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Recruitment posting

University of Calgary Board of Governors

Competition #: 580
Ministry: Advanced Education
Opening Date: 07/05/2018
Closing Date: 08/06/2018
Role: Public Members

It is recognized in Alberta as a fundamental principle and as a matter of public policy that all persons are equal. Diversity and inclusion are valued and supported on the boards of Alberta's public agencies

Role Required

The Minister of Advanced Education is seeking applications from individuals interested in serving as a public member on the Governors of The University of Calgary.

Calgary, Alberta
About the Agency

The University of Calgary operates as a public Comprehensive Academic and Research Institution. Education and research at the university serve the needs of the local, provincial, national and international communities. Through its inquiry-based teaching and research programs and strategic and entrepreneurial partnerships, the university’s faculty, staff and students pursue knowledge, contribute to the development and critique of societal goals and engage in creativity and innovation in many fields. The university’s goal is to be recognized internationally for the success of its students and for excellence in research, and scholarly and creative activity. The university offers a broad selection of programs of study including baccalaureate, graduate professional and research-based masters and doctoral degrees. It also offers a wide assortment of credit and non-credit diplomas and certificates, as well as non-credit programs of professional development, executive development, and artistic and scholarly activities aligned with the academic expertise of the university.

Board and Committee Structure

The Board consists of nine public members and a Chair appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council, as well as nine members nominated or elected to represent various associations of the institution. The President and the Chancellor are also members of the Board by virtue of their positions. Committees established for the Board include: Executive, Audit, Environment, Health, Safety and Sustainability, Finance and Property, Human Resources and Governance, Investment, and the Budget subcommittee.

Role Description

Role of the Public Member

The public member shares with other members of the Board the responsibilities of governing the university; formulating policies enabling the Board to make responsible decisions; establishing the purpose and vision of the university; and has a commitment to the academic, financial and social well-being of the university 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.

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

Preferred applicant may also demonstrate:

• Financial literacy, including the ability to read and understand a set of financial statements that present a breadth and level of complexity of accounting issues that are generally comparable to the breadth and complexity of the issues that can reasonably be expected to be raised by the university’s financial statements; or

• Significant experience in labour relations or human resources at a large organization and/or with different employee groups, structures, programs and stakeholders.

Experience within the region and community of the university, specifically the Calgary area is also required.

Credential and experience verification may be conducted.

The Government of Alberta is committed to offering qualified Albertans the opportunity to be considered as public members on Alberta’s public agencies, boards and commissions. To help ensure that Albertans are well-represented on boards, we invite applicants from all backgrounds who embody a range of knowledge, skills and expertise to apply.

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 Board meets at least six times per year, in addition to committee meetings. The public member can expect a significant time commitment to meet the demands of this role. There is no honorarium available with these opportunities. Members are reimbursed for allowable expenses as per university policies.

Meetings are held in Calgary, Alberta.

Additional Documentation

Required Documents: In addition to your cover letter 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 click ‘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.

Please 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 online, please submit your completed application form, cover letter, resume, and bio, 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.

Agency Website:

The Governors of the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary

Link to Enabling Legislation:

Post-secondary Learning Act