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The University of British Columbia - Okanagan Campus
Associate Vice President, Students

Purpose-built for the 21st century, the University of British Columbia’s (UBC) Okanagan campus opened in Kelowna in 2005. UBC is one of North America’s largest public research and teaching institutions, and one of only two Canadian institutions consistently ranked among the world’s 40 best universities. The Okanagan campus is an intimate learning community embracing bold new ways of thinking that attracts exceptional students and faculty. More than 10,700  students from throughout the Okanagan region, across Canada and 109 other countries are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs in eight faculties and schools. Here, students interact with one another and their professors on a daily basis, while becoming global citizens through interaction with their community and the world. With $26 million in annual research funding, and more than 1,291 research projects underway, the Okanagan campus is earning a reputation as an important, respected centre of learning and research, enhancing knowledge creation and innovation in the region and internationally.

UBC’s Okanagan campus is in the heart of Syilx Okanagan Nation Territory within British Columbia’s stunning Okanagan Valley. UBC is deeply committed to Indigenous partnerships and when first established in 2005 UBC embarked on a new relationship with Indigenous peoples of these lands by signing a MOU with the Chiefs solidifying this commitment.

UBC’s Okanagan campus is looking for its next Associate Vice President (AVP) Students. With a mandate to shape and develop an integrated student services model to meet the evolving needs and diversity of the student population, the AVP, Students will champion effective collaboration, evidence-based research, practices and programs, and strategic partnerships. The AVP, Students will assist in creating respectful and welcoming campus cultures that promote the academic achievement and personal development of all students. In addition, the AVP, Students will advocate on behalf of students and foster collaborative relationships amongst the entirety of the UBC-Okanagan campus community.

As the ideal candidate, you are a visionary leader who will engage in supporting a vibrant and future-oriented student services department. You are a seasoned facilitator, who uses a collaborative approach in the development of student affairs policies, programs and strategic plans, and ensures the department embodies the Institution’s core values in their implementation. With experience overseeing a complex and diverse portfolio, catering to a similarly diverse and complex student body, the AVP, Students is committed to supporting student success and well-being both on and off campus. You are well suited for and experienced in leading large teams with relationship skills that allow you to work effectively with a wide variety of stakeholders and the community. The ideal candidate is accomplished both academically and professionally and is resilient, adaptable and outcomes oriented.

Reporting to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Okanagan Campus, and the Vice-President Students, the AVP, Students will cultivate and coordinate institutional structures and programs to ensure the UBC Okanagan campus achieves an exceptional student experience where all students realize their full potential and contribute to a civil and sustainable society.

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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