Vice Provost

Saskatchewan Polytechnic

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May 15, 2024
Saskatoon, Canada
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The Vice Provost is accountable to the Provost & Vice President, Academic and a member of the Provost’s Senior Academic Leadership Team. The Vice Provost is responsible for providing academic excellence and leadership across the various Schools and assists the Provost in oversight of academic and operational functions to further the academic vision and strategic goals of Saskatchewan Polytechnic. This includes long range planning, strategic input, operational policy setting, budget oversight, resource optimization/ stewardship and compliance. The Vice Provost assumes a leadership role in the development of programs and academic policy to ensure quality and continuous improvement. The position is responsible for the supervision of academic programs; leading an academic team focused on programming initiatives that respond to labour-market demands, meeting the highest standards of national and/or international accrediting bodies and program quality.

The Vice Provost is responsible for direct leadership of the 11 Academic Schools and supports them in their planning and operational efforts. Reporting to the Vice Provost are 4 Deans with programs focussed on both the economic and public service sectors.

The Vice Provost will collaborate very closely with the Special Advisor to the Provost who leads the implementation of the Academic Plan and other academic planning priorities.

Knowledge and Skills

Leadership of a large and diverse range of programs is required with experience in an educational setting, as well as previous experience working with a variety of external stakeholders, including all levels of government, and various national, provincial, and local agencies is considered an asset.

Duties and Responsibilities

The incumbent provides leadership in formulating the vision, goals, direction and policies for the Academic Services units which are consistent with Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s overall strategic goals, and broadly performs the following functions:

Academic Program Leadership

  • Leads the coordination and development of academic program excellence while supporting the vision, mission and values of the institution.
  • Fosters a culture of academic excellence.
  • Ensures the development of innovative and leading-edge practices and programs.
  • Ensures a common program structure, co-ordination among campuses and effective integration of extension activities across Saskatchewan Polytechnic.
  • Supports the development and promotion of student success strategies within the Schools.
  • Provides leadership for quality assessment and review.
  • Provides oversight of academic and operational functions to further the academic vision and mission.
  • Directs the development and implementation of practices, guidelines, processes and policies that ensure academic programs meet the highest national accrediting standards.
  • Leads and facilitates organizational culture shifts to meet the needs of future work and learning.

Institutional Planning

  • Advocates the directions set by the President & CEO and Provost & Vice President, Academic by supporting the development of Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s Multi Year Business Plan (MYBP) for program areas.
  • Ensures plans and directions are current with emerging trends in the future of work and learning.
  • Ensures support is provided for student success endeavors.
  • Contributes to the corporate decision-making process and strategic organizational direction by participating as an ex-officio member of Senior Leadership Council (SLC) and member of the Senior Leadership Team (SLT).

Relationship Management


  • Fosters a positive working relationship among Academic and Administrative Services units across the institution.
  • Collaborates and works closely with Deans; Associate Vice Presidents; and Special Advisor, to ensure high quality and consistent services are integrated, and support and meet the overall institutional direction.
  • Acts as a resource to the Provost & Vice President, Academic, President & CEO, and management staff on academic program matters.
  • As an ex-officio member of SLC, contributes to the organization’s operational effectiveness and policy development by actively participating in a wide range of strategic and operational decisions.
  • Ensures effective and positive working relationships are fostered among all groups.


  • Ensures close liaison with professional groups, industry, associations, and government agencies.
  • Maintains relationships and co-operation with educational partners, including the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission.
  • Represents Saskatchewan Polytechnic on national, provincial, and regional academic committees.
  • Develops relationships and partnerships with other institutions to maximize resources and academic opportunities.



People Management

  • Ensures a positive, diverse and inclusive work and learning environment.
  • Proactively and strategically recruits and retains outstanding senior leaders and staff at all levels, including positions at the Dean level.
  • Coaches and mentors direct reports to ensure their success.
  • Holds academic leaders accountable for outcomes and a high level of performance.
  • Plans for future key leadership roles by ensuring succession and workforce planning initiatives are implemented within the division.

Resource Allocation

  • Ensures resource allocation for all academic programs are aligned with the organizational planning processes.
  • Develops innovative solutions to resource challenges by re-allocating resources to align with and support Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s strategic goals.
  • Maximizes revenue generation, where appropriate.
  • Provides leadership around capital and facility initiatives with a goal of providing quality learning and working environments.


Position requirements include a graduate degree in educational leadership or a related academic field, and seven (7) years of experience in senior leadership, with experience supervising employees at a senior level.

How to Apply

Email a convincing cover letter and tailored resume (PDF or Word document only) to Shalini Bhatty or Allan Nelson at indicating the job title in the subject line of the email.