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Dean of the school of Construction and the school of Transportation

posted on May 4, 2017
Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Dean of the school of Construction and the school of Transportation

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Job Content (SDF) Details:

  • Competition Number: P06346
  • Bargaining Unit: OOS
  • Posting Title: Dean of the school of Construction and the school of Transportation
  • Category of work: Full Time
  • Org Code/Description: Provost VP Academic-10110-DEPT
  • Location: Multiple Locations (Please check posting details)
  • Other Locations: Saskatchewan Polytechnic Saskatoon Campus, Saskatchewan Polytechnic Moose Jaw Campus, Saskatchewan Polytechnic Regina Campus, Saskatchewan Polytechnic Prince Albert Campus
  • Open Until Filled: Yes
  • Ongoing: Yes
  • Salary Range: as per the OOS salary grid
  • Hours of Work: OOS (typically M-F, core hours)
  • Total Assigned days (AC)/ Total Hours per biweekly pay: M-F, core hours, 37.5 hours per week
  • Special Instructions: Thank you for your interest in this position. To apply to this position, or obtain additional
    information, please contact Sullivan Search agency using the following url:

    All responses to Sullivan Search are confidential. Recruitment for this position will continue until a successful candidate is found.


Job Duties

Saskatchewan Polytechnic is the Province’s only polytechnic and the primary institution for
post-secondary applied education and research. Proudly sharing land located in the homeland of the Métis people and on Treaty 4 and Treaty 6 territory, we serve more than 26,000 students through campuses located in Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Regina and Saskatoon. Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers more than 150 certificate diploma and degree programs, including two collaborative baccalaureate degree programs and a collaborative master’s degree program, basic education and academic upgrading, credit and non-credit extension courses, apprenticeship training, televised, hybrid, online, distance and off-campus programming. Our programs are led by a most accomplished and innovative faculty. As a member of Polytechnics Canada, we are committed to offering a broad range of educational experiences that are student-centered and industry responsive.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic provides the skills and education that the Province needs to grow and prosper. We have a long history of working with industry and the community to meet education needs demonstrated by our excellence in teaching, strength in research and proven student success. Through our partnerships, we ensure our programs match opportunities in the real world. Our people are key to our success – the role of dean is to guide and lead exceptional staff in their commitment to our students and shared strategic priorities.

As a member of the deans’ council and the senior leadership team, this position plays a key role in academic leadership and strategic planning across the institution. With a budget of over $22.6 million, the Dean of the School of Construction and the School of Transportation will lead a team comprised of one associate dean, three academic chairs, 20 program heads and approximately 170 full- and part-time staff across our four campuses in Saskatchewan.


Qualifications, Sills, Abilities and Experience

Specific Accountabilities

General Accountability:

The dean reports to the Provost and Vice-President, Academic, for the School of Construction and the School of Transportation. By providing exceptional academic leadership and ensuring academic integrity, the Dean holds the responsibility to prepare our graduates for success in their field of employment.

By implementing a clear and concise strategic plan, the Dean will drive initiatives that meet labour market demands, manage resources and ensures fiscal viability of the school.
Encouraging excellence in teaching, fostering and supporting research and inspiring staff of the school to ensure a positive and productive working environment are key to achieving success in this position. The Dean is responsible for relationship building with other schools and departments within Saskatchewan Polytechnic and with external stakeholders at the local, provincial and national level.

The School of Construction provides hands on experience to students looking to enter a career in construction or building technologies. The school has 19 programs that provide students with experience and training to match industry driven needs. These programs are led by enthusiastic instructors with industry experience that provide students applied learning models using our top-quality facilities and tools. The programs range from applied and certificate level through to diploma. This is a dynamic and ever changing school that directly serves the high demands of industry in the province.

The School of Transportation covers all complexities of the transportation industry. Be it
working with the tools of industry as offered in the parts management program, commercial pilot program or the agricultural, heavy equipment and automotive programs, students in the 20 programs offered gain direct experience from highly qualified instructors and industry partners.

These highly sought-after programs are directly tied to Saskatchewan’s economy.
Based in any of our campus locations, this position is one of five deans reporting to the Provost and Vice-President, Academic. Travel is required between all campuses for program and administrative responsibilities, as well as travel provincially, nationally and occasionally internationally to represent the schools and Saskatchewan Polytechnic.

Specific Accountabilities:

1. Academic Leadership

  • Develop and direct the strategic enrolment management focused on the goals and objectives for the schools. This requires oversight and understanding of the key indicators and drivers, inspiring the schools’ faculty leaders to achieve the strategic enrolment objectives and measures.
  • Ensure our educational requirements exceed those required by business and industry, and that our graduates are job-ready and prepared for rewarding careers, with focus as a Quality Learning Organization. By balancing our delivery of innovative programs and services while responding to changes in industry ensures our graduates are able to seamlessly integrate into employment.
  • Partnership with industry enables opportunities to enhance our learning environment and programs. The Dean will ensure the Program Advisory Committees fulfill their purpose to promote excellence in program delivery and outcomes for our students and faculty.
  • Oversight and vision for the advancement of extension and revenue generating opportunities requires the dean to maintain connection to advancements in industry and the ability to create synergies and partnerships with others. By leading in this area, the Dean will ensure an entrepreneurial and forward thinking mindset is embedded and fostered within their schools.
  • Future-focused learning and teaching methods and the increased importance of technology in this industry will bring opportunities and advancements in post-secondary education and workready training. Being a champion and advocate for effective learning and teaching infrastructure will be a continuing priority of this role. Rapid change in technology and the advancements in industry converge in the learning environment and require constant consideration in this role.

2. Applied Research and Scholarship Leadership

  • As a key differentiator in a polytechnic environment, our focus on applied research and scholarship creates opportunities to show case our innovation and collaboration. The value of applied research and scholarship opportunities to enrich our faculty experience and enhance student outcomes are the pillars of our work-integrated learning model. Our polytechnic environment thrives on providing real-world solutions to industry research partners that improve our students’ experience. As the academic leader for the schools, the Dean will support
    opportunity and advancement in this key strategic area, particularly as we advance our degree and post-graduate programming.
  • By assessing the opportunities for potential student applied learning, research opportunities and/or industry partnerships, the Dean will work collaboratively with the Office of Applied Research and Innovation to increase external applied research funding.

3. Strategic Planning

  • Academic program leadership includes; recruitment, programming, teaching, learning, integration and applications of technology, facilities, industry partnership, student services and support and administration. The student life cycle is forefront in the actions and planning of the Dean and for the school. The Dean will be a champion for quality outcomes and programming in service to our students.
  • Annually review program mix to support program suspensions and deletion in keeping with student and labour market demand. As a member of the senior leadership team and deans’ council, the Dean will coordinate the development of institutional and school-focused priorities within a multi-year business plan framework. This includes the visioning, developing, integrating and measuring of these goals and objectives to inspire forward thinking and drive through the
    leadership of others.
  • Ensure activities are aligned with the Saskatchewan Polytechnic strategic plan and directions set by its board of directors and senior management council. Further, complementing the strategic planning framework to a balanced scorecard and project management operating environment. By doing so, the Dean will link meaningful measures and outcomes to ensure the school’s strategic plans align to the institutions’ overall strategic model, and ensure agility in the face of emerging trends, changing priorities and changing priorities of stakeholders.
  • Through the school leadership team, oversee operations, implement processes to increase operational efficiency and ensure accountabilities and behaviours align to the vision stated by Saskatchewan Polytechnic.
  • Work with industry partners and employers to collaboratively develop and support the labour market.

4. Relationship Management

  • Work closely with the Provost and Vice-President Academic, associate vice-presidents, fellow deans, associate deans, academic chairs and directors to ensure high quality services are integrated, supportive and meet the overall institutional direction.
  • Seek and build collaborative relationships across both academic and administrative divisions to optimize effort and ensure both school and organizational objectives are reached.
  • Participate and contribute to Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s operational effectiveness and policy development in a wide range of strategic and operational decisions through the deans’ council and other committees or councils. The role of the dean is to be inquisitive, inspiring and transparent in their leadership.


  • Seek out and foster relationships with industry and educational partners on national, provincial and regional levels through shared projects, committees and other meaningful engagements. 
  • Develop and maintain relationships with external agencies, various ministries and government organizations, and other partners in the training system (provincial, national and international).
  • Represent Saskatchewan Polytechnic in media relations as necessary.
  • Work with Donor & Alumni Relations to identify corporate and private donations to support Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s mission.

5. People Management

  • Ensure a positive, diverse and inclusive work and learning environment.
  • In partnership with human resources, work to effectively recruit and retain outstanding staff aligned to Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s values: respect, integrity, sustainability and excellence. 
  • Coach, develop and mentor direct reports to ensure their success.
  • Hold employees accountable for outcomes and a high level of performance by addressing people management issues within the school in a timely manner.
  • Plan for future key leadership roles by ensuring succession and workforce planning initiatives are implemented within the school.
  • Promote positive employee engagement.

6. Resource Allocation

  • Identify and set business plans for revenue generation opportunities within the school, monitoring results and value for services offered.
  • Develop innovative solutions to resource challenges while ensuring alignment with the institute’s strategic goals.
  • Ensure resource allocation for all programs and services are aligned with the strategic priorities and in accordance with school objectives; monitor the school’s progress in meeting its objectives, project plans and priorities, as set in the multi-year business plan.
  • Provide monthly and ad hoc reports to the Provost and Vice-President, Academic as required.
  • Manage school budgets and faculty workload to ensure efficient use of resources and monitor yearend forecasts.

7. Risk Assessment and Management

  • Identify, assess and manage risks in the school planning processes and more broadly, across the organization.
  • Assess the viability and feasibility of concepts for their innovation, sustainability and relevancy to the Saskatchewan Polytechnic environment.
  • Ensure accountability and transparency of the school’s activities, information and reports.
  • Ensure compliance with federal and provincial laws, regulations, institute policies and collective agreements.
  • Ensure the general safeguarding and stewardship of all resources within the school. Define and hold accountable those with accountability and authority in the school.

Required Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have a graduate degree in a related field of study and a history of
senior-level leadership, although an equivalent combination of relevant education and industry related experience will also be considered. Key to success in this role will be a proven track record in leading innovation, as well as developing and leading high-performing teams within a post-secondary education environment.

Required Competencies

Leads Transformation

  • Anticipates emerging trends and creates opportunities that shape and transform the organization and the polytechnic sector in Canada.

Inspires Courage & Innovation

  • Models and enables creative thinking, curiosity, and calculated risk taking to create new solutions and enable transformative change.

Cultivates Strong Relationships

  • Builds strong and trusting internal and external relationships and brings a stakeholder and learner-centric mind set and focus to all elements of the organization.

Drives Operational Excellence

  • Leverages business insight, financial acumen, and operational rigor to maximize productivity and build long-term, sustainable success.

Builds Leadership & Culture

  • Brings authenticity, emotional intelligence and accountability to develop leadership
    effectiveness in individuals, teams and our culture. 


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Applicant Documents

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Optional Documents

  • Resume
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Cover Letter