Vice President, Academic & Applied Research

College of the North Atlantic

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June 3, 2024
St. John's, Canada
Job Type
Annual Salary
$118,935 - $154,615 (as of July 1, 2024)
Hours per Week


Job Opening ID: 15738

Permanent, full-time

Commencing: September 3, 2024


Join Us in Shaping the Future of Education and Innovation! Are you a visionary leader passionate about driving academic excellence and fostering innovation in applied research? College of the North Atlantic (CNA) is seeking a dynamic and experienced professional to play a pivotal role in shaping the future of education and industry in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. This unique leadership opportunity will allow you to work closely with government, industry, and community partners to create innovative programs that drive economic development and prepare students for the jobs of tomorrow.

Live Where Others Vacation! Newfoundland and Labrador is on everyone's bucket list thanks to its rugged natural beauty, rich cultural heritage, and the best of urban and rural living. With 17 campuses to work from across the province, you'll have the opportunity to experience both the lively urban life of St. John's and the serene charm of rural towns and villages. Whether you enjoy hiking, kayaking, whale watching, iceberg hunting, or just taking in the view, there's always something to explore. Join us at College of the North Atlantic, and not only will you have an incredible career opportunity, but you'll also have the chance to live and explore one of Canada' and the world's most captivating regions.

Knowledge and Skills

  • Knowledge of academic programming, services, and related functions.
  • Understanding of applied research practices and methodologies encompassing industry trends and challenges.
  • Knowledge of the higher education landscape including local, domestic, and international trends, challenges, and opportunities influencing post-secondary.
  • Ability to effectively exchange information.
  • Leadership skills.
  • Project management skills including academic planning and resource allocation.
  • Change management skills.
  • Decision-making skills with the capacity for resolving issues in an open and consultative manner.
  • Ability to cultivate an inclusive culture of academic excellence with a focus on continuous improvement.
  • Stakeholder engagement skills.
  • Innovative mindset with a visionary and forward-thinking approach.


  • Experience in the administration of academic programs, services, and related functions such as academic planning and development, quality assurance and accreditation, research, and teaching and learning.
  • Demonstrated experience in senior management within a post-secondary environment.

Duties and Responsibilities

At CNA, we're not just an institution; we're a community dedicated to fostering growth, embracing change, and creating opportunities. You'll be joining a team that values creativity, inclusion, and sustainability. If you're ready to help us shape the future, apply today and start your journey with us. Make your mark and leave a lasting legacy:

  • Be a Changemaker: Take the lead in developing and delivering programs that meet the evolving needs of a rapidly changing world. Your work will have a direct impact on both students and the industries they join.
  • Innovate for a Greener Future: Spearhead the expansion of our School of Sustainable Development. With climate change as one of the most pressing issues of our time, you'll be at the forefront of creating education programs and research initiatives that support a more sustainable economy. Our Solar PV Installer program, the first of its kind in Canada, and our Wind Turbine Technician and Hydrogen Technician programs are the first in our province to support growth in this boom industry. These new opportunities are just the beginning of the innovative paths we’re charting right here in Newfoundland and Labrador, and across the country!
  • Contribute to World-Class Research: CNA is recognized as one of Canada's Top 50 Research Colleges. Through our Office of Applied Research and Innovation (OARI), you’ll collaborate with industry leaders and local partners on cutting-edge projects. Our work with TerraCore, using Hyperspectral Scanning to revolutionize mineral identification, is just one example of how we're pushing boundaries.
  • Shape the Future of Technology: Our new Bachelor of Applied Information Technology: Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) program is just one example of how progressive we are - addressing the fastest-growing fields in technology. You'll have the chance to influence curriculum design and connect students with real-world opportunities that make them indispensable in the tech industry. CNA is building the future, and you can be a part of it.

Areas of responsibility will include Academic Development and Planning, Academic Quality Assurance, the Centre for Teaching and Learning Innovation, and the Office of Applied Research and Innovation. Additionally, there is oversight of six quality Schools: Academics, Applied Arts, and Tourism; Business and Information Technology; Engineering Technology; Health Sciences; Industrial Trades and Natural Resources; and Sustainable Development.

This position will require occasional travel, both domestic and international.


  • Master’s Degree in Education (Post-Secondary) or Educational Leadership (equivalencies will be considered).

How to Apply

Please apply online complete with resume at  Candidates must clearly demonstrate in their resume that they meet all of the required screening criteria. Failure to do so will result in a candidate being screened out of the competition.

For questions regarding this job opening, please contact Robert Adams, Manager of Staffing & Recruitment at or by phone at (709) 758-7055.

CNA strives to create an organizational culture that welcomes and amplifies diverse perspectives, nurtures belonging and actively seeks to eliminate barriers to equity. We invite all interested individuals to apply, and as part of our shared commitment to the advancement of equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) as a true reflection of CNA’s core values (Excellence, Integrity, Diversity, Respect and Transparency), we encourage applications from equity-seeking groups including, but not limited to, Indigenous Peoples, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, those who identify as women, and members of 2SLGBTQIA+ communities.

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