Vice President, Academic & Research

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 Vice President, Academic and Research (VP) is responsible for facilitating the learning environment at Northern Lights College (NLC). In consultation with the President, the VP is accountable for the planning, programming, direction, and quality assurance of education programs and services across all NLC campuses and sites. The VP is also responsible for ensuring that all educational divisions respond effectively to student learning needs within resource constraints, innovating and collaborating to identify requirements and achieve goals. Ultimately, this position is responsible for educational leadership at NLC, covering all aspects of education and the learning environment.

Knowledge and Skills

Ideal Qualifications

  • Extensive knowledge of community college objectives, operations, and administrative and organizational structures,
  • Working knowledge of relevant Collective Agreements,
  • Working knowledge of governance models and related management approaches; Demonstrated understanding of program review and development processes; Demonstrated understanding of college level research programs and international projects,
  • Demonstrated success in the development and management of budgets,
  • Strong inter personal skills, including communication, negotiation, mediation, and conflict resolution,
  • Demonstrated ability to develop effective teams and demonstrated commitment to collaborative and consultative processes,
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with external community, Board of Governors, various levels of Government, Student Associations, union and staff,
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft office.

Duties and Responsibilities

Key Responsibilities
The Vice-President is the senior instructional officer of the College and is a member of the President’s Executive Committee. The VP supports the President by identifying organizational opportunities and challenges and developing strategies for addressing them. Key accountabilities include:

Educational Leadership & Management

  • Provides educational and administrative leadership to implement the overall mission, vision, and values of the College through a proactive, consultative, and collaborative process,
  • Within the context of the College’s strategic plan, is accountable for developing and implementing the detailed Education Plan, in consultation with the President, Deans, Chief Information Officer, Campus Administrators and other appropriate stakeholders,
  • Ensures that a program key performance indicator model is developed and implemented, and that the model is revised as necessary to provide accurate, relevant decision-making information,
  • Ensures that effective mechanisms are developed to establish and monitor educational services, student life services, IT services and instructional standards, and that standards are met or exceeded,
  • Is accountable for the relevance, effectiveness and comprehensiveness of policies and procedures relating to education and educational support,
  • Is a member of the Education Council and is responsible for providing Council with the information it needs to meet its obligations under current legislation,
  • In consultation with Education Council, coordinates the development of policies and procedures concerning program evaluation, and criteria for program initiation and cancellation,
  • Initiates program audits as necessary to determine whether the configuration of programs offered by the College aligns with the Education Plan and community needs, and whether decision-making regarding programs is based on clearly stated criteria,
  • Monitors and evaluates progress against approved program targets, and ensures corrective action is taken as necessary to meet or exceed FTE targets,
  • Ensures that mechanisms are in place to identify and act on opportunities and challenges for distributed learning and for applied research activities throughout the college region, for consideration during planning and monitoring processes.

Management of Human Resources

  • Works with the Executive Director of Human Resources to ensure that the selection of administrators, faculty and staff in the Education sector is based on clearly defined selection criteria, in accordance with agreed-to processes,
  • Conducts performance evaluations for all direct report positions according to NLC Human Resource processes, prior to awarding of regular appointments to probationary employees, and annually for regular employees,
  • Delegates appropriate authority to the Deans, Directors and to others reporting to the VP and provides them with the necessary information, supervision, and support to enable them to fulfill their duties and responsibilities,
  • Promotes professional development and succession planning initiatives congruent with strategic goals and objectives, and within established budgets,
  • Uses a team work approach to promote an organizational environment that encourages personal productivity, job satisfaction and the professional growth of employees,
  • Takes a leadership role in establishing effective union and management relationships within the Academic Division and works with Human resources and union representatives to resolve problems effectively,
  • Ensures that the College’s policies, procedures and provisions in collective agreements are observed, handles grievances, and advises and consults with the President and the VP Community Relations and Institutional Strategy on the resolution of grievances prior to arbitration,
  • Ensures that College and Board policies are followed by all members of the Academic team.

External Liaison

  • Represents the College and its educational mission to the external community, including the general public, students, Indigenous communities, business, community and industry leaders and organizations,
  • Responsible for providing all education and student-related reports required by provincial ministry responsible for post-secondary education,
  • Represents the College with all branches of government concerned with post-secondary education,
  • Works closely with business and industry (advisory councils) to ensure that the programs and courses are relevant and lead to high level of graduate and employer satisfaction,
  • Liaises with professional bodies and assures the accreditation of professional programs where relevant as well as internal and external articulation of courses,
  • Represents the College on various local, regional, provincial, inter-provincial, national, and international bodies as required.


  • Accountable to the President for the development, management, prioritization and balancing of the annual budget for all divisions within the Educational sector,
  • Monitors the control of allocated funds in the Education sector and works with Education sector administrators to ensure corrective action is taken when required,
  • Participates in the College wide budget planning process in collaboration and in consultation with the President’s Executive Committee, and,
  • Develops strategies and implements measures to achieve or exceed non-base revenue targets.


Education and Experience
• A master’s degree in Education or related area of study,
• A minimum of three to five years of teaching experience,
• At least seven years of supervisory experience as a Dean or Vice-President, successfully directing an education-based program in a unionized environment,
• An equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered.
• PhD. is preferred

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