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Vice-Provost, Labrador Campus and Dean, School of Arctic and Subarctic Studies

Memorial University of Newfoundland

We acknowledge that the lands on which Memorial University’s campuses are situated are in the traditional territories of diverse Indigenous groups, and we acknowledge with respect the histories and cultures of the Beothuk, Mi’kmaq, Innu, and Inuit of this province.

Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador invites nominations and applications for the position of Vice-Provost, Labrador Campus and Dean, School of Arctic and Subarctic Studies. The Labrador Campus was officially established in January 2022, building on the 42-year presence of the Labrador Institute in the region. Home to the School of Arctic and Subarctic Studies and the Pye Centre for Northern Boreal Food Systems, the Labrador Campus is committed to fostering place-based, Northern-focused, and Indigenous-led education and research opportunities to support the educational aspirations and socio-cultural wellbeing of people in Labrador and throughout the North. The Labrador Campus has a special obligation to the Indigenous peoples of the region, and to working in partnership with the Innu Nation, the Nunatsiavut Government and the NunatuKavut Community Council on campus education, research, and outreach. For more information about the Labrador Campus, visit: www.mun.ca/labradorcampus.

The development of the Labrador Campus presents exciting multi- and inter-disciplinary opportunities for creativity in teaching, learning, and educational initiatives, at a time when Labrador’s growing population seek educational opportunities to develop their knowledge, skills, and leadership capacities at home. The future of higher education in Labrador is bright and it is a critical time for the Vice-Provost and Dean – in collaboration with faculty, staff, students, government, and community partners – to build upon the legacy of the Labrador Institute in growing the Labrador Campus and its undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate program offerings, research enterprise, and community partnerships.

Reporting to the Provost and Vice-President (Academic), the Vice-Provost and Dean will be responsible for all aspects of the campus’s operations and resources, including its programs, scholarly activity, departments, research institutes, student and faculty recruitment, as well as budgeting, infrastructure, and fund development. The new Vice-Provost and Dean will be a distinguished academic with a solid research and teaching profile and significant administrative experience, who is eligible for appointment to the senior professorial ranks. They will exhibit a broad understanding of, and appreciation for the range of research and expertise found within the campus, as well as a strong understanding of the social, cultural, and historical aspects of Labrador. An innovative and dynamic leader, they will possess demonstrated academic and administrative leadership in a post-secondary environment; an outstanding record that demonstrates their commitment to Indigenization, equity, diversity, inclusion and anti-racism, and to collegial governance and academic freedom; and the ability to develop partnerships and nurture longstanding relationships with internal and external stakeholders. The successful candidate will be a strong advocate for the Labrador Campus in the community, with the ability to balance consultation with sound decision-making, and be an excellent communicator and motivator.

The appointment, which is renewable, is for five years and will take effect as mutually agreed. Expressions of interest are encouraged immediately and will continue until the position is filled. The search committee will begin review of applications mid August. Nominations and/or applications should be submitted online at www.odgersberndtson.com/en/careers/18066, in confidence, to Gerri Woodford, Andrea Patrick or Krutika Hotwani at munvplabrador@odgersberndtson.com.

Memorial University – Newfoundland and Labrador’s University - is one of the largest postsecondary institutions in Atlantic Canada with more than 20,000 students from over 115 countries, approximately 3,700 faculty and staff spread across all campuses, and a global network of over 100,000 accomplished alumni. Memorial University plays an unparalleled role in the social, cultural, scientific, and economic development of Newfoundland and Labrador, while also enjoying national and global impact and a commitment to Indigenous students and peoples, as well as the international students that join its vibrant community. Memorial is home to 19 faculties and schools offering more than 100 degree programs of international distinction across the humanities and social sciences, health disciplines, sciences, fine arts, education and business, within an environment that fosters innovation and creativity, equity and diversity. Research funding totals approximately $160 million annually, and among faculty, there are 21 Canada Research Chairs and, 28 Fellows and nine new scholars of the Royal Society of Canada. For more information on Memorial University, please visit www.mun.ca.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority. Memorial University is committed to employment equity and diversity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates, including women; people of any sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression; Indigenous peoples; visible minorities/racialized people; and people with disabilities.

Memorial University and Odgers Berndtson respect people’s different needs and therefore will take all reasonable steps to ensure accommodation for applicants during the process. If you require accommodation to participate in the recruitment process, please inform Odgers Berndtson.