To authentically invite diverse candidates to academic leadership roles requires a change in the status quo. It is time to reimagine how we attract and retain diverse leaders.
Today, academic search committees face complex challenges, both internally and externally, including confronting unconscious bias, navigating group dynamics, and attracting strong candidates. It is time to reimagine how search committees do their work.
Developing internal successors and engaging internal candidates in an academic leadership search is a challenge for many post-secondary institutions in Canada. A reimagined approach to the search for academic leaders requires greater attention to the talent pipeline.
How can we ensure we are measuring the right leadership competencies at each stage of the hiring process, while also being open to candidates from diverse backgrounds? A reimagined approach to candidate assessment is essential.
Hiring doesn’t end with agreement on a candidate. Institutions often miss the opportunity to position new leaders for success with effective onboarding. We believe a reimagined, intentional approach is required for today’s universities and colleges.
Academic leadership roles are complex and consuming. Candidate pools have shrunk. Search processes are challenging. But these shortcomings have created an opportunity to reimagine how post-secondary institutions approach their search for academic leaders.
With input from our clients, candidates, Academic Advisory Council, and our team of leadership development and coaching experts, KBRS has reimagined how we support our academic executive search clients in the post-secondary sector.
KBRS is pleased to welcome Associate Partners, Jan Campbell (Toronto) and Louise MacDonald (Montreal) as KBRS continues to expand its national academic search practice.
Fuelled by uncertain funding models, rigid workforce systems and changing student demands, Australian tertiary education sector is exploring how to remain relevant in an increasingly differentiated and global education market. This sector is currently undergoing major structural reformations and trying to balance a variety of stakeholder interests, and needs to make fundamental choices to ensure its sustainability.