Vice President, Students

  • Kwantlen Polytechnic University
  • Kwantlen Polytechnic University, 72 Avenue, Surrey, BC, Canada
  • Aug 14, 2019
Full time Admissions/Retention/Enrollment Mgmt. Student Affairs

Job Description

As Canada’s only polytechnic university, we offer you the opportunity to make a positive impact on your community through a meaningful career working in a collaborative and inclusive culture. Join us and put your thoughts into action.


The Position

KPU is seeking a Vice President, Students. This position is responsible for leading the development and implementation of key student-focussed strategies in alignment with the University’s Strategic Vision and Academic Plan. The Vice President, Students is also responsible for ensuring KPU provides its students with the most supportive, rewarding and enriching educational experience, and fosters the on-going development and provision of high-quality services for students, consistent with the University’s mission and vision.  

This role reports to the President and Vice-Chancellor. Reporting directly to this position are the Registrar, Senior Director Student Affairs, AVP International, Director of the Office for Student Rights and Responsibilities and, in 2020, the Director of the Future Students Office.

The Vice President, Students position is a senior academic administrator appointment that is for a five year term with the possibility of renewal for an additional five years, subject to satisfactory review.


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Preferred and Required Qualifications

Who are we looking for?

  • Demonstrated passion for, and accomplishment in, student success and inclusive and innovation approaches to higher education;
  • A proven track record as a Vice President, Dean, or student affairs leader of a well-regarded University, ideally within a unionized environment;
  • A proven communicator who is willing to speak as an advocate for KPU to both internal and external audiences, including international audiences. Believes in the importance of communication;
  • Experience with and involvement with a broad range of cultures and backgrounds;
  • A positive relationship-builder with demonstrated ability to work cooperatively with students and with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders locally, nationally and internationally;
  • Demonstrated knowledge and skills in educational leadership as well as educational practices, issues and trends and attuned to current developments in student support;
  • Capable of articulating the vision and plan set by the KPU community and of inspiring the KPU community to achieve the plan;
  • Able to inspire confidence and sense of purpose;
  • Willing to invest in the expeditious and judicious resolution of student issues and challenges;
  • An informed, rational decision maker who has confidence, good judgment and strong management skills;
  • A positive, persuasive, diplomatic, engaging and collaborative style;
  • A team leader and player with a collegial style of management;
  • Able to delegate effectively;
  • Able to balance many competing priorities in the context of fiscal responsibilities.


What education & experience should you have?

  • Master’s degree from a recognized university, with a doctorate preferred.
  • Continuing education in areas related to this portfolio.
  • 10 years of progressive experience in academic and student service leadership roles.


Application Details

Ready to Apply?

To apply for this role, please email your cover letter and resume to with the subject line in the following format:

Last Name – First Name, Competition Number xx-xx, Position Title.

For example, “Doe-John, Competition Number 19-111, VP Students”.

Kwantlen Polytechnic University welcomes and encourages applications from women, members of racialized groups/visible minorities, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression. If you require an accommodation through our hiring process, please include your request in the application email.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

We thank all applicants for their interest in employment with KPU. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. 

Kwantlen Polytechnic University is committed to protecting the safety and welfare of employees, students, and the general public, and upholding the reputation and integrity of the University. For this reason, final applicants will be asked to undergo a background check.  


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