Vice-President, Academic & Research

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le Mar 25, 2020
Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada
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Grande Prairie Regional College, known as GPRC, is a Comprehensive Community College, publicly supported to provide opportunities in post-secondary education in northwestern Alberta. The College operates under the Post-Secondary Learning Act and the Ministry of Advanced Education, Province of Alberta.

The College was established in 1966 in Grande Prairie, and our stewardship region includes campuses in Fairview and Grande Prairie, as well as learning centres in Edson, Grande Cache, Hinton and Jasper. GPRC offers a wide variety of career certificates and diplomas, pre-employment and apprenticeship trades, university transfer studies, degree-granting programs and several opportunities for on-campus degree completion at baccalaureate levels through collaborations.

The highly qualified faculty, affordable tuition, small classes, personal contact and extensive scholarship and awards program offered by GPRC attract students from a wide area. Classroom-based instruction in Grande Prairie, Fairview, Hinton, Edson and Jasper is extended to several other communities in our region and beyond through various distance delivery methods.

As an educational facility in northwest Alberta, GPRC helps meet the cultural, recreational, athletic, and conferencing needs of the region in partnership with service area, community, and regional stakeholders. The College offers athletic, music, art and science summer camps, and the Douglas J. Cardinal Performing Arts Centre is frequently the site of community music festivals, dance recitals, speakers’ series and industrial seminars. The College encourages and supports applied research and scholarly activities, and innovation activities that complement and enhance teaching and learning in program areas and in industry sectors where its academic expertise enables such a contribution.

GPRC is dedicated to providing learners in northwest Alberta with access to high quality and diverse lifelong learning opportunities, and to the responsible educational, fiscal and environmental stewardship of resources.

As a comprehensive community institution, GPRC is committed to expanding access to post-secondary education in its stewardship region by responding to needs expressed by the communities it serves.

GPRC aspires to be the northern centre of post-secondary excellence. The priorities for the College are:

  • Modernization and efficiency
  • Academic Excellence and Degree Granting
  • Economic and Community Development
  • Inclusion and Student Experience
  • Innovation and Partnerships


Grande Prairie is the youngest city in Canada and one of the fastest growing in North America. With more Grande Prairie residents preparing for kindergarten than getting set for retirement, the median age of our community of close to 70,000 is a youthful 30.3. Grande Prairie is a place to do business. With a spirit for innovation and entrepreneurship, we can tell you with confidence that Grande Prairie is a great place to invest, raise a family, and realize your dreams.

Grande Prairie’s strong and resilient economy has developed with years of steady growth. The City is in an enviable economic position with high wages and disposable incomes, a local real estate market that remains affordable, and plenty of opportunities for growth and diversification. Situated on the southern edge of the Peace River region, Grande Prairie is aptly named for the vast and fertile prairie surrounding the City. Grande Prairie has much to offer visitors and residents, from shopping and entertainment to world-class recreation facilities.

Strong resource markets in agriculture, forestry, and oil and gas is the foundation of the strong economy where many energetic, business-minded people are capitalizing on a business climate like no other. Grande Prairie embraces entrepreneurship, innovation, and new ideas.

Grande Prairie is a city of entrepreneurs and remains one of the top places to find employment, build a business, and become part of a growing, thriving community.

Some of the reasons people enjoy living and working here include:

  • An abundance of forest reserves to responsibly meet the needs of a sustainable forest products industry
  • World-class agriculture production supported by exceptional farmland
  • An abundance of land suitable for both industrial and residential development
  • An abundance of clean air and water
  • Unmatched scenery and culturally diverse communities with limitless opportunities for leisure and recreation
  • Regional strength created from policies such as no provincial sales tax and low municipal tax
  • A thriving and diverse arts community
  • An exceptional quality of life with access to the best amenities, health services, and community programs, making the Grande Prairie Region an ideal place to raise a family

Connaissances et compétences

Strategic and Business Planning: Provides leadership in planning initiatives and ensures accountability for achievement of results throughout the division. Able to maintain focus on the strategic direction and long-term vision while balancing the need to address immediate and emerging needs.

Institutional Research: Maintains knowledge of institutional research requirements, practices and trends. Also, oversees program view and accreditation program paying attention to standards and learning outcomes aligned with the Campus Alberta Quality Council (CAQC) requirements in determining readiness for degree granting.

Service Excellence: Ensures customer satisfaction through timely, proactive and knowledgeable actions that go the “extra mile”, while effectively managing customer expectations in context of the College’s priorities, policies and service delivery standards.

Relationship Building: Effectively builds relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders both internal and external to the institution. Flexible, adaptable and collaborative while demonstrating a positive attitude. Diplomatic with well- developed negotiation skills. Strong stakeholder management skills to build and maintain relationships in the community.

Communication Skills: Open, honest and tactful with all audiences. Demonstrates respect to all in a clear and straightforward manner.

Creativity and Innovation: The ability to utilize theory, principles and experience to develop new and unique ways to identify root causes of organizational issues and find effective ways to address them.

Leadership Skills: Collaborative, progressive and visionary. Develops and mentors others to be leaders, creates, supports and leads by example to build a high-performance team and a positive and safe work environment. Is appreciative in engaging, understanding and knowledgeable of issues and concerns. Identifies opportunities, inspires action and achieves results.

Integrity and Trust: Honest, sincere, dependable, authentic and trustworthy. High ethical standards and an honest, open-minded and consistent approach to working with staff and stakeholders.

Politically Astute: Knows and understands legislative and regulatory processes and has an intuitive ability to read the political implications of recommendations and actions. Guides the Board and Executive team with solid and informed recommendations.

Management Skills: Encourages and inspires new ideas and approaches. Ensures timely and efficient budgeting, financial and information reporting. Uses resources effectively and efficiently; sets clear expectations and ensures accountability through the performance management system.

Make Decisions: Assess complex/sensitive situations to determine the importance, urgency and risks and make sometimes controversial or difficult decisions that are in the best interests of the organization.

Financial Management: Leads with a strong sense of service and efficiency in all budgeting, financing and management reporting.

Tâches et responsabilités

THE OPPORTUNITY – Vice-President, Academic & Research

Reporting to the President, the Vice-President, Academic & Research provides leadership to the Academic Division of GPRC. This leadership creates the best possible opportunities for learners and the maintenance of the highest of academic standards for the College. As a key member of the executive leadership team the Vice-President, Academic & Research plays a critical role in building an inclusive and collaborative culture that drives quality education with a student-centred approach. The Division includes all instructional departments, Student Experience, Continuing Education and Research and Innovation.

The Vice-President, Academic & Research is responsible for the effective deployment of staff as well as of financial, facility and other resources in the service of learner needs in order to achieve the institution’s strategic plan and identified priorities.

The Vice-President, Academic & Research provides liaison with the Ministry of Advanced Education on matters of academic concern.


Sustain and Enhance Academic Quality Assurance

Provide leadership in sustaining and enhancing student-centred instructional and service quality through:

  • Ensuring best practices are employed in the development, enhancement, updating and delivery of programming;
  • Supporting formative evaluation efforts of Deans and Departments;
  • Developing, implementing and maintaining a Program Review process;
  • Creating and implementing a Master Academic Plan;
  • Providing leadership of academic policy development and final approval at Academic Council;
  • Maintaining regular contact with Deans and Academic Directors and support efforts to deliver quality instruction; and
  • Engaging with the Senior Leadership Team, Deans and Chairs’ Councils, Academic Council and other academic committees as

Guide and Direct Resource Allocation Within the Division

Provide leadership in guiding and directing the divisional resources to maximize the student and faculty experience by:

  • Developing and implementing effective processes to plan for and expend the Annual Operation Budget;
  • Developing and implementing effective processes to plan for and expend the Capital Budget;
  • Developing and implementing effective processes to plan for and expend Special Funds available to the College;
  • Leading Collective Bargaining for the Board for Governors;
  • Developing policy and practice with regard to faculty workload management systems; and
  • Developing policy and practice to ensure monitoring of program activity and substantive data for ongoing resource allocation decisions as well as to inform the program review

Internally focus service Departments ensuring activities align with programs

Provide leadership in relationship building in pursuit of the strategic plan by:

  • Providing effective leadership, and enable the effective leadership of the Academic Division Team;
  • Providing effective academic leadership across the institution;
  • Providing strong liaison activities with key players in service departments including the VP Administration and the Directors of the Administrative and External Relations’ teams;
  • Identifying need for, and developing, relevant academic policy; and
  • Collaborating with VP Administration to develop administrative policy that impacts the academic division.

Externally lead efforts to expand and enhance the resource and learner program choices of the College

Provide leadership externally to ensure GPRC meets its mandated by:

  • Developing and sustain strong relationships with Ministry of Advanced Education representatives;
  • Representing GPRC on Senior Academic Officers’ groups;
  • Guiding efforts to develop proposals and negotiate for collaborative program enhancement and degree delivery;
  • Leading academic division development and support of GPRC degree-granting initiatives (e.g. CAQC, ACAT); and
  • Building strong relationships with external players such as Alberta Learning, Alberta North, Northern Alberta Development Council, the K-12 school systems, and other post-secondary

Initiate and nurture necessary change and adaptation of College service, instructional practice and the student learning experience

Act as a change agent and champion by:

  • Challenging and supporting Deans, Chairpersons and academic staff;
  • Challenging and supporting service department leaders and their staff;
  • Challenging and supporting change efforts through Executive Council and Student; and
  • On an individual basis, nurturing the efforts of key change leaders within the academic division in particular and the College at

Contribute to institutional goal setting and long-term strategic planning

Lead and participate in the development of Strategic Planning by:

  • Participating in Executive and Board planning activities;
  • Maintaining a full-service institution (trades, certificates, diplomas and collaborative degrees)
  • Fostering a commitment to accessibility, inclusion and diversity;
  • Building an indigenization environment;
  • Developing and implementing effective monitoring systems for academic activities of the College;
  • Ensuring that data collection and trend analysis are conducted through the Institutional Research Office to ensure evidence-based academic division decisions; and
  • Ensuring the Institutional Research Office conducts and supports all institutional

Sustain and Enhance Research Excellence

Provide leadership in sustaining and enhancing outstanding research through:

  • Providing leadership to foster academic excellence and scholarship by leading and encouraging the Deans and Directors to support research programs, research activities, and entrepreneurship and commercialization activities;
  • Championing and leading the ongoing development of comprehensive, interdisciplinary research and innovation programs to elevate GPRC’s profile at the provincial, national and international level;
  • Supporting the Director, Research and Innovation in GPRC’s interaction with government, regulatory bodies and other funding agencies and promoting industry, community, and inter-institutional partnerships; and
  • Upholding academic integrity, and promoting the generation of innovative Intellectual


The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. and an outstanding track record of academic research success in their chosen field. They will have significant years of progressive administrative leadership experience within a post-secondary environment and a proven ability to lead a strong team of academic and administrative talent. A depth of understanding of higher education administration, specifically an appreciation of the Alberta higher education system, would be seen as a significant asset. Familiarity and experience working in a unionized environment is required.

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Interested parties are requested to submit a one-page cover letter and their personal resume/CV to Ardyce Kouri or Cecilia Oteiza Ayres. Send resumes  to Electronic submissions are preferred; however, faxes may be forwarded to (780) 426-2936. For further information, please call Leaders International at (780) 420-9900.



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