Recruitment posting

Portage College Board of Governors

Competition #: 367
Ministry: Advanced Education
Opening Date: 01/19/2017
Closing Date: 02/23/2017
Role: Chair
Role Required

The Minister of Advanced Education is seeking applications from individuals interested in serving as Chair of the Board of Governors of Portage College.

Lac La Biche, Alberta
About the Agency

Portage College is a public, board-governed college operating as a Comprehensive Community Institution. In addition to delivering apprenticeable trades training, the college offers certificate and diploma programs in diverse areas including forestry, natural resources, business, pre-hospital care, health and wellness, culinary arts, human services, native arts and culture, university studies, and power engineering. The college also offers academic upgrading, pre-employment, trades training, continuing education credit and non-credit courses, and cost-recovery customized training programs.

Board and Committee Structure

The Board consists of nine public members, one of whom is designated as Chair, as well as three members nominated or elected to represent various associations of the institution. The President is also a member of the Board by virtue of their position. Committees established for the Board include: Planning/Academic/Student Services, Human Resources Ad Hoc, and Financial/Infrastructure/Risk Management.

Role Description

Role of the Chair

The Chair represents the Board and its interests in dealing with the Minister, the Department, the President, stakeholders and the community. The Chair is responsible for providing leadership for the Board and for effectively facilitating the work of the Board, including ensuring that the Board focuses on the broader governance tasks of policy and strategic decision-making; complies with enabling statutes and by-laws and acts in a fiscally and ethically responsible manner. The Chair will also ensure that the organization adheres to the purpose and vision established by the mandate.

Skills and Experience Required

The successful applicant will demonstrate the following competencies and skills:

• Leadership - experience inspiring and influencing others, as well as experience in key areas such as strategic planning and risk management.

• Relationship building and community partnerships - experience making strong community connections with diverse stakeholder groups and experience building consensus and partnerships.

• Governance - experience on or with board structures and policy governance models, and/or current or previous board or committee experience.

• Experience with government and the public sector environment - experience with government processes, relations, models (federal, provincial, municipal), and/or experience with legislation or public policy development processes.

Preferred applicants may also demonstrate:

• Experience in post-secondary education, and/or the education of adults.

• Senior and community leadership experience such as previous experience as Chair in a public or private organization.

• In alignment with the college’s five centres of specialization, have professional and industry expertise in one of more of the following sectors:

  • Oil and gas, such as petroleum pipeline upstream/downstream or;
  • Agriculture, such as food production, including the processing and packaging of meats, cereals and fruit, or:
  • Environment, such as water resources, including potable water/waste water distribution, or;
  • Healthcare or;
  • Trades.

Preference may also be given to applicants who reside in or have familiarity with Lac La Biche, St. Paul, Boyle and/or Cold Lake. This preference would include a board Chair with Treaty Status.

Remuneration and Time Commitment

The Chair is appointed for a term of up to three years and may be eligible for reappointment for a second term of up to three years. The Board meets at least nine times per year, in addition to committee meetings. The Chair can expect a significant time commitment to meet the demands of this role. Remuneration in the form of an honorarium is set by the Board in accordance with applicable legislation and bylaws. Members are reimbursed for allowable expenses as per Board of Governor Board Policy. Current Chair honorarium rates:

  • Up to 4 hours: $152
  • Between 4 and 8 hours: $256
  • More than 4 hours: $408

Honoraria rates are subject to review.

Additional Documentation

Required Documents: In addition to your cover letter and resume, we require a we require a completed application form. Click HERE to download the application form. Once the form is completed, save it to your PC. When you hit 'submit application', you will be prompted to upload additional documents. Drag and drop (or upload) your completed application form into the 'Drop files below or click to upload' section.

Contact Information

**Please ensure you read the ‘Additional Documentation’ section above for full application instructions**

If you have any questions, or are unable to apply online, please contact Governance and Legislation at 780-415-0983 or

If you are unable to apply online, please submit your completed application form, cover letter and resume, quoting the recruitment posting competition number to

Alberta Advanced Education, 5th Floor, Phipps-McKinnon Building, 10020 – 101A Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta, T5J 3G2.

This posting may be used to fill both existing and future board vacancies.

How To Apply

Carefully read the Recruitment Posting and the Position Profile to ensure this is an appropriate opportunity for you. Applicants are advised to provide information that clearly and concisely demonstrates how their qualifications meet the advertised requirements.

Online applications are preferred, to apply, click on the 'apply' button, create or sign into your account in the ePAAS system; upload your resume, view the listing under Current Opportunities and click on 'submit application'. The uploaded resume will be automatically attached, a cover letter and other documents can be uploaded and attached at this time before clicking the 'apply' button.

If you are unable to apply online, please submit a cover letter and resume, quoting the recruitment posting competition number, to the HR contact provided.

We thank all applicants for their interest. All applications will be reviewed to assess which candidates' qualifications most closely match the agency's requirements. Only those selected for interviews will be contacted to advance to the next step in the appointment process. You can check the status of each competition on-line at

All potential candidates will be screened for potential conflicts of interest.

Please Note: Successful applicants will have the following information about them made publicly available on the Public Agency Secretariat Website: name, public agency and position appointed to, appointment term and remuneration received.

Link to Enabling Legislation:

Post-secondary Learning Act