University President


Reporting to the Board of Governors, the President is the Chief Executive Officer of the University, providing leadership and overall strategic direction for the operation of the academic and business affairs of Concordia University of Edmonton.

Opportunities & Challenges

It is critical for the new President to provide strong visionary leadership, guiding the institution through its evolution officially becoming Concordia University of Edmonton in 2015. In addition, the President will need to address the following opportunities and challenges:

To maintain and develop a financially healthy institution within an environment of declining financial support from government; finding new sources of revenue, building community and industry partnerships.

Address current issues related to aging and inadequate facilities, with a specific need for additional student residences.

To cultivate and maintain strong and effective relations with the Board, faculty, staff and students. Build strong and effective relationships with key community stakeholders; local and provincial governments, private and post-secondary sectors.

To raise the profile of the University and to champion its unique and distinctive identity and significance within the post-secondary system in Alberta (and Edmonton).

Key Roles & Responsibilities

Articulates, and mobilizes through consensus, a distinctive vision of Concordia’s future, building on its strengths, its proud history and traditions, and its culture of preparing students to be strong independent and ethical leaders.

Communicates Concordia’s unique values and culture in a way that generates enthusiasm, passion, and support from members within the institution and the broader community.

Takes a leadership role in fundraising for the University, both in capital campaigns and ongoing donor and alumni relations.

Provides leadership to the senior administrative team. Works closely with the Vice-Presidents, delegating as appropriate, assessing risks and opportunities jointly, and ensuring the accountability of the executive team.

Stimulates and supports excellence in teaching and research while fostering a climate that inspires faculty, staff, and students to perform at their best.

Encourages the development of new markets and recruiting strategies for students – provincially, nationally and internationally – and enhances services and programming in order to build and sustain enrolment levels.

Positions Concordia strategically in a competitive marketplace for funding and student recruitment, working collaboratively with other post-secondary institutions when appropriate.

Encourages an open, supportive relationship with the student body and stimulates innovative approaches to student development that make the University a continued leader in student-centered learning.

Enhances the internal and external image of Concordia, engendering a sense of pride by being available, approachable, and visible on campus and at critical community events.

Builds strong ties with all levels of government and other potential funding sources, and develops sound strategies to enhance income that will enable the University to realize its vision and potential.

Develops and nurtures business, government, regional and community relationships that enhance Concordia’s rich and varied programs.

Promotes external understanding and appreciation of the unique and evolving role Concordia plays in the region and its value to society.

Demonstrates leadership in working with other external associations and agencies.

Capitalizes on connections among people, ideas, and opportunities.



Required Qualifications

The successful candidate will have the ability to foster a positive, open, cooperative academic institution focused on outstanding achievements in research, teaching and learning.

The ideal candidate will possess a combination of experience and education that would command respect from all sectors of the University community and would include:

Successful senior leadership of a complex multifaceted organization, including experience in an academic setting; working with a senior leadership team, empowering them to implement strategies and holding them accountable for the delivery of significant results.

A PhD, coupled with a strong track record of academic and research success is a must.

Experience dealing with a Board – ability to develop a positive relationship that values open and clear communication, accountability and trust; an understanding of governance matters.

A proven track record of being able to create and communicate a compelling vision that gains acceptance and commitment from others.

A reputation for engaging with all stakeholders; being a visible and active part of their communities.

Well-developed management skills that foster open communication and constructive decision-making processes; developing conceptual and tactical strategies, inspiring others to address significant challenges.

Experience in strong fiscal management – familiarity with budgeting processes and fund accounting within a post-secondary institution preferred; has demonstrated success in increasing revenues through government sources, partnerships, and fundraising.

Competencies and Personal Characteristics

Adaptable – Has the ability to adapt to changing situations; able to alter course when necessary; enjoys and embraces new challenges and pressure; flexible.

Analytical and Problem-Solving Skills – Consults appropriately, thoroughly collects data, and comprehends situations by breaking them down into components and identifying key issues; analyzes problem in context of organizational goals and checks to ensure the validity or accuracy of information.

Communication – Clearly presents written and verbal information; writes with clarity and purpose; communicates effectively in both positive and negative circumstances; listens well.

Continuous Learning – Demonstrates the desire to continually grow and develop skills and knowledge through external and internal education, training, and cross-training opportunities to maximize personal contribution to the organizational goals.

Decision-Making/Decisiveness/Judgement – Recognizes and integrates business priorities; demonstrates sound judgment and common sense in making decisions.

Initiative – Recognizes what needs to be done and accomplishes it proactively and with minimal supervision.

Relationship Building – Works to build and maintain ethical relationships; networks with people who may be potentially helpful in achieving work-related goals; builds effective relationships with faculty, staff, students, etc.

Strategic – Demonstrates an understanding of the link between one’s job responsibilities and overall organizational goals and needs, and performs one’s job with the broader goals in mind. Develops and implements a functional plan in support of organizational strategic direction.

Team Player/Teamwork – Demonstrated success leading a high performance team, talks openly with others, establishes expectations, holds self and others accountable, supports group decisions, shares credit, builds enthusiasm for goals, and resolves conflict appropriately.


A competitive compensation package will be provided including an attractive base salary and excellent benefits. Further details will be discussed further in a personal interview.



Ardyce Kouri or Sebastian Panciuk

Davies Park

1505 Scotia 2, 10060 Jasper Avenue

Edmonton, AB T5J 3R8

Phone: 780-420-9900


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