Associate Dean, School of Access and Continuing Education

College of New Caledonia (CNC)

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March 7, 2023
Prince George, Canada
Job Type
Annual Salary
$87,898 - $117,197 per year
Hours per Week
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The Associate Dean, School of Access and Continuing Education (ACE) makes student-centeredness a reality in the operational management of the School of Access and Continuing Education. Working closely with the Dean, the Manager of Continuing Education and, as appropriate, the Regional Principals, the Associate Dean (AD) ensures that CNC’s strategic plan and academic plan is translated to action and brought to life in the School of Access and Continuing Education. Guided by the School’s Annual Plan (which reflects approved SEM targets), the Associate Dean’s role is primarily internal-facing, and supports the delivery of accessible and relevant learning while fulfilling key administrative duties. Responsibilities include, but are not limited, to faculty recruitment, onboarding and performance management, workload planning, scheduling, and grade record maintenance. The Associate Dean works closely with Student Services, Office of the Registrar, Faculty Coordinators, Faculty, and Human Resources.
The Associate Dean works consultatively with the Dean and the School’s leadership team in the strategic planning process, formulating and implementing the vision of the School. The Associate Dean may be assigned to special projects and may be asked to represent the Dean on internal councils and in external facing activities. The AD provides advocacy and representation in college-wide committees and processes. The Associate Dean provides a perspective and analysis of academic and educational requirements for programs, courses, and other learning activities to the Dean.
At the School of Access and Continuing Education we learn together (lhulh whuts’odutel’eh). Since 2018 more than 13,000 students have completed credit and non-credit courses and programs through the School of ACE. Our learners are diverse; many are first in the family to attend post-secondary education; almost one-fifth of students identify as Indigenous; ten percent are International; and a significant portion of ACE programs support students who have faced multiple-barriers to learning. We offer a range of learning options: in-person, online and hyflex programs (synchronous, online) and prioritize experiential learning, including work-integrated learning. Our students have full lives and to meet their learning needs we offer daytime, evening, and weekend programs, across six campuses. As an educational administrator, the Associate Dean reports to the Dean and has associated responsibilities for the management, guidance, and direction of programs and courses within the school. There are approximately 50 full-time and part-time faculty across six campuses for programs including Academic Upgrading, English Language, Post-Diplomas in Human Resources Management, Tourism and Hotel Management, and Information Technology; certificate programs in Nursing Unit Assistant and Bookkeeping; and associate certificate programs in Medical Device Reprocessing and Medical Office Assistant. The Associate Dean will be primarily responsible for the day-to-day operational management of these programs, courses and services.

The School of Access and Continuing Education has multiple funding sources, including government contracts, contract and customized training services and publicly-funded course offerings. We operate on a cost-recovery budget of approximately $4 million per annum.

The AD will be part of a team actively engaged in contributing to and accomplishing the vision, mission, and goals of the College and in supporting the aspirations and needs of our learners.

The AD will promote a positive work atmosphere by interacting and communicating in a professional manner that demonstrates mutual respect with students and colleagues.

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Knowledge and Skills

The successful candidate will have:
• Master’s degree (Adult Education, Public Policy, Administration, Indigenous Studies, Business, or other relevant area of study)
• Minimum of five years post-secondary experience which includes teaching and/or curriculum or program development and a minimum of two years’ experience in educational management / administration; experience within a continuing education department is an asset.
• Articulated knowledge of adult and community education philosophy and practices; demonstrated ability to apply inclusive, indigenized, and international education best practices an asset.
• A proven ability to articulate and implement educational leadership and management philosophies and practices.
• Demonstrated ability to manage all elements of the employee life cycle for faculty and staff in program areas (staffing, recruitment, selection, orientation, training and development)
• Experience in and understanding of instruction, educational needs and planning, particularly relating to responsiveness to communities, government and evolving social, economic and labour market needs;
• Exceptional skills for collaboration, including online collaboration. Demonstrated success working with employers, community and organizational partners to develop, design and deliver educational programming;
• Excellent oral and written communication skills, organizational skills and interpersonal skills;
• Demonstrated ability to communicate, solve problems, and analyze situations in a professional and collegial manner to achieve immediate and long-range outcomes;
• Demonstrated ability to use evidence-based decision making and excellent judgement when balancing competing demands;
• Experience working in a complex unionized environment.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Associate Dean provides management of identified program areas, and in consultation with the Dean and Regional Principals (where required), provides leadership in the program areas which is consistent with the School’s strategic plans and the overall mission and goals of the College. The Associate Dean is involved in the following functions:

• Contributes to the overall leadership of CNC by anticipating, recommending, and contributing to the development of strategies, long-term plans and educational policies.
• Identifies new policy directions and assists in the evaluation and implementation of current policies.
• Participates in the development of School’s plans and goal-setting (including SEM) consistent with CNC Strategic and Academic Plans.
• Contributes to the School’s regular and special reports and analysis.
• Participates in the School’s leadership team.
• Promotes and encourages educational approaches within an inclusive and Indigenized, internationalized environment.
• Fosters continued development and improvement of curriculum and other educational resources in keeping with the expectation of CNC, the School, Accreditation bodies and funders.
• Guides and supports programs and courses for program review and submissions to Education Council.
• Identifies and evaluates new program opportunities and assists with the development of new programs and services.
• Identifies hiring needs and as agreed by Dean, conducts recruitment and selection.
• Onboards new faculty, clarifying roles.
• Facilitates and supports faculty evaluations and professional development, including ACE-identified communities of practice.
• Assists with the administration of collective agreements.
• First point of contact for faculty, providing regular check ins and additional meetings as necessary. • Supports programs in the coordination of enrollment campaigns, new student orientations, or transitions.
• Facilitates key academic administration: workload planning, reporting and review, scheduling, course modality decisions, room bookings, timetabling, book and textbook orders, registration, grade record maintenance, Year at a Glance (YAGs), office space allocation, etc.
• Meets with faculty and students to resolve issues, and when delegated by the Dean assesses waivers, appeals and complaints.
• Provides input into budget development. Coordinates effective use of fiscal, human and physical resources in day-to-day program management.
• Establishes, monitors, and participates on various institutional committees and engages on college-wide initiatives.
• Represents the Dean when requested.
• Liaises with internal partners (Regional Principals, Office of the Registrar, Student Services, Human Resources, Faculty Association, etc.) and external partners (regulatory bodies, professional associations, industry partners) for day-to-day program management.
• Demonstrates commitment to the Truth & Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action
• Chairs committees as delegated by the Dean.
• Performs other related duties as assigned.


Master’s degree (Adult Education, Public Policy, Administration, Indigenous Studies, Business, or other relevant area of study)

How to Apply

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