The Dean of the Schools of Nursing and Health Sciences reports to the Provost and Vice President, Academic. By providing exceptional academic leadership and ensuring academic integrity, the Dean holds the responsibility to prepare our graduates for success in their field of employment. The role of the Dean is also to guide and lead exceptional staff in their commitment to our students and shared strategic priorities.
The School of Nursing offers 15 innovative nursing education programs that span the entire family of nursing and specialized areas of practice. Graduates are prepared to practice in practical nursing, psychiatric nursing, registered nursing and nurse practitioners as well as specialize in perioperative nursing, critical care nursing, emergency nursing, diabetes education, occupational health nursing and continuing care assistance. Through flexible and distance delivery methods, students access the programs where they live and work.
The School of Health Sciences offers 15 innovative programs that prepare health professionals for practice in dental assisting and dental hygiene, paramedicine, pharmacy technician, medical diagnostics, health information management, veterinary technology and therapeutic recreation.
Based in any of SaskPolytech's campus locations, this position is one of five deans reporting to the Provost and Vice President, Academic. Travel is required between all campuses for program and administrative responsibilities, as well as travel provincially, nationally and occasionally internationally to represent the schools and Saskatchewan Polytechnic.
Knowledge and Skills
Progressive leadership in a large, complex organization and a history of senior-level leadership experience is necessary for this role. Demonstrated experience developing and leading high-performance teams in a post-secondary education environment and leading innovation is recommended for success in this position. Relevant industry-related experience will also be considered.
Duties and Responsibilities
As a member of deans’ council and the senior leadership team, this position plays a key role in academic leadership and strategic planning across the institution. With a budget of over $30 million, the Dean of the Schools of Nursing and Health Sciences will lead a team comprised of two associate deans, a Director of Centre for Health Research, Improvement and Scholarship, eight academic chairs, 21 program heads, three simulation centres and more than 500 full and part-time staff across four campuses in Saskatchewan.
By implementing a clear and concise strategic plan, the Dean will drive initiatives that meet labour market demands, manage resources and ensure fiscal viability of the schools. Encouraging excellence in teaching and innovations in programming, fostering and supporting research and scholarship, and inspiring faculty and staff of the schools to ensure a positive and productive working environment are key to achieving success in this position. The Dean is responsible for building strong relationships with other schools and departments within Saskatchewan Polytechnic and with external stakeholders at the local, provincial, and national levels.
Our ideal candidate is a qualified nurse leader holding a master’s or doctoral degree, with three to five years of teaching experience in a post-secondary environment. Experience in research will be an asset. Eligibility for registration with the SRNA is also required.