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Bishop's University

Dean of Student Affairs


Sherbrooke 1511036

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Located in the beautiful Eastern Townships region of the province of Quebec, Bishop’s is a unique English-language university that offers its students an exceptional undergraduate university experience.

Bishop’s has some of the smallest class sizes in the country and passionate, supportive professors who truly care about the success of their students. The result is that BU students receive personalized attention and valuable support throughout their studies.

In 1843, the founders of Bishop’s University declared their goal  “to offer the country a sound and liberal education.” To this day, our University remains focused on this goal, delivering a broad-based education in an intimate learning environment that encourages exploration and discovery.

Job Description

The Dean of Student Affairs is responsible for virtually all aspects of the student experience — other than academic — at Bishop’s University. The successful candidate will be a visionary and inspirational leader committed to ensuring a supportive environment which fosters the academic and personal growth and success of our students. Working in collaboration with a dynamic team of Student Services personnel, the Dean plays a key role in ensuring an outstanding student experience at Bishop’s and in supporting the academic, social, psychological, physical and spiritual needs of students.

Overseeing operations with an annual budget of $2.3 million, the Dean of Student Affairs leads the design, implementation and administration of the University’s extensive student services and is responsible for ensuring that these services operate effectively, efficiently and on budget while delivering the highest standard of service and professionalism.

As the ideal candidate you are a seasoned professional with at least five years of leadership experience directly related to the roles and responsibilities of student affairs administration, preferably in a University context. You possess a master’s level education preferably in Student Development/Affairs, Education, Counseling or Educational Administration; a Ph.D., though not required, would be an asset.

You are highly motivated to act in the best interests of the University; open to innovative approaches and able to encourage that environment within the University.

You possess exceptional communication skills with both internal and external audiences; ability to write effectively in English and to speak both English and French are essential; are able to understand student issues and communicate them to colleagues in the University administration; able  to speak on behalf of the University to students, families and the broader community; and communicate the outcome of decisions even when unwelcome. 

You possess strong analytical capabilities, insightfulness, and judgement when necessary to identify and solve a range of problems, including those related to students, staff or budgetary issues.

You are experienced in conflict and crisis intervention; and have a great capacity to help individuals and groups toward the positive resolution of issues through active listening and facilitating.

As an open and accessible manager, you are capable of effective delegation and assignment of accountability.  You are willing to work with staff and students to develop administrative and leadership skills, and are committed to creating and contributing to a positive work environment. 

If you would like to be considered for this exciting opportunity, please send your resume to Please note that the Search Committee will begin considering potential candidates immediately and will continue until the position is successfully filled with an anticipated start date of July 2017 or as soon thereafter as possible.

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Bishop's University
Karen McKenna
Posting Date: 09-May-2017Executive and General Management Permanent, Full-Time Open 103-Jul-2017
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