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Vice President, Academic

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted date
Sep 22, 2021

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Position Type
Executive, Other Executive
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Employment Type
Full Time
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NAIT, a leading polytechnic serving more than 40,000 students, has been a major contributor to industry and the economy within Alberta for the past 59 years. Having built its first campus in 1962, NAIT has continued to grow and expand to meet industry and student demand. NAIT’s vision is to have a strong impact in Alberta by supporting meaningful careers, vibrant communities, globally competitive industries through transformative polytechnic education. 

Operating as one of the two largest polytechnics in the province of Alberta, NAIT holds a key place in Alberta’s post-secondary landscape. NAIT describes the polytechnic learning experience as:

  • We deliver technology-based education across our programs
  • Our education is experiential and hands-on
  • We work in partnership with industry
  • Our applied research solves real problems

Reporting to the President and CEO, the Vice President, Academic (VPA) is the Chief Academic Officer for the institution, responsible for providing leadership and strategic direction to the academic portfolio and related leadership initiatives. The VPA will champion academic excellence in teaching and learning, applied research, innovation, and the integration of academic and non-academic services to support learners, while advancing the broader mission, strategies and goals of NAIT. As a key member of the NAIT’s executive team, the VPA models NAIT’s leadership competencies and practices the NAIT’s values of respect, accountability, collaboration, celebration, creativity, and adaptability.

The successful candidate will have a graduate degree combined with significant experience in a senior leadership role within a post-secondary setting. In addition, the next VPA will have proven ability to encourage innovation, integration and collaboration which are essential to participate in the continued development and implementation of NAIT’s academic model. Bringing a track record of effective communication, collegiality and advocacy, the successful candidate will be a strategic forward-thinking leader with operational acumen and an appreciation for the overall learner experience. Lastly, the VPA must be committed to the polytechnical institute concept and passionate about the role NAIT plays in the lives of its communities and residents.   

To explore this exciting opportunity further, please submit your resume via the blue "Apply" button by visiting the Boyden Canada Opportunities website at The application portal will remain open until the position is filled.


NAIT is committed to an inclusive workplace that reflects the richness of the community that we serve. As an equal opportunity employer, we welcome applications from all qualified individuals, including individuals within the employment equity categories of women, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, Indigenous persons, individuals of diverse gender and sexual orientation and all groups protected by the Human Rights Code. While we encourage all qualified applicants to apply, only those under consideration for the role will be contacted.

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