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President of Olds College

Conroy Ross Partners

Job Title: President of Olds College
Reference Code: AQMO-812473 President, AB (CRPAPPLY)
Job Location: Olds, Alberta
Status: Full-Time
Job Category: Chancellor, president, provost, VP
Application Closing Date: Open until filled

Job Description

Olds College


Olds College is entering its 104th year of providing quality education and training. Over the past century, Olds College has contributed to successful careers for many generations of learners. With pride, Olds College can link the values that underpinned the first course offerings of the School of Agriculture and Home Economics in 1913 to the essence of its current mandate of awarding certificates, diplomas, applied degrees and delivery of collaborative baccalaureate degrees designed to meet the needs of both the learners and the communities served by the College. Today, Olds College programs offers learning opportunities in agriculture, horticulture, land and water resource management, animal science, business, fashion, technology and apprenticeship training. Adult education, career training, non-credit courses as well as cultural and recreational activities are also available on campus. The innovative and entrepreneurial vision of the past is the foundation for the future of Olds College.

The expertise and facilities at Olds College are both specialized and unique, including a significant land base for hands-on learning. The College works with industry partners and clients to develop and deliver a range of training programs and products designed to meet desired specifications. These outreach services are offered throughout Alberta, across Canada and Internationally. In view of its unique role the College is committed to the promotion of sustainability in all areas of activity including physical operations, research, teaching and learning support.

Olds College is an active participant in eCampus Alberta, promoting and supporting learning through technology. Consistent with the Campus Alberta concept, the College is committed to the creation of seamless learning opportunities and is signatory to a number of protocols and articulation agreements with universities and colleges provincially, nationally and internationally supporting student transfer. As part of its mandate and in collaboration with Red Deer College, Olds College exercises stewardship responsibility for adult learning in the Central Alberta region and exercise this obligation through a joint venture with Red Deer College called Campus Alberta Central; the joint venture supports a system of community owned and operated engagement sites throughout central Alberta. Olds College also has an affiliation with the Faculty of Agriculture, Life and Environmental Sciences at the University of Alberta through which it participates in joint educational and research activities.

Olds College actively pursues applied research that advances innovation-based rural economic development in Alberta. The applied research activity undertaken by the faculty and research staff at the College supports and informs the curriculum through providing learners with access to the most innovative and up-to-date information available in the various disciplines.

Olds College Vision: …to be the premier Canadian integrated learning and applied research community specializing in agriculture, horticulture, land and environmental management.

Olds College Values: empowerment of learners; rural community development; teamwork; continuous improvement in college operations.

Olds College Mission: …is to create an environment for learning, inquiry, partnership, and communication that supports our students, our employees, and our communities in the service of society. Five Board of Governors approved outcomes provide a framework for associated performance measures: Accessibility; Centre of Specialization; Responsiveness; Accountability; Sustainability.

For the year ending June 2016 Olds College reported revenue of $60,695,000 against expenses of $59,670,000 resulting in a $1,100,000 operating surplus. Olds College has approximately 350 dedicated faculty and staff who together provided a quality learning environment and living community for their 1300 plus full load equivalent students. Olds College reported tangible capital assets with a net book value just under $73 million and $30,531,000 in net assets as at June 2016. Olds College has its sight set on the completion of several exciting strategic initiatives over the next few years, continuing to emphasize value-based strategic partnerships, industry focused curriculum and entrepreneurism with strong oversight provided through the excellent governance framework, processes and structures that they have developed over the past decade.

If you believe you have what it takes to provide strategic and operational leadership that can help take Olds College to its next level of performance and results you will be interested in looking seriously at this opportunity!

For further information about Olds College, please visit their website at

Reports to: Chair, Board of Governors
Direct Reports: Vice-President Academic, Vice-President Advancement, Vice-President Student and Support Services, Chief Innovation Officer
Indirect Reports: Approximately 350 faculty and staff
Location: Olds, Alberta, Canada


The President’s role requires an appropriate balance of leadership to both external and internal matters and is to lead / manage all aspects of the College, in accordance with the expressed policies and directions of the Board. The President’s performance will be considered to be synonymous with the performance of the College as a whole. The President’s job encompasses performance in two areas: organizational accomplishment of the Board on the Ends policies and the Comprehensive Institutional Plan; and, organizational operation within the boundaries of prudence and ethics established in Board Executive Limitations Policy.


Mandate & Mission - ensure that the mission of the College is defined in accordance with its mandate, character and resources and is attained through the development of draft policies and strategic plans, and in implementation of approved policies, plans, programs and services.

Reputation and Position Role – enhance and safeguard the reputation and positioning of the College in rural, urban and global communities, business and industry, the post-secondary educational system, government, alumni and the general public.

Overall Performance – ensure the effective performance of the College by regularly monitoring, assessing and responding appropriately.

Students – ensure that quality, up-to-date curriculum is delivered through appropriate methodologies and technology with appropriate support services.

Staffing – ensure that the immediate and long-term objectives of the College can be attained consistently through the attraction, acquisition, retention, development, motivation and effective utilization of the highest caliber of human resources. Encourage a strong sense of “team” through both participating and leading.

Culture – foster the development of an appropriate living and learning culture at the College that is conducive to effective learning by students and their successful academic achievements through appropriate education and support by faculty and staff. The culture will be maintained on the basis of trust created through an open administration.

Decision-making – ensure the overall growth and development of the College by implementing effective consultation and collaborative mechanisms.

Communication – proactive constituent relationship management, communicate the activities of the College to the Board, the internal College community, the government, alumni, stakeholders and the general public in an accurate, timely and comprehensive fashion.

Board Relations – in co-operation with the Chair, identify matters requiring policy, ensure that the Board is apprised on relevant issues, assist the Chair and the Board in arriving at institutional priorities and the overall effectiveness of the Board.

Financial Accountability – ensure the financial health of the College through judicious acquisition and employment of human, physical and financial resources and the exercise of financial control within Board-approved budgets and the Board’s long-term financial strategy for the College.

These accountabilities are to be fulfilled in a manner that is legal, prudent and in concert with commonly accepted business and professional ethics and College values as well as in line with more specific limitations established and approved by the Board of Governors.


  • Lead Olds College growth & specialization where it makes sense competitively; diversification around College core focus areas.
  • Create an adaptable, nimble approach to opportunity identification and capture.
  • Think outside the ‘funding box’, lead pursuit of novel sources of revenue for the College.
  • Identify key investments to enhance College quality, speed and value to ensure its competitiveness and sustainability; enhance organization focus, capability and capacity to execute priority initiatives.
  • Establish more defined learning pathways, grounded in industry need, that present attractive ‘investments’ for learners.


  • Join a College that has earned a Gold Award in Governance, as recognized by the World Federation in October, 2014; contribute to a continued focus on governance excellence.
  • A Board of Governors that creates the vision, mission and organizational outcomes and works diligently with the President to realize the Ends.
  • Build on what is already a very entrepreneurial culture.
  • Work with amazing faculty, staff and students; lead passionate people and committed, engaged partners.
  • A College that has a very supportive, vibrant rural community, close proximity to an International airport, major outdoor recreation and ‘big city’ amenities.
  • Leave a legacy, by having an impact on areas of importance in our world: land and water environments and safe food production.
  • Lead a digitally literate College, the only one in Canada with an “Apple School of Distinction” recognition; a place where you can look at things in new and different ways.


  • President has taken ‘ownership’ of the role and evidence that s/he is putting their stamp on the College and is even more excited about the role than when they were hired.
  • Shared leadership model continues to provide strength to the College.
  • Tangible College performance outcomes are being achieved; faculty, staff and students remain fully engaged.
  • College is focused, key strategic initiatives / investments are progressing well and organization capacity is monitored.
  • Enthusiastic discussion among Board governors, President, faculty, staff, students and key stakeholders about the future in a manner that honors the past.
  • President has exhibited constructive contribution, established strong presence and earned an influential ‘voice’ within the post-secondary sector.

Job Requirements


The successful candidate will have the following:


  • A PhD is preferred. Masters level degree will be considered.


  • Proven leader of other executives.
  • Ability and willingness to work effectively within a “shared leadership” model with the Board of Governors.
  • Known to adopt a ‘future orientation’ coupled with a bias for action that ensures positive change toward desired future.
  • Entrepreneurial by nature, understands how to capture opportunity by taking measured risk.
  • Through example, builds a constructive culture, one that instills accountable performance by engaged, passionate faculty and staff.
  • Clear commitment to excellence in and valuing of education, teaching and learning; post-secondary sector leadership experience highly desirable.


Visionary – encourages College personnel and those whom the College serves and partners to continually plan for the future.

Servant Leader -an inspiring leader who shares power, puts the needs of others first and helps people develop and perform to their full potential.

Strategist & Manager - an experienced, skilled and successful manager as well as a master strategist who is able to drive the College’s vision and outcomes with a talented team, to position the College to serve the diverse needs of all learners.

Economist & Financier - proven ability to manage the College’s resources in a balanced manner exercising well-honed business acumen, management skills in prudence, foresight and risk strategies, emphasizing fact-based decisions.

Marketing & Image Maker - exhibits a marketing orientation, with a demonstrated record of achievement in post-secondary education, community development, business and industry. Proven ability to convey a positive image of the College to all institutional publics.

Team Player - demonstrated competencies as an effective convener, collaborator, team leader and team member.

Educator - committed to academic excellence, is well versed in provincial, national, and international post-secondary education with a sound philosophy of education and training grounded in the needs of learners, communities, business and industry.

Politically Astute – aware of political landscape, able to sense when landscape is shifting, exhibits ability to establish alliances with a keen sense of social diplomacy, while keeping the College interests at the forefront.

Community Consciousness and Builder - committed to improving the quality of the community and environment within which one lives and works; exhibits a propensity to connect to the community in an integral way.

Seeks Innovation – Thinks expansively and demonstrates intense imaginative insight to identify wise, innovative solutions and able to stimulate innovative thinking and action by others in the College.

THE COMPENSATION: An excellent compensation package awaits the successful candidate.

Information and Application Process Instructions


Please send your resume in Word or PDF format to:

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Phone: 306-949-8875 ext 503

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