Vice President, Academic

Seneca College

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January 31, 2021
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Annual Salary
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Amidst all the pain and havoc it has caused and continues to wreak, the pandemic has forced organizations of all kinds to rethink the future. Postsecondary education is no exception.

In this unique and difficult time, Seneca has leaned into the challenges of and lessons from the pandemic, and is embracing opportunities to renew our strategic direction, programs and operations.

With the retirement of the incumbent, Seneca is looking for a chief academic officer to provide leadership, inspiration and direction to the academic team as Seneca emerges from the pandemic as an even stronger leader in higher education.

Working with Senior Executive colleagues, the Vice-President Academic (VPA) brings innovative and creative energy to fulfill the unchanging core mission of providing a great polytechnic education to Seneca students.

Principal among the commitments of the renewed Seneca are becoming an equitable Seneca, a sustainable Seneca and a more virtual Seneca that features more online and hybrid education to complement face-to-face teaching and learning.

Alongside students, faculty, staff and administrators, the VPA will embrace those goals to lead continued change and innovation across the range of Seneca’s postsecondary and non-postsecondary full-time and part-time academic programs and services.

The VPA will encourage and support the accelerated shift to more virtual teaching and learning activities while responding to new opportunities created by the upheavals of the pandemic era, and the fast-forwarding of trends established well before COVID-19 hit.

Reporting to the President, the VPA will be the lead support to the Board of Governors’ Academic Planning and Student Affairs Committee.

Seneca requires a proven academic leader who is forward-thinking and collaborative, embraces a student-centred approach and challenges the status quo.

Knowledge and Skills

You should be able to demonstrate:

  • An embrace of the priorities of equity, sustainability and more virtual
  • A focus on student success
  • Success in academic leadership in postsecondary education
  • A history of leading lasting change in large, complex organizations through collaboration, determination and vision
  • Strong relationship-building skills across all areas and all levels of an institution, including with the union leadership
  • Innovation, entrepreneurship and risk-taking that have led to transformative progress
  • A track record of building institutional capacity in applied research, entrepreneurship and business development
  • Teaching experience in a postsecondary institution and leadership experience in a polytechnic or college
  • A global perspective that reflects the importance of international education and internationalization

You are:

  • A strong leader with a track record of being respected equally by students, your direct reports, your peers and your supervisors
  • Innovative, creative and energetic
  • Someone who delivers on their commitments, on time and on budget, by building strong and inclusive teams
  • A person of integrity who believes in respectful and collaborative relationships
  • A strong and authentic communicator

Duties and Responsibilities

As Vice-President Academic, you will:

  • Continue the strong Seneca tradition of delivering high-quality, market-leading programs, from certificates to degrees, while broadening the program portfolio, embedding flexibility in delivery and operations and expanding market reach
  • Implement the objectives of the Strategic Plan, the annual Business Plan and the Digital Strategy through cross-institutional collaboration to meet enrolment and program development goals
  • Enhance the culture of operational excellence, embracing continuous learning, continuous improvement and continuous innovation as hallmarks of the academic enterprise
  • Lead by building trust, demonstrating collaboration and supporting transparency while showing decisive leadership and timely decision-making
  • Be an external face of the academic team with government, industry, economic development and community leaders
  • Engage with colleagues across the province, country and globe to build strong partnerships to benefit students and employees


You have:

  • Minimum of a Master’s degree
  • Evidence of continuous learning

How to Apply

Please submit your application online via Seneca’s Careers page.


Seneca is committed to diversity and encourages applications from qualified candidates, especially Indigenous persons, members of sexual minority groups, visible minorities, women and persons with disabilities. If you require accommodation during any part of the recruitment process, please contact