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Vice President Academic & Dean of Undergraduate Studies

Vice President Academic & Dean of Undergraduate Studies

Company: Tyndale University
3377 Bayview Ave
Toronto, Ontario , M2M 3S4
Phone: 647 226 9336

Position Description

Tyndale is a Christian university that prepares leaders for work in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, ministry and the global mission of the church. Tyndale offers fully accredited programs in a wide range of disciplines at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Currently, there are over 1,600 students representing over 40 denominations and 60 ethnic backgrounds and over 13,000 alumni. Founded in 1894, Tyndale is located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Position Description

The Vice President (VP) Academic, Dean of Undergraduate Studies (UGS) in consultation with the Provost provides leadership and accountability for all matters, academic, financial and programmatic with regards to Tyndale’s Undergraduate Studies (UGS). The VP ensures that an environment of academic, research and professional excellence is created and sustained for Undergraduate faculty and students. The VP also provides oversight to the Centre for Academic Excellence, At the President’s discretion the VP serves as a member of the Cabinet (senior executive team).

Primary Responsibilities 

Develop and Maintain a Healthy Workplace Culture

  • Adopt and champion the organization’s Mission, ethos and strategic priorities within the undergraduate studies and institution-wide. Find opportunities to share these with direct reports and incorporate them into every responsibility carried out for the purpose of building trust with individuals and other departments.

Leadership and Administration

  • In conjunction with the faculty and Senate and in consultation with the Provost, develop a vision for educational growth. With the approval of the Provost set academic goals and establish priorities for Undergraduate Studies in line with Tyndale’s overall mission.
  • Oversee the development and administration of UGS academic programs to provide creative, accessible and leading-edge academic preparation for students’ futures.
  • Responsible for leading a culture within which Tyndale students can thrive academically and flourish in their faith.
  • Develop accountability frameworks for implementing the UGS academic plan and achieving academic goals.
  • Provide leadership, management coaching and strategic direction, including establishing, implementing, and monitoring achievement of short and long-range goals within the UGS departments, including the Centre for Academic Excellence.
  • Recruit, develop, motivate, lead, and mentor direct reports.
  • Facilitate the recruitment and retention of outstanding faculty and academic administrative staff.
  • Develop the next generation of Tyndale faculty and staff leadership by identifying talented individuals and fostering their personal growth.
  • Develop the Undergraduate Studies operating budget in collaboration with the SVP, Finance & Administration and Provost.
  • Manage the budgetary process so as to maximize educational outcomes while maintaining efficiencies.
  • Manage risk appropriately, and maintain transparency, as appropriate

Community Participation and Development

  • Work together with the Provost and Academic Dean of the Seminary in obtaining/maintaining recognized credentials and accreditation.
  • Serve on institution-wide academic committees including Promotion and Tenure Committee and Faculty Research and Sabbatical Committees, and as assigned by the Provost or President.
  • Coordinate, in collaboration with the Provost and Academic Dean of the Seminary, institution-wide academic functions such as Commencement and Convocation Chapel and the Joint Faculty Retreat.
  • Work together with the Provost and Academic Dean of the Seminary in providing excellent professional development opportunities for faculty.
  • Create and sustain the infrastructure and environment required to facilitate, nurture, and support research excellence.
  • Mentor faculty and guide them in their development in teaching, research and service.
  • Represent the President and/or Provost, as requested.
  • Lead special strategic projects, task forces, research at the request of the Provost or President.
  • Establish collegial connections with other academic institutions and organizations.
  • Elevate the visibility and image of Tyndale through public speaking, networking and constituency relations.
  • Chair (when invited) and assist with setting agendas for various committees.
  • Other work-related responsibilities as assigned by the Provost.

Position Qualifications


  • Earned Doctorate


  • Minimum of 10 years in a university environment, with at least 5 years in progressively senior leadership roles
  • An accomplished academic leader with proven experience with budgeting and human resource related matters
  • Strong record of peer-reviewed research publications consistent with a tenured university position and recognized academic status, preferred
  • Proven experience in building new academic programs

Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Strong communicator (written and verbal)
  • Strong influencing and negotiation skills
  • Proven ability to inspire and mentor faculty and staff
  • Proven ability to lead debate and collegial decision-making processes
  • Capacity to promote the highest standards of academic excellence in teaching and research
  • Some working knowledge of online learning systems and other modes of delivery
  • Strong overall leadership abilities, including the ability to build capacity, to be an agent of change within the framework of organizational values and traditions, to articulate departmental goals aligning with the institutional vision and mission and to inspire others

Personal Characteristics

  • A career history demonstrating personal values such as integrity, openness, transparency, mutual respect, trust, respect for cultural and ethnic diversity, and a caring and respectful approach to all interpersonal relationships
  • Demonstrated professionalism and tact, with the ability to interact with stakeholders at all levels
  • Team oriented with the ability to take initiative and motivate others
  • A passion for higher education and the desire to play a key role in preparing students to become exceptional members of society
  • A keen desire to serve family, church, work and community.  A firm commitment to Tyndale’s mission, values, Statement of Faith and Community Standards Statement

Physical and Mental Demands

  • Function in a highly demanding environment which requires constant scanning for issues and challenges against multiple priorities, threats and demands on limited resources. Manage significant workload involving complex issues, requiring decisions critical to the School
  • Moderate to high level of stress.  May result from dealing with emergencies, personnel issues, negotiating and liaising with multiple deadlines, demands of Cabinet and Board members
  • Availability with fluctuating non-standard business hours

Duties and responsibilities that do not constitute a major change may be added, deleted or changed at any time at the discretion of the supervisor either orally or in writing.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should send a cover letter highlighting fit, a description of their faith commitment, a curriculum vitae and contact information for three references (two professional & one personel). It is expected that the successful candidate will agree to Tyndale's Statement of Faith and Community Standards. 

Please e-mail your complete application to Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


Tyndale University provides support in its recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities; including accommodation that takes into account an applicant’s accessibility needs. Should you need assistance, please contact the Human Resources Department at

Applicants selected for an interview who require accommodation during the interview process are asked to advise accordingly upon the invitation for interview.

Posted: October 8, 2021 | Expires: November 8, 2021
Posted Under: Education
Career ID: [ 9544 ]