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Vancouver Island University

Associate Dean, Science and Technology



Ideally situated on Mid-Vancouver Island with spectacular views of the coastal mountains, Vancouver Island University is a comprehensive teaching university with approximately 15,000 students across four campuses. VIU proudly fosters student success, strong community connections and international collaborations by providing access to a wide range of programs, from academic undergraduate and master’s to industry-responsive trades and vocational training. VIU is particularly proud of its role in Aboriginal education and is dedicated to advancing student success in this area.




Vancouver Island University is hiring for the role of Associate Dean, Science and Technology.


The Faculty

The Faculty of Science and Technology is made up of nine academic departments: Biology, Chemistry, Computing Science, Earth Science, Fisheries and Aquaculture, Forestry, Mathematics, Physic/Engineering/Astronomy, and Resource Management and Protection. The Faculty offers bachelor's degrees in Science, Natural Resource Protection, and Fisheries & Aquaculture, as well as a number of diplomas and certificates. The Faculty is also home to four research institutes and laboratories: Applied Environmental Research Lab, Centre for Shellfish Research, Deep Bay Marine Field Station, and the International Centre for Sturgeon Studies. The Faculty employs over a hundred faculty and staff, and has a well-deserved reputation for quality undergraduate education and research.


The Role

The Associate Dean, Science and Technology is part of the decanal administrative team, focusing on activities that permit the smooth and efficient running of the Dean's office, the Faculty and the research centres and facilities associated with the Faculty of Science and Technology.


The Associate Dean, Science and Technology will work with departmental and faculty committees, staff and others within and outside the university and must have an extensive knowledge of science and technology programs and program evaluations; must have experience in fostering applied research and research partnerships; and must have an understanding of university governance and experience working in a unionized environment (VIUFA, BCGEU, and CUPE).


Key Responsibilities

Under the direction of the Dean, Science and Technology, the Associate Dean is responsible for tasks and areas identified by the Dean including academic planning and implementation, fostering applied research and research partnerships, budget development and monitoring and organizing and management functions that facilitate successful working relationships with faculty, staff, communities and university administration. The Associate Dean will also assist the Dean, Program Chairs, faculty and staff to develop new initiatives.


Student and program success is fostered through the support provided by the Associate Dean. This involves working with other institutional areas including Student Affairs by initiating new strategies for student engagement and managing student concerns and appeals. The Associate Dean's key responsibilities include:

  • Work in support of the Dean and as acting Dean when required, including attending Provost Council and President's Council;
  • Provide oversight for academic program quality and delivery;
  • Support the Dean in Summative Program Assessment work and Program Review Work;
  • Provide budget support to the Dean and Faculty as needed;
  • Undertake Institutional-wide initiatives as developed by the Provost in consultation with the Dean;
  • Manage student and faculty issues that come to the Dean's office;
  • Chair Faculty search committees as needed;
  • Represent the Dean, and Faculty as required;
  • Initiate new strategies for student engagement;
  • Initiate and provide support for viable cost recovery and revenue generation activities;
  • Support the development of discipline specific and interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate programs to strengthen and diversify opportunities for students consistent with the Academic Plan;
  • Support the development and oversight of applied research and development projects with external partners including First Nations, industry, government, NGOs, university and community partners.





The successful candidate for this role will have an earned Doctorate in a relevant discipline associated with one of the departments in the Faculty of Science and Technology, knowledge of fisheries and aquaculture industries in British Columbia and a record of scholarly activity; minimum five years leadership experience in post-secondary education, industry or government; experience in post-secondary education, and experience in the development of collaborative research projects with university, industry, government, NGOs, community or First Nation communities.


Key Required Skill Set:

  • Ability to create and maintain a positive, learning-centered work environment;
  • Ability to provide senior leadership in a diverse Faculty, and within a multi-union environment;
  • Demonstrated team building/maintenance skills;
  • Demonstrated change management skills and abilities;
  • Demonstrated competence with budget development, monitoring and expenditure control;
  • Demonstrated abilities with proposal writing and applied research activity;
  • Demonstrated ability to be entrepreneurial and innovative with respect to academic programming, student training and experiential learning as well as research opportunities.
  • Demonstrated expertise in program development and/or curriculum within a post-secondary context;
  • Excellent written and oral presentation skills.



View the full career opportunity and apply online by September 11, 2019. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. VIU embraces the principle of employment equity and encourages applications from women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, and people of Aboriginal descent.

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