Associate Dean, Aviation and Technology

April 29, 2019
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Job Type
Annual Salary
100K and above
Closing Date


At the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT), we are the shapers. The makers. The originals, driven by a passion for excellence and results that count. We offer action-based learning, solution-focused research and enterprising collaborations with partners from around the world. We are a global leader in applied education, an Alberta Top Employer and a destination workplace empowering people to make a difference in the lives of students. Now is an exciting time to join this one-of-a-kind place … SAIT. 

This role is a complex role providing senior leadership to the technology and aviation portfolios in two schools with rich and diverse histories. Both the School of Manufacturing and Automation and the School of Transportation can draw their foundation back to SAIT’s inception in 1916. The schools have evolved over time to become industry leaders in education, innovation and industry connections. We are dedicated to student success by starting and advancing peoples’ careers in industry. The Associate Dean will play a critical role developing both these schools as they enter their second century. 

Reporting to the Dean, the Associate Dean (AD) is a leader of leaders, responsible for strategic leadership and day-to-day operations of their portfolio. Additionally, the AD will be accountable for continuous improvements in academic quality, program health and program growth. The Associate Dean is expected to provide leadership in all aspects of their work including engaging staff, change management and fostering innovation. The position will contribute to institutional success through collaboration, striving for excellence in operational efficiency and enhancing student success.  The Associate Dean is expected to represent the institute with internal and external stakeholders. The Dean provides direction for the Associate Dean.

The Schools of Transportation and Manufacturing and Automation have two Associate Deans reporting into the Dean. This role has a focus on the Technology and Aviation portfolios overseeing Aviation, Non-Destructive Testing, Welding Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology and other aviation and technology based programs within the schools As the Associate Dean of this portfolio, there is an expectation to work at main campus as well as satellite facilities, overseeing a group of approximately 1,000 students in certificate and diploma programs and 75 staff.

Knowledge and Skills

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree within a related field. A graduate degree is strongly preferred.
  • Professional designation (CET, P.Tec, P.Eng, MBA, M.Ed) would be an advantage.
  • Minimum of 7 years of leadership experience. Experience in a post-secondary institution considered an asset.
  • Relevant business and industry experience.
  • Experience with third party accreditation bodies considered an asset (i.e. TAC, NRCAN, Transport Canada, ASSET etc.)
  • Experience in Engineering or Aerospace Technology fields considered an asset
  • A demonstrated ability to develop and maintain effective and engaging relationships with students, faculty, managers, support staff, government, senior executives and industry representatives.
  • The Associate Dean is expected to be an expert in leadership as evidenced by qualifications and depth of experience.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provides senior leadership to the Academic Chairs, faculty and staff.
  • Recruit, hire, evaluate, mentor, train and performance manage to termination all direct and indirect reports.
  • Sets strategic objectives and direction for the Schools to ensure the achievement of short, medium and long term goals in alignment with institutional strategic, and internal operational documents.
  • Accountable for program quality, renewal, growth and right sizing by collaborating with the Academic Chairs and various stakeholders, to make evidence based decisions to ensure a positive, memorable educational experience for students, fiscal responsibility and to meet the demands of industry.
  • Develops internal and external relationships, to promote collaboration and transparency to sustain a good understanding of new and emerging trends.
  • Culpable for program advisory committees are properly structured, provide quality evidence based guidance to the Schools’ programs and enhance the programs positon.
  • Ensures self and staff adhere to all SAIT policy and procedures.
  • Provides consistency of application for all SAIT policy and procedures, collective agreements and work practices by collaboration with Deans and Associate Deans on a regular basis.
  • Accountable for operational excellence ensuring academic budgets, resources and processes are optimized and are accurately reported.
  • Addresses student issues escalated beyond the Academic Chair.
  • Champions a student first culture by being present and visible to students, faculty and staff, including regular visits to satellite facilities.
  • Liaises with educational institutions and other external organizations in the development, implementation and on-going relationships surrounding articulation agreements and partnerships.
  • Accountable to ensure the School’s health and safety protocol is up to or exceeds Certificate of Recognition, provincial and federal standards. Further accountability is to ensure all staff are committed to health and safety by promoting a robust health and safety culture.
  • Keep the Dean informed on operational issues, escalating any matters requiring the Dean’s attention in a timely manner.
  • Represents the Schools on cross-institutional projects, teams and committees.
  • Ensures programs remain in good standing and maintain accreditation with the appropriate accreditation body.
  • Acts on behalf of the Dean in the Dean's absence.

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