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5 Oct 2017

Executive Management Executive Director, Learning and Teaching Commons

Northern Alberta Institute of TechnologyEdmonton, Alberta, Canada

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Job Description

Competition: 217326

Closing Date: Open until suitable candidate found


With a vision to be the most relevant and responsive post-secondary institution in Canada and world leading polytechnic by the year 2021, the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) is Alberta’s largest Polytechnic and one of Canada’s foremost trainers in technology based career education. One of Alberta’s top employers, NAIT offers excellent personal, family, health, and well-being benefits, professional development opportunities, and an enviable environment of professional engagement and dynamism guided by a clear set of values (the NAIT way).

Learning and Teaching Commons (LTC) provides support to all staff at NAIT, with a primary focus on students and instructors. LTC also supports NAIT researchers; the Department of Continuing, International and Corporate Education (DCICE); and the general public through the provision of library services. LTC is a key department in positioning NAIT as a leading polytechnic throughout developing and sharing best practice in polytechnic education in Alberta, Canada and around the world.

The Executive Director of LTC reports to the Vice President Academic. The position is responsible for overseeing the work of NAIT’s Learning and Teaching Commons (LTC), a department with approximately 160 staff including NASA, AUPE, MAE and casual employees, and a budget of approximately 7 million dollars. The position focuses on providing educational leadership from three perspectives: Operational, NAIT-wide, and provincially/nationally/internationally.

Key Responsibilities:

Operational Leadership – the position provides high level oversight of 3 departmental work teams: Library Services, Teaching Services and Learning Services. The Executive Director of LTC ensures that the LTC operational plan is aligned to NAIT’s vision and strategic plan while seeking to collaborate across functional areas to ensure the highest level of support possible while also ensuring effective use of NAIT resources. Operational leadership requires continual leadership of educational quality assurance within NAIT.

NAIT-wide leadership – the position is responsible for collaboratively leading quality education and change-related initiatives on behalf of the institution (for example, NAIT’s move to adopt leading copyright practices; NAIT’s adoption of leadership training for leaders of instructional practice) and collaboratively leading discussions on enhancing the student learning experience (for example, the use and number of student practice places; the development of a system to house and access coursepacks; consulting on and supporting the planning of learning spaces in CAT). Some initiatives start within LTC as and are based on engagement and prioritization that LTC s conducts with members of the NAIT community. Other initiatives that require LTC strategic leadership come from engagement and prioritization that has been conducted by others within NAIT. Initiatives such as moving NAIT to a common credit framework and to Outcomes-based Education, investigating and integrating employability/enabling skills into curriculum were started at the Provost and Vice President Academic level and were transitioned to LTC to provide leadership. This position offers leadership in researching emerging practices in education and provides recommendations about adopting practices.

Provincial/national/international leadership –, The Executive Director of LTC actively positions NAIT as a leading polytechnic with Alberta, Canada and the world. The position is also responsible for liaising with educational leaders and other stakeholders to collaboratively lead shared initiatives (for e.g. AIT/NAIT curriculum development projects; NAIT/SAIT strategic alliances), particularly as these relate to the Campus Alberta agenda. It is also responsible for developing and sharing best practices in polytechnic education.

Additionally, the position provides strategic oversight to projects related to the student learning experience such as the impacts of class-size on student success, impacts on student learning when flipping classrooms, and the efficacy of Becoming a Master Instructor.

The position is also responsible for policy development related to learning and teaching at NAIT; the creation of educational quality assurance standards and processes; the creation of formal, technology supported workflow to support staff and student access to learning and teaching services; and the optimization of access to learning and teaching resources through print and digital means.

In addition to these high level strategic imperatives, the position:

  • Participates as a member of NAIT’s broader academic leadership through ToR membership on several committees such as President’s Council, President’s Advisory, Academic Portfolio Leadership Team, Information and Technology Management Committee, Program Mix and Quality Assurance Committee, and the Enterprise Risk Management Advisory Committee;
  • Participates on a number of other internal and external teams as they emerge and evolve (such as the Occupational Health and Safety Strategic Steering Committee, the main campus space optimization advisory committee, etc).
  • Chairs the Learning and Teaching Commons Council, NAIT Instructional Excellence Awards Committee; and Learning Delivery Portfolio Committee
  • Liaise with external educational leaders and other stakeholders to collaboratively lead shared initiatives (AIT/NAIT curriculum projects; NAIT/SAIT strategic alliance in supporting Teaching excellence, Alberta-wide educational Leaders meetings).
  • Actively position NAIT as a leading polytechnic through overseeing the development, sharing best practices in polytechnic education via print, web, conferences, presentations, the development of white papers, etc.

Key Competencies:

  • High level strategic oversight and polytechnic vision
  • Collaborative in approach and in solutions
  • Foster a shared leadership approach
  • Use communication as a tool of influence
  • Maintain pedagogical currency in a rapidly changing educational environment
  • Contemplate multiple perspectives at the same time
  • Expert knowledge of theories and principles related to learning, teaching, educational research and leadership
  • Understanding of the role technology plays in education within a polytechnic
  • A broad understanding of the Canadian Copyright Act, Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, Human Rights legislation, the Post-Secondary Learning Act, and NASA and AUPE Collective Agreements

First Year Measures of Success:

  • You will have learned and taken the time to understand the business, the culture, and the relationships through a lens of curiosity
  • You will have built collaborative connections with Campus Life and NAIT schools recognizing potential areas of duplication and working together to provide a consistent experience for all students and staff.
  • You will provide continued strategic leadership for work that has been started including:
    • Installing and migrating to a new library services platform which will include a digital repository for NAIT’s digital assets
    • Indigenization and Internationalization of curriculum and instruction
    • Development of a multi-faceted approach for communication, education and support of scholarly activity on campus
    • Development of an educational technology strategy for NAIT
    • Development of a digital learning strategy for NAIT
    • Support for program leaders and instructors in identifying and supporting students at risk through the implementation of Learning Plans and Early Support Plans
    • Building on the work completed to frame polytechnic education in the world of post-secondary education.


  • Master’s Degree in a related area required, PhD would be an asset. Consideration may be provided for a combination of educational credentials and experience.
  • Extensive post-secondary leadership education experience, with a broad knowledge of academic systems, standards and best practices
  • Extensive leadership/project management experience
  • Extensive teaching experience and the ability to relate to instructional staff


Compensation will be commensurate with education and experience and shall include a comprehensive benefit package.

How to Apply:

Please submit you application online at The competition number is 217326.

For any inquires about this position, please contact Nick Stadnyk, Recruitment Specialist at 780.491.5411 or at

We thank all applicants for their interest in working at NAIT; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

It is recommended that applicants who have obtained educational credentials from outside of Canada and have not had them previously assessed, obtain an evaluation of their credentials from World Education Services or the International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS) –

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

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