Employment Opportunities

From time to time, announcements about employment opportunities in university governance are provided to our association.  Links to these announcements will be posted here as they arise.  While we endeavor to link only to other sites that have high standards and respect for privacy, CUBA is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of third-party sites.

1.  University Secretary and General Counsel - Vancouver Island University (VIU) 
 
2.  University Secretary - Western University

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1.  University Secretary and General Counsel - Vancouver Island University (VIU) 

Vancouver Island University (VIU) has a rich history characterized by growth, innovation, and excellence. The University maintains strong connections to the communities it serves and plays an integral role in the educational, cultural, and economic health of the region. These connections to and support from community have enabled VIU to grow into a successful, innovative, community-based and internationally reaching educational institution.

VIU is a leader in providing high-quality learning, welcoming and celebrating 15,000 learners, from local, regional and international communities, and nontraditional students. VIU is structured to offer a compelling approach to university learning by integrating teaching excellence, internship and co-op work experiences, civic engagement, and open access and laddered educational pathways in scholarly environments that are closely connected to the Vancouver Island community. VIU serves its students across three campuses throughout coastal British Columbia with the main campus in Nanaimo and additional regional campuses in Cowichan and Powell River. As a teaching university with a complementary research agenda, VIU provides a comprehensive range of over 120 programs – preparatory and vocational through graduate – that enables all learners to pursue rewarding careers and fulfilling lives.

Reporting to the President and Vice-Chancellor, the University Secretary and General Counsel is a senior policy advisor, and is responsible for providing leadership, direction, and oversight related to the University's bicameral system of governance. The University Secretary and General Counsel works closely with the President and Vice-Chancellor, the Chair of the Board of Governors, the senior administration, and Senate, to ensure timely input of recommendations and information to committees and to the Senate and Board of Governors. This individual acts as a liaison between the two governing bodies and among the governing bodies and other constituent parts of the university. The University Secretary and General Counsel anticipates substantive and procedural difficulties that may occur and recommends ways to avoid or ameliorate them. This individual also served as the university’s Privacy Officer and is responsible for matters related to privacy and access to information, policies, procedures, bylaws, and elections.

As the ideal candidate, you are focused on service, solutions, and systems and you are passionate about how you and your team can collaborate with and support others in the pursuit of the academic, teaching and research mission of VIU. You are a superb communicator and a highly seasoned professional leader who will thrive in the collegial culture of the University. With strategic advice and legal counsel, you take pride in being able to think ahead, anticipate needs, and mitigate risk.

The next University Secretary and General Counsel will possess a law degree and have the ability to be a member of the Law Society of British Columbia.  Demonstrated progressive leadership experience in relevant and/or related roles is required. Experience in the higher education sector is preferred along with experience in a unionized environment. You have knowledge of, and experience with, best practices in governance, ideally in an academic or broader public sector environment. You possess maturity, competence, and confidence to operate with independence, credibility, and integrity at the executive level, as well as a professional history of maintaining objectivity while driving appropriate outcomes, managing multiple stakeholder agendas, and promoting high client service standards. Expertise in policy development and digital transformation is an asset.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Vancouver Island University is committed to fostering a collegial culture grounded in diversity and inclusiveness. The university encourages applications from Indigenous persons, persons with a disability, racially visible persons, women, persons of a minority sexual orientation and/or gender identity, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community.

Vancouver Island University and KBRS will provide support in the recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities, including accommodation that takes into account an applicant’s accessibility needs. If you require accommodation in order to participate as a candidate in the recruitment process, please contact accommodate@kbrs.ca or communicate your needs to the recruitment professional named in the job description.

If you’re interested in this opportunity, contact Katherine Frank or Emma Wach at kfrank@kbrs.ca or ewach@kbrs.ca, or submit your application online at: https://www.kbrs.ca/Career/14103
 
 
 
2.  University Secretary - Western University
 
Western University invites applications, nominations, and expressions of interest for the position of University Secretary, with the appointment to begin by March 2021, or at a mutually agreeable time. This is a significant opportunity to facilitate effective governance contributing to the best interests of the entire University.
 
With an enviable national reputation and an expanding international profile that ranks among the top 1% of universities world-wide, Western is a founding member of Canada’s U15 and serves as a hub for more than 500 international research collaborations. Western’s main campus community is home to more than 1,300 full-time faculty, 2,500 administrative staff, and approximately 34,000 students — 6,200 of whom are enrolled in graduate-level programs. International enrolment includes approximately 2,900 undergraduates and 1,700 graduate students representing 128 countries of origin.
 
The University consists of 12 Faculties/Schools and three affiliated university colleges (Huron, Brescia, and King’s), which collectively offer more than 400 undergraduate program specializations and more than 50 Doctoral and 80 Master’s degree programs.
 
Reporting to the President & Vice-Chancellor and the Chair of the Board of Governors, the University Secretary is Western’s most senior advisor on governance issues. The University Secretariat’s mission is to ensure the effective, efficient operation of the University’s bicameral system of governance and to provide timely, accurate, and objective information and advice, including the interpretation and application of policies and bylaws. As a facilitator, advisor, and relationship-builder, the University Secretary acts as a liaison between the decision-making bodies of the Board of Governors and the Senate and the senior leaders of Western University. The University Secretary coordinates and facilitates the activities of the Board of Governors and Senate and leads the long-term planning and management of the University Secretariat, including Convocation, and Appeals and Discipline. Additional information is available at www.uwo.ca/univsec/.
 
The successful candidate will be an experienced governance executive with a strong understanding of university operations and processes.  They will have extensive experience providing advice and support to governing bodies and executives within a complex public-sector setting. They will have a proven track-record of engaging, collaborating, and building consensus with a wide variety of stakeholders.  A commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion will be essential. They will possess outstanding judgement, leadership, management, communication, and interpersonal skills.  As a guardian of process and respecter of precedent, the successful candidate will also be a creative problem-solver who facilitates solutions while displaying the utmost neutrality in their activities.
 
The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Western is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, members of racialized groups/visible minorities, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression.  The University provides support in its recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities, including accommodation that takes into account an applicant’s accessibility needs. In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and Permanent Residents will be given priority.
 
The search committee will begin consideration of candidates immediately and will continue until the role is successfully filled. Applications should include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and the names of three supervisory references (who will not be contacted without the consent of the candidate), and should be submitted electronically, in confidence, to the University’s executive search consultants:
 
Laverne Smith & Associates Inc.
WesternSecretary@lavernesmith.com
 
Western is situated on the traditional territories of the Anishinaabek, Haudenosaunee, Lunaapeewak and Attawandaron peoples.