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Recruitment posting

Portage College Board of Governors

Competition #: 511
Ministry: Advanced Education
Opening Date: 11/10/2017
Closing Date: 12/11/2017
Role: Public Members
Role Required

The Minister of Advanced Education is seeking applications from individuals interested in serving as a public member 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 his position. Committees established by the Board include: Finance/Infrastructure/Risk Standing Committee, Planning/Academic/Student Services Standing Committee, and Human Resources Ad Hoc Committee.

Role Description

Role of the Public Member

The public member shares with other members of the Board the responsibilities of governing the college; formulating policies enabling the Board to make responsible decisions on fiscal and academic matters; establishing the purpose and vision of Portage College, and has a commitment to the academic, financial and social well-being of the college and to adult learning generally.

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. A demonstrated understanding of the distinct roles of the Board and management.

• Post-secondary Education/Delivery of Education - experience working with and/or influencing learning and innovation systems. Experience supporting education systems.

Preferred applicants may also demonstrate:

Background and experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • Financial literacy, including experience with budget, audit, and the ability to read and assess financial statements. Experience with public sector accounting and/or a designation in a related field is considered an asset.
  • Manufacturing, including the production, processing, and distribution of goods.
  • As a senior administrator in a complex organization.
  • Healthcare, including experience as a healthcare practitioner or administrator.
  • Environmental sustainability, such as experience in water management and/or land use.
  • Risk management, including experience identifying risks and developing, implementing and assessing mitigation strategies.

Experience within the region and the community of the college, including Cold Lake, St. Paul and Bonnyville is also preferred.

Credential and experience verification may be conducted.

Remuneration and Time Commitment

The public member 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 public member 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 policy. Current Honorarium rates:

Board MemberBoard Chair
Meetings under 4 hours$116$152
Meetings 4 to 8 hours$190$256
Meetings over 8 hours$294$408

Members are reimbursed for allowable expenses as per the Board's bylaws.

Meetings are generally held in Lac La Biche, Alberta.

Additional Documentation

Required Documents: In addition to your cover letter, biography and resume, 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.

Note: A short biography outlining your education, experience and other professional information will be made public if you are successful on this opportunity.

Contact Information

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

If you are unable to apply on-line, please submit your completed application form, cover letter, biography and resume, quoting the recruitment posting competition number to:

If you have any questions please contact Governance and Legislation, Alberta Advanced Education, 5th Floor, Phipps-McKinnon Building, 10020 – 101A Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta, T5J 3G2, e-mail:

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.

Provide a short 4 line biography using the Biography template found under additional documents section. Your biography should include your name, current work experience, board/committee experience and relevant education. Please note that biographies may be edited for length and clarity.

Once your biography and other required form(s) are 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 cover letter, biography and other form(s) into the 'Drop files below or click to upload' section 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 contact provided on the posting. 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, biography, public agency, and position title.

Link to Enabling Legislation:

Post-secondary Learning Act