Position Title / Rank:Associate Director, Academic Quality and Student Success (3-year Contractually-Limited)
College: Ontario Agricultural College
Department: Ridgetown Campus
Deadline: August 4, 2022 or open until a suitable candidate is found
Please reference AD #22-54
The University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus invites applications for the contractually limited, three-year term appointment of Associate Director, Academic Quality and Student Success. This is an Excluded Faculty role and the successful incumbent will have an underlying University of Guelph Faculty Association (UGFA) teaching position. This position is based in Ridgetown, ON. Applicants from the local and surrounding areas are encouraged to apply as the job includes the opportunity for some remote work in addition to time on campus.
The Associate Director, Academic Quality and Student Success (AD) reports directly to the Campus Director and is accountable for providing effective leadership and direction for the day-to-day development and delivery of academic programs. This includes significant dedication to the development of the academic team, providing guidance for instructors to continuously improve their courses and pedagogical approaches, support student success and deliver key academic performance indicators such as student retention. Student success and excellence in the delivery of academic programs are the primary accountabilities for this position.
The successful candidate is a member of the senior leadership team and will support a diverse array of campus initiatives and priorities. The AD will be knowledgeable and skilled in labour relations with an emphasis on adhering to the applicable collective agreements. The successful candidate will be adept at problem-solving and facilitating conflict resolution and will demonstrate strong decision-making in alignment with the strategic priorities of campus. The AD will have a record of building strong teams, possess an open and collegial style and will have outstanding communication and interpersonal skills.
The AD will ensure the quality and relevance of academic offerings through the development, coordination and implementation of sound academic policies and procedures. The incumbent will be responsible for setting clear objectives for enhancing campus curriculum review, development and delivery processes, instructional methods and academic standards and will have direct involvement with designing, developing and reviewing program curriculum.
The AD will maintain a high level of academic performance through effective recruiting, developing, motivating and fostering a strong academic team approach. The AD will lead important academic processes including performance planning and assessment and the annual workload assignment process. The incumbent will oversee academic support services and registrarial functions. The AD will work closely with the OAC Associate Dean (Academic) on academic policies and governance and will represent the interest of Ridgetown Campus on provincial and university committees as required.
In addition, the AD will teach diploma and/or certificate courses or other adult learning initiatives offered by Ridgetown Campus. The AD will prepare and deliver these courses, leading by example in the introduction of pedagogical innovations, curriculum development and student engagement.
Requirements for this position include a minimum of a Master’s degree in a related field (e.g. agriculture, science, education, business, etc.) as well as a minimum of three to five years of teaching experience at the post-secondary level. Candidates with an equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered. Progressive experience in an academic leadership role is an asset.
Salary will be commensurate with experience.
The University of Guelph is a top-ranked comprehensive university in Canada with an enrolment of more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students across over 40 academic units and three campuses (Guelph, Ridgetown, Guelph-Humber). The University is known for its commitment to student learning, innovative research, and collaboration with world-class partners. It is a unique place, with transformative research and teaching and a distinctive campus culture. People who learn and work here are shaped and inspired by a shared purpose: To Improve Life. Reflecting that shared purpose in every experience connected to our university positions us to create positive change, here and around the world. Our University community shares a profound sense of social responsibility, a drive for international development, and an obligation to address global issues.
The Ridgetown Campus is part of the Ontario Agricultural College and is located in Ridgetown, ON, a town of approximately 2,750 people, located three hours southwest of Toronto, Ontario. The campus enrolment is approximately 600 full-time students.
Acceptance of applications will begin on July 4, 2022 and will end on August 4, 2022, or until the position is filled. Interested applicants should submit the following materials (preferably as a single PDF file): (1) a letter of interest and (2) a curriculum vitae.
Applications should be sent to the attention of:
Human Resources Generalist
University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus
120 Main Street East, Ridgetown, ON N0P 2C0
All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.
The University recognizes that applicants may have had obligations outside of work that have negatively impacted their record of achievements (e.g., parental, elder care, and/or medical). You are not required to disclose these obligations in the hiring process. If you choose to do so, the University will ensure that these obligations do not negatively impact the assessment of your qualifications for the position.
The University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus, would like to acknowledge the Anishinaabe and Leni-Lunape ancestors of this territory on which the Ridgetown Campus resides. We offer our respect to the First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples who live on the territory today and acknowledging them reminds us of our important connection to this land where we learn and work.
At the University of Guelph, fostering a culture of inclusion is an institutional imperative. The University invites and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in employment, who may contribute to further diversification of our Institution.
If you require a medical accommodation during the recruitment or selection process, please contact Occupational Health and Wellness at 519-824-4120 x52674.