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Associate Dean – Faculty of Education and Social Work Job in Kamloops, BC at Thompson Rivers University –

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Faculty Overview

The Faculty offers programs in Education, English Language Learning and Teaching, Social Work and Human Service, and University and Employment Preparation. EDSW offers program delivery at both of our regional campuses, community partners, and through Open Learning.

In our teachings, scholarship, and engagement with students and communities, we hold ourselves accountable to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission 94 Calls to Action.

As a senior member of the TRU EDSW leadership team, you will be a part of a diverse community of 60-70 full-time faculty members and 18-20 staff. Our students come from around BC, Canada, and the world. We offer more than 15 credentials across a range of certificates, diplomas, undergraduate and graduate degrees. Studies range from graduate degrees to certificates in employment and skills training courses.

Our shared work is interwoven with core themes: equity, power, social justice, sustainability, and human dignity.

Position Overview

The Associate Dean is tenured at the start date of the appointment.

The Associate Dean provides leadership to curriculum and program development and delivery across campuses, enrolment planning, financial and administrative planning, and facilitating accreditation, articulation, and partnership arrangements. The Associate Dean represents EDSW regionally, provincially, nationally, and internationally.

There will be opportunities to shape the role based on the candidate’s strengths and interests. You will be joining a highly collaborative and experienced administrative team, and working with exceptional School and Department Chairs, Program Coordinators, and faculty.

Reports to

Dean, Faculty of Education and Social Work

Detailed Position Description

The Associate Dean is responsible for administrative support to the Dean and to EDSW. Key duties may include the following:


  • Assists the Dean in determining internal and external performance benchmarks and in developing and analysing data to measure the achievement of Faculty goals and objectives.
  • Assists the Dean in preparing the annual operating and capital budgets and in monitoring expenditures associated with programs, courses, and departmental budgets.
  • Assumes responsibility for accreditation of programs, program reviews, and course evaluations as requested by the Dean.
  • Attends senior administrative meetings in the Dean’s absence.
  • Contributes to the development of academic and administrative policies and maintains quality assurance and compliance through the development of processes.
  • Coordinates and facilitates the development of new programs.
  • Drafts Annual Performance Reviews in coordination with the Dean.
  • Ensures the provisions of the Collective Agreements are administered correctly and in accordance with administrative policies and regulations,
  • Promotes a culture of support surrounding Tenure and Promotion through the EDSW Tenure-on-Track program.
  • Reviews and assists with implementation of the Faculty strategic plan
  • Works with faculty and Student Affairs in student-related issues and confidential matters.
  • Works with the Dean and or the Office of the VP Academic & Provost in other duties as assigned.

Scholarship, Teaching and Learning

  • Arranges workshops, events, and seminars to support teaching and scholarship.
  • Contributes to professional growth and a culture of excellence across EDSW faculty, staff, and promotes student success.
  • Ensures that academic standards in teaching, learning, are maintained in programs and courses.
  • Monitors achievement of student learning outcomes as needed and appropriate in EDSW programs and courses.


  • Coordinates marketing, promotional, and recruitment efforts in the BC K-12 education system of the TRU region.
  • Liaises with TRU staff and staff from partner institutions regarding degrees, programs, and courses.
  • Promotes liaison with regional, provincial, and national educational and professional bodies.
  • Represents the Faculty of Education and Social Work to the university, to external agencies, and to the community in general.

Application Instructions

This is an exciting and challenging opportunity to serve in a leadership role at one of the most innovative universities in Canada. For more information, please contact Christine Fisher or Ward Garven at 403 262 6780 or [email protected] or [email protected] Applications are due by August 1, 2022.


The Associate Dean, Faculty of Education and Social Work will inspire and establish personal relationships based on mutual trust and benefit. The Associate Dean will have the ability and flexibility to quickly understand the culture of the Faculty. The Associate Dean will utilize a blended, common-sense approach to the practical requirements of Faculty Operations combined with a naturally strategic style in dealing with peer, technical, external, and executive relationships.

To be effective in the role, particular skills, experience, and personal characteristics are key for success:

PhD or EdD preferred, or equivalent (earned credential must be in one or more of the four areas of EDSW).

A constant, deep belief in the positive differences learning, people, and TRU make when we work together with the communities in the interior of British Columbia, the province, and the country.

An unflagging understanding that our actions expose our values and beliefs.

Demonstration of passionate, purposeful, and sustained passion for academic leadership and an ability to follow through with action.

Demonstrated understanding of the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Experience in and understanding of complex budget development and management.

Experience in curriculum, policy development, and the academic approval process.

Experience in project management; coordinating complex multi-task projects. Examples include but are not limited to: renovations, new program development, and tenure and promotion.

Experience working in responsive and meaningful ways in support of Indigenizing higher education and commitment to decolonization, truth, and reconciliation.

Experience relevant to managing in a complex unionized environment.

Experience with international populations. Genuine commitment to foster and maintain an inclusive environment where everyone feels valued, accepted, welcomed, and included.

Extensive knowledge of the programs in the portfolio.

Familiar with, or open to learning about, and working with Secwépemc peoples.

Fostering growth opportunities for professional development of faculty and staff.

Highly collegial and collaborative style. Exceptional communication skills and ability to negotiate across a diversity of cultures within academia, administration, and the public at large.

Leadership and team building skills. Lead by example with empathy. A good listener while fostering an environment of collaboration, consultation, and respect.

Progressive experiences in university leadership, significant administrative experience as an Assistant Dean, School/Department Chair, or Program Coordinator.

Record of excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service in a relevant discipline.

Understanding and experience in the academia issues of University management, including academic governance, University culture, and political sensitivities of a multi-campus and multi-Faculty organization.

Pay Band

Admin 00


Kamloops, BC CA (Primary)

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Organizational Unit

Thompson Rivers University -> Faculty of Education and Social Work -> Dean, Education and Social Work

Diversity and Inclusion Commitment:
Thompson Rivers University is strongly committed to hiring based on merit with a focus on fostering diversity of thought within our community. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our staff, our faculty and its scholarship including, but not limited to, women, Indigenous, Black and People of Colour, persons with disabilities and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply, however applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Please Note: If you are selected for interview, External Candidates will be required to bring a copy of their transcripts to the interview

NOTE: To learn more about Thompson Rivers University or living in Kamloops or Williams Lake please visit our Career website.

About the Company

Company: Thompson Rivers University –

Company Location:  Kamloops, BC

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