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Chair, School of Aviation

June 23 2021
Industries Education, Training
Categories Education, Library, Management, Consulting, Aerospace, Aviation, Airport, Professional and Administration Positions
Toronto, ON

Seneca has renewed its mission with a focus on delivering great polytechnic education that combines rigorous academics with practical training across a huge range of careers and professions. Seneca is also one of Canada's premier aviation schools and a national leader in aviation education. Renowned internationally for quality graduates, expert faculty and strong industry partnerships, graduates have a variety of career options, whether it be flight and airline operations, safety management or quality assurance. Seneca now seeks a dynamic and effective leader to oversee growth and stability as the next Chair, School of Aviation (SoA). 

Reporting to the Dean, Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering Technology (FASET), the Chair is responsible for providing academic leadership and management to the SoA at both the Peterborough and Newnham campuses. The incumbent works as part of the FASET Leadership Team in the development and implementation of the Schools' strategic initiatives that are aligned with Seneca's long-term objectives.  

The Chair is the primary contact for Seneca departments and community partners on day-to-day operations of the School and works collaboratively with staff, faculty and FASET colleagues on the development and implementation of Seneca's strategic initiatives. The Chair oversees the planning, generation, and accuracy of curriculum development for course/program planning and delivery. They recruit, develop and performance manage staff/faculty and support, coach, and mentor full and contract faculty and support staff to achieve the School's operational plans. The Chair of the School of Aviation participates in facilitating and maintaining partnerships with business/industry and associations and participates in external events and outreach activities that benefit both the School and Seneca while ensuring adherence to all legislative requirements and Seneca policies. The operational leader will be required to support Seneca's commitment to building an equitable institution by modeling behaviours that support anti-bias and inclusivity in programming, recruitment and retention of faculty, staff and students. 

As the ideal candidate, the next Chair possesses a minimum of 10 years related and progressive operational leadership/management experience in the aviation and/or related industry with management experience within a post-secondary environment preferred. The ideal candidate will have a minimum completed Bachelor's degree in a related discipline, with a Master's degree preferred. Required competencies and personal attributes of the qualified candidates includes a demonstrated commitment to fostering academic excellence and student success, strong leadership competencies and solid experience working within a diverse, unionized work environment. The next Chair will bring strong operational management experience, with the ability to prioritize, delegate and meet deadlines. A dynamic and resilient leader, the Aviation School Chair will have highly developed emotional intelligence skills with the ability to demonstrate diplomacy and tact. Candidates will possess excellent negotiation, mediation, conflict-resolution, communication, listening, and interpersonal skills, including well-developed interpersonal and relationship-building skills. 

If you're interested in this opportunity, contact Amorell Saunders N'Daw at asaundersndaw@kbrs.ca or Janet Rose at jrose@kbrs.ca, or submit your application online at: Diversity Policy. Seneca College will provide support in its recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities, including accommodation that takes into account an applicant's accessibility needs. If you require accommodation because of a disability or for any other reason during the interview process, please contact KBRS. 

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