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Vice-Provost (Student Affairs)

The University of Guelph, located on the ancestral lands of the Attawandaron people and the treaty lands and territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit, is a research-intensive and learner-centred comprehensive university, with nearly 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students attending three campuses, spanning urban hubs and rural communities. With over 4,700 students and 300 families living in on-campus housing, the University of Guelph is a residential campus committed to providing an environment and services that promote student success. The University is known for its commitment to developing exceptional thinkers and engaged citizens. With an excellent and consistent reputation, the University of Guelph ranked #2 in student satisfaction, #4 for student services and #4 overall among comprehensive universities in Canada in the 2018 Maclean’s University Rankings. It is within this unique and exciting context that the University is seeking an outstanding student affairs leader as the next Vice-Provost (Student Affairs).

Reporting to the Provost and Vice-President Academic, the Vice-Provost (Student Affairs) provides strategic leadership to and is accountable for a range of student services that enhance student engagement and student success both inside and outside the classroom, supporting the University of Guelph in becoming the best comprehensive university in Canada. The Student Affairs portfolio includes the departments of Athletics, Child Care & Learning Centre, Co-operative Education & Career Services, Student Affairs Case Management, Student Housing Services, Student Life, and Student Wellness Services with an engaged team of over 200 full-time, 90 part-time or contract and more than 1,000 student staff. The Vice-Provost (Student Affairs) is an integral member of the academic senior leadership team of the University, aligning the strategic plans, policies and programs of student affairs with the realization of the University’s academic and student experience objectives and goals. This Vice-Provost ensures that the voice of students is heard, that their interests are advanced and represented and that the risks for students and the University are anticipated, mitigated and managed.

As the ideal candidate, you have a passion for, and commitment to, student success. You have a successful track record as a leader in a post-secondary institution and demonstrate strong financial and administrative acumen. You are an energetic change manager who can successfully develop and lead new initiatives, collaborate across administrative and academic units and inspire a team of dedicated student-focused professionals. Your excellent communication skills will allow you to successfully lead community consultations, work productively with diverse stakeholders to implement plans, and foster a feeling of openness and transparency within and across the student affairs portfolio. You are committed to, and are a champion of, diversity and inclusion. You demonstrate cultural competence, an ability to think globally and are able to foster and support an international university experience at the University of Guelph, which has 1,200 international students from more than 100 countries. You are an advocate and spokesperson for student affairs, are conversant with contemporary theory and current best practices in student affairs, student development and student services and will use that knowledge to foster an exceptional student experience at the University of Guelph. An advanced degree in a relevant field is preferred for this role.

This position is open to either an academic or non-academic appointment.

If you’re interested in this opportunity, contact Shauna Quinlan or Anna Stuart at 1-866-822-6022, or please apply online by clicking “Apply Now” on the button below.

The University of Guelph is committed to equity in its policies, practices, and programs, supports diversity in its teaching, learning and work environments, and ensures that applications for members of underrepresented groups are seriously considered under its employment equity policy. All qualified individuals who would contribute to the further diversification of our University community are encouraged to apply.

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