Associate Director, International Education

Okanagan College

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le Jun 24, 2024
Kelowna, Canada
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Annual Salary
Range $99,050 to $145,273. Typical Hiring Range $118,860 to $132,066.
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Okanagan College transforms lives and communities. We are one of Canada's leading colleges. We create outstanding educational experiences for our learners, both students and employees. We work and learn in a welcoming and caring culture. We are a catalyst for change through collaboration with our learners and partners. We serve, lead and anticipate the social, economic and environmental needs of communities.



Position Title:

Associate Director, International Education

Competition Number:



Strategic Enrolment Management


International General Admin





Your Opportunity:

Reporting to the Director, SEM, (DSEM) the Associate Director, International (ADI) is responsible for the planning and implementation of strategies to recruit students from outside of Canada to Okanagan College, in alignment with the College’s Strategic Enrolment Plan. This includes promoting the institution and its programs through collaborative partnerships across the College with administrators, departments, portfolio leadership, faculty, and instructors. Working with the DSEM, the International Education team, and members of Leadership Council, the Associate Director leads the development of the College’s Internationalization Plan and monitors the institution’s progress on the plan’s objectives.

Additionally, the ADI leads the development of annual international recruitment initiatives, events and activities, and has accountability for the associated budget. In Collaboration with the Director SEM and other College leaders, the ADI contributes to the development of multi-year international recruitment strategies.

The ADI provides direct supervision to the International Education department employees. The ADI also fosters effective relationships with peers at other institutions, and with a range of external bodies aligned with international education and development both within and outside of Canada.

The ADI develops and maintains effective working relationships with a variety of internal groups, including other OC portfolios, departments, community campus managers, and administrative staff. The ADI fosters effective relationships with a range of external bodies concerned with international education and development both within and outside of Canada.

The ADI maintains current knowledge of developments in the international education field and in post-secondary education and maintains awareness of trends and conditions affecting the programs and activities for which the position is responsible.



Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent of four (4) to five (5) years of study in a relevant area. Master’s degree preferred.

Minimum six years experience in a progressively senior role, within the post-secondary sector and/or with newcomers to Canada is preferred. Management experience is required, along with a demonstrated understanding of the current international education environment in B.C. and Canada, and related recruitment and marketing trends. A high degree of cultural awareness is required.



Functions and Duties:

Strategic Planning and Execution:

o Advises the College’s senior leadership on educational goals and objectives relating to international recruitment, student services and programming.

o Provides oversight to international recruitment and international student services; develops study abroad and exchange programs; promotes international/intercultural awareness activities on campus.

o Works collaboratively to develop a strategic marketing and recruitment & retention plan for international students and oversees its implementation.

o In collaboration with members of the College’s leadership, leads the development of the OC internationalization strategy, implementation, and monitoring, in keeping with the college’s mission, strategic plan, policies and procedures.

o Contributes to the maintenance of agreements with other institutions internationally, in alignment with the College’s strategic plan and objectives.

Operational Management:

o Monitors and evaluates operational effectiveness; effects changes required for improvement.

o Identifies, recommends, and pursues new international markets for OC educational programs.

o Working with the DSEM and the AD, Recruitment and Enrolment Management, coordinates the annual recruitment cycle. This includes planning, logistics and oversight of activities of the staff supporting international student recruitment.

o Responds to concerns, questions or complaints related to the ADI area of responsibility, in accordance with College policies and procedures.

o Participates on OC committees, and various ad hoc committees, teams, and task forces.

o Work closely with the designated supervisor DSEM in the grievance procedure for direct reports and provides input to OC's negotiating committees in formulating bargaining proposals.

Financial Oversight:

o Develops and manages the annual operating and capital budget for the International Marketing program, forecasting revenues and adjusting expenditures in response to increases or decreases in revenue in order to meet financial and performance targets, administers the department on a revenue-generating basis.

Leadership and Team Development:

o Provides leadership and supervision of direct reports and departmental staff, including assignment of duties, orientation, recognition and reward, performance management and evaluation.

o Fosters a professional, team-based work environment. Mentors staff by establishing a respectful working environment, developing a succession plan, coaching, and encouraging high ethical standards.

o Reviews and approves professional development plans for the staff who report directly to the ADI and monitors follow-up activities to maintain high standards of performance.

o Ensures that employees are familiar with the relevant health and safety regulations and receive proper instruction in safe work practices and accident prevention.

o Stays current regarding college program changes and admission requirements by liaising with DSEM and the AD, Recruitment and Enrolment Management.

o In the absence of the Director, may represent the department at senior management team meetings.

Innovation and Continuous Improvement:

o Leads and facilitates proposals for and the development of new and innovative projects, programs and policies aligned to OC’s priority international markets.

o Develops and recommends growth and expansion activities, working with the DSEM, for consideration and approval by Leadership Council and the Executive Team, as appropriate.

o Develops and administers OC policies, procedures, and services to support the objectives of OC.

Community and External Relations:

o Initiates and maintains close contact with a variety of post-secondary institutions, governmental and non-governmental funding agencies, and private sector firms working in the international education field. Facilitates the approval of new and renewed agency agreements in accordance with OC policies and procedures.

o Identifies and responds to government, business, and industry international training needs.

o Develops and maintains effective working relationships with internal and external groups, including other OC portfolios and administrative departments, community campus managers, student union, other institutions, external agencies, advisory committees, funding agencies, professional associations, and community groups.

o Performs other duties as assigned.



Skills and Abilities:

o Demonstrated leadership, supervisory and management skills

o Experience with budgetary processes, including the development and administration of budgets

o Well-developed interpersonal, written and oral communication skills

o Understanding of cross-cultural communications

o Ability to plan and think strategically at a senior level

o Technical competence at a senior level in marketing and student recruitment

o Recognized project management skills

o Excellent organizational, administrative and problem-solving skills

o Strong technical and analytical skills

o Ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team with an aptitude for working in a collegial and collaborative environment



Core Competencies

Results Focused

o Creates and fosters an environment at the College that is student, employee, client, and community focused.

o Removes barriers and supports creation of programs, systems, and structures to improve student, alumni, and employee engagement.

o Continually assesses and adapts to future needs and positions the College to take advantage and respond to emerging trends and opportunities.

o Creates and executes on the vision and strategy for the College, leading in all its successful execution.

Leadership and Connection

o Champions a culture throughout the College of leadership, transparency, collaboration, and establishing mutually beneficial relationships.

o Actively builds strategic and long-lasting partnerships with community members that supports the College's strategic plan, reputation, and brand.

Innovation and Change Adept

o Communicates and leads the College's change initiatives and creates a culture supportive of innovation and change while measuring and monitoring the impact of change on students, employees, community, and stakeholders.

o Supports innovation that impacts the entire organization (e.g., system and policy changes) and removes obstacles to inter-departmental innovation and continuous improvement.

o Recognizes tenacity and resilience across the organization and establishes and implements organizational level resilience strategies and wellbeing initiatives.

Indigenous Cultural Awareness

o Commits to an Indigenization plan through engagement with Indigenous communities, and identifies possible changes to college policies, structures, and processes that will benefit all and that will contribute to the process of decolonization.

o Takes action to create an organizational environment that is open and that acknowledges and embraces the diversity and distinctness of the Indigenous communities. Integrity and Respect

o Develops and implements College strategies that promote and support integrity, ethical work practices and respectful behaviour in the workplace.

o Address and assists in the resolution of interdepartmental conflicts and unethical practices.

o Develops, communicates, and implements organizational strategies and initiatives that supports the principles of EDISJ and a culture within the College of integrity and respect.

o Models and builds a culture of inclusion when engaging with the College internal and external community.



Appointment Type:

Exempt - Continuing Full-time

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Annual Salary/Hourly Rate:

Range $99,050 to $145,273. Typical Hiring Range $118,860 to $132,066.



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