Dean of Arts, Business and Science - Executive Brief 2020

University College of the North - Thompson, MB (il y a 30+ jours)

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Dean of Arts, Business, and


An Executive Brief


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University College of the North’s new Dean of Arts, Business, and Science will be a fearless innovator
who is excited by opportunities to prepare students for future careers in a broad range of fields.
Working with outstanding faculty and staff, our new Dean will be an energetic collaborator who actively
ensures that the Faculty has a strong reputation for delivering programs that meet the needs of
students and responds effectively to the professional needs of northern Manitoba.

About UCN

Committed to Northern Manitoba

Situated on Treaty #5 Territory, University College of the North (UCN) was established in 2004 with main
campuses in the Town of The Pas and the City of Thompson, and a network of Post-Secondary Education
Access Centres and Workforce Development Centres located in 12 communities throughout the north:

  • Bunibonibee (Oxford House) - Mathias Colomb (Pukatawagan) - Pimicikamak (Cross Lake)
  • Chemawawin (Easterville) - Misipawistik (Grand Rapids) - St. Theresa Point
  • Churchill - Nisichawayasihk (Nelson House) - Swan River
  • Flin Flon - Norway House - Tataskweyak (Split Lake)
The geographical area that UCN operates in is approximately the size of France, but with a population of
approximately 80,000 northern and Indigenous Manitobans who live in home communities, many of
which are remote, throughout northern Manitoba.

UCN is devoted to community and northern development which reflects the Indigenous perspectives
and cultural diversity of northern Manitoba. UCN offers quality education where students can pursue
apprenticeship, earn certificates, diplomas and undergraduate degrees. Nearly 400 faculty members,
staff and Elders provide instruction and support for 3,500 – 4,000 students annually.

UCN’s Vision, Mission, and Values

Vision. Guided by the Seven Sacred Teachings,1 UCN is building better futures for a stronger north.

Mission. University College of the North serves northern communities and people with education,
training, teaching, learning and research, while being inclusive and respectful of diverse Indigenous and
northern values.

Strategic Directions. To realize UCN’s mission and vision, four strategic directions have been established:

1. Support student success
2. Advance an agenda of reconciliation
3. Engage with communities and with industries
4. Ensure responsible administration

1 Truth, Wisdom, Honesty, Humility, Courage, Love, Respect.

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Governance Structure: UCN’s Three Councils

UCN operates with a unique system of governance established in The University College of the North Act
that includes the Governing Council, Learning Council, and the Council of Elders.

Governing Council Learning Council Council of Elders
The Governing Council is comprised of 20 The Learning Council is comprised of up to The Council of Elders consists of 17
members from locations as far south as 32 members representing college and members 14 of which represent the
Winnipeg to as far north as Thompson, university faculty, academic various communities that UCN serves.
plus areas in between. The membership administration, academic resources, UCN’s Governing Council, Learning
provides a wide representation of academic services, the student body, the Council, and Student Association Council
secondary and post-secondary education, Governing Council, and the Council of also have representation on the Council of
northern and southern communities, the Elders. Its standing committees ensure Elders.
Council of Elders, Learning Council, and representation from the council itself, but
UCN faculty, staff and students. also from various constituencies The council provides guidance on
throughout UCN, including students, academic development, Indigenous
The Governing Council operates within a college and university faculty members cultures, and actively participates in UCN
policy governance model under which the and staff, to ensure a broad conferences and events.
council’s policies guide the work of the representation of knowledge, ideas, and
Council and the UCN President and Vice- input.

The Faculty of Arts, Business, and Science

The Faculty of Arts, Business, and Science provides a range of degree, diploma and certificate

programming and is organized as follows:
Dean of Arts, Business,
& Science

Admin Assistants Community Education Manager

Centre for Aboriginal
Languages and Culture

Bachelor of Arts Bachelor of Business Office Assistant Community Economic Administration Certificate Administration Diploma Development Diploma

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UCN’s Academic and Research Division

The Faculty of Arts, Business, and Science is situated within the Academic and Research Division. Led by
a Vice-President, approximately 65% of UCN’s employee complement works within the Academic and
Research Division, and the Division expends approximately 75% of UCN’s budget.

The Academic and Research Division oversees the programming and research functions which are the
raison-d’etre for UCN’s existence and takes a leading role in implementing Learning Council’s Academic
and Research Plan 2020-2025. The members of the Senior Academic Leadership Team work together
collegially to help ensure UCN’s overall success as an educational institution.

The Academic and Research Division is organized as follows.

Associate Vice-President,

Associate Vice-President,
Community and Industry



Executive Assistant Manager, Inter Dean of Research & Universities Services Academic Excellence
Vice-President Academic &


Special Advisor Dean of Students

Dean of Arts, Business, &

Dean of Education

Dean of Health

UCN’s Executive Leadership Structure

The Vice-President Academic and Research Division is a leading member of the Presidents Council,
providing leadership in UCN and its activities. The Dean establishes relationships with Presidents Council
that best support students and programming in the Faculty.

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President and Vice-

Director of Director of Human
Communications Resources

Executive Director,
Indigenous Inclusion Tri-Council Executive

and Engagement Officer

Vice-President Centre for Indigenous
Academic and Chief Administrative

Research Officer


About the Position

Working from UCN’s campus in Thompson, Manitoba, the Dean of Arts, Business, and Science reports to
the Vice-President Academic and Research and performs executive management functions for the
Faculty. A member of the Senior Academic Leadership Team, the Dean contributes to strategic and
operational decisions within the Academic and Research Division through working collegially with a
team of professionals who are dedicated to student success.

The Dean provides academic leadership, strategic direction and vision, and operational management to
the Faculty in accordance with UCN’s policies and procedures. The Dean is accountable for faculty and
staff recruitment, development and retention, evaluation, disciplinary action, planning, organization,
direction, management, standards, content, quality, accessibility, and effectiveness of programs in the
Faculty. This includes programs delivered through distance education, continuing education, contract
training, main campuses and at Post-Secondary Education Access Centres. The Dean will ensure the
provision of a safe, healthy, equitable and respectful working and learning environment for staff and

The Dean is responsible for the operation of the Faculty, ensuring a strong collegial environment,
focusing on program liaison, development and delivery of culturally relevant curriculum by instructors,
evaluation of instructors, student admission and success, and budgets. The Dean provides leadership
for all programming and to all faculty, staff and other employees, including as it relates to community-
based education. The Dean also develops and maintains effective links with community and employer
groups, other post-secondary institutions and relevant external agencies. As part of the Senior
Academic Leadership Team, the Dean plays an active role in the development of the institution’s
academic budget to ensure that students, staff and programs receive effective support while taking an
institution-wide perspective.

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Challenges and Opportunities

UCN and the Faculty of Arts, Business, and Science provides degree programming in liberal arts and
sciences at UCN, in addition to a suite of certificate and diploma programs. The Faculty also serves the
Faculty of Health, the Kenanow Faculty of Education, and the University of Manitoba’s Northern Social
Work Program through offering courses for electives and mandatory courses for related degree
programs. The Dean leads these activities in an environment where Government of Manitoba funding
has been declining, and in a lean management environment where the dean also undertakes significant
operational responsibilities in the faculty.

UCN has the opportunity to work in partnership with First Nations and Metis organizations, the
Government of Manitoba, communities, employers, and others to find shared ways to increase
education and training opportunities for Indigenous and northern Manitobans.

The Dean’s Responsibilities

The University College operates in a diverse, complex and constantly changing environment and exists
to serve a wide range of diverse interests and concerns. Decision-making is complex and impacts
operations across the University College, including non-academic units. Balancing collegial processes
that maximize shared governance with a high degree of independence in decision-making is required in
order to operate in UCN’s complex environment. This high degree of independence is accompanied by a
high degree of accountability.


  • Promote the University College’s mission and objectives;
  • Develop and maintain an environment conducive to open communication and discussion among
all faculty, staff, students and external groups;
  • Coordinate and integrate all academic activities to ensure the role and mission of the University
College is being fulfilled in a cost-effective manner;
  • Provide an innovative, risk-taking, principle centred approach to leading the Faculty to undertake
continuous evaluation and improvement;
  • Promote the development of a life-long learning culture in northern Manitoba by developing
linkages between secondary, post-secondary, and continuing education;
  • Ensure the development of appropriate activities to analyze, develop and adopt new learning
models and technologies;
  • Foster an entrepreneurial, quality focused and accountable approach to academic operations.
  • Create a learning environment which is responsive to the needs of students and which promotes
student access and success;
  • Work with faculty and staff to bring University College programs and courses to people where
they live, in delivery formats that suit their needs;
  • Develop and maintain liaisons with Indigenous organizations, other post-secondary institutions,
industries, unions, professional and regulatory bodies, government bodies, and appropriate
research centres;

  • Lead and oversee the development of goals, objectives and budget proposals for all areas of the
Faculty, including the implementation of these goals and objectives;

  • Ensure that the Faculty exhibits a relentless and unwavering focus on quality;
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  • Develop effective strategies for the promotion of the Faculty’s programs, and performs a lead role
in representing UCN in the community;

  • Establish priorities and timelines to ensure that all functions of the Faculty are met in an effective
and efficient manner;

  • Ensure adherence to the requirements of the Collective Agreement;
  • Consult with members of the Senior Academic Leadership Team on relevant issues;
  • Ensure ongoing professional development of staff by providing relevant training opportunities;
  • Participate in formulating academic policies, and procedures;
  • Implement the Representative Workforce (Employment Equity) Policy;
  • In collaboration with faculty and coordinators, create a human resource and organizational
development strategy for the Faculty consistent with UCN priorities and needs identified by staff
through performance evaluation processes.

Program Planning and Delivery

  • Ensure the undertaking and implementation of program reviews to maximize continuous

  • Responsible for the creation of articulation policies and procedures to improve student access to
UCN programs and to facilitate credit transfer between programs;

  • Develop and maintain articulation agreements with other universities;
  • Ensure UCN programs meet provincial and national accreditation/approval guidelines;
  • Ensure UCN programs are responsive to the needs of a culturally diverse population;
  • Develop strategies to increase the accessibility of all programming;
  • Coordinate UCN’s participation in joint program development and delivery models with other
agencies, business and educational institutions, including those outside the province; and,
  • In consultation with faculty members and staff and the Vice-President Academic and Research,
develop annual academic action plans for the faculty. Ensure alignment of that plan with the
annual Academic and Research Division operating plan.

Policy Development and Implementation

  • Ensure that an optimum level of safety is maintained throughout the Faculty for staff, students
and visitors, in accordance with UCN’s workplace safety and health policies. Ensure that the
functional areas of the Faculty comply with The Workplace Safety and Health Act;

  • May represent the Vie-President Academic and Research at post-secondary Vice-Presidents
Academic meetings to represent UCN’s perspectives within Manitoba’s post-secondary system;

  • As necessary, assist with the formulation of UCN strategic plans and other plans;
  • Responsible for the establishment and maintenance of a safe workplace that is also free from
harassment and racism in accordance with applicable policies, regulations and legislation; and,
  • Responsible for regularly reviewing existing policies to ensure they are current, adhere to process
and continue to meet the needs of the department, faculty and students.

Management and Supervision

  • Support and evaluate faculty members and staff assigned to the Faculty;
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  • Provide timely formal and informal feedback to faculty. Work with faculty to remedy deficiencies
in performance. Implement remedial or disciplinary action where necessary, up to and including
dismissal in consultation with the Vice-President Academic and Research and Human Resources.

  • Assign workload to faculty and staff;
  • Ensure that college instructors progress satisfactorily toward attaining the Certificate in Adult
Education in accordance with the Collective Agreement;
  • Monitor the delivery of UCN courses for adherence to approved Learning Outcomes;
  • Identify and resolve issues related to the efficient and effective flow of information between the
Faculty and other academic and administrative units within the University College;
  • Perform all functions in accordance with the Collective Agreement and UCN policies;
  • Ensure maximum economy of human resources in delivering academic programs; and,
  • Assist in the recruitment, selection and retention of faculty and staff.
Information Dissemination

  • Collect, interpret and report relevant information to assist UCN managers in their decision making
and provide information to external partners as required.

Financial Management

  • Represent the Faculty in budget management to ensure a fair and appropriate distribution of
salary, operating and capital resources across UCN operations;
  • Assist the Chief Administrative Officer in developing financial projections related to the Faculty;
  • Coordinate the creation of a Faculty capital equipment plan each year to strategically allocate
capital resources to academic departments;
  • Manage Faculty budgets and strategically coordinate the allocation of resources between
departments to ensure effective resource utilization;
  • Develop opportunities to generate revenue from Faculty operations;
  • Work with industry, business, government agencies and the community to develop corporate
sponsorship, course purchases, and donations to UCN; and,
  • Be accountable for achieving a balance between budgeted and actual expenditures across all
academic budget centres.

Student Success

  • Ensure the Faculty is involved in the provision of effective academic counseling for program
selection, academic progress, etc.;
  • Introduce continuous quality improvement techniques into the teaching and learning processes to
enhance student success;
  • Participate in the creation of outreach activities to both sequential and non-sequential students to
improve their understanding of UCN programs;
  • Address student academic and disciplinary complaints in accordance with established policy;
  • Participate in processes which ensure that every student who enters UCN without all prerequisites
for his/her program of choice is properly assessed, and that for each such student, a Learning Plan
is prepared according to the procedure set out in the Faculty Handbook. Work cooperatively with
other relevant individuals to ensure student success;

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  • Ensure that student grades are submitted to the Office of the Registrar in a timely manner; and,
  • Ensure appropriate Faculty participation with student recruitment activities.
Liaison and Promotion

  • Represent UCN on external committees both locally and nationally and internationally;
  • Act as an ambassador and champion when representing UCN locally, provincially, nationally,
and/or internationally;
  • Promote UCN operations and services to the community;
  • Develop partnerships between UCN and business, community, provincial and national groups to
enable UCN to effectively serve the community;
  • Lead and facilitate stakeholder and community groups in planning initiatives;
  • Lead the development of an effective program advisory committee structure for Faculty
programs; and,
  • Lead UCN in developing program partnerships with other post-secondary institutions.
The Dean’s Relationships

Reports to:
  • Vice-President Academic and Research
Interacts with:
  • President
  • Members of the Presidents Council
  • Governing Council
  • Council of Elders
  • Learning Council
  • Members of the Senior Academic Leadership Team and other managers at UCN
  • Faculty and staff
  • Students and alumni
  • Government officials
  • Donors
  • School boards and school administrators
  • First Nations governments and Education Authorities
  • Professional associations, regulators, and other organizations
  • Band, Local, Provincial and Federal governments and agencies
  • Other Deans and colleagues provincially and nationally
Provides direction to:
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Manager, Community Education
  • Faculty members
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The Dean’s Core Competencies

  • Effective and culturally relevant communication – understands that culture is central to learning
and communicates accordingly.

  • Conflict management – takes a positive view of the role of conflict in an organization and is able to
mediate and resolve conflicts and disagreements in a manner suitable for all parties involved,
demonstrating a strong sense of fairness and ability to maintain an objective approach to conflict.

  • Leadership effectiveness – influences and guides the behaviour of others in a desired direction by
providing motivation, coaching and support. Inspires faculty and staff.

  • Teamwork and collegiality – listens to direct reports, peers, supervisors, working together to
formulate appropriate courses of action. Respects and champions the principles of collegial
governance and academic freedom.

  • Managing for results and change – sets clear objectives, defines implementation plans and staff
training requirements and establishes indicators for measuring progress to ensure progress towards
those objectives.

  • Performance Orientation – focuses on achieving outcomes within timelines and on budget.
  • Critical thinking skills – self-directed, self-disciplined, self-monitored, and self-corrective thinking
presupposing effective communication and problem solving abilities and a commitment to
overcome ego- and socio-centrism.

  • A high degree of confidentiality – is truthful and trustworthy. Leads by example as a role model to
staff, faculty and students. Does not misrepresent him/herself or the organization.

  • Effective use of information technology – has a good working knowledge of computer hardware
and software as utilized by the University College computer network.

  • Self-management – demonstrated abilities in problem solving, resilience in the face of stress, time
management, and self-care, among other self-management skills.

The Dean’s Qualifications and Skills

Essential Qualifications

  • Post-secondary education at the masters level in business, the humanities, sciences, social sciences
nursing, science, or another field related to the programming offered in the Faculty; and,

  • At least seven years of proven senior management experience.
Essential Skills

  • Effective strategic thinking and planning skills. A proven ability to think longer-term, and be
visionary, innovative, creative and entrepreneurial, but to also focus, operationalize and execute
strategy/vision into concrete and achievable action plans, outcomes and deliverables within a larger
institutional context;

  • A proven ability to successfully lead and manage significant change and transformation; build high
performance teams that empower and engage;

  • A commitment to taking action on the Truth and Reconciliation Act Calls to Action and to embracing
Indigenous culture and ways of knowing within the Faculty and UCN;

  • Strong familiarity with the diverse program areas in order to credibly represent UCN to the
community, understand and analyze competing elements of program areas and to strategically
plan for the cessation of some programs and the introduction of new ones;

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  • A demonstrated understanding of the systems of collegial governance;
  • General knowledge of the principles of adult education, curriculum and program development,
and post-secondary administration;
  • Experience negotiating in challenging situations, problem solving, and identifying effective solutions;
  • Experience leading and managing in a unionized environment;
  • Experience leading policy and program development to address emerging and complex issues;
  • Excellent operational management skills;
  • Proven ability to develop and lead teams to achieve desired outcomes;
  • Proven collaboration skills to assist in the management of complex situations and projects;
  • Financial management experience in financial planning, budgeting, and monitoring;
  • Proven outstanding political acumen skills;
  • The ability to synthesize multi-dimensional issues, adapt to changing priorities, and operate
successfully within a deadline-driven environment;
  • Superior interpersonal communication skills, including the ability to establish productive working
relationships with staff within UCN, communities, industry, senior government officials, regulators,
and peers at other colleges and universities;

  • Superior verbal communication skills, including the ability to communicate and present to all levels
of the organization and to external stakeholders;

  • Superior written communication skills, including the ability to write politically sensitive and
confidential material for senior executives;

  • Proven strong attention to detail;
  • The ability to maintain a positive, friendly and outgoing attitude;
  • Ability and willingness to travel throughout the north and elsewhere as required;
  • Excellent proficiency with the MS Office suite of programs;
  • Proven ability to understand diversity, cultural influences, and issues specific to northerners and
adult learners; and,
  • Personal experience and/or knowledge and understanding of Indigenous cultures.
Desired Qualifications and Skills

  • A doctorate in a related area in the Faculty; and,
  • The ability to speak an Indigenous language.

The salary range for this position is $111,625 - $133,508 (Senior Officer 5) per year. Starting salary levels,
and annual changes in compensation are governed by limitations mandated by the Government of
Manitoba. UCN offers a comprehensive range of benefits.

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How to Apply

Apply in writing to: University College of the North, Attention: Human Resources, P.O. Box 3000, The
Pas MB, R9A 1M7; Fax: (204) 623-4414; Email: (preferred format).

Application materials, including letters of reference, will be handled in accordance with the Freedom
of Information and Protection of Privacy Legislation (Manitoba).

About Thompson, Manitoba

UCN’s Thompson campus is located in the City of Thompson, Manitoba. Located north of the 55th
parallel, Thompson is 761 kilometers north of Winnipeg, Manitoba’s capital city, Thompson was
established in the heart of Manitoba’s boreal forest when Inco Ltd. invested in a mining and refining
operation in 1957.

Today, Thompson and area has a population of approximately 14,000 people. As the largest city in
northern Manitoba, Thompson is the “Hub of the North,” and is the primary service centre for
communities in northern Manitoba. While, mining continues to be an important industry in the region
and is a major employer in Thompson, Thompson is a modern community that includes a range of
professional and personal services, a golf course, museum, and several shopping centres all set in the
rugged beauty of northern Manitoba.

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