Director, PLLC


Competition No.  -    A100147696
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

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Reporting to the Dean of the College of Social Sciences and Humanities (CSSH), the Director of the Peter Lougheed Leadership College (PLLC) is a strategic and visionary academic leader who brings innovative ideas and adaptive practices to the evolving environment of higher education leadership education and scholarship, establishing PLLC as a forum for leadership initiatives across our campuses to share best practices and build upon areas of commonality. The Director generates excitement, engagement, support, and momentum for PLLC’s programs and initiatives, convincing colleagues, leaders, and staff to commit their support. The Director supports and facilitates interaction among existing faculty and unit leadership programs and plans at the University and provides the catalyst to develop new leadership initiatives.

With the support of CSSH management and partners, the Director stewards PLLC’s resources (physical, human, and financial) to deliver on organizational objectives and ensures the strategic vision is translated into operational/ action plans for PLLC staff.

In all facets of this role, this position endeavors to integrate and advance the University’s commitments to equity, diversity, and inclusivity and Indigenous Programming and Research.

This position understands, fulfills, and promotes the health, safety and environment responsibilities identified in university policy.

As the Academic Leader for PLLC, the Director will:

  • Set the strategic direction and establish clear and measurable performance expectations
  • Contribute expertise and insight to the development of university and portfolio strategies in leadership education and scholarship.
  • Champion the development of proactive strategies or initiatives and educate the university on emerging trends in the area of expertise; anticipate impacts of these trends on future service delivery and address any workforce planning requirements.
  • Create a safe environment that supports taking responsible risks and learns from setbacks and mistakes.
  • Demonstrates persuasive, engaging, clear and credible communication to gain support and commitment in varied situations from a wide variety of audiences.
  • Foster collaboration within the area and across the university. Share information when appropriate; identify opportunities and develop strategies for collaboration. Encourage staff to participate in collaborative initiatives.
  • Develop positive stakeholder relationships.

This position has a term length of 3 years, with the possibility of extension, and is open to current faculty members at the University of Alberta only. The ideal candidate will be a strong scholar (with a PhD (or terminal degree)) with an interest and scholarly activity in the area of leadership ), and have demonstrated potential for leading in a higher education environment. The successful candidate would be seconded to the role, will remain an active member of their home Faculty, and will be assessed on the basis of their home Faculty standards with input from the Interim College Dean. The position comes with two course releases to focus on the priorities of PLLC.

Interested candidates are asked to submit their applications to the link below including the following:

  • Cover letter that includes highlights of the candidate’s profile and interest in this role
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • A brief statement (one page maximum) that outlines a vision for PLLC and leadership activities at the University of Alberta (submit under “Research Plan”)
  • A brief statement outlining the candidate’s commitment to EDI and how that commitment would inform their leadership of PLLC (submit under Statement of Teaching/Research Interests”)

This competition will remain open until filled.

How to Apply

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Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered. The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.