Associate Dean, Division of Extended Education & Community Wellness and Health

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In an entrepreneurial and team-focused environment, the Associate Dean is responsible for academic leadership within their school or division and promotes excellence within a learner-centred environment. 

Leading a comprehensive learner-focused team, the Associate Dean has overall responsibility for the development/redevelopment, delivery and assessment of programs and curriculum to contribute to the School/Divisions reputation as a hub of innovation and incubation for lifelong learning programming. The Associate Dean is responsible for key decision making in relation to program and course development within the School/Division, and for achieving strategic and financial targets.  

The Associate Dean utilizes flexibility and creativity to execute the programming goals of the School/Division to meet community needs while meeting the fiscal targets of the School.

The Associate Dean provides support and mentorship as the direct supervisor to staff, faculty, and instructors including work plans, professional development and scholarly activity to ensure delivery of a high-quality learning experience for learners. 

The Associate Dean works with the Dean and other colleagues to establish and implement School/Division and program goals and objectives to enable an institutional culture of life-long learning and academic excellence in a learning-centred environment.

Job Responsibilities include:

  • Academic Leadership
  • Teaching Excellence within a Learner Centered Environment
  • Personnel Management
  • Innovation, Incubation, and Scholarly Activity 
  • Internal and External Liaison
  • Financial Management
  • Technology Management 
  • Marketing & Communications



  • Bachelor’s degree in nursing with a minimum of a master’s degree in a relevant field related to health, education or leadership
  • Active current license with CARNA



  • A minimum of 5-7 years of progressively responsible leadership experience, including direct supervision of employees (recruitment, selection, development, coaching, performance assessment) 


Skills and Abilities

  • Demonstrated success leading in an entrepreneurial environment 
  • Demonstrates strong emotional intelligence i.e., to demonstrate empathy and manage emotion of self and others 
  • Demonstrates effective communication skills with both written and verbal communication 
  • Proven ability to manage revenue generation/cost recovery budgets and achieve financial targets 
  • Demonstrated ability to emotional intelligence 
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in leadership and the management of change initiatives 
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering the principles of learner-centeredness 
  • Proven success in the development, implementation, and assessment of curriculum and programs 
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively across organizational lines and divisions in furthering organizational goals 
  • Demonstrated success with the application of educational technology 
  • Demonstrated analytical, research, critique, and problem-solving & problem finding skills 
  • A team player with an inclusive leadership style that inspires trust and confidence 
  • Proven ability to promote a positive environment through honesty, integrity, and ethical behaviour consistent with the core values of Red Deer Polytechnic 
  • Demonstrated experience in creative outcomes and agile leadership 
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in leadership and the management of change initiatives


Red Deer Polytechnic offers a comprehensive benefits package including extended health and dental care through Blue Cross, access to a health spending account, pension plan, generous vacation allotments, credit tuition waivers and opportunities for professional development funding. Additional time off due to College closures between Christmas and New Year general holidays. 
*Eligibility to access the above-mentioned benefits dependent upon the EXEMPT Terms and conditions of Employment and related RDP policies. 

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