Associate Dean, Graduate Programs
Vancouver Island University
Nanaimo, BC
The Faculty of Management at Vancouver Island University (VIU) is looking for a dynamic, experienced academic leader interested in living and working on the beautiful west coast at VIU, a regional teaching university with an applied research mandate. The Associate Dean, Graduate Programs joins the decanal administrative team, focusing on activities that support the smooth and efficient running of the graduate programs in the Faculty of Management.

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Faculty of Management
Office of Graduate Business Studies
Nanaimo campus
Appointment Type
Regular Full-time
35 hours per week
Pay Level
Excluded Pay Band 14
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Applicant Documents
CV/Resume, Cover Letter, Philosophy, Qualifications , Referees/ References
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Duties: The Associate Dean, Graduate Programs works with departmental and faculty committees and must have:

an extensive knowledge of graduate programs;
an understanding of university governance;and
experience working in a unionized environment (VIU Faculty Association and CUPE).

Under the direction of the Dean, the Associate Dean, Graduate Programs is responsible for tasks and areas identified by the Dean specifically related to graduate level academic planning and implementation, budget development and monitoring, and organization and management functions that facilitate successful working relationships with faculty, staff, students (both domestic and international), communities and university administration. The Associate Dean, Graduate Programs assists the Dean and Program Chairs with the implementation of existing initiatives and the development of new ones.

The Associate Dean, Graduate Programs provides support for student and program success both domestic and international. This work involves working internally with institutional areas including Student Affairs, the Office of Enrolment Management and International Education and externally with domestic and international partner institutions. In addition, this work includes managing and initiating strategies related to graduate student engagement, concerns and appeals.

The Associate Dean Graduate Programs' key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
providing oversight for graduate level academic program quality and delivery, including accreditation;
supporting the Dean in graduate program Summative Program Assessment, Accreditation and Program Review;
initiating new strategies for graduate student engagement and retention;
creating and maintaining a positive, learning-centered work environment;
fostering a positive culture within the Faculty of Management;
working closely with faculty and staff in the Graduate Business Office and with the Chair of the Master of Arts in Sustainable Leisure Management (MA SLM) program.
providing budget support to the Dean and Faculty including budget development, monitoring and expenditure control as needed;
initiating and providing support for viable cost recovery graduate programming;
undertaking institution-wide initiatives as developed by the Provost in consultation with the Dean;
managing graduate student issues that come to the Dean's office;
supporting the Dean, which may include the role of Acting Dean when required, chairing Faculty Council meetings, attending Provost Council and President's Council meetings;
chairing Faculty search committees as needed; and representing the Dean and Faculty as required.
Required Qualifications: The successful candidate will have a doctorate or terminal degree in a related discipline from an appropriately accredited institution; a minimum of three years of leadership experience in a post-secondary institution or business; and, three years of teaching experience at the Master's level in a post-secondary institution.

Preferred Qualifications: Significant post-secondary leadership and teaching experience at the Master's level in an educational setting and familiarity with the Faculty of Management's program and/or have extensive private sector experience.

Note: Short-listed candidates must provide original transcripts, or applicable original certifications at time of interview.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Vancouver Island University embraces the principle of employment equity and encourages applications from women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, and people of Aboriginal descent.