Corpus Christi College (UBC) Seeking Academic Dean
August 17, 2018

Corpus Christi College in Vancouver has announced a search to fill the position of Academic Dean. The official job search announcement is posted below. All questions should be directed to the college directly at hr@corpuschristi.ca.


Position: Academic Dean, Corpus Christi College

Mission/Vision

“The Community of St. Mark’s, which includes St. Mark’s College, Corpus Christi College, and St. Mark’s Parish, is the Catholic centre of the UBC.

St. Mark’s, the affiliated Catholic College of the University, educates undergraduate and graduate students through a theological lens, preparing them to become leaders in Catholic schools, healthcare, and social services. It also provides the academic formation for men preparing to serve as permanent deacons in the Archdiocese of Vancouver.

Corpus Christi College, affiliated with St. Mark’s, provides students with the good undergraduate start that develops the individual student’s potential and enables success today and beyond. Our offeringsare unique, imbued with Catholic values, while complementary to the academic programs at UBC.

Corpus Christi College, is seeking an outstanding and visionary academic leader, teacher and scholar with experience leading faculty and serving students. The successful candidate should be comfortable working with faculty, staff and students who represent a diverse range of cultural and religious backgrounds, to guide the College in its search for excellence through its commitment to the Catholic liberal arts and intellectual traditions.

Expected Contributions:

The Academic Dean is the senior academic officer for Corpus Christi College, and will support the College’s vision of Catholic higher education in the Province on the Vancouver campus of the University of British Columbia. The Academic Dean provides leadership to the College faculty and staff to support and advance excellence in education. S/he is also the principal representative of the College’scurriculum to external agencies and foundations, alumni/ae, and other constituencies. With the President/Principal and other senior administrators, the Dean will identify and address priorities for the College, including educational initiatives, academic advising, diversity perspectives in learning curricula, and relations with the University of British Columbia and the Ministry of Advanced Education. Duties will include building up the academic curricula of the College, and the structure and support of academic concentrations.

Functional Reporting Relationships:

The Academic Dean reports to the President, Corpus Christi College. Primary working relationships are with the other senior administrators of the Colleges, including the Deans; the Registrar; the Executive Director, Strategy & Planning; the Director, Finance & Operations; the Director, Development & Alumni Relations; the Director of Campus Ministry; and the Manager of Communications.

Expectations and Responsibilities:

The Academic Dean provides leadership, guidance, oversight and executive-level decision making authority relating to all aspects of the academic programs, including but not limited to the following:

A. Academic Status – the successful candidate 

will be considered a regular, full-time faculty member of Corpus Christi College;

  • will, in addition to his/her administrative duties, be expected to teach two courses per year, including potentially courses at either Corpus Christi College or St. Mark’s College;
  • will hold the position of Academic Dean for an initial period of five years;
  • will be considered for hire at a rank commensurate with their qualifications and experience, and will be expected to engage in research as well as in service responsibilities;
  • will be considered for renewal as Dean or for a full-time faculty appointment at the end of a successful initial term as Academic Dean (the Colleges do not have a tenure system).

B. Educational Leadership and Management

  • Oversees academic curriculum at the College
  •  Responsible for observing and evaluating full-time and sessional faculty
  •  Chairs the College’s Education Council
  • Key participant in Strategic Enrolment Management for the College.

C. Management of Human Resources

  • Manages the Faculty, including its human resources
  •  Participates or leads (as appropriate) all searches for new full-time and sessional faculty appointments
  • Builds a positive internal environment in the Faculty and provides visible, focused leadership
  • Participates in Professional Development activities for the Faculty
  • Interprets and administers College policies and procedures, Delegates responsibilities and the necessary authority, as appropriate
  • Manages labour relations within the Faculty, including problem-solving, grievance handling, and the appropriate response to and resolution of employee problems.

D. Resource allocation, and the overall financial management of the Faculty

  • Serves as the supervisory budget officer for all cost centres assigned to the office
  • Allocates instructional resources to maximize resource utilization and balance in response to changing enrolment patterns.

E. External Liaison

  • Develops external relationships appropriate to the academic operations and directions of the College, including joint ventures
  • Represents the College to program advisory committees within the College
  • Represents the College on standing and ad hoc bodies external to the College, e.g. relevant
  • provincial and national deans’ committees
  • Provides authorized information to stakeholders to support application processing for funding,
  • accreditation and other similar desirable third-party relationships.
Qualifications:

  •  a Ph.D. or other relevant terminal credential in a field relevant to the core mission of the College, with five (5) to ten (10) years of experience working and teaching in post-secondary education
  • Professional demeanour with excellent oral, written, interpersonal and presentation skills
  • Exceptional time management and organizational skills, with the ability to multi-task
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences and stakeholders
  • Ability to work independently or as part of a team in order to meet deadlines and achieve project goals
  • An openness to learning about/working with educational technology and institutional systems in order to meet the strategic objectives of the Colleges
  • Ability to exercise a high level of judgment, discretion and confidentiality
  • Commitment to forwarding the missions and visions of Corpus Christi College and St. Mark’s College

Application:

As Catholic colleges, Corpus Christi College and St. Mark’s College understand that being an inclusive community means recognizing the dignity of each individual as a unique creation of the divine. The Catholic intellectual tradition in which the Colleges operate welcomes a diversity of voices, opinions and beliefs. We are open to all who seek the truth about God and the world, and encourage all qualified applicants, regardless of age, culture, ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation, language, disability or social class to apply. Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority in the search.

Applications, including curriculum vitae and a statement of the candidate’s understanding of theimportance of Catholic higher education, should be sent by email to: hr@corpuschristi.ca by the Closing Date.

Closing Date: Friday October 26, 2018

Preferred Start Date: July 1, 2019