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1 May 2018

Executive Management Executive Director, Board & Executive Relations

Red Deer CollegeRed Deer, Alberta, Canada

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Job Description

The Executive Director, Board & Executive Relations is a member of the President’s Executive Committee. The Executive Director also serves as the key resource for the Board of Governors and provides strategic advice and support on key issues such as policy governance, government relations, Board communication, and stakeholder engagement.

The incumbent performs strategic analysis, problem solving, other special assignments required by the President, and provides advice to senior administrators, faculty, and staff, on matters relating to the President and Board. The Executive Director is connected to the stakeholder groups who support the College.

In collaboration, the Executive Director, develops the President’s and Board’s strategic internal and external communications and is responsible for the coordination of speaking notes, public addresses, and speeches. The Executive Director ensures the President and Board Chair are appropriately briefed and prepared for meetings, activities, and events, including major institution events.

The Executive Director serves as the primary liaison with individuals internal and external to the institution who wish to raise issues with the President and Board. The incumbent initiates follow-up, as appropriate, on all actions and communication arising from proceedings of meetings.

The Executive Director has broad responsibility for the efficient operations of the President’s Office as well as supporting the work of the Board of Governors overseeing the financial and human resource management of the Office. The Executive Director directly supervises two employees.


The Executive Director is a resource for the President on strategic, operational, policy/procedures, ensuring that information in support of the President’s mandate is provided or disseminated on his / her behalf, in a timely and beneficial manner.

The Executive Director also coordinates and supports all activities of the President. This position is responsible and accountable for the effective operation and professionalism of the President’s office including staffing, budget and corporate events. Special projects as assigned by the President and/or the Board may also be included. It is also the primary resource and support responsible and accountable for all activities of the Board of Governors. This includes overseeing effective governance practices given the Board’s governance model, budget and communication/liaison with internal and external stakeholders and government officials.

The Executive Director deals with highly confidential information and acts as a liaison between the President and/or Board and other members of the President’s Executive Committee, Senior Administration Team members and both internal and external constituencies.

The nature of the work performed, level of responsibility and level of internal and external contacts requires the incumbent to have the confidence, tact, discretion, political savvy, poise, etc. gained through experience. The ability to gain the trust and respect within the internal and external communities is critical to the incumbent’s success.


  • Master’s degree and five years of related experience in a leadership or governance position within the public sector preferably within higher education or a related field including experience supporting a senior executive of a large complex organization. This combined with experience in communications; public relations; human resource management; and financial management; or an equivalent combination of educational training, and experience.
  • Knowledge and experience working in a post-secondary environment as well as governance policies and procedures.
  • Excellent knowledge of issue management, strategic planning, and project management with the ability to be able to expertly coordinate and successfully conclude events and issues.
  • Excellent public relations, conflict management, and interpersonal skills to be able to diplomatically, sensitively, and effectively respond and resolve issues that arise.
  • Strong planning and organizational skills, including an ability to determine priorities, be self-directed, and work with minimal supervision in order to effectively manage a high volume of work for self and the President’s Office and Board support team.
  • Excellent communication skills including the ability to write and/or provide recommendations for speaking notes, public addresses, and speeches for delivery by the President or Board Chair.
  • Ability to independently research, analyze, interpret, and respond appropriately in complex and sensitive situations.
  • Demonstrated capacity to exercise judgment and sensitivity working with complex, confidential and sensitive issues and to maintain strict confidentiality.
  • Exemplary interpersonal skills, including relationship development, trust building and conflict resolution abilities
  • High degree of proficiency in the use of administrative management, information, and communications systems.


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Job Categories: Full-time. Job Types: Executive Management. Job Tags: T4N 5H5.

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