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The University of British Columbia
Managing Director, Student Affairs

The University of British Columbia (UBC) is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the top 20 public universities in the world. UBC attracts, nurtures and engages 70,757 students from 160 countries on two major campuses in Vancouver and Kelowna. With a $3.4B budget, research funding at $773M, 18,953 faculty and staff, 375,000+ alumni, this is Canada’s second largest university and recently recognized as North America’s most international university.

As a member of the Vice-President, Students Leadership Team, the Managing Director, Student Affairs, is responsible for the strategic direction and oversight of a wide range of units and programs that are responsible for building, transforming, and enhancing UBC student engagement and experience on the Vancouver campus. The position provides strategic leadership for student experiences on the UBC Vancouver campus. The incumbent establishes over-arching priorities and commitments for the Student Affairs unit, aligned with the UBC Student Strategic Plan as well as other priorities for students. The Managing Director leads strategic initiatives designed to advance inclusive excellence, enhance student success, and ensure access to meaningful learning experiences, supporting all students to achieve their academic, personal, and career goals. Specifically, the Managing Director is responsible for the oversight of the Centre for Accessibility, the Centre for Community Engaged Learning, the Centre for Student Development and Leadership, Sexual Violence and Prevention Office, and International Student Development.

The ideal candidate is a highly visible and dynamic student affairs professional who will be engaged in supporting a vibrant and well-resourced department. As an inclusive leader, the Managing Director will ensure an accessible and welcoming environment for all students and be focused on eliminating systemic barriers that may prevent full student participation. The Managing Director will use a collaborative approach in the development of student affairs strategic plans, policies, and programs, and will ensure the department embodies the institution’s core values in their implementation. With experience overseeing a similarly complex and diverse portfolio, the Managing Director is committed to supporting student success and well-being both on and off campus. The Managing Director will have an expressed commitment and experience with equity-deserving student populations and experience fostering environments and advocating for equity, diversity, and inclusions of all students.

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.

The salary range for this position is between $161,000 – $252,000, supplemented by a competitive benefits package.

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