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University of Waterloo

Secretary of the University



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The University of Waterloo is Canada’s innovation university and stands as a global model of 21st-century higher education. With more than 36,000 students, the University is home to the world's leading co-operative education program, offering opportunities for meaningful, paid work experience to students from more than 100 countries. Unmatched entrepreneurial culture combined with an intensive research focus and deep connections to industry power one of the top innovation hubs in the world. Waterloo has earned a reputation for producing leaders of tomorrow through excellent and relevant undergraduate and graduate education, delivered through six Faculties: Applied Health Sciences, Arts, Engineering, Environment, Mathematics and Science. With 1,174 faculty and 2,257 staff, the annual University operating budget is over $700M. To learn more about this remarkable institution, and to review the University’s Strategic Plan, please go to

Job Description

The University invites applications, nominations and expressions of interest for the position of Secretary of the University. The Secretary of the University is a senior officer, providing leadership and expertise to ensure the effective operation and administration of the University’s system of governance. The secretary also has significant line and coordinating responsibilities for a wide range of service functions. The broad responsibilities of this position will require a sophisticated approach to University governance, strong managerial and communication skills and the ability to work collegially and collaboratively at the highest levels of the University. The ideal candidate possesses a professional or graduate degree, with several years of relevant work experience, preferably in a post-secondary environment. Direct experience with governing boards, particularly in the not-for-profit sector, or experience in a secretariat-type position in a university setting would be a distinct asset.

The University of Waterloo respects, appreciates and encourages diversity. Applications from all qualified individuals, including women, members of visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities are encouraged; priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. For more information, please see The University of Waterloo encourages requests for accommodation in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. Accommodations can be made available throughout the recruitment process. 

Consideration of candidates begins mid February 2017, and will continue until the position is filled. Confidential inquiries, nominations, and/or applications should be directed to Gerri Woodford or Jane Griffith at

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Posting Date: 31-Jan-2017Executive and General Management Permanent, Full-Time Open 1 ASAP
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