Dean of Students

Centennial College

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October 7, 2020
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Job Type
Annual Salary
100K and above
Closing Date



Dean of Students

Student Life, Engagement, and Development (SLED)

JOB ID:                            J1020-0302
Classification:                 Full-time Administration
Pay Band:                         15
Pay Range:                       $130,053 - $173,403 per year
Campus/Location:         Progress Campus
Posting Date:                  October 7, 2020
Closing Date:                  October 28, 2020

Diversity, equity and inclusion are fundamental to our mission to educate students. We are committed to education that places strong emphasis on global citizenship, social justice and equity. We live this value through the strength and richness that diversity brings to our workforce and welcome contributors from equity groups including:  Indigenous Peoples, Visible Minorities, Persons with Disabilities, Lesbian Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer persons.

Position Summary

The Dean of Students (DoS), within the broader Vice President Student Success portfolio and in close partnership with the Registrar (Enrolment Services), is responsible for overseeing the creation of conditions for students’ personal, academic, social, and career success as they transition in, through, out, beyond, and (sometimes) back to Centennial College. As a result, the DoS plays a substantive role in realizing the College’s vision of transforming lives through learning and mission to prepare students for career success.

The DoS is a strong educator, leader, and administrator (grounded in principles of social justice, global citizenship, equity, system and strategic thinking, care and community, and holistic student learning and development) with responsibilities for (a) leadership and strategic planning (the student experience, student learning and development, and student success); (b) strategic enrolment management: student success; (c) student conduct and risk mitigation; (d) resource stewardship: fiscal, physical, and human resources; (e) collaborative partnerships and professional networks, both internal and external; and (f) student advocacy.

The DoS engages, manages, and inspires adept student affairs and services professionals, within the Student Life, Engagement, and Development (SLED) portfolio, in pursuit of the College’s vision and mission. The SLED portfolio includes: Career Services and Cooperative Education; the Office of Student Life;  Student Experience and Ethics Office (Satisfaction, Conduct, Mediation, Ombuds, etc.); Centennial Advising and Pathways Services (CAPS); Athletics and Recreation; Student Residence (liaison); Student Government (liaison); the Centre for Accessible Learning and Counselling Services (CALCS); and Co-Curricular Student Learning and Development (Student Mentoring, Advocacy, and Leadership). In addition, the DoS ensures synergistic relationships and aligned programming between the SLED team and Services and Global Experiences (SaGE) for international students.

Bridging both student and academic affairs, the DoS, with their partner in the Academic area (the AVP Learning Innovation, Teaching Excellence, and Academic Quality), provides leadership and relevant insights for two defining Centres of Excellence at the College: Centennial Advising and Pathways Services and the Place of Reconciliation for All Our Relations – each with accompanying strategic mandates.

Centennial students bring a wealth of strengths as foundations for success, having navigated a socioeconomic terrain that pose significant barriers for minoritized and historically disadvantaged populations. Our students’ rich identities include the following:

  • English as a learned language: 58% (25% higher than the provincial average)
  • Mature: 31% over age 26 (9% higher than the provincial average)
  • Previous HS diploma: 54% (10% lower than the provincial average)
  • Previous university degree: 32% (13% higher than the provincial average)
  • First in the family: 42% (7% higher than the provincial average)
  • OSAP participation: 94% (16% higher than the provincial)
  • International students: 51% (19% higher than provincial average)

In addition, approximately 73% of students are born outside of Canada and 20% register for accommodations to make the learning environment accessible.

As a senior advocate for Centennial students, resonance with lived experiences matters and representation within the senior leadership team matters. Priority consideration will be given to applicants who meet the minimum educational and experiential qualifications – and who additionally are able to bring that lived experience to the portfolio. With this context in mind, please note that a "Reflections on Lived Experiences" document is required as part of the application process (see full submission requirements below).


  • Shapes the development of the broader College strategic plans (Book of Commitments, Strategic Mandate Agreement, 3E Framework, etc.) and provides connection to, and oversight of, deliverables within the SLED portfolio.
  • Provides vision, leadership, direction (through meaningful engagement), advocacy, and operational management with respect to the student experience, student learning and development, student persistence and retention, and student personal and academic success though identification, design, and delivery of programs and services within a complex portfolio delivered by a diverse and professional team within SLED.
  • Guides policy creation and program management in varsity and recreational athletics, accessible learning obligations, behavioural discipline, conflict resolution, due process and natural justice, and health and counselling services, including health awareness programs, personal/psychological counselling, tragic event response, ongoing student crisis support, and case management.
  • Leads research and assessment projects to evaluate the effectiveness of, and satisfaction with, college programs, opportunities, services and approaches, and the student experience/satisfaction in order to inform practice, policy, and planning within the institution – and to demonstrate the effective and efficient use of fiscal and human resources.
  • Serves as the subject matter expert to inform conversations, committee decisions, and policy directions for student success at a variety of college forums; as a result, maintains currency (research, teaching, presenting, etc.) with respect to student success literature (primary research, effective practices, professional standards, institutional data, etc.) and student experiences.
  • Coordinates the co-curricular learning framework/curricular-map for the College across partner areas (Global Citizenship, Equity, and Inclusion; Centennial College Students’ Association; Services and Global Experiences; Residence Life; and SLED) and ensures connection to academic learning outcomes.
  • Serves as the retention (progression and persistence) lead for the School Local Retention Team planning (as connected to CAPS) by cultivating appropriate data for School Local Retention Teams and reviewing Local Retention Team plans to assess efficacy and possible partnerships across Schools and Administrative areas.
  • Ensures students are accorded fair and due process (i.e., procedural fairness) in relation to their concern, consistent with tenets of procedural fairness (natural justice), as experience and navigate processes under College behavioural policies and procedures.


  • A Master’s Degree in Sociology, Psychology, Higher Education and Policy, or Student Development (to serve as institutional subject-matter expert on the student experience); or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Ten (10) years’ relevant leadership experience, including demonstrated success in a student success environment, preferably with direct experience in advising (or an equivalent combination of education and experience).

In addition, it is essential that the candidate possess the following:

  • Demonstrated experience developing strategic business and operational plans at the divisional AND corporate/institutional levels in relative to student development, engagement, retention, success, satisfaction, and well-being
  • Strong working knowledge of most key aspects of post-secondary delivery, including both service and academic delivery
  • Demonstrated ability to set objectives and associated metrics within a framework of Strategic Enrolment Management (SEM), and deliver programming/activities in response (e.g., persistence/retention)
  • Excellent communication (both written and verbal), facilitation, and collaboration skills with diverse audiences, ranging from students, families, and professional networks to staff, administration, and faculty
  • Broad leadership skills including a visionary, detail-oriented, agile, and highly collaborative work servant leadership style, and the ability to strategically facilitate change and incorporate innovative practices into the organization
  • Understanding of principles of diversity and social justice, with the ability to enhance equity and inclusive communities with students and staff of various social, cultural, and educational backgrounds
  • Is student-focused, genuinely cares about students and believes in students’ abilities to engage with campus leaders as full partners, attends student events as appropriate, and maintains a style and office that is open and approachable\
  • Pro-active, evidence based, solution focussed, innovative, flexible, adaptable, open to change
  • Excellent analytical skills with the ability to define objectives and innovatively identify alternatives and solutions
  • Has strong professional networks and is involved with organizations/associations to keep pace with trends and best practices
  • Experience and/or training in outcome-based program/service planning and evaluation
  • Significant involvement to research techniques and analysis to inform decision making


How to Apply

Apply online:

We ask that all candidates submit the following for consideration:

  • 2 page Letter of Interest
  • Resume
  • 1-page “Reflections on Lived Experiences” piece that shares and demonstrates how your lived experience reflects and aligns with the Centennial student demographic and how that enables you to create conditions for Centennial students to thrive.

When applying, your cover letter and résumé must include examples that reflect all of the requested skills and qualifications and must be submitted online by October 28, 2020 at 11:59 PM EST.  Please quote Job ID J1020-0302. Misrepresentation of applicant information will be grounds for your exclusion from the competition or for dismissal should you subsequently be hired for the position. We wish to thank all applicants for their interest and advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Proof of credentials or equivalencies from accredited regional or federal post secondary institutions and/or their foreign equivalents will be required at the time of job offer.

We are committed to providing persons with disabilities equal opportunities regarding all employment activities, including access to jobs and accommodations during employment as required, in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code (OHRC) and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).