Provost and Vice-President, Academic Affairs

Concordia University

Location: Quebec
Date posted: 2013-01-07

Concordia University invites expressions of interest, nominations and applications for the position of Provost and Vice-President, Academic Affairs. The successful candidate would take office in June 2013 or as soon as possible thereafter.

One of Canada's most innovative urban universities, Concordia is home to 46,000 students and 7,000 staff. Over the past decade, Concordia has invested significantly to renew its faculty, improve and expand its infrastructure and create state-of-the-art facilities for teaching, learning and research. Concordia has 7,300 graduate students enrolled in more than 100 graduate programs. International students account for more than 14 percent of Concordia's student population. Concordia's research profile continues to grow as it fosters multidisciplinary approaches to finding solutions to a broad range of societal challenges. For more information, please visit

Reporting directly to the President, the Provost and Vice-President, Academic Affairs is the chief academic officer of the University and a key member of the senior executive team. The Provost will possess the background to promote the highest standards of academic excellence and a superior learning environment through sound planning and by advancing the University's innovation agenda. Deeply involved in the development of the University's mission and vision, the Provost will collaborate with other universities within Quebec and beyond, and represent Concordia's interests before relevant external bodies, including government and university agencies.

The successful candidate will be an accomplished academic and an exemplary leader with a strong commitment to serving the needs of students and faculty. Professional requirements include a proven record of senior administrative success, as well as experience in academic planning and budgeting, building collaborative teams, relating to a range of internal and external partners and promoting excellence, equity, diversity and inclusion. He or she will possess an open and collegial style, outstanding management, communication and interpersonal skills, a creative approach to problem solving, the ability to inspire a dedicated faculty and staff, and an appreciation of the Quebec context. The ability to function in both English and French is strongly preferred.

The Search Committee will begin to consider potential candidates immediately and the process will continue until the position is filled. The initial appointment is for five years, renewable for an additional five years. Concordia University hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. Applications should include a letter of introduction, curriculum vitae, and the names of three references (who will not be contacted without consent of the candidate) and be forwarded electronically in confidence to:

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