Dean, Faculty of Health and Human Services

North Island College

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March 28, 2024
Courtenay, Canada
Job Type
Annual Salary
The salary for this position is based on administrative pay grade 15 $113,535 - $174,087; plus benefits package. Salary will be determined commensurate with experience.
Hours per Week
Monday to Friday


North Island College (NIC) is honoured to acknowledge the traditional territories of the combined 35 First Nations of the Nuu-chah-nulth, Kwakwaka’wakw and Coast Salish traditions, on whose traditional and unceded territories the college’s campuses are situated.

North Island College is a comprehensive community college that focuses on student success. We proudly serve more than 9,000 students annually at our four campuses, our learning centre and through online and in-community learning.

Reporting to the Vice President, Academic, the Dean, through a proactive, consultative and collaborative process, is accountable for the educational and administrative leadership and management of the Faculty of Health and Human Services.  In addition to leading educational planning and program development initiatives, the Dean directs the functions of the Faculty of Health & Human Services and collaborates with chairs, faculty, staff and other administrators to accomplish the goals consistent with the college’s strategic and educational/programming plans.

The Dean, as a member of Education Team and other college councils and committees, participates in the overall planning and operational processes of the college, including strategic planning, educational and program planning, budget planning, program and proposal development, and evaluation of programs, faculty and staff.

Knowledge and Skills

  • Extensive knowledge and experience of community college administration, organizational, structural and cultural norms;
  • Demonstrated consultative and collaborative working Demonstrated ability to lead and manage at both the strategic and operational level;
  • Entrepreneurial focus with the ability to foster and develop creative ideas and convert them into viable programming or business opportunities;
  • Experience of managing complex budgets in relation to the operation of an academic school within a college community;
  • Demonstrated experience in effective labour relations, administration of collective agreements and negotiation of renewed contracts as a member of an institutional bargaining team;
  • Knowledge of Indigenization processes as it relates to curriculum and program development;
  • Breadth of knowledge and experience in financial management including, budget processes, business case development, governance models and grant/proposal writing;
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills demonstrated in effective communication, negotiation, mediation and conflict resolution Ability to present facts, views and ideas eloquently, in writing and verbally;
  • Influential and persuasive as a leader and manager in directing, guiding, advising, coaching and mentoring individuals and teams, divisionally, cross-divisionally and college-wide;
  • Capacity to represent the faculty and college locally, regionally and provincially with government, external agencies, professional associations, institutions and organizations; and,
  • Advanced computer skills, use of Microsoft Office programs and specific knowledge in the use of learning management systems and social media tools in

College Administrator Competencies

In addition to the skills and abilities noted above, all NIC college administrators are expected to demonstrate the following key competencies:

  • Creates a positive climate and culture;
  • Effective communication skills;
  • Effectively develops goals and objectives;
  • Focuses effectively on key results and priorities;
  • Demonstrates a focus on continuous improvement;
  • Interpersonal effectiveness;
  • Team leadership;
  • Developing others; and,
  • Championing and adapting to

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provides educational and administrative leadership to implement the overall mission, vision and values of the c Engages in proactive consultation and collaboration with faculty, staff and other administrators to ensure that strategic and operational goals are identified and achieved. Advocates and promotes each program and the value they bring to the college, both internally and externally.
  • Participates in the college’s academic planning and other college-wide planning processes, providing leadership in the direction, growth and development of the programs within the portfolio and supporting college-wide program
  • Plans, directs and coordinates the delivery of the educational programs assigned to the portfolio including identifying needs for new programs, assessing the feasibility of new initiatives and evaluating and modifying existing educational programs and Establishes and maintains student transfer agreements from other institutions. Undertakes regular reviews of educational programs and implements required actions. Participates in the development of educational policy.
  • Develops and nurtures international, indigenous and community partnerships, negotiates agreements and oversees the promotion of related student exchanges, student advising, special events, Supports faculty with the internationalization and indigenization of programs and curriculum.
  • Strives to achieve student satisfaction with programs, program delivery and the quality of Supports student activities to promote student engagement.
  • Ensures consistent application and compliance with college student policies and processing of complaints, investigations and the appropriate course of action and sanction in all cases of discipline, except student suspension and In the latter cases, advises and makes recommendations to the Vice President, Academic and Vice President, Future Students and Community Engagement.
  • Supports and encourages scholarship/research required for educational program, accreditation and recognition processes.
  • Manages faculty human resources including organizational design; workload assignments; employee recruitment, orientation and training; performance management and evaluation; professional development; labour relations; and health and Establishes and is responsible for ensuring a professional work environment for employees and works closely with Human Resources and union representatives to build and maintain effective labour and employee relations.
  • Promotes and encourages teamwork, consults with and supports faculty and staff. Creates a learner-centered environment and encourages faculty to innovate in the development of both curriculum and programming, learning and
  • Promotes faculty and staff renewal and supports professional development plans and activities that are congruent with program, divisional and college
  • Administers and ensures adherence to college policies and collective Participates as needed as the designated supervisor in grievances and resolutions and provides input to, or participates on, the college's negotiating committees in collective bargaining.
  • Ensure effective and efficient systems are in place to support the faculty's overall operations.
  • Develops and maintains effective working relationships with other deans, directors and Education Council regarding faculty Consults with associate deans, chairs and faculty on a regular basis and supports the associate deans, chairs, and faculty in the performance of their responsibilities.
  • Represents and promotes the college and its programs on local, provincial and national committees, and liaises with deans at other institutions and with government, academic associations and professional associations, accrediting bodies, school districts, health authorities, private sector organizations and various other
  • Develops and fosters relationships with advisory committees, First Nations, business and industry and other community groups and organizations, to inform current and future programming requirements and promote college
  • Organizes and chairs internal and external committees as required.
  • Represents the decanal area both internally and externally at formal and informal events.
  • Manages the faculty’s operational and capital budgets and finances and is accountable for allocations and expenditures within the approved
  • Monitors enrolments and makes programming decisions and/or recommendations to optimize enrolments and ensure program viability and fiscal
  • Manages faculty support services for learning and teaching and ensures that such services and other resources are available for instructional
    Develops feasibility studies and business cases for new cost-recovery program development initiatives to ensure programs will be viable from a quality and financial sustainability



  • Minimum Master’s degree, Ph.D or equivalent preferred. Educational background in one or more of the portfolio disciplines is preferred, supplemented by courses/professional development in any the following subjects: international education, indigenous education, intercultural awareness, and diversity, managing conflict, negotiation or other relevant skills.


  • Minimum ten years in post-secondary education including a minimum of five years of teaching experience, two years in an excluded academic administration role, plus three years in a chair or department leadership position, preferably in a rural community college Demonstrated experience with international education and internationalization of programming. Demonstrated experience building authentic relationships with community to support the development of indigenous education programming and initiatives.

How to Apply

The position is a three-year administration temporary position, effective June 2024 to June 2027

The first review of applications will occur the week of April 22, 2024, the position will remain open until filled

Applications will be submitted through North Island College Work With Us Administration Postings AS0048

If you have questions regarding the application process, please contact NIC Human Resources at or by phone at (250) 334-5000