NSCAD University and Halifax are in Mi'kma'ki, on the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi'kmaq Nation. NSCAD University is committed to reconciliation and to building respectful relationships with Indigenous peoples and with the African Nova Scotian communities that have been enriching this region for 400 years. As a small school with three urban campuses, and programs across a range of fine arts, craft, design, and media arts, NSCAD University is an incubator for talent and an active contributor to the arts scene in Canada's fastest-growing city. Since 1887, NSCAD has been a leader in visual arts education in Canada, with distinguished alumni building careers all over the world. This is an exciting time to join us, as we have recently welcomed a cohort of 10 BIPOC faculty members who bring valuable perspectives, ways of thinking, and lived experience to all of our work, and as we look forward to a consolidated waterfront campus in 2030.

The Dean, Academic reports to the Vice-President (Academic & Research) and Provost. Their responsibilities include developing NSCAD's education offerings and current curriculum, fostering partnerships with the community and the institution, improving the student experience, and aligning goals with the University's Academic and Strategic Plans. The Dean enhances the faculty's capabilities by advocating for their vision, addressing their needs, and supporting their growth. In addition, the Dean formulates and executes strategic objectives and activities to further the goals of decolonization, equity, and sustainability. Furthermore, the Dean fosters constructive transformation and progress within NSCAD.

The Dean supports the successful administration of the University's academic programs, research, outreach, and support for educational goals while enhancing University life. This is achieved through close collaboration and consultation with Division Chairs and Graduate Program Directors. The Dean encourages excellence in research, professional practice, and teaching standards among the faculty.

While the Search Committee recognizes that no one candidate is likely to meet all qualifications in equal measure, those listed below are desirable and will be used to compare candidates.

- A doctorate (or terminal degree) in a related creative discipline, with a solid record of success as a teacher and researcher;
- An understanding of curricular development, review, and renewal;
- Demonstrated leadership and interpersonal skills;
- A critical thinker with the ability to thrive in a collaborative, diverse environment;
- Effective strategic planner, with strong organization and process skills;
- A solid record of building relationships with external and internal partners, with evidence of having built opportunities for potential sources of funding and support; and
- Experience developing a culture of transparency, accountability, trust, and respect and support for shared governance.

Competencies and Personal Attributes
- Creativity, empathy, and curiosity.
- Commitment to decolonization, equity, sustainability, and social justice.
- Sensitive to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of faculty, staff, and students;
- Exceptional communication skills, consensus-building, and advocacy, with the ability to be persuasive while speaking to different audiences.
- The ability to take initiative, face challenges and to exercise accountability, integrity, flexibility, and wisdom.
- The ability to work collegially and effectively within a unionized environment, building trusting relationships both internally and externally.
- Diplomacy, tact, and conflict resolution skills with the aim of achieving results
- The confidence to advocate for the Division, program, faculty, students and staff

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