Recruitment posting

Minister’s Advisory Council on Higher Education and Skills (MACHES)

Competition #: 739
Ministry: Advanced Education
Opening Date: 12/10/2021
Closing Date: 01/24/2022
Role: Council Chair and 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 Chair or as a council member of the Minister’s Advisory Council on Higher Education and Skills (MACHES).

Meetings may be held in Edmonton or Calgary, Alberta or virtually.
About the Agency

Alberta Advanced Education focuses on the province’s adult learning system. This includes post-secondary education and research, apprenticeship and industry training, community adult learning and literacy, and financial supports for adult students. Alberta’s government is committed to providing an accessible, innovative, and high-quality adult learning system for Albertans. Education helps unlock the potential in our society. Creative, passionate and hardworking graduates help Alberta remain strong and competitive in a global environment.

The Minister’s Advisory Council on Higher Education and Skills (MACHES) will be established when amendments to the Post-secondary Learning Act (PSLA) come into force in December 2021. MACHES will exist to provide advice and recommendations to the Minister of Advanced Education (Minister) respecting:

  • the strategic goals and direction of post-secondary education in Alberta;
  • metrics for measuring the performance of public post-secondary institutions and independent academic institutions; and
  • any other matter requested by the Minister.

MACHES will also:

  • provide an agile, forward-thinking and inclusive lens and long-term perspective on the higher education system;
  • utilize local, national and international expertise in research impact and performance assessment, commercialization and innovation through extensive stakeholder engagement;
  • view the higher education sector within a broader ecosystem and consider its role in supporting and enabling growth, leadership and innovation across other sectors in Alberta;
  • systematically scan the national and international higher education horizon for innovations, best practices and strategies likely to be of benefit in Alberta; and
  • anticipate and identify emerging global trends, opportunities and risks with potential impact on higher education in Alberta.

The Council consists of nine members including the chair, appointed by Ministerial Order.

Individuals are not eligible for appointment who are serving in the following capacities, or until after a period of at least one year has elapsed since serving: (a) a member of a board of a public post-secondary institution or of a board of a private post-secondary institution; (b) a president or vice-president of a public post-secondary institution or of a private post-secondary institution; (c) an officer or voting member of the executive body of: (i) an academic staff association, (ii) a non-academic staff association, (iii) a student organization, or (iv) a bargaining agent representing the employees of a public post-secondary institution or of a private post-secondary institution.

For more information, visit the ministry website at

Role Description

The Council Chair and members will be appointments made through Ministerial Order for a term of up to three years. The Council, informed by visionary thinking, stakeholder engagement and global trends, will be responsible for providing advice and recommendations to the Minister of Advanced Education.

Skills and Experience Required
Ideal candidates for council member positions demonstrate:

  • Senior level decision-making experience in multi-disciplinary and collaborative environments;
  • Knowledge and expertise of the higher education sector locally, nationally, and/or internationally;
  • An understanding of the contribution of the higher education sector in Alberta to the economy and the needs of the Alberta labour market;
  • An overall understanding of the stakeholder landscape and experience fostering trusting relationships and collaboration with stakeholders;
  • An interest in local, national and global trends with a potential impact on higher education;
  • Ability to take a long-term and forward-thinking perspective;
  • Strong analytical and system thinking skills;
  • Experience in strategic planning;
  • Creativity in problem solving, identifying opportunities, and developing innovative solutions to complex problems; and
  • An understanding of board governance.

Ideal candidates for the Chair position demonstrate:

  • Experience leading an organization;
  • Strong communication and listening skills;
  • Ability to build networks and engage stakeholders;
  • Experience in meeting facilitation and managing teams of diverse individuals;
  • Ability to consider multiple perspectives and motivate others with collaborative skills; and
  • Familiarity with governance.
Remuneration and Time Commitment

Council members will be appointed for a term of up to three years. The council will meet at least six times per year with a greater time commitment for council members in year one as MACHES becomes established.

Council members are not remunerated. Council members’ expenses are reimbursed in accordance with the Government of Alberta’s Travel, meal and hospitality expenses policy.

Meetings may be held in Edmonton or Calgary, Alberta or virtually.

Additional Documentation

Please clearly indicate in your cover letter which position you are applying for (Chair or Member).

Final candidates will be asked to undergo a comprehensive background check, disclosure and conflict of interest screening.

Applications received through the e-PAAS online system will be forwarded to Executive Search.

If you are appointed to this position, you must comply with the MACHES Code of Conduct for members as referenced in PSLA 107.2(4).

If education credentials are required, it is recommended that applicants who have obtained educational credentials from outside of Canada and have not had them previously assessed, obtain an evaluation of their credentials from the International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS) – It is recommended that applicants include the assessment certificate from IQAS or any other educational assessment service as part of their application.

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.

This posting may be used to fill current and future public agency vacancies.

Contact Information

Executive Search, Alberta Public Service Commission.

Phone: 780-408-8460

Email: [email protected]

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

The personal information in ePAAS is collected pursuant to section 33(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. The information will be used to administer and manage recruitment for current and future public agency appointment opportunities. Questions regarding the collection, use, or disclosure of this information, may be directed to the Public Agency Secretariat, Public Service Commission, 12th Floor 44 Capital Boulevard, 10044 - 108 Street, Edmonton, AB T5J 3S7 or by calling 780-644-3060. Applicants will be required to identify any real or perceived conflicts of interest and may be required to undergo additional screening.

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.

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