The Opportunity

Sydney, NS
Education and Training
Full-time - Permanent

Academic Chair, School of Business & Creative Industries & School of Technology & Environment (CL8)


Marconi Campus
Sydney, Nova Scotia

School of Business & Creative Industries/School of Technology & Environment
Continuing Full-time Position: Commencing approximately June 6, 2022
Application deadline is 11:59PM, May 26, 2022
Competition No. 2022-165
Salary range: $101,047.01 to $118,878.83 annually

Based on public health guidelines, NSCC has returned to more in-person learning, supports and services. You may be required to work on campus, remotely or a combination of both as the Academic Year progresses. This will be clarified further upon hire.

NSCC firmly believes a vaccinated population is a vital part of keeping us, our friends, families and communities protected from COVID-19 and the developing, fast-moving variants. As such, we recommend that NSCC employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

What you'll do


As the Academic Chair for the School of Business and Creative Industries as well as Technology programs in the School of Technology and Environment, you will lead the delivery of NSCC Business, Creative Industries and Technology programs at the Campus ensuring the highest standard of quality and consistency in programing while supporting student success. Your strategic, visionary and operational leadership is key to ensuring the objectives of programs offered by NSCC are met through efficient and effective management of all fiscal and human resources, including supervising faculty and staff, while endorsing the application of adult education principles and portfolio learning, within a safe work environment, in a learning-centered college.

You will be a key member of both Campus and School teams. Campuses and Schools share accountability for ensuring a quality-learning environment and a cohesive campus team. Your established regional and local relationships in the Business, Creative Industries and Technology related sectors, coupled with your innovative and entrepreneurial mindset, will help to drive new programming and opportunities for students.

Your portfolio includes the following programs:

  • Business Administration
  • Human Resource Management
  • Medical Office Administration
  • Office Administration
  • Applied Media and Communication Arts
  • Music Arts
  • Culinary Management
  • Culinary Skills
  • Cyber Security
  • IT Systems Management & Security
  • IT Programming

What you'll need


You are a collaborative, team player who takes personal accountability to deliver on what is expected in your role and you strive for excellence every day. You understand our position as role models to our students and as such, you demonstrate the utmost professionalism, integrity and respect for all persons in everything you do. You are committed to life-long learning, occupational currency and a belief in NSCC's mission. You bring a learning-centered perspective to everything you do. You think broadly, celebrate diversity of thought, and respect the uniqueness of individuals. You flourish in a dynamic, changing and sometimes ambiguous environment by keeping informed and connected within your role and the College. Is this you?

Qualifications and Occupational Experience:

  • The minimum educational qualification for this position is an undergraduate degree in a field related to the School of Business and Creative Industries and/or the School of Technology and Environment. A graduate degree would be considered an asset.
  • You have a minimum of seven (7) years of recent and progressive occupational experience in a field related to the School of Business and Creative Industries and/or the School of Technology and Environment. You have a minimum of five (5) years in a formal supervisory, management or leadership role. Experience in your field includes leadership/management and formal teaching at a post-secondary level. 
  • Occupational experience that includes managing in a unionized environment and managing remote teams would be considered an asset.
  • You have experience forecasting and managing budgets.
  • Demonstrated leadership experience, with proven ability to engage, inspire and motivate.
  • Experience coaching, mentoring and ensuring appropriate development of team members in the achievement of excellence.
  • You are familiar with and comfortable using computer applications such as the Microsoft Office Suite, E-mail and collaborative workspaces such as SharePoint. Experience using an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system such as PeopleSoft would be considered an asset.
  • You are comfortable working in a digital environment; you take responsibility for acquiring knowledge about advancing technology; and you are committed to using technology to create an exceptional student experience.
  • You have experience in training/facilitation preparation, delivery and evaluation.

Relevant Skills and Knowledge:

  • You demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion
  • You possess excellent interpersonal skills that enable you to interact at all levels of an organization
  • You have demonstrated strength in supervising, managing and leading a team and possess strong people management skills
  • You have demonstrated administrative skills with a high attention to detail and the ability to manage multiple administrative processes
  • Thorough knowledge of adult learning theory and principles with a demonstrated ability to apply this knowledge to deliver the highest quality of programming
  • Proven ability to evaluate and analyze processes and programs in order to recommend changes and to set new directions for growth that are consistent with current standards and trends
  • You are known for your superior customer service skills and are able to create a relationship of trust beyond the immediate interaction
  • Your superb team working skills enable you to contribute positively to a team environment
  • You have specific technical occupational knowledge and skill in business, with knowledge of the local business community, and local industry needs
  • You are known for your problem solving and critical thinking skills
  • You are a strong communicator both written and oral
  • You possess excellent coordination skills specifically related to managing multiple competing priorities as well as scheduling staff and programs
  • You have strong project management skills
  • You demonstrate a strong commitment to excellence
  • You are dedicated to life-long learning
  •  You show a strong commitment to community involvement and maintain a strong connection to industry
  • Passion for NSCC's critical role in the province's economic and community development

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A little bit about us

Nova Scotia Community College

NSCC is committed to building Nova Scotia's economy and quality of life through education and innovation, transforming Nova Scotia one learner at a time. NSCC offers more than 140 career-oriented programs throughout the province at our 14 campuses, including our online eCampus. Programs are offered through five academic schools – Access, Education and Language; Business and Creative Industries; Health and Human Services, Technology and Environment; Trades and Transportation – and reflect the labour market needs and opportunities in Nova Scotia. NSCC's primary goal: student success. An annual survey of College graduates shows that 82% are employed one year after graduation, most in their field of study, with 94% of those employed living and working in Nova Scotia. NSCC makes things happen. We're growing the economy of Nova Scotia, we're producing highly skilled workers, and we're building communities. How are we doing it? By providing the most career-oriented education available in Nova Scotia today; by maintaining close links to industry; and by inviting exceptionally talented people to join NSCC's team of 2,000. Consider being a part of excellence in learning and having the chance to help build Nova Scotia's future while building your own. All NSCC positions are advertised every Tuesday and Thursday. To learn more about our hiring process, please follow this link.

Are you interested?

Work With Us

You will change lives. You will join committed individuals as we work to build Nova Scotia's economy and improve quality of life through education and innovation. As an NSCC employee, you will be part of that change.
You will find a place to grow personally and professionally with opportunities for professional development and collaborative projects.
You will do meaningful and challenging work in a publicly accountable and respectful working and learning environment that is diverse, safe and inclusive. You will have the freedom to enable innovation, improvement and excellence.
You will celebrate the uniqueness of individuals. NSCC campuses are located on the traditional territory of the Mi'kmaq People. Nova Scotia Community College values diversity and inclusion and is committed to employment equity. We encourage applications from all qualified candidates including Aboriginal/Indigenous Persons, members of racially visible communities, persons with disabilities, persons of a minority sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, and women. Applicants from these communities wishing to self-identify may do so by completing an online questionnaire with your application.

NSCC offers a competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits package. As a learning-centred organization, we provide opportunities for every NSCC employee to be a life-long learner. Candidates selected for interviews will be expected to provide at least three recent, occupational references. The successful candidate will be expected to provide official transcripts to show proof of academic achievements.

NSCC is committed to the full inclusion of all applicants. As part of this commitment, NSCC will ensure that applicants are provided reasonable accommodations, as required. If accommodation is needed to participate in the job application process, please contact Jaclynn Kelly, HR Generalist, at [email protected] Our Employee Workplace Accommodation Policy can be found here:

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