Regional Dean, South Okanagan-Similkameen

Okanagan College

Penticton, British Columbia, Canada Remote / WFH

Full time

Higher Education

Sustainable Targets

Apr 12

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Okanagan College transforms lives and communities. We are one of Canada's leading colleges. We create outstanding educational experiences for our learners, both students and employees. We work and learn in a welcoming and caring culture. We are a catalyst for change through collaboration with our learners and partners. We serve, lead and anticipate the social, economic and environmental needs of communities.


Position Title:

Regional Dean, South Okanagan-Similkameen

Competition Number:



Vice President Student


Regional Dean, South and Similkameen,




Your Opportunity:

The Regional Dean is the College’s senior representative in the South Okanagan-Similkameen and sets the direction for career and cooperative education supports and services throughout the institution.

The Regional Dean, South Okanagan-Similkameen is the primary individual responsible for building and maintaining relationships with Indigenous communities, with city and corporate partners throughout the region and with employers and employment agencies throughout the Okanagan Valley and beyond.

The Regional Dean is a member of Leadership Council and is responsible for planning operating budgets and unit plans for the Penticton and Oliver campuses and the Student Graduate and Co-op Development (SGCD) department and contributing to the policies and procedures of these departments


Education and Experience: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree is required. Graduate degree or equivalent education and experience in career counselling, psychology, student development/counsellor education or higher education administration given preference.
  • Practical experience in delivery of career counselling and direct client services strongly preferred.
  • Minimum of eight years in a post-secondary setting with progressive increase in management or administrative responsibilities.


Functions and Duties:

Leadership & Administration

  • Performs a key leadership role in the direction, growth and development of the College in the region and of the Student, Graduate and Co-op Development department throughout the institution.
  • Serves as a member of Leadership Council and Deans Forum to promote, recommend and contribute to the development of institution-wide policies, budgeting and short-and long-term planning.
  • Fosters individual and team development and wellness in an open and inclusive environment.
  • Responsible for human resource activities for the Regional Office and SGCD teams including recruitment, hiring and supervision of employees; building a professional work environment and administering institutional policies.
  • Responds to concerns from students, employees and the public to ensure a positive learning and work environment.
  • Prepares and manages budgets for the Penticton and Oliver campus and SGCD department.

External Liaison and Partnerships

  • Liaises with communities and stakeholders within the South Okanagan/Similkameen region including Indigenous communities, school districts, local community agencies, municipalities, governments and other public and private sector organizations and businesses to ensure effective communication on College matters, promotion of OC students as work-integrated learners and future employees.
  • Promotes and publicizes College programs and services to enhance student recruitment and institutional fundraising.
  • Represents the College on provincial committees and liaises with colleagues at other institutions and in professional organizations to stay attuned to best practices and trends in campus administration and service delivery.
  • Participates as an ex officio member of the South Okanagan Regional Advisory Committee to identify regional programming needs, opportunities for partnerships and responsive actions to address regional trends and changing environments.
  • Participates as a guest at Regional Advisory Committee meetings in Kelowna, Vernon and Salmon Arm to identify work integrated learning and employment potential for Okanagan College students and graduates.

Internal Liaisons and Partnerships

  • Collaborates with Deans and Directors to plan, direct and coordinate delivery of educational programs to meet the needs of the region, including needs assessments, feasibility studies, evaluation and modification of existing programs for efficacy and quality of programs and services for Penticton students.
  • Works in partnership with the Director of Student Services to ensure alignment of philosophy and service delivery by SGCD with all other service areas and enhancement of student success pathways.
  • Liaises with the Okanagan College Student Union and chairs the Penticton Campus Student Life Committee to guide appropriate social and cultural events to build community.


Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated leadership, supervisory and management skills
  • Exceptional communication skills; effective in conflict management and dispute resolution
  • Excellent organizational, administrative and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to plan and think strategically at a senior level
  • Technical competence at a senior level in Finance, including contract management
  • Strong technical and analytical skills
  • Team player with honesty, integrity and an aptitude for working in a collaborative environment
  • Recognized project management skills
  • Ability to liaise with business and industry
  • Awareness and sensitivity to social, cultural and diversity issues in the work environment


Preferred Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will be an individual who thrives on meeting new people, building partnerships and delivering on projects that are designed to promote and engage students in all aspects of their academic and employment careers. As a leader, the Regional Dean demonstrates a collaborative and inclusive leadership style and a future thinking focus that builds strong and successful individuals and teams in their areas of responsibility.

Appointment Type:

Exempt - Continuing Full-time

Appointment Start Date:


Annual Salary/Hourly Rate:

Range $107,055 to $142,740. Typical Hiring Range $128,466 to $142,740.


Special Instructions to Applicants:

For more detailed information on the opportunity, please click here: to view the position profile.

Okanagan College is committed to increasing the equitable and inclusive participation of marginalized people in all aspects of college life. We welcome and encourage applications from Indigenous Peoples, Black People, members of racialized groups/visible minorities, people with disabilities and people with diverse gender identities or expressions. People with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application process may contact, in confidence,


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Posting Closing Date:

Open Until Filled 


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