Dean of Continuing Education

Northern Lights College

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November 2, 2022
Dawson Creek, Canada
Job Type
Annual Salary
100K and above
Closing Date


Northern Lights College serves an area covering more than 324,000 square kilometres in northern British Columbia. NLC opened in 1975, and has campus locations in Chetwynd, Dawson Creek, Fort Nelson, Fort St. John, and Tumbler Ridge, along with access centres in Atlin and Dease Lake.

NLC is a member of British Columbia Colleges (BC Colleges), a provincial group comprised of 11 colleges from throughout the Province of British Columbia. BC Colleges has a unique regional advantage and a long history of collaboration with industry, employers, communities and policy makers. This collaborative approach allows BC Colleges to graduate highly skilled workers who are equipped to support their families, build healthier communities and power the economy in all regions of British Columbia.  

Enriching lives, communities, and industry in northern British Columbia and the world through accessible, applied, and academic learning.

NLC is the college of choice for energy and technology training, and academic and lifelong learning—in or beyond the classroom.

Heart – We value the emotional connections we have to each other and to those we serve.
Respect – We have mutual appreciation and trust for one another, no matter our differences.
Integrity – We take responsibility for everything we do, no matter the outcome.
Innovation – We encourage initiatives that create opportunities for constructive change.
Excellence – We strive to produce quality work that is both accurate and insightful.  

To learn more, please visit Northern Lights College’s website

The Dean of Continuing Education (CE) provides leadership for the strategic direction and operations of the CE division in the development and delivery of programming (e.g., professional development, pre-college education, general interest courses and workforce training) utilizing diverse delivery modalities (e.g., face-to-face, online, blended/hybrid, and hyflex). Additionally, the Dean will foster innovation among staff in exploring and delivering new courses/programs, credentialling (e.g., micro-credentials), and delivery models.

The incoming Dean of Continuing Education will build upon current strengths and collaboratively shape the future strategic direction of the division of Continuing Education while aligning with broader College strategies and planning initiatives. The Dean will meet programming and training needs of external stakeholders by building upon existing deep relationships and maximizing new opportunities with local indigenous communities, industry, local businesses, regional municipalities, and provincial and government entities.

Knowledge and Skills

Desired Characteristics
The incoming Dean will be a highly engaged, visible, empathetic, and collaborative leader with a deep understanding of the ever-shifting challenges facing higher education and continuing education. The Dean will champion the division of continuing education and will articulate internally and externally the division’s vision through the College’s vision, mission, and values.

Reporting Structure
• The Dean, Continuing Education Reports to the Vice President, Academic and Research
• The Dean oversees two full-time faculty and two full-time support staff; supervision of non-regular faculty contingent on the number of courses/programs offered.

Duties and Responsibilities

Essential Duties and Key Responsibilities:

• Recommend and implement, policies and procedures, and initiatives related to the advancement and improvement of workforce training, courses to promote student success, and general interest courses that meet the needs of students and labour market demands of industry and college-region communities,
• Ensure that divisional strategic planning activities align with Northern Lights College’s Strategic Plan and other College plans and processes (e.g., Strategic Enrollment Plan, Education Plan, and designated College continuous quality improvement processes),
• Oversee the development, coordination and publication of the CE course schedules including adding and cancelling of classes. Ensure communication is provided to appropriate college business units (e.g., Registrar’s Office, Marketing and Communications),
• Manage annual operating budget of the division and approve expenditures of assigned budgets,
• Manage operations on a cost recovery basis with revenue targets,
• Manage grants in the CE division to ensure compliance. Oversees all grant-related activities, including seeking new funding sources (e.g., provincial, and federal), developing, and submitting grant reports to funding agencies,
• Oversee the collection and dissemination of data needed for division course/program quality and regulations ensuring efficient operations and student success. Demonstrate that assigned instructors/staff have been informed how behaviour and performance will be assessed, receive timely and accurate feedback regarding performances, and any other observed performance and behavioural problems are corrected promptly. Address questions and disputes regarding contracts and instructor workloads and keep the Vice President, Academic and Research apprised of concerns,
• Participate in relevant community activities and initiatives; identify potential partnerships and leverage division-and campus-specific and external resources, and
• Promote a collegial atmosphere within the division and throughout the College.


Qualifications Required

• Master’s degree in a related field,
• Several years of experience with a combination of teaching and educational administrative and supervisory experience,
• Knowledge of learning technologies and course delivery modalities (i.e. online, hybrid, hyflex, flipped),
• Expertise in curriculum/program development and program review,
• Expertise in proposal writing, grant management and reporting,
• Training in project management or an equivalent combination of training and experience,
• Knowledge of labour market trends (particularly resource-based industries) and economic landscape of the College-region and province (British Columbia),
• Strong business acumen,
• Knowledge of K-12 and post-secondary systems, ideally in British Columbia,
• Demonstrated ability to prioritize and multitask to meet deadlines and to exercise sound judgement and make informed decisions,
• Experience managing the following: project teams, relationships with senior level stakeholders, and managing within a unionized environment,
• Experience and knowledge of conflict and dispute resolution principles and practices,
• Sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socio-economic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds of learners and the various learning barriers that learners may face, and,
• Experience with working with indigenous communities, and who have developed relationship/network ties with industry and business stakeholders in the College region.

How to Apply

To apply, please send your application to

A competitive compensation package will be provided including an attractive base salary and excellent benefits. Further details will be discussed in a personal interview.

Nick Lay or Greg Longster
#880—609 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC V7Y 1G5
Phone: (604) 688-8422