Executive Director, Centre for Learning and Teaching

Jun 24
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Position Details

Position Information

Position Title Executive Director, Centre for Learning and Teaching

Department/Unit Learning & Teaching

Location Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Posting Number S153-23

Employee Group EXAD

Position Type Regular, On-Going

Duration of Contract (if applicable)

Employment Type Full Time

Full-time Equivalency (FTE)



Provisional Statement

About Dalhousie University

Dalhousie University is Atlantic Canada’s leading research-intensive university and a driver of the region’s intellectual, social and economic development. Located in the heart of Halifax, Nova Scotia, with an Agricultural Campus in Truro/Bible Hill, Dalhousie is a truly national and international university, with more than half of our almost 21,000 students coming from outside of the province. Our 6,000 faculty and staff foster a vibrant, purpose-driven community, that celebrated 200 years of academic excellence in 2018.

Job Summary

The Centre for Learning and Teaching ( CLT ) works in partnership with academic units, faculty members, and graduate students to enhance the practice and scholarship of teaching and learning. The CLT is currently seeking an Executive Director who will provide leadership in advancing the goals of the unit.

Reporting to the Associate Vice-President, Academic, the Executive Director is a key member of the university’s academic leadership team and has overall responsibility for the CLT’s strategic plan, organizational structure, budget oversight, and space planning. The Executive Director leads a team of 15 professionals who deliver teaching and learning support to Dalhousie’s faculty and students. The Executive Director is responsible for developing effective and productive relationships with key leaders and departments and providing consultation to academic leaders to identify initiatives for teaching and learning to advance Dalhousie’s academic mission.

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Key Responsibilities

Key responsibilities include:

  • Collaborating with the Associate Vice-President, Academic, to determine long-term strategic plans, and priorities for the CLT in keeping with the strategic academic plan for the university and other units at Dalhousie and overseeing the development and implementation of the strategic plan.
  • Embracing and advancing equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility as core to the work of the CLT and to learning and teaching at Dalhousie.
  • Advocating for the importance of teaching and educational development for faculty members, instructors, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students to enable teaching excellence, innovation, and inquiry, and, with the CLT team, developing programming in support of professional development related to teaching and learning for these groups.
  • Providing guidance, support, and mentorship to the Director and Manager, Administration and Operations and CLT staff to ensure talent management and development and effect team dynamics within a progressive and productive environment.
  • Planning and overseeing the budget to meet strategic goals and fiscal responsibilities with the support of the Manager, Administration and Operations.
  • Providing leadership within Dalhousie, regionally, and nationally on the scholarship of teaching and learning.


Required Qualifications

  • A PhD.
  • A strong record of experience in the field of educational development and/or university teaching.
  • Progressive experience providing strategic leadership in the area of university teaching and learning.
  • Broad expertise in the areas of learning theory, curriculum design, development, production and evaluation.
  • Knowledge of current trends in higher education within the fields of curriculum development, instructor development, and educational technologies.
  • Strong leadership skills, including the ability to make decisions and plan for growth at operational and strategic levels.
  • The ability to achieve goals using collaborative and consultative processes.
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills including group facilitation skills and the ability to build strong relationships across and within the university.
  • Experience leading a team of professionals alongside strong mentorship and supervision skills.
  • Adaptive decision-making skills, and the corresponding ability to adapt to and anticipate relevant change through planning.
  • Significant track record of education, professional development, and learning in the areas of equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility including as it relates to Indigenous and Black perspectives.
  • A strong understanding of the needs of diverse learners, and the ability to apply that learning productively as leader of the CLT .
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  • A record of engagement and expertise as it relates to Indigenous perspectives, pedagogies, and Ways of Knowing.
  • Previous experience with budget management and other operational administrative skills.

Job Competencies

As the ideal candidate, you will be expected to demonstrate the following competencies as Executive Director and as a leader at Dalhousie University.

For more on Dalhousie’s leadership competencies click here.

  • Thinking and Acting Strategically
  • Change and Innovation
  • Respect and Inclusion
  • Relationship Building
  • Resource and Process Management
  • Accountability for Performance and Results

Additional Information

Dalhousie University supports a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Our total compensation package includes a defined benefit pension plan, health and dental plans, a health spending account, an employee and family assistance program and a tuition assistance program.

Application Consideration

For more information and to review the candidate brief, please contact exec.search@dal.ca

Diversity Statement

Dalhousie University commits to achieving inclusive excellence through continually championing equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility. The university encourages applications from Indigenous persons (especially Mi’kmaq), persons of Black/African descent (especially African Nova Scotians), and members of other racialized groups, persons with disabilities, women, persons identifying as members of 2SLGBTQ+ communities, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community. For more information, please visit www.dal.ca/hiringfordiversity.

Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies 1

Open Date 04/18/2023

Close Date 05/29/2023

Open Until Filled

Special Instructions to Applicant

Quick Link for Direct Access to Posting https://dal.peopleadmin.ca/postings/13237

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