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Executive Director, Centre for Learning and Teaching

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Position Information

Position Title Executive Director, Centre for Learning and Teaching
Department/Unit Learning & Teaching
Location Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Posting Number S052-24
Employee Group EXAD
Position Type Regular, On-Going
Duration of Contract (if applicable)
Employment Type Full Time
Full-time Equivalency (FTE) 1.0
Provisional Statement
About Dalhousie University
Founded in 1818, Dalhousie is located in the Province of Nova Scotia, in the territory of Mi’kma’ki, with 21,000 students on four campuses in Halifax and Truro, and satellite locations in Yarmouth and Saint John, New Brunswick. With more than 6,000 employees, Dalhousie is one of Nova Scotia’s largest employers and the university benefits locally, regionally, and nationally from a reputation as a high-quality employer. As we strengthen our important role in service to our province and our communities, our strategic plan, Third Century Promise signals our long-term ambitions while providing a clear, actionable strategy to guide us over five years.

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 19,000 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
Dalhousie is in search of an Executive Director for its Centre for Learning and Teaching (CLT). The CLT provides strategic leadership and consultation in all matters related to teaching and learning at the university by facilitating innovation, planning, development, delivery, and evaluation of curriculum and programs. CLT plays a key role in supporting aspects of teaching and learning such as online and blended course delivery, incorporation of Anti-Oppressive and transformative education, Indigenous Knowledges and Ways of Knowing, internationalization and intercultural competency, technological integration, planning and use of teaching spaces, and the administration of student course evaluations. CLT is also important in the professional development of the faculty, including graduate students. The Centre advocates for openness to new ideas, creativity, growth, and development, to enhance the practice and Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.
Key Responsibilities
Reporting to the Associate Vice-President, Academic, the Executive Director is a key member of the university’s academic leadership team and is responsible 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 while embracing and advancing equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility as core to the work of the CLT and learning and teaching at Dalhousie. The Executive Director is also responsible for developing effective and productive relationships with key leaders and units and providing consultation to academic leaders to identify initiatives for teaching and learning to advance Dalhousie’s academic mission. An adjunct appointment in one of Dalhousie’s Faculties may be considered for qualified candidates.

The ideal candidate for Executive Director should have progressive experience providing strategic leadership in university teaching and learning and have a strong record of experience in educational development and/or university teaching. The candidate should possess qualities of collegiality, collaboration, and enthusiasm as they step into this exciting role. The Search Committee recognizes that no single candidate for the position is likely to meet all the following criteria in equal measure, however, it has developed the following as an ideal candidate profile.
Required Qualifications
  • Strong leadership skills, including the ability to make decisions and plan for growth at operational and strategic levels.
  • Ph.D. preferably related to adult education, curriculum studies, educational technology, or other studies relevant to this role.
  • Broad expertise in learning theory, curriculum design, development, production, and evaluation.
  • Ability to achieve goals using collaborative and consultative processes.
  • Excellent interpersonal, mentorship, and supervision skills as well as the ability to build strong collaborative relationships across and within the university.
  • A 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, alongside a strong understanding of the needs of diverse learners, and the ability to apply that learning productively.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of current trends in higher education.
  • Excellent group facilitation skills.
  • Budget management and other operational administrative skills.
  • Strong record of engagement in Scholarship of Teaching and Learning or other forms of educational research and/or scholarship.
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.

  • Thinking and Acting Strategically
  • Change and Innovation
  • Respect and Inclusion
  • Relationship Building
  • Resource and Process Management
  • Accountability for Performance and Result
Additional Information
Application Consideration
A complete application will include a cover letter speaking to the qualifications listed above and a detailed curriculum vitae. For more information and to review the candidate brief, please contact Sasha Sears
Diversity Statement
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.

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 2SLGBTQIA+ communities, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community. For more information, please visit
Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies 1
Open Date 02/12/2024
Close Date 03/31/2024
Open Until Filled No
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  1. Cover Letter
  2. Résumé / Curriculum Vitae (CV)
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