Dean, Donald School of Business

  • Red Deer College
  • Red Deer, AB, Canada
  • Mar 20, 2020
Full time   BUS: Accounting/Economics/Finance BUS: Management, HR, OB, Strategy BUS: Marketing Business: Other Deans & Directors

Job Description

Red Deer College is hiring for Dean, Donald School of Business to support us in our transition to Red Deer University.  While we recognize that we are in unprecedented circumstances as the world navigates through this pandemic, we are balancing our responsibility in pandemic planning as well as institutional continuity for the long term. To that end, we look forward to having you on our team. 


The role of the Dean, Donald School of Business (DSB) is to contribute to strategic leadership of the College and to provide leadership to their School in support of a learner-centred environment. At Red Deer College (RDC), Deans are members of RDC’s Senior Administration team and report directly to the Vice President Academic and Research. As leaders within the academic portfolio, Deans play a significant role in the governance of the institution as a whole, in addition to their specific School. In collaboration with the Vice President Academic and Research, Associate Deans, and other Senior Leaders, Deans implement College and School goals to ensure that an effective learning environment is maintained. The Dean plays a key role in creating and maintaining a network of communication that facilitates integrated planning to support the overarching institutional strategic direction. In addition, the Dean may carry out other roles and projects as requested by the Vice President, Academic and Research.

The ideal candidate will be a visionary leader with a PhD in a related field, will have experience in a post- secondary environment, and will have a learner-centred mindset. They will have the ability to effectively manage the needs of their faculty, their students, and their School, while developing effective relationships with their fellow Senior Administrators. The ideal Dean is a mentor to their Associate Dean and an experienced manager of budgets, personnel, and fundraising/external relationships.

The Dean will be a leader to the Donald School of Business and will maintain responsibility for making complex decisions in an environment of shifting priorities and fiscal constraint. Under the Dean’s leadership the School will contribute to the long lasting, positive impact that the continued success of RDC, soon to be RDU, will have on the entire Central Alberta Community. 

For 56 years, Red Deer College (RDC) has proudly served its learners and communities.

In 2018, RDC received approval to become a university, offering its own degrees. The College continues to grow programs across a breadth of credentials as it transitions to become a comprehensive regional teaching university during the next three to five years. Once this transition is complete, RDC will officially be known as Red Deer University. RDC offers more than 100 programs (including degrees, certificates, diplomas and skilled trades programs). With impressive new facilities that have opened recently, the College educates approximately 7,500 full-and part-time credit students and more than 34,000 youth and adult learners in the School of Continuing Education each year.

Our main campus is strategically situated on 290 acres of Alberta’s natural landscape along the Queen Elizabeth II Highway. We have also expanded our learning and performing arts space into the heart of downtown Red Deer through our Welikoklad Event Centre and the Donald School of Business.

Preferred and Required Qualifications


  • Minimum of an earned PhD achieved from a recognized institution.

Professional Experience

  • 5-10 years experience in a private or public sector environment where there is demonstrated success with public and private partnerships and a strong commitment to collaborative ventures that benefit student learning
  • 5-10 years experience in a strategic leadership role with demonstrated success in effective implementation
  • Demonstrated tolerance for ambiguity and reasonable risk taking, plus 5-10 years progressively responsible leadership experience using a team based approach


  • Demonstrated analytical and problem solving skills
  • Demonstrated success developing and expanding discipline and/or industry/business network
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with other senior administrative leaders in achieving organizational goals
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully work across organizational lines and divisions in furthering organizational goals
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in leadership and the management of change initiatives
  • Demonstrated evidence of contributing to your community and in engaging the community in support of program and facility planning

Application Details

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