BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

Dean - Burnaby Campus

Type: Full-Time, Ongoing
Opening Date For Accepting Applications: Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Resume Review: Saturday, October 31, 2020
Position Start Date: January 1, 2021
Salary: $100,260
Contact: Human Resources
Email: hr@nvit.bc.ca
Phone: 250-378-3308
Fax: 250-378-3332
Address: NVIT
4155 Belshaw St.
Merritt, BC, V1K 1R1

NVIT is BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute. As a leader in Indigenous post-secondary education and a fully accredited member of BC's post-secondary education system, we provide a comprehensive range of programs up to the degree level at our campuses in Merritt and Burnaby. NVIT also delivers programs online and in Indigenous communities throughout British Columbia. Join a growing and innovative institution committed to making a difference in Indigenous education and communities. With an institutional mission to empower learners by strengthening voice and identity through education, NVIT employees honour an atmosphere embedded in Indigenous culture and traditions while cultivating an environment founded on learner centred principles that promote student recruitment, engagement and achievement.

Job Description:

NVIT anticipates the requirement for a Dean at our Burnaby campus. NVIT invites applications from qualified academic leaders for a full-time, ongoing exempt position to commence January 1, 2021 (or as soon as suitable candidate is available).

Job Summary:

NVIT is seeking a Dean for a wide range of discipline areas including Social Work, Human Service, Academic/Indigenous Studies and University Transfer. Reporting to the Associate VP Academic & Community Education, the Dean is responsible for the strategic leadership and ongoing operations of the programs and faculty at NVIT. This includes long-term strategic planning, academic development, and the collaborative management of the faculty’s financial, administrative, and human resources. The Dean plays a significant role in encouraging relationships between NVIT and the external community. The Dean also commits to academic excellence and to advance new programming opportunities, the quality and content of programs, courses, initiatives, and the student learning experience. The Dean ensures that a culture exists within the administration and the Faculty to provide students with a high-quality education and high-quality services so that the student experience at NVIT is a positive one.

Knowledge and Skills

  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the colonization of the Indigenous population and the community socio-economic realities stemming from the colonial history of Indigenous people;
  • Demonstrated ability to provide transparent leadership and to support change management, analyze situations, and develop informed and effective solutions;
  • A record of academic achievement appropriate for a senior faculty appointment in a discipline represented by the Faculty;
  • Knowledge of current and emerging trends in Indigenous education, and related research;
  • Demonstrated in-depth knowledge of the post-secondary organizational and policy environment and relevant experience in academic administration and academic labor relations;
  • Demonstrated experience in strategic planning, program planning, project management, budget development, and oversight as well as academic organization and administration;
  • Ability to advance the quality and content of programs, courses, initiatives, and the student learning experience;
  • Successful track record in working with others, both individually and in a team setting to identify issues and develop consensus to achieve goals, and objectives, through teamwork and participatory decision making;
  • Demonstrated ability to build leadership capacity in the Faculty;
  • Energetic leader that is value-driven, demonstrates integrity, credibility, sound judgment, inclusivity, and fosters a trusting, supportive environment; and
  • Excellent administrative and organizational skills applicable to operational and logistical tasks.


  • A Ph.D. in a related discipline is preferred or an earned doctoral degree in a related field;

  •  Master’s degree from a recognized university in a relevant discipline required;

  • Five or more years of relevant leadership experience accompanied by a minimum of 5-7 years of faculty experience preferably within a university environment preferably within an Indigenous environment;

  • Experience working in a unionized academic environment; and

  • A broad understanding of Indigenous higher education issues within post-secondary education.

As an Indigenous centre for excellence, NVIT inspires learners to strengthen community.

NVIT gives high priority to Aboriginal candidates. All applicants should be experienced in working with Aboriginal people.