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Apply By: 12/18/2019

Labour and Advanced Education

Exec Director Universities & Colleges, Permanent, HALIFAX

Competition # 22025

About Us The Department of Labour and Advanced Education works to develop a competitive workforce by making strategic investments in people, programs, services and partnerships. The department works with employers, unions and workers across the province to develop and maintain a workforce that is productive and ready for opportunities.

The Higher Education Branch is accountable for managing a collaborative relationship between the Department and the higher education sector. The Branch is responsible for the daily oversight of the higher education sector in Nova Scotia through policy development, programs and services that support the principles of transparency, accountability and accessibility. The Branch works to ensure integration of the higher education sector with the mission of the Department of Labour and Advanced Education and alignment with policies and priorities of other government departments.

About Our Opportunity The Executive Director, Universities and Colleges, is responsible for the oversite of Nova Scotia's ten universities, the 13-campus Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC), 43 private career colleges and 11 language schools. Combined, these entities have an enrolment of 75,000 students, receive $570 million in direct provincial funding, and have expenditures totaling $1.5 billion. The Operating Grant to the universities represents the 6th largest budget allocation in the Provincial budget.

The Executive Director provides strategic and operational leadership for the universities and colleges sector. You will hold the universities and the Nova Scotia Community College accountable for the public funding they receive and ensure that their activities are aligned with the economic and social priorities of the Province. You will hold the private career colleges and language schools accountable for delivering on all components of the education contracts they have with students, in accordance with legislation and regulations. Overall, the Executive Director is responsible for enforcing five Acts (the Nova Scotia Community Colleges Act, the Private Career Colleges Regulation Act, the Language Schools Act, the Universities Accountability and Sustainability Act, and the Degree Granting Act) and accompanying regulations that control the sector, in addition to the individual Acts establishing each of the ten universities.

You will create and maintain strong relationships with all stakeholders in the universities and colleges sector, and ensure open communication and collaboration. You will work with stakeholders and key government departments on the development of policies, programs and funding, and provide ongoing strategic advice to government to ensure the institutions are providing a quality education experience.

About You You are an experienced leader and innovative thinker with strong communication and interpersonal skills to support effective working relationships within and outside the department and across jurisdictions. You must be capable of conveying complex information in a manner that is easily understandable. You can demonstrate experience managing financial and human resources, and leading strategic policy development and implementation.

You must have a broad understanding of the issues and challenges facing the post-secondary education sector from a provincial government perspective.

You have, at a minimum, a bachelor's degree with eight years experience as a strategic leader.

Other Considerations This is a full-time, permanent position.

Pay Grade: EC 14

Salary Range: $3,691.77 - $4,637.23 Bi-Weekly

All current employees who wish to be considered an internal candidate, please click here .

Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve. The Government of Nova Scotia has an Employment Equity Policy and we welcome applications from Aboriginal People, African Nova Scotians and Other Racially Visible Persons, Persons with Disabilities and Women in occupations or positions where they are under-represented. If you are a member of one of the equity groups, you are encouraged to self-identify on your electronic application.

Offer of employment is conditional upon the completion of all applicable background checks and confirmation of credentials, the results of which must be satisfactory to the employer .

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. For questions or concerns, please contact (see below) .

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