Candidate Qualifications

The search committee recognizes that no one individual will possess all the following qualifications, capacities and qualities in equal measure; nevertheless, the committee has developed this set of characteristics as ones that will be sought in candidates for the position of associate vice-president (academic) students.


  • Tenured position at Memorial;

  • Substantial successful administrative experience in one or more of the broad functional areas assigned to this position; and

  • Significant leadership experience in a complex organizational setting that includes collective agreements and team-based approach.
Knowledge and Skills

  • The ability to inspire and promote change that enhances the total student experience;

  • A proven capacity to provide leadership in both the academic and non-academic areas;

  • Demonstrated and passionate commitment to excellence in education and in the provision of services to all students, and to student success inside and outside the classroom;

  • Good understanding of modem scholarship and best practices in higher education, including student services, pedagogy, program design, and program review;

  • A familiarity with contemporary approaches to various institutional priorities, including enrolment management and internationalization;

  • An appreciation for the continuing importance of technology in the delivery of an effective learning foundation;

  • Proven communication, planning, and strategic skills; proven budgetary and financial skills; excellent inter-personal and management skills, including the ability to listen;

  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and collegially with a wide variety of offices, and the capacity to build lasting partnerships and effective teams, to delegate and to facilitate;

  • Strong ability to design and win broad support for new policies and programs;

  • Proven ability to handle difficult decisions and circumstances with tact and diplomacy;

  • A proven commitment to openness and transparency; a reputation for integrity, sound judgment and decisiveness.

Search Process and Appointment

This internal search process is governed by the Procedures Governing the Appointment, Review, Promotion and Tenure of Academic Administrators.

The search committee will begin consideration of candidates in early September, following the closing date of September 7, 2018, and the successful candidate will take office November 1, 2018, or as soon as possible thereafter. The initial appointment will be for five years, and is renewable for a further five-year term following a review.


Office of the Provost and Vice-President (Academic)

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000