Vice President, Academic & Student Services

Yukon College
Whitehorse, Yukon Territory
Feb 07, 2018
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An exciting evolution is underway at Yukon College.  With the support of the Yukon Government, the College began preparations a few years ago to move to become a University.  The transition, expected to take place in 2019, will create Yukon University (YU), a flexible, post-secondary institution that includes a place and a pathway for every learner, including: adult basic education and upgrading, trades and vocational training certificates and diplomas, and degree and post-graduate programs.

The opportunity now exists for a new VP Academic and Student Services to join the leadership team of Yukon College at this exciting and dynamic time. They will play a leadership role in the institution’s transition to a unique, northern-focused University, oversee growth in the student body and degree and program offerings, and enhance the overall student experience, both in and out of the classroom.

Yukon College contributes significantly to the development of a healthy and prosperous north through relevant, innovative and inclusive education and research.  The College currently serves 1,100 full and part time credit students and over 4,400 non-credit students each year.  The student body includes 100 full time international students and nearly 30% of all students identify as First Nation.  Yukon College operates 13 campuses across the Yukon, including the beautiful main campus in Whitehorse. 

With a $46 million operating budget, supported by 270 full time and 310 part time faculty and staff, Yukon College is a major contributor to the economic and social fabric of the Yukon.  Student surveys have found extremely strong support from the student body.  In 2016, 96% of student respondents were satisfied with the quality of instruction at YC, and 98% agreed that “Yukon College is a good learning environment”. 

Yukon College continues to lead the country in research conducted by community colleges. YC ranked first among all colleges in Canada for research intensity, and third and fifth respectively for research funding and partnerships, according to Canada’s Top 50 Research Colleges by Research Infosource Inc. Expanding northern research and innovation is one of Yukon College’s five strategic directions.

The ideal candidate will bring a track record of success in senior leadership roles within a post-secondary institution.  With a passion for higher education, the VPASS will be committed to collegiality, collaboration and transparency.  Through strong people skills, an inclusive approach and respect for diversity, he/she is a proven relationship- and community-builder with the vision and skills necessary to advance the institution’s mission.

For more information, please contact Alex Verdecchia at Boyden at 604-685-0261. To submit your materials for consideration please click here.