University Canada West is committed to the principle of employment equality. Recently acquired by Global University Systems (GUS), a European leader in private sector Higher Education, the University offers Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce and Masters in Business Administration degrees both face-to-face in our downtown Vancouver premises and on-line. Our degrees follow respected Canadian traditions and standards and are approved and regulated by the Ministry of Advanced Education of the Province of British Columbia.
We are a teaching-intensive university, so evidence of teaching excellence is a definite asset. We support research by our faculty, insofar as it supports great teaching and intellectual development. We require all faculty to be active scholars but we also offer an escape from the “publish or perish” lifestyle forced on faculty at many universities. Applicants for faculty positions should have a related doctoral degree, or at minimum a Master’s degree, with relevant post-secondary teaching and work experience.
We recognize that the spirit and energy of our support staff are key contributors to our rich learning community. Full-time and contract staff members work in a positive work environment with strong support from all of our academic faculties and administrative departments.
How To Apply
Interested candidates should send a covering letter, curriculum vitae including evidence of teaching experience and scholarly accomplishments and the names of three referees to:
University Canada West
626 West Pender Street, Suite 100,
Vancouver, British Columbia, V6B 1V9, Canada.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. University Canada West is committed to the principle of employment equity.
Current Positions Available
Full time Position
Liaison Librarian, University Canada West Library
The University Canada West Library welcomes applications for a Liaison Librarian, based at the University’s campus in downtown Vancouver. If you are a recent graduate with a record of collaboration and excellent public service, we look forward to hearing from you! This is a newly created position and the successful candidate will be joining an existing team of two full time Liaison Librarians, a Library Assistant and the Director of Library Services, as well as student librarians.
About University Canada West (UCW):
UCW is small, private institution offering undergraduate and graduate degrees (Associate of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication and Master of Business Administration), both online and on campus. The University is currently growing, as it is increasing intakes from both international and domestic markets and looking to establish additional Master-level degrees – with a primary focus on business. The academic year has four intakes: at the beginning of January, April, July and October.
About UCW Library
The Library reflects the focus of the University. We have a small print collection and a sizeable and growing electronic collection, with a focus on resources relevant for contemporary business. The Library reviews current databases and other resources and considers new and additional resources on an ongoing basis. We acquire resources both through direct negotiation with the vendors, as well through consortia agreements (such as BC ELN). We collaborate extensively with libraries and librarians from public post-secondary institutions and the private academic sector and always look to expand our network of connections.
In this position, the successful candidate will act as a liaison between the faculty, students and the Library.
The first and foremost assignment is to create and maintain relationships with students and faculty members of UCW. UCW is a teaching intensive institution and the Librarians help deliver on this mission through formal interactions (individual consultations, research appointments, classes and workshops), as well as informal meetings (impromptu research/APA citation questions, reference desk duties and AskAway).
Secondly, the Liaison Librarians work as part of the team to establish and enhance the delivery of new services, maintain physical and digital assets and uncover new ways to support students and faculty. The Liaison Librarians work in close cooperation with the other UCW Library staff (library assistant and student librarians) and are expected to be active in local, national or international professional communities through either service or scholarly activities.
Key activities and responsibilities:
There are two primary duties for the Liaison Librarian
1. Outreach: engage the students and the faculty, uncovering needs that the Library has not yet met, obtaining feedback and suggestions for improvement of the Library’s services and collections and promoting the Library to these groups.
- Examples: meeting with a faculty member to establish learning outcomes for a library workshop; designing and implementing a marketing plan for promoting the use of a new library service.
2. Instruction: teach and assist students and faculty in using the Library collections (print and electronic) and services, using appropriate instructional tools: classes and workshops, online/printed guides or individual consultations (in person or AskAway).
- Examples: developing an online tutorial for distance students on the use of Library’s discovery layer; designing and delivering an in-class workshop teaching students how to format papers according to APA Manual of Style.
In addition, the Liaison Librarian will play an essential role in ensuring that the operations in the Library are running smoothly:
- Collaborate with the other librarians to enhance the Library’s services.
- With the Library Director and the other Liaison Librarians, develop, manage and assess information resources that support the teaching needs of the faculty and the learning needs of the students.
- Help circulate and manage the Library’s print collection.
- Assist students with research and reference services, including AskAway.
About you (qualifications and skills):
- MLIS from an ALA accredited institution required (or equivalent).
- Strong ability to create effective working relationships with library users at all levels.
- Direct experience planning and teaching library classes/workshops.
- Experience using/teaching a wide variety of business databases and resources; this experience could have been acquired through specialized degrees, direct working experience or specialized professional development activities.
- Past experience working with international students.
- Outstanding oral/written communication and interpersonal skills are imperative.
- A strong commitment to public service; a warm and calm demeanor.
- Academic library experience strongly preferred.
- Preference will be given to Canadian citizens or permanent residents.
This position is open to candidates with up to 2 (two) years of experience. This position will require the successful candidate to work occasional evening shifts (to 9pm) and weekends (details to be determined with the successful candidate). Make sure to indicate in your cover letter that you can fulfill these two conditions.
To apply, please forward a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline for applications: September 15, 2019
University Canada West
100 – 626 W. Pender Street
Vancouver, BC, V6B 1V9
President & Vice-Chancellor
Full time Position
Date posted: Oct 23, 2018
We are searching for an inspirational and motivational President and Vice Chancellor for UCW. In this position, it will be your job to lead the university in meeting its strategic goals and to raise the profile of the university around the world. The President maintains strong relationships with the British Columbia Degree Quality Assurance Board (DQAB) and the Ministry of Advanced Education and is responsible for ensuring that the university continues to achieve high standards of program quality and delivers an exceptional student experience. The President works closely with the Board of Governors and Directors to ensure that the university meets its financial, operational and strategic goals.
The ideal candidate brings an understanding of the BC post-secondary education environment, the ability to articulate a clear vision and the ability to inspire and work cooperatively with students, faculty, staff and external stakeholders. The incumbent will maintain high standards of ethics, discretion, fairness and consistency, a professional attitude, and a commitment to quality of service to our students.
A Doctorate degree is required as well as recognized achievements in teaching, research and scholarly activities. Administrative experience, including budget management and resource allocation, in a university setting is also required. Demonstrated success in developing and maintaining community, national and international relations is desired.
About University Canada West
University Canada West (UCW) is a premier education destination situated in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
We are a forward-thinking and innovative institution and offer a modern education to prepare today’s students for the careers of tomorrow. As one of BC’s fastest growing universities, we attract students from Canada and around the world and welcome diversity among staff and faculty.
University Canada West is a subsidiary of Global University Systems, which is based in the Netherlands.
If you believe you can make a difference to the lives of our students and lead the university in achieving its goals, expressions of interest in the role may be sent to the Search Committee at email@example.com
Vice President Academic
Full time Position
Date posted: Jun 18, 2019
Reporting to the President, the Vice President Academic is responsible for the development and administration of academic policies, programs and personnel in accordance with a progressive academic vision and annual plan in a private, for-profit context. This Vice President is a builder, an innovator and a persistent leader of growth and change.
The VP proactively leads quality educational design and delivery. S/he vigorously supports studentcentric, collaborative teamwork on all UCW campuses, in all delivery modes, domestically and internationally. The VPA is a significant contributor to UCW’s Academic Council and interacts with the
Degree Quality Assurance Board (DQAB) ensuring that new proposals, program reviews, and academic and student service operations are not only of the highest academic calibre possible, but also highly relevant to the future careers of our graduates.
As an integral member of the senior leadership team, the Vice President Academic provides input into strategic and systems planning, document preparation and submissions. The VP measures and reports on the efficiency and effectiveness of this portfolio from both educational and business perspectives. Working in tandem with colleagues across the university, sets student admission and retention standards, and ensures that students’ opinions are invariably embraced within program reviews.
- Aligned with University Canada West’s Mission, Vision and Values, prepares a 3 year business plan for educational quality and growth of UCW programs with provisions for accompanying student support
- Accountable for degree quality within a private for profit operating structure, i.e., fiscal responsibility with a growth perspective
- Develops business cases forecasting revenues and expenses (start-up and ongoing, operational and capital) and risks
- Prioritizes, directs the development and signs off on comprehensively-prepared new program submissions
- Ensures currency and consistency of course outlines, learning outcomes and curriculum across modalities. Applies current educational theory and practice and embraces local, national and global planning perspectives
- Works closely with the President, VP Operations, and Registrar to advance university systems, processes, positive student results and employee engagement
- Provides input to advance IT development of academic and administrative systems
- Provides academic and student service oversight and inspiration through rigorous recruitment, hiring, orientation, professional development and review of faculty and staff performance
- Safeguards UCW University and Program consent from the provincial government
- Safeguards program accreditations
- Monitors and reports quantitatively and qualitatively on student feedback, student outcomes and alumni success
- Oversees faculty hiring, assignment, contracts, invoices, appraisal, professional development, and levels of scholarly activity
- Develops academic standards, policies, procedures, and reference documents to guide and measure performance
- Problem solves higher-order student, staff and faculty issues
- Actively participates in external forums and networks to further the goals of the University
- Assists with annual budget preparation and variance management
- Bolsters UCW’s autonomy while working with Campus Support Service providers
- Other related assignments
To be successful in VP Academic position, an individual must be committed to developing, maintaining and demonstrating the following:
Education and Experience:
- An earned Doctoral Degree from a recognized university
- Progressive post-secondary academic and administrative experience
- Extensive in-class and on-line education experience with domestic and international students
- Recent, substantive scholarly activity
- Understanding of public and private post-secondary legislation, structures and reporting in this province and knowledge of related operations (e.g., BC Council on Admission and Transfer)
- Entrepreneurial and business acumen
- Evidence of successful new program development and academic innovation
- Evidence of implementing continuous quality improvement initiatives
- Evidence of exceptional leadership, communication and team building skills