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Academic Chair - Electrical Engineering Technology Program


Calgary, AB, CANADA
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Academic Chair – Electrical Engineering Technology Program

MacPhail School of Energy

Competition #A163-13-SC


The MacPhail School of Energy strives to prepare students for the educational needs and work demands of the energy sector and related fields.  Our students find positions in all areas of industry across Alberta, Canada and the world.  The school is comprised of motivated and innovative faculty and staff who are committed and dedicated to the success of their students.  Formerly known as SAIT’s Energy Department, the MacPhail School of Energy was named in December 2005 in honor of alumnus and donor Keith MacPhail.


Why Work At SAIT?

As an academic chair, you will be part of a premier polytechnic with an international reputation.  SAIT Polytechnic offers a variety of benefits and services for staff including flexible scheduling, a great vacation package, Christmas leave, personal and professional development programs, access to our newly-renovated Wellness Centre, transportation discounts and more. 




Academic Chair, Electrical Engineering Technology


The MacPhail School of Energy has an immediate requirement for a full-time Academic Chair to manage the Electrical Engineering Technology Program. Electrical Engineering Technology is a nationally accredited 2 year diploma program that offers comprehensive training of electrical principles and hands-on practices.  The core of the curriculum has a fundamental focus in the areas of Power Systems, Electrical Design and Control and Automation.


Reporting to the Associate Dean of the MacPhail School of Energy, the Academic Chair is a management level position that manages and provides leadership for program activities and collaborates on departmental and institutional strategic goals and initiatives, including, but not limited to, academic excellence, learner experience, stakeholder /market focus and community connections. Focus will primarily be in the following areas:


  • provision of leadership and administration;
  • coordination of program curriculum;
  • liaise with industry, faculty and students.


Primary Activities and Responsibilities:


  • Resource management, scheduling and recommendations for growth based on market demand to ensure an effective learning environment for the Electrical Engineering Technology Program
  • Foster the development of a strong faculty team.
  • Lead the development of program strategic plan in the area that addresses quality as per the Program Success Indicator (PSI) reports.
  • Manage employee recruitment, orienting, scheduling and supervising faculty.
  • Lead performance management and coaching of faculty for teaching excellence in the classroom, including professional development plans and recognition.
  • Support and promote initiatives that enhance learner success and retention in the programs, such as active learning, technology-enabled learning, online or blended delivery, etc.
  • Support and participate in projects and action research initiatives with instructors, focused on Teaching Excellence and the integration of technology into instructional practice.
  • Collaborate with department Curriculum Coordinators and Facilities Coordinator by supporting the processes and standards and identifying requirements for continuous improvements in each area.
  • Lead the programs through Advisory Council meetings and reviews.
  • Set and meet budget objectives associated with area operation.
  • Recruitment, retention and tracking of student academic progress.
  • Evaluate learner satisfaction results and develop action plans for improvement where necessary.



The successful candidate must be a professional engineer or hold an Engineering Bachelor’s Degree in a related discipline with expertise and supervisory experience in areas of Power Systems, Electrical Design and Control and Automation. Previous supervisory/management experience is required. Prior post-secondary teaching experience will be considered an asset.


The required skill set includes:

  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize, organize and manage multiple projects.
  • Specific experience and education related to the petroleum industry.
  • General computer experience with a working knowledge of word processing and spreadsheet applications.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong leadership capabilities and the ability to function as a member of a team.


Successful candidates must provide proof of qualifications. Only education obtained from an accredited institution will be recognized.



Self management:  The ability to prioritize and complete tasks in order to deliver desired outcomes within allotted time frames.


  • Interdependently pursue business objectives in an organized and efficient manner
  • Prioritize activities as necessary to meet job responsibilities
  • Maintain required level of activity toward achieving goals without direct supervision
  • Minimize work flow disruptions and time wasters to complete high quality work within a specified time frame


Influencing others:  The ability to personally affect others actions, decisions, opinions or thinking.


  • Effectively impact others’ actions
  • Gain commitment from others to achieve desired results
  • Analyze others’ opinions and lead them to understand and willingly accept desired alternatives
  • Persuade others in a positive manner


Leading others:  The ability to organize and motivate people to accomplish goals while creating a sense of order and direction.


  • Inspire others with a compelling vision
  • Empower others to accomplish common goals
  • Represent a positive, motivational example for others to emulate in becoming leaders
  • Support others through providing clarity, direction, organization and purpose


Teamwork: The ability to cooperate with others to meet objectives.


  • Discard personal agendas to cooperate with other team members in meeting objectives
  • Contribute positively and productively to team projects
  • Build and sustain a trust relationship with each member of the team
  • Support other team members and team decisions


Results orientation: The ability to identify actions necessary to complete tasks and obtain results.


  • Develop a clear set of deliverables.
  • Ability to gage and prioritize your efforts to focus on the “right things”.
  • Identify and act on removing potential obstacles to successful results attainment.
  • Implement thorough and effective plans and apply appropriate resources to produce desired results.
  • Follow through on all commitments to achieve results.


Goal achievement:  The overall ability to set, pursue and attain achievable goals, regardless of obstacles or circumstances.


  • Establish goals that are relevant, realistic and attainable.
  • Identify and implement required plans and milestones to achieve specific business goals.
  • Initiate activity toward goals without unnecessary delay.
  • Stay on target to complete goals regardless of obstacles or adverse circumstances.


Versatility: The job calls for a high level of optimism and a “can do” orientation.  It will require multiple talents and a willingness to adapt them to changing assignments as required.


Urgency:  The job requires good judgment and will repeatedly face important deadlines that must be met on time.


Frequent interaction with others: The job requires a strong “people orientation,” versus a task orientation.  The job will comfortably deal with multiple interruptions on a continual basis, always maintaining a friendly interface with others.



For further information please contact:


Allan Nelson   or   Lynne Cihelka


Davies Park Calgary

1810, 300 – 5th Avenue SW

Calgary, AB   T2P 3C4

Phone:                                 (403) 263-0600                                  

Fax:                        (403) 269-1080






OPEN TO:            SAIT Employees and the Public 


SALARY:               Commensurate with education and experience


COMPETITION NUMBER:              A163-13-SC


CLOSING DATE:                 Open until suitable candidate found


SAIT’s vision is sharply focused - to be recognized as Canada’s premier polytechnic, one of the world’s finest, setting the standard in education, training and innovation.


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