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Associate Dean, School of Trades and Technology

Please see Special Instructions for more details.

This position will remain open until filled; however, the first review of applications will
begin on May 22, 2023.

Posting Details

Position Information

Position Title Associate Dean, School of Trades and Technology
Position Summary
Red Deer Polytechnic is currently inviting applications for the full-time role of Associate Dean within the School of Trades and Technology, with a desired start in July 2023. We are hiring two Associate Deans, expanding the current leadership team to support a growing student population and program mix. One of the Associate Dean positions will have a portfolio comprised entirely of Skilled Trades programs and the second Associate Dean will oversee a mix of Engineering Technology and Skilled Trades programs.

The School of Trades and Technology encompasses 16 Trades Apprenticeships and two Engineering Technology programs. In addition to entering a period of significant growth in Skilled Trades enrolment, the vision is to grow the number and mix of Engineering Technology programs such as to warrant a leadership team devoted to that area on its own.
Position Responsibilities
The Associate Dean serves an academic and operational leadership role, contributing to the future growth of the School and Red Deer Polytechnic. You are responsible for leading Faculty and Staff in their development, delivery, modification, and advancement of curriculum. You provide support and mentorship as the direct supervisor to Faculty members helping them develop their instructional work, professional growth, and scholarly activity which results in high-quality learning experiences for students. You will also lead the development of new programming within your portfolio and lead or support the leadership of initiatives in other areas of the Polytechnic.

You will work with the Dean and other colleagues to establish and implement goals and objectives which support an institutional culture of teaching and learning excellence. You will be part of a learning community that advances the mission of Red Deer Polytechnic to strengthen and enrich the intellectual, economic, cultural, and social development of our region. You are also responsible for leading teams to achieve strategic goals and financial measures for the area.

As a leader you are committed to supporting lifelong learning, continuous personal and professional development, leadership enhancement, and creating excellent learning experiences.
Required Qualifications
Education and Experience:
  • Journeyperson credential in one or more Skilled Trades, or a degree related to educational leadership plus familiarity with educational approaches for Trades Apprenticeship and Engineering Technology programs
  • A minimum of five (5) years of successful teaching experience, preferably in a post-secondary environment, and five (5) years of progressively responsible leadership of adults in a teaching environment
  • Other combinations of education and experience may be considered

Skills and Abilities:
  • Proven success in the development, implementation, and assessment of curriculum and programs
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively across organizational lines in furthering organizational goals
  • Strong emotional intelligence
  • Effective written and oral communication skills
  • Effectiveness in leadership and the management of change initiatives
  • Success with the application of educational technology
  • Skills in analysis, critical problem solving, and research
  • A team player with an inclusive leadership style that inspires trust and confidence
  • Proven ability to promote a positive environment through honesty, integrity, and ethical behavior consistent with the core values of Red Deer Polytechnic
  • Agile in your leadership, delivering creative outcomes
Preferred Qualifications
  • Required educational qualifications plus additional undergraduate or Master’s degree in Education or Leadership
  • Progressive academic leadership experience involving direct supervision of post-secondary Faculty members (involving recruitment and selection; development and coaching; performance assessment and management)
Salary or Hourly? Salary
Salary Commensurate with education and experience
Benefits and Compensation Information
Red Deer Polytechnic offers a comprehensive benefits package including extended health and dental care through Blue Cross, access to a health spending account, pension plan, Employee & Family Assistance Program, generous vacation allotments, credit tuition waivers and opportunities for professional development funding. Additional time off due to Institution closures between Christmas and New Year general holidays.
*Eligibility to access the above mentioned benefits is dependent upon the EXEMPT Terms and Conditions of Employment and related RDP policies.

About Red Deer Polytechnic
Focused on advancing the economic and social priorities of Alberta, Red Deer Polytechnic (RDP) provides more than 80 industry-relevant programs within a breadth of credentials to approximately 6,300 credit and apprenticeship students and 3,400+ learners with Extended Education programming. With modern teaching and learning spaces, and state-of-the-art research and innovation centres in advanced manufacturing and energy innovation, the Polytechnic provides applied research opportunities, leadership in the social, economic, and cultural development of Alberta, and myriad lifelong learning opportunities.

Red Deer Polytechnic’s main campus is located on Treaty 7, Treaty 6 and Métis ancestral lands. This is where we will strive to honour and transform our relationships with one another.

Whatever brings you to Red Deer Polytechnic, we are glad you are here. And we look forward to having you as a valued member of our polytechnic community.

Posting Detail Information

Competition Number 2023-E-017
Employment Type Permanent Full-Time
Number of Vacancies 2
Desired Start Date 07/10/2023
Position End Date (if term-certain)
FTE 1.0
Hours of Work You will be employed on a full-time basis. It is understood that the hours of work involved will vary and be irregular and are those hours of work required to meet the objectives of your employment. Normal hours of operation are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, M - F
Open Date 04/25/2023
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Note to Applicant
To fulfill Red Deer Polytechnic’s mission to enrich the intellectual, economic, cultural, and social development of Central Alberta, people representing diverse perspectives and experiences are required. We welcome and encourage applications from Indigenous persons, Black and racialized persons, women, persons with disabilities, persons with any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression.
Red Deer Polytechnic will provide job applicants with accommodations in accordance with the Alberta Human Rights Code. To request an accommodation, please contact All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Special Instructions to Applicants
This position will remain open until filled; however, the first review of applications will
begin on May 22, 2023.

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Documents Needed To Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents