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12 Jun 2018

Executive Management Dean, Health & Public Safety

Southern Alberta Institute of TechnologyCalgary, Alberta, Canada

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SAIT’s Vision Statement
SAIT believes in: Excellence as demonstrated by fresh thinking, best practices, entrepreneurial initiatives, bold solutions to new opportunities and fiscal responsibility. Collaboration and we work together as a learning community to serve our students and partners. Fairness modeled by honest and ethical dealings in our relationships with students, employees and partners.


The Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) has become Calgary and Canada’s innovative center for applied education and in October 2016 will celebrate the institution’s 100th anniversary. In the last century, SAIT has evolved from a single-building campus with 11 students and seven staff members to a global presence educating approximately 50,000 students every year. SAIT is built on passion − shared by its students, faculty and staff − to shape new worlds as leaders, entrepreneurs, and community builders.
A SAIT education is designed to provide students with both practical experience and theoretical knowledge. SAIT’s classrooms and unique labs provide hands-on learning while many programs offer practicums and integrate projects based in real-world industry needs. SAIT works closely with industry, government and other post-secondary institutions to provide job-ready grads who can fuel local, national and global economies. SAIT has cultivated local and global partnerships that allow its students to make connections beyond SAIT, beyond Calgary and even beyond Canada.
Students in a variety of programs also can be part of important research happening on campus. Through practicum placement, capstone projects and as research assistants, students have opportunities to collaborate with industry partners and researchers in SAIT’s Applied Research and Innovation Services.
Today SAIT offers 84 day-time programs and 34 apprenticeship programs, Continuing Education programs and courses and Corporate Training offerings. Programs are delivered through eight academic schools: Business, Construction, the MacPhail School of Energy, Health and Public Safety, Hospitality and Tourism, Information and Communications Technologies, Manufacturing and Automation, and Transportation.
Partners from business and industry serve on SAIT’s program advisory committees to ensure students’ education meets industry’s needs.
As SAIT approaches its second century, it will build upon what it has already achieved — a strong reputation in relevant, high-quality applied education that produces exceptional graduates who develop meaningful careers. To view the Strategic Plan go to:
The role of the Dean, School of Health and Public Safety is to provide leadership and management and to develop and deliver programming that prepares SAIT’s learners with the professional skills and knowledge required for success in today’s workplace.

SAIT’s School of Health and Public Safety prepares a student for a career in the healthcare sector. SAIT offers specialized training in diagnostic, therapeutic and emergency technologies, professional assistant programs, health information management, and training for wellness professionals. The School of Health and Public Safety offers eight diploma and eight certificate programs.

The instructors are a dynamic team of dedicated and compassionate healthcare and safety professionals, committed to superior patient care practices and outcomes. SAIT is constantly assessing and upgrading curriculum, acquiring new equipment and technologies, and exploring new learning methodologies to ensure they are providing relevant, quality education.

Learners receive practical, hands-on training in modern laboratory facilities. In addition, SAIT is a leader in patient simulation education, with a state-of-the-art Centre for Advanced Patient Care Simulation.

A significant number of SAIT’s programs have a practicum component, which integrates theoretical, laboratory and simulation experiences with real work experience under supervision from professionals in the healthcare field.
The Dean, School of Heath and Public Safety is responsible to the Vice President Academic for leading the work of the school and is supported by a leadership structure of 2 Associate Deans and 5 Academic Chairs as well as HPS administration and support staff. In total, this role leads a team of 120 staff and contractors and administers a budget of $12 million serving 1500 students.

Diploma Programs

• Diagnostic Medical Sonography
• Emergency Medical Technology/Paramedic
• Health Information Management
• Medical Laboratory Technology
• Medical Radiologic Technology
• Nuclear Medicine Technology
• Rehabilitation Therapy
• Respiratory Therapy

Sample of certificate and continuing education offerings

• Dental Assisting
• Medical Device Reprocessing Technician
• Pharmacy Assistant
• Ophthalmic Assistant
• Health Fundamentals courses
• Occupational Health & Safety courses

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Key Result Areas
Academic Leadership and Direction for Programs and Services

– Provide academic, administrative and operational leadership for the School through both direct and indirect reports. This would include, new program development, quality assurance, earned revenue activities, or other services provided that impact the School and Institution.

– Accountability for all KPI’s (key performance indicators) in the School.

– Responsible for recruitment of students for programs, including earned revenue.

– Provide leadership in dealing with student and staff situations that may escalate.

– Thinking at a systems level, responsible for aligning with the educational plans for the institution as a whole.

Operational Effectiveness/Efficiency

– Responsible for school’s annual enrollment targets.

– Responsible for school’s budgets

– Responsible for the growth of Earned Revenue top line and profitability

– Responsible for school’s business planning

– Responsible for continual operational effectiveness and efficiencies

– Responsible for school’s dedicated lab/shop/classroom space and identifying future requirements.

Human Resources Management and Development

– Practices and takes responsibility for effective human resource practices undertaken by the School, such as recruitment, selection, training, development, and performance reviews, as well as disciplinary action and termination as required.

– Achieves high level communications, within the School and institution.

– Encourages engagement in activities related to ongoing development of the School learning community, such as, Academic Planning, United Way, Student Success initiatives, Academic Council, Joint Advisory Committee, etc.

– Recognizes staff and students, who organize events, through attendance at Program Advisory Council meetings, conferences, job fairs, trade shows, exhibitions, parties, fundraisers, lunches/dinners, industry nights, throughout the year.

– Utilizes collective agreements, academic policies and procedures, etc., to assist in the dispute resolution process. Includes, direct participation in grievances/disputes, and facilitating problem-solving for disputes involving faculty, staff and students.

External Stakeholder Relations

– Develop, enhance and maintain strong external stakeholder relations through direct participation in activities such as PAC meetings, events, industry associations, partnerships, networking, national academic organizations, etc., that will enhance the brand of the
institution and school and assist in meeting needs of student success.

– Develop, enhance and maintain strong relationships in both the private and public health sector and related industries.

– Work with Alumni & Development (A&D) to create a strategic council that will help guide the School on issues that will have impact on the students going forward.

– Work with community groups that provide opportunities for students and external stakeholders to advance potential causes.

– Promote a strong working relationship with different levels of government that may impact the institution or school.

– Work with A&D to procure developmental funding sources, in support of institutional and School priorities.
The ideal candidate will demonstrate a progressive career which includes an appropriate combination of the following:

• Relevant professional experience in the Health and Public Safety sector. This includes strong networks at a senior level with the Alberta health system and in particular, AHS.
• Degree(s) in relevant disciplines (i.e. Health Sciences). A graduate degree is required.
• Management and teaching experience in a post-secondary institution.

To be successful in this position, the Dean, School of Health and Public Safety, must have a demonstrated ability to develop and maintain effective and engaging relationships with learners, faculty, managers, support staff, senior executives and industry representatives. The candidate also needs very strong administrative and financial skills to be able to manage this diverse School, while still being a visionary and providing academic leadership on all levels.

Leadership Competencies

Innovation & Change: Create and execute creative plans and actions. Encourage new ideas. Understand and assess how change impacts stakeholders and develop appropriate strategies.

Communication & Influence: Ability to clarify complex concepts. Anticipates potential reactions and adapts to suit audience. Also makes use of indirect communication methods such as third parties as needed.

Coach & Develop: Facilitates staff development and encourages individuals to also be personally accountable for their development. Fosters an environment of engagement. Supports and prepares staff for performing in high stress situations.

Responsible Decision Making: Ability to make decisions with incomplete or contradictory data with a focus on outcomes. Recognizes underlying issues. Manages debate and challenges others to make timely decisions.

Strategic Mindset: Creates strategies and partnerships that realize the vision and develop the organization’s image. Considers the projected direction, future developments, and trends of industry and SAIT.
Confident and Connected: Able to network effectively with business and industry leaders.

Learner: Demonstrates a passion for learning and understands the value of post-secondary technical education. Committed to academic excellence and learner success.
A competitive compensation package will be provided including an attractive base salary and excellent benefits. Further details will be discussed further in a personal interview.
Allan Nelson / Laura Youngberg
Davies Park
530, 1000 7 Avenue SW
Calgary, AB T2P 5L5
Phone: (403) 263-0600 Email:

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

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