staff
  • Hold employees accountable for outcomes and a high level of performance by addressing people management issues within the department in a timely manner
  • Plan for future key leadership roles by ensuring succession and workforce planning initiatives are implemented within academic departments
  • Provide coaching, guidance and support to assist employees to reach their full potential through the Performance Management process and regular use of Performance Success Tools
  • Provide leadership by delegating tasks, responding to staff inquiries and providing overall direction to department employees
  1. Resource Allocation
  • Ensure resources are allocated in accordance with the financial planning and operating budget of the Institute
  • Develop and manage the Academic budget in accordance with operational objectives  
  • Monitor the Academic department’s progress in meeting objectives, project plans and financial priorities as set out in SIIT’s Strategic Plan
  • Develop innovative solutions to resource challenges while ensuring alignment with and support of strategic goals
  • Ensure services, delivery methods, and technology are administratively and economically sound in the Academics department
  1. Risk Management
  • Ensure general safeguarding and stewardship of all resources within Academics with transparency of activities, information, and reports
  • Ensure compliance with ministry requirements, federal and provincial laws, legislation and policies

Required Qualifications and Experience

We are seeking a proven innovative leader who has a track record of delivering results by building, mentoring and leading a team.  The ideal candidate will have a Master’s Degree and leadership experience in a post-secondary institution.  We require someone who has led a team in the development and successful deployment of strategic initiatives.  Financial and change management experience along with the ability to build partnerships is required to be successful in this position.  We consider knowledge of First Nations culture and experience working with First Nation learners, communities and organizations to be essential.  

 

Required Competencies

In addition to the knowledge gained from years of experience in human resources the following performance competencies are considered essential to this position.

 

Leadership Communication

Demonstrates an ability to communicate with clarity and impact in a wide variety of settings.  Ability to engage in open focused communication with all stakeholders in the pursuit of common goals.

  • Provides clear direction
  • Delivers messages that inspire others
  • Seeks balanced participation in team/group discussions
  • Is well understood when presenting to a group
  • Influences others through communication
  • When necessary initiates difficult or uncomfortable communication
  • Adjusts communication tone, content and style to suit the audience
  • Keeps others well informed in a timely manner
  • Is sensitive to the impact of communication on others
  • Listens attentively before responding to questions

Flexible and Adaptable

Demonstrates the ability to adapt and thrive in an atmosphere of changing priorities and circumstances.

  • Demonstrates a positive attitude towards change
  • Seeks out new ways of doing things
  • Is open to the views, ideas and opinions of others
  • Demonstrates emotional maturity and resilience in times of change
  • Able to maintain productivity during times of change
  • Supports others constructively in dealing with change

Relationship Building

Demonstrates understanding and openness towards others, nurturing and valuing positive relationships with others in own work unit and across the organization.

  • Initiates and strengthens relationships through regular and frequent contact with others
  • Demonstrates openness and respect for the opinions and ideas of others
  • Maintains cooperative relationships throughout the organization
  • Identifies and effectively manages difficult relationships
  • Listens with empathy to others’ concerns and feelings
  • Effectively balances task with relationship demands.
  • Helps others without being asked

Results Oriented

Demonstrates a consistent focus on achieving results despite challenges or obstacles; demonstrates a concern for doing a good job and achieving or surpassing standards of excellence.

  • Sets and maintains focus on achieving objectives – even in the face of adversity
  • Perseveres in seeking support and commitment for projects
  • Consistently achieves or surpasses expectations
  • Willing to put in extra time and effort to achieve team and organizational goals
  • Acts according to established policies, procedures and guidelines
  • Makes changes in methods or systems to improve performance

Innovation

Encourages self and others to challenge conventional practices; adapting established methods for new uses; pursuing ongoing system improvement; and generating new ways of doing business that improve outcomes.

  • Identifies ways to improve existing practices and services to improve business performance.
  • Encourages others in new ways of approaching work
  • Researches best practices
  • Creative in responses to challenges
  • Resourceful when challenged by obstacles
  • Embraces and applies new technology to problems

Teambuilding and Collaboration

Demonstrates the ability to work cooperatively within a team, and to effectively lead a team to achieve positive outcomes.

  • Encourages direct, open communication among team members
  • Balances focus on task with attention to ‘people’ issues
  • Communicates the importance of dealing promptly with differences
  • Looks for ways to develop and strengthen team members
  • Holds team and its members accountable for outcomes
  • Corrects team weaknesses through recruiting or development
  • Deals directly with challenging people issues
  • Promotes the value of differences on the team
  • Selects individuals whose strengths complement the team

Change Leadership

Shows motivation and ability in inspiring others to embrace change, supporting staff in coping with transition and maintaining productivity.

  • Communicates a compelling vision of the ‘big picture’ need for change
  • Understands and explains how the changes will affect work processes
  • Brings teams or resources together to accomplish change
  • Supports others and demonstrates sensitivity to individual differences in response to change
  • Addresses the organizational obstacles to change
  • Maintains team productivity in times of transition
  • Inspires others to support change
  • Gains buy-in for new ways of doing business

Planning and Goal Setting

Regularly reviews personal priorities and plans, adjusting goals as departmental and overall organizational goals change.

  • Set priorities based on departmental goals
  • Actively participates in the team or organizational planning processes
  • Organizes personal tasks and schedule in a logical and organized fashion
  • Creates personal goals that ‘stretch’ own capability
  • Looks ahead and sets priorities based on anticipated events or needs.
  • Accepts varying responsibilities as needed to help the team or organization meet its goals.

Strategic Business Sense

Demonstrates the ability to understand business functions within the organization and industry; recognizes internal/external patterns and trends;   Uses and balances this information (such as revenue, costs, client needs, short and long-term needs) to guide activities and develop strategies that help ensure the organization’s success.

  • References market or global trends and leading practices when developing plans and suggesting strategy
  • Takes a long-term perspective when considering possible actions
  • Stays focused on overall purpose and vision
  • Develops action plans to move things forward
  • Anticipates the consequences of actions or decisions on future outcomes
  • Provides self and/or others with a strategic perspective when setting goals
  • Integrates short-term activities into the broader organizational goals

 

 

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