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Senior Director

Vancouver, BC
$97,784 a year
Job Posting

Job ID:


Vancouver - Point Grey Campus

Employment Group:

Management&Professional (AAPS)

Job Category:


Classification Title:

Administration, Level E

Business Title:

Senior Director


VP Academic & Provost


UBC Sustainability Initiative

Salary Range:

$97,784.00 (minimum) - $122,229.00 (midpoint) - $152,787.00 (maximum)

Full/Part Time:



Desired Start Date:


Funding Type:

Budget Funded

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Guiding principle: "Midpoint" of the hiring salary range means the individual possesses full job knowledge, qualifications and experience.

Job Summary

UBC is considered a leading global university in the area of sustainability. The UBC Sustainability Initiative (USI) is a strategic institute that coordinates and integrates UBC's many sustainability initiatives across all branches of the university. USI builds on UBC's position as a global leader in campus sustainability, and working collaboratively with those responsible for campus as a living lab and operational sustainability projects, works to reinforce the University's goal of providing an exceptional learning environment that advances global citizenship and a civil and sustainable society. With a focus on deeply integrating UBC's teaching and learning mission with its research mission and operational efforts in sustainability, the USI fosters collaboration within and outside UBC, and across all disciplines, to fulfill its mission.

In collaboration with others including the Academic Director, the Senior Director will set the strategic direction and vision for the USI to ensure the long-term sustainability and growth of the USI through business , teaching, and partnership development. The Senior Director will provide the administrative leadership of the USI to advance UBC's overall aspirations to strengthen its position as a global leader in sustainability. This includes creating and championing a bold vision to honour the USI's responsibility to future generations.
The Senior Director assesses and reviews the existing operations and formulates strategies to exploit opportunities. This role provides leadership in the development of proposals, initiatives, and projects to ensure that initiatives meet globally recognized standards. This position is responsible for developing new or expanded partnerships/relationships with local, national and international operations that present business opportunities for collaboration.

The Senior Director holds the senior non-academic leadership position in the USI. This position has unit-wide impact and sets the strategic direction, plans, and objectives by identifying issues and opportunities, evaluating organizational impact, and introducing innovative new initiatives. This position plays a key role in the emerging university governance structure that will advance UBC Sustainability and the United Nations Sustainability Development Goals.

Organizational Status

This position reports to the Executive Director, Strategic Academic Initiatives in the Office of the Vice-President Academic and Provost. Collaborates and works in partnership with the Academic Director. This position works closely with university leaders, senior University administrators and other executive offices, providing strategic counsel as appropriate.

Work Performed

  • Establish the overarching strategy, goals and priorities for the USI, in collaboration with the Academic Director and others, to develop a USI Strategic Plan consisting of a vision statement, short-term and long-term goals, and budget to advance the USI mission. Ensures that the USI vision and strategic plan are in alignment with broad institutional goals and the UBC strategic plan.

  • Position the USI to play a key role in helping to advance sustainability across campus. Developing and promoting the USI's international reputation for student engagement and learning, research activities, and collaboration with non-academic partners to become agents of change in British Columbia and around the world.

  • Identify and establish academic and other partnerships among faculty and other stakeholders at the University; representatives of provincial and federal government; Canadian non-profit organizations; and industry groups in Vancouver, across Canada, and internationally.

  • Identify trends, cultivate new ideas, explore and develop new opportunities for partnerships/ventures that contribute to USI's long-term growth.

  • Conceptualize, design, implement and monitor USI's business development strategy and related opportunities, identifying, informing and engaging new national and international funding partners in support of USI's long-term impact and growth.

  • Conceptualize, design, develop and implement comprehensive partnerships and outreach strategies focused on identifying, informing and engaging new national and international partners.

  • Lead and oversee the development of strategies, best practices and continuous improvement initiatives in all operational activities including human resources, project management, facilities, administration, finance, and communications. Manage implementation of initiatives and evaluates their outcomes, including providing direction to internal staff and external service providers to complete expected project outcomes;

  • Work closely with the Directors in USI to provide advice on resource allocation and use to ensure operational decisions follow the strategic direction of the USI and are consistent with UBC policies and procedures.

  • Establish the overall annual budget and financial controls for USI. Financial responsibilities include financial planning and reporting, forecasting and managing revenues, and expenses for a variety of programs and services in a highly competitive and dynamic environment.

  • In partnership with the USI Academic Director, manage a sustainability committee within the emerging university governance structure to ensure USI goals and priorities align with UBC Strategic Plan.

  • Hire, manage, supervise, evaluate, and discipline or terminate staff when necessary, under supervision.

Supervision Received

Reports directly to the Executive Director, Strategic Academic Initiatives. Works closely with USI Academic Director on educational programming area working under broad directives from this position. Exercises considerable independent judgement and autonomy in the creation and implementation of strategies and initiatives. The position requires a high degree of independent, executive decision-making, ability to assess and implement work required, strong organizational skills and the ability to provide leadership and support.

Supervision Given

The incumbent provides direct supervision to the Directors and staff in the central support office and indirect supervision to all staff throughout the USI; this includes management and professional staff, clerical and administrative staff and student staff.

Consequence of Error/Judgement

This is a key position in the portfolio of the Provost and Vice President Academic, playing a pivotal role in setting the overall direction of the institution's approach to sustainability. As a result, the impact of decisions in this area has both immediate and long-term impacts on the operating results of the organization and on the VPAO. Poor judgement can lead to an impact on UBC's effort to provide an exceptional learning and research-rich environment that advances global citizenship and a civil and sustainable society. Decisions made will impact the extent to which USI is seen as a credible unit and will thus shape the identity and image over the long term.


    Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline. Master's degree preferred. A minimum of 8 years of experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience in sustainability required. Senior leadership experience with an emphasis on human resource management; communications, financial and business administration required. Experience in a large and complex organization, including experience at a senior advisor level. Proven experience in a university environment preferred. - Proven complex and results-oriented project management skills with the ability to exhibit efficiency, collaboration and candor.
  • Highly effective interpersonal and leadership skills and the ability to influence a wide range of stakeholders including academic and administrative leaders, practitioners, and staff.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with individuals and groups.
  • Ability to exercise a high level of diplomacy, tact and discretion when working with information of a confidential or sensitive nature and in dealing with various levels of senior administration and external agencies.
  • Ability to adapt to changing priorities, take initiative, work under pressure and meet deadlines within allocated time and resources.
  • Experience leading and managing programs, projects, and people towards clear and defined outcomes, while demonstrating the ability to adapt and change in the face of new information.
  • Superior communication, consulting, facilitation, negotiation, conflict management, problem resolution, change management skills and consensus building skills.
  • Ability to structure, drive and execute complex multi-disciplinary issues to closure with minimal direction.
  • Proven ability to manage effectively in ambiguous situations with minimal direction.
  • Proficient in team building, conflict resolution, group interaction, project management and budget management.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.