The University of Alberta is searching for an outstanding leader and innovator to assume the position of General Faculties Council (GFC) Secretary and Manager of GFC Services. Are you keen to make a difference and contribute in a meaningful way to support academic governance in a post-secondary institution? If you are highly motivated to succeed in an academic environment, then consider this career opportunity seriously.
Reporting directly to the University Secretary, the GFC Secretary and Manager of GFC Services (GFC Secretary) provides a senior and central role in the guidance and support of academic governance at the University of Alberta and is a key member of the University Governance leadership team. The GFC Secretary ensures that academic governance activities satisfy the compliance requirements of the Alberta Post-Secondary Learning Act and other relevant legislation, policies, procedures, regulations, and guidelines. The Secretary creates an engaging community for General Faculties Council to facilitate decision making that is informed, collegial, effective, and efficient.
The General Faculties Council Secretary fulfills the position's purpose by:
Contributing to a respectful environment and working with colleagues both within and outside the unit; you will thrive in University Governance because you understand that your success is dependent on the collective effort.
Working collaboratively with University Governance team members in all branches of board, academic, and judiciary governance, including providing oversight of an academic governance support team.
Engaging in issues management, leadership, complex problem-solving, consultation and liaison activities, process planning, and demonstrating innovation.
Providing service to the community because you have earned the place of senior advisor to the University Secretary and to the President, Provost, and other Chairs of legislative governance committees, Faculties, Administration, University members, and broader campus communities.
The successful candidate will have the following qualifications:
Minimum of a Baccalaureate Degree and 7 - 10 years experience in a senior position in a governance setting, preferably in in academic environment.
Expert knowledge of and a record of successful application of principles and practices of good governance in the public sector, preferably in the post-secondary sector.
Expert-level skills of communication including mastery as a writer.
Ability to comprehend, interpret, and apply legislation (including, but not limited to, the Post-Secondary Learning Act), policy, procedure, guidelines, regulations, delegations, terms of reference, contracts, and collective agreements.
Ability to appreciate and honour the GFC endorsed principles as recommended by the GFC ad-hoc Committee on Academic Governance including Delegated Authority.
Expert ability to maintain the highest level of confidentiality on the one hand and to be a resource expert who disseminates knowledge on the other, with an unerring ability to differentiate between the two roles.
Ability to serve in many capacities, responding to multiple and sometimes conflicting demands while safeguarding the neutrality of the position and honouring the integrity of governance roles and processes.
Political sensitivity, tact, and diplomacy.
Expert skills in use of the Microsoft Office Suite, Outlook, SharePoint, and other applications.
In accordance with the Management and Professional Staff (MAPS) Agreement, this regular continuing position offers a comprehensive benefits package which can be viewed at Faculty & Staff Benefits.
Along with your resume, please submit a cover letter outlining your qualifications and demonstrating your passion for excellence. Initial review of resumes will begin on November 8, 2019.
Thank you for your interest in University Governance at the University of Alberta; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.