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3 Jan 2017

Management Dean, Learning, Teaching and Scholarship

Centennial CollegeToronto, Ontario, Canada

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Position Summary:

Reporting to the Associate Vice President – Learning Innovation, Teaching Excellence and Academic Quality in the Academic Division, the Dean, Learning, Teaching and Scholarship is accountable for contributing to the effective delivery of academic offerings and retention goals of the college by providing functional leadership over formal learning and professional development across the College. The Dean provides the framework for, and leads the integration of the principles and practices of a Learning College through the departmental structure of the Centre for Organizational Learning and Teaching (COLT). This includes appropriate program and policy development related to the portfolio as the College moves towards deepening organizational learning capabilities becoming an increasingly inclusive learning centered environment. The Dean plans, consults, identifies and implements organizational learning interventions that align with and support the College’s strategic and business plans, and academic plan, organizational learning, and framework for equity and inclusion. This role provides direction and support for building faculty capacity for inquiry and scholarship through participation in scholarly, applied and action research with a focus on learning and teaching, or in contributions in particular fields of expertise. The Dean provides vision, leadership and support to the integration of academic technology in the delivery of the full range of program offerings by the College.


The Dean is accountable for the integration of the principles of equity and inclusion within the Centre for Organizational Learning and Teaching, as well in all areas of staff learning and development across the College.


Leadership for Academic Professional Development and Learning

  • Establishes the department’s yearly business plan, priorities and objectives that support the College’s Strategic and Business plans
  • Ensures process support for all programs required by the college to undergo annual and comprehensive reviews by providing specific learning interventions for program faculty as identified in the review process
  • Develops and sponsors learning to promote research and scholarship within the College, provides support and programming to build faculty and staff capacity for research related to learning and teaching (Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, SoTL)
  • Provides leadership for the integration of appropriate academic technologies in the learning and teaching activities of the College across face-to-face, online and hybrid modes of delivery.
  • Contributes to the development of college policies and operating procedures related to the teaching and learning activities of the portfolio, to meet the need of students, client groups, community partners, government ministries/agencies, and provides learning and support for these policies
  • Works with schools and departments to develop learning strategies for teaching, learning and learner engagement, retention and success.

Leadership and Support for Organizational Learning and Development for All Staff

  • Leads in the development, delivery and evaluation of learning and development opportunities for all Centennial employees that support and engage employees to participate at their fullest potential
  • Collaborates with academic schools, other departments in the Academic Excellence Unit, as well as Human Resources and Organizational Development, Applied Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Services (ARIES), International, Libraries, and other departments in the development and evaluation of new and ongoing organizational development initiatives
  • Leads and supports organizational change initiatives and interventions and prepares action plans for Executive Team consideration and approval
  • Collaboratively develops leadership programming that engages management employees in acquiring, developing and operating in a manner that fits with the desired behaviors outlined in the college leadership competencies framework
  • Consults regularly with each employee group to determine the critical training and development needs that will enable employees to achieve the strategic and business plan goals of the College
  • Establishes relationships with other colleges, universities and affinity groups to remain current in best practices in staff development
  • Develops and manages the college professional development budget ensuring positive return on investment
  • Provides a range of coaching/mentoring resources for College staff.

Human Resources Management, Development and Financial Management

  • Provides leadership and support to department administrators, faculty and staff to achieve the school vision of being a leader in post-secondary academic programming.
  • Managing a highly unionized professional team, the incumbent must be able to function within the context of collective agreements
  • Oversees the preparation and analysis of departmental budget projections and financial reports including forecasts and budgets.
  • Reviews and monitors program expenditures.
  • Negotiates contracts with service providers and contractors on behalf of the college.
  • Ensures that all internally and externally funded projects are completed on time and within the budget guidelines.


  • Minimum Master’s degree in education (with a focus on teaching, administration, adult education or organizational development) or soc ial science – PhD preferred
  • 8-10 years of experience providing leadership in academic administration and delivering programs in post- secondary settings.
  • Knowledge of adult learning theory and practice, and commitment to life-long learning exemplified by an ongoing engagement in a range of practices to develop self and others professionally
  • Strong written communication, including experience writing proposals and reports
  • Demonstrated experience in leading and conducting research
  • Demonstrated experience in leading the integration of academic technology
  • Experience in working in highly complex environments
  • Strong leadership, project management, change management and conflict resolution skills
  • Proven ability to set and achieve priorities, engage teams, and work within budgets
  • Proven ability to use collaborative approaches to resolve complex issues, especially when working in a unionized setting and across departmental or divisional boundaries.
  • Professional commitment to staff and students with a broad spectrum of needs in their pursuit of academic achievement and success.
  • Demonstrated experience, knowledge and understanding of working effectively in a diverse environment

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Proof of credentials or equivalencies from accredited regional or federal post secondary institutions and/or their foreign equivalents will be required at the time of job offer.”

When applying, your cover letter and résumé must include examples that reflect all of the requested skills and qualifications and must be submitted online by January 31, 2017 at 4:30 PM. Please quote Competition #17-A-01. Misrepresentation of applicant information will be grounds for your exclusion from the competition or for dismissal should you subsequently be hired for the position. We wish to thank all applicants for their interest and advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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Job Categories: Full-time. Job Types: Management. Salary: 100,000 and above.

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