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Job: Chair, School of English and Liberal Studies, Seneca College (deadline: May 7 2017)

Chair, School of English and Liberal Studies

Seneca College in Canada


Deadline May 07, 2017
Date Posted April 28, 2017
Type Administrative
Salary Not specified
Employment Type Full-time

Reporting to the Dean, Faculty of Communication, Art and Design, the Chair, School of English and Liberal Studies (Seneca@York and King), will have teaching experience in the liberal arts, administrative skills, a commitment to the mandate of ‘general education’ at Seneca, and successful experience as an academic leader. The Chair is accountable for the planning, development and on-going review of ELS curriculum. The incumbent will lead the continued development of a strong School identity featuring a positive reputation and a clear mandate and direction. This will be achieved through shared and collegial educational objectives that are current and relevant to student needs and workplace expectations, as well as responsive to Seneca’s mission and policies. The Chair is a member of the FCAD administrative team working closely on development and implementation of annual and longer-term academic and operational plans, and on associated budgets that address both immediate and future strategic priorities.

Specific Accountabilities:

  • Provides academic leadership in the School/Department and ensures that the current and future educational needs of students are met.
  • Projects student enrolment targets and determines the positioning of the program to match labour market trends; develops launches and monitors the teaching and learning process for all courses within the School/Department(s).
  • Ensures that learning outcomes conform to College, MTCU and accreditation standards; evaluates and recommends the need for modification of existing courses/programs and the introduction of new courses/programs to reflect market influences, employment opportunities, changing technology, economic, market influences and student demand.
  • Provides project leadership on behalf of the Dean through program evolution, partnerships, marketing, and promotions.
  • Develops and maintains external partnerships with industry to investigate future development opportunities, growth for the school, placement for students, co-op, etc.
  • Provides leadership in School/Department research and innovation to support students, business and industry, and community development.
  • Provides leadership in human resource management and development so that student success is achieved; recruits, selects and develops staff in keeping with established competencies and Faculty strategic direction.
  • Facilitates effective communications within the School, encouraging active participation in decision-making and support for School, Faculty and College initiatives.
  • Assigns Faculty and staff workloads in accordance with College policy and Collective Agreements. Reviews and approves faculty timetables; manages all staff performance related activities, including: performance reviews, professional development and understands related employment laws such as Employment Standards Act, Human Rights Code, etc.
  • Supports, coaches and mentors full time and partial load/part-time faculty and support staff; mediates first level disputes involving faculty, staff or students and/or ensures students receive effective advisement and support.
  • Provides leadership in overseeing School/Department physical and fiscal operations to ensure an infrastructure that will support excellence in teaching and research.


  • Master’s Degree in an appropriate discipline
  • 9 years related, progressive work experience including several years of teaching at the post-secondary level in a related discipline.
  • Intermediate computer skill level of the MS Office Suite software package.
  • Demonstrated exceptional analytical, organizational and managerial skills within a diverse and unionized environment.
  • Effective and efficient communication (verbal and oral), listening and interpersonal skills, with a commitment to consulting widely and fairly in the resolution of problems or in the identification of opportunities.
  • Professional presentation skills verbally and written; well-developed public relation and relationship-building skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting and fostering academic excellence and student success within the school/department(s);
  • Ability to motivate and inspire faculty and staff to high performance.
  • Must have good judgement and the ability to work in a fast paced, multi-cultural/lingual/able academic environment.

Start Date:  As soon as possible

Posting Expires On: May 7, 2017

Seneca College is committed to diversity and encourages applications from qualified candidates, especially aboriginal persons, members of sexual minority groups, visible minorities, women and persons with disabilities.  Upon request by the applicant, accommodation will be provided in all parts of the hiring process.

TO APPLY:  Please prepare a covering letter and resume (as one document) with Competition 17A-1011 in the file name and submit online at

We thank all applicants for their interest in this position, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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