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15 Nov 2017


Kwantlen Polytechnic UniversitySurrey, British Columbia, Canada

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Dean, Faculty of Trades & Technology – Competition Number 17-165

Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Metro Vancouver, British Columbia


Kwantlen Polytechnic University is a regionally focused, teaching-led institution. Situated in Metro Vancouver, and with an operating budget of approximately $150 million, KPU is a multi-sector university offering a wide array of undergraduate degree programs, trades and technology programs, and one and two-year certificate and diploma programs to 19,000 students on campuses in Surrey, Richmond, Langley and Cloverdale.


The Faculty of Trades & Technology located at KPU Tech reflects Kwantlen’ s commitment to the economic development in the South Fraser region and educational programs that will provide industry with the competent and highly-skilled graduates it requires. KPU Tech provides leading-edge trades programs for training ACE-IT, Foundation, Apprentice and students in Appliance Servicing, Automotive Service Technician, Carpentry, Electrical, Farrier, Metal Fabrication, Millwright, Plumbing, Warehousing and Welding. In addition, KPU Tech is home to technology programs in Public Safety Communications (9-1-1). Through CE and Professional Studies a variety of Industry Service Programs are supported and delivered.


Reporting to the Provost & Vice President Academic, the Dean of Trades and Technology will provide leadership to all aspects of the Faculty including strategic planning, academic development, and the management of the Faculty’s financial, administrative and human resources. The Dean will be a champion for the Faculty of Trades and Technology within the Kwantlen community and build strong relationships with government, industry and the broader community to ensure a flourishing and sustainable future for this unique and valuable training entity.


We seek an exceptional individual with an exemplary record as an educator and administrator within a well regarded post-secondary environment. As an accomplished academic you will have a breadth of experience that has led to a well-informed appreciation of the diversity and educational principles of disciplines in trades and technology. Alternatively you may have a combination of post secondary and significant industry leadership experience.


With a positive, enthusiastic and collaborative leadership style you will work in conjunction with other administrators, faculty and staff to achieve the goals of the Faculty of Trades and Technology. You will demonstrate a significant understanding of budget management and principles and strong organizational skills applicable to operational and logistical tasks. The successful candidate will possess a strong track record in the recruitment, engagement and retention of students and demonstrate an appreciation for students and for the role of a student focused institution.


The successful candidate must have a fundamental understanding of the B.C. Education System, Industry Training Authority (ITA) and how to enhance skills training, technologies and apprenticeships and have demonstrated experience working in a unionized environment. Through exemplary communication and interpersonal skills you will have a proven record of developing positive and collaborative working relationships and have the ability to provide leadership and direction to build capacity in the Faculty. A trade’s qualification with IP/Red Seal and/or a terminal credential preferably in a technology related field is considered an asset.


To explore this exceptional leadership opportunity; please contact Michelle Stewart in the Human Resource Services department at


To be considered for this position, please submit your resume and related information, quoting competition number 17-165 to: Review of candidates will begin on November 24, 2017.

This opportunity will remain open until an appointment is made.

Please see link below for a full Executive Brief for the position:



Job Categories: Full-time. Job Types: Executive Management.

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