Dean, School of Trades and Technology

Thompson Rivers University (TRU)

For 45 years, Thompson Rivers University has taken pride in providing an excellent education to students with a variety of backgrounds and perspectives who are at various stages of their learning journey. TRU is a comprehensive, learner-centred, environmentally responsible institution that serves its regional, national, and international learners and their communities through high quality and flexible education, training, research and scholarship. From traditional academics to trades, from certificates to graduate degrees, TRU offers over 140 oncampus programs and 60 Open Learning programs to choose from. Nearly 26,000 students study on campuses in Kamloops and Williams Lake, or in distance or online courses and programs through Open Learning. Research, creation and innovation thrive in TRU’s open, flexible learning environment.

The School of Trades and Technology offers foundation and apprenticeship training in 20 trades backed by the Industry Training Authority of BC and the Ministry of Advanced Education. With approximately 1,500 students and over 60 faculty and staff, the School offers high quality career-oriented degrees, diplomas and certificates as well as training upgrades through a variety of Continuing Studies programs. Construction is expected to begin in early 2017 on a new Industrial Training and Technology Centre that will add 550 student spaces and lead to the creation of several new diploma programs.

As the School’s chief academic and administrative officer, the Dean is responsible to the Provost and Vice-President Academic for providing dynamic and visionary leadership in the articulation and implementation of the School’s evolving strategic plan for professional and career development, education, scholarship and outreach in alignment with Thompson Rivers University’s mission, vision, and strategic priorities.

The successful candidate for this key leadership position will be an inspiring and effective leader with an exemplary background as a teacher and practitioner, significant post-secondary leadership and administrative experience as well as an understanding of the industry contexts of trades and technology. She/he must respect and thrive in a collegial culture, and work towards inclusivity, consultation and transparency. An advanced degree in a related discipline and a Red Seal certification are preferred while experience in and understanding of trades and technology are essential.

Thompson Rivers University is strongly committed to fostering diversity 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, visible minorities, Aboriginal people, 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.

This is an exciting and challenging opportunity to serve in a leadership role at one of Canada’s most innovative universities. To apply or learn more, please contact either Khaleeda Jamal or Cameron Geldart at 604.926.0005 or forward your application package (current CV, a letter of introduction and a list of three references) in confidence to khaleeda@thegeldartgroup.com.

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