Associate Dean, Faculty of Science & Horticulture at Kwantlen Polytechnic University Langley, British Columbia, Canada- Apply Now

Jun 24
By | Jobs

Kwantlen Polytechnic University

KPU offers all learners opportunities to achieve success in a diverse range of programs that blend theory and practice, critical understanding, and social and ethical awareness necessary for good citizenship and rewarding careers. KPU strives to implement initiatives that will attract, support, engage, and retain KPU’s people and create an environment where all employees see themselves as contributing to student learning.

Associate Dean, Faculty of Science & Horticulture – Competition ID: 2430

Position Summary

As the Associate Dean you will be an integral member of the Faculty of Science & Horticulture leadership team, working closely with the Dean and the Divisional Business Manager to provide strategic and day-to-day administrative and educational leadership to a group of diverse departments and disciplines.

KPU’s Faculty of Science and Horticulture is a premier institution for teaching, scholarship, and hands-on learning in the areas of science, agriculture, and horticulture. This Associate Dean will grow the capacity of the leadership team, support the development and refinement of new and existing programming, and will support building resilience and excellence within the Faculty. In this role you will report to the Dean, Faculty of Science & Horticulture.

What you will do as the Associate Dean, Faculty of Science & Horticulture

  • Provide leadership and engage departments in collaborative long-term planning to ensure that Faculty and university objectives are achieved.
  • Oversee and support program and curriculum excellence through the management and maintenance of curriculum development, program review, and revision processes.
  • Review and interpret University policies and ensure compliance.
  • Respond to and resolve student complaints, appeals and academic integrity issues.
  • Encourage and support a research and scholarship ethos in the Faculty and facilitate research and scholarship possibilities.
  • Supervise and provide leadership to all of the Faculty’s BCGEU field and lab staff by coaching, guiding and modeling key behaviors/strategies; encourage dialogue and provide guidance and advice to facilitate resolutions to work issues.
  • Chair BCGEU and Faculty search committees; is the administrator responsible for the Faculty’s hiring process, recruitment and orientation of new faculty and staff, and the retention and assignment of existing employees. Provides coverage arrangements for faculty and staff, resulting from unanticipated or pre-planned circumstances.
  • Administer and perform the faculty evaluation process.
  • Contribute to effective employee and labour relations by administering the BCGEU and KFA collective agreements, representing management in the grievance process and consulting with Human Resources Services regarding collective agreement interpretation, as appropriate. Provide input to management negotiating team for collective bargaining purposes, as needed.
  • Work with Chairs on the development of departmental education plans.
  • Provide leadership and shared oversight of academic programs; facilitate academic program changes.
  • Approve expenditures as a proxy for the Dean.
  • Serve on department, division, and University committees; represents the Faculty of Science & Horticulture/University at appropriate community and University bodies, committees, councils, etc.
READ THIS  Chief, Department of Newborn and Developmental Paediatrics in Toronto, Ontario, Canada- Apply Now

What you will need to be successful in this position

  • A Master’s degree is required, Doctorate in a related discipline is preferred.
  • At least Five (5) years of teaching experience in a post-secondary environment, including significant committee work and leadership experience.
  • Experience working in a teaching-intensive post-secondary institution is an asset.
  • Experience working in a unionized academic environment preferred.
  • Ability to travel between campuses is required.
  • Experience providing leadership and direction.
  • Experience analyzing complex problems and developing effective solutions.
  • Knowledge of academic programs, and a commitment to academic excellence; ability to advance the quality and content of programs, courses, initiatives and the student learning experience.
  • Strong organizational skills applicable to operational and logistical tasks.

Does this role sound like it was made for you, yet you don’t check every box?

We understand that experiences and qualifications may look different for everyone and if this job description is of interest to you, we encourage you to apply.

Why Join KPU?

  • Recognized as one of B.C.'s Top Employers
  • KPU is committed to actively fostering an equitable and inclusive working environment
  • Competitive compensation
  • Hybrid environment, flexible work around core hours
  • Defined Benefit Pension Plan – College
  • Extended Medical, Dental, Healthcare Spending Account, Sick Leave, Long Term Disability, Life Insurance, Optional Life Insurance, Accidental Death and Dismemberment, Emergency Travel Assistance, Employee and Family Assistance Program, Teledoc
  • Professional Development Days: up to 10 days paid per year
  • Maternity and parental leave top-up
  • Generous vacation package
  • Campus work environment, cafeteria, outdoor sitting areas and nearby walking trails
  • Campus athletic and fitness centers with a variety of instructor-led classes
  • Tuition waiver program – eligible to waive tuition costs of courses at KPU equivalent to 3 credits per semester
  • Inhouse training and development
  • Networking and social events such as KPU Day, Holiday Social etc.
  • Intercampus shuttle
  • Access to automotive, horticulture, brewery and other programs’ services
  • Clubs: Jeopardy, Toastmasters, E-sports, Ted Talks etc.
  • Library and Bookstore (discounts)
READ THIS  Data Architect needed at ITminions European Union- Click to apply now

Please visit our careers centre for further information:

Note to Applicants:

Kwantlen Polytechnic University welcomes and encourages applications from equity deserving groups and diverse experiences including, but not limited to, Indigenous people, racialized people, people with disabilities, and members of the 2S/LGBTQIA+ community.

If there are any barriers that you are experiencing or an accommodation that we can provide to support you through the application process, please reach out to us at

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

We thank all applicants for their interest in employment with KPU. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Kwantlen Polytechnic University is committed to protecting the safety and welfare of employees, students, and the general public, and upholding the reputation and integrity of the University. For this reason, final applicants will be asked to undergo a background check.

Discover more from Heritage Plus

Subscribe to get the latest posts to your email.

Click any of the icons to share this post:



Unless specified, Heritage Plus Blog is not in any way affiliated with any of the scholarship and job providers featured in this website. The material provided here is solely for informational purposes. Visitors are advised to use the information at their own discretion

 Join our Telegram Channel

Discover more from Heritage Plus

Subscribe now to keep reading and get access to the full archive.

Continue reading