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Shelina Esmail
George Madden

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The University of British Columbia
Executive Director, Office of the Vice President, Students

Consistently ranked amongst the top 20 public universities and the best 40 public and private universities in the world, The University of British Columbia (UBC) is a global centre for research and teaching. UBC’s spirit has embraced innovation and challenged the status quo since 1915. With two main campuses (Vancouver and Okanagan) located on the traditional territories of the Musqueam Coast Salish and Okanagan peoples, UBC’s entrepreneurial perspective encourages students, staff and faculty to challenge convention, lead discovery and explore new ways of learning. Bold thinking is given a place to define ideas that change the world at UBC. 

A newly established senior leadership role within the Office of the Vice President, Students has emerged, and an accomplished individual is sought to fill a unique and operationally focused position. The Executive Director will play a pivotal role in collaborating with Students, Faculty and Staff plus unit leaders across the Vice President Students (VPS) portfolio both on the Vancouver Campus and at UBC-O in Kelowna.


The scope of the role is broad as the Executive Director will be attentive to strategic implementation, evaluation efforts on various initiatives and will work closely with the VPS concerning matters of policy and institutional importance. The position also serves as a senior advisor on a variety of administrative responsibilities and will be part of the execution of portfolio-wide special projects. The VPS sees this role as a foundational part of the success of the portfolio to ensure various initiatives are monitored related to delivery and outcomes.


This Executive Director role requires an individual who is a self-starter, a hands-on generalist who has fully demonstrated the ability to gather data, compile information and prepare reports in a timely manner. The ideal candidate will be able to perform complex tasks and prioritize multiple projects within a large and complex institution with various stakeholders and partner groups. In essence, this new position would equate to a Chief of Staff in various sectors but ideally the new Executive Director will bring specific experience from a post-secondary setting and be a thought partner to the VPS.


This position requires an individual who embraces equity, diversity and inclusion in all aspects of work and thinking. A true best practices leader who has an eye for detail, is nimble, dynamic and innovative in solving multifaceted emerging issues. An individual who can act as a liaison and cultivate positive working relationships across the University. A Master’s degree is required along with a minimum of 10+ years in a senior advisory level, ideally within a university environment or related public sector organization.

If this is the next step in your professional career, visit our website and submit your application to George Madden and Shelina Esmail at www.pfmsearch.com.

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community. The University welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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