Vice Provost, Faculty Affairs

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Ryerson University

Vice Provost, Faculty Affairs

Ryerson University is a distinctly urban university with a focus on innovation and entrepreneurship. It is guided by a bold Academic Plan, an ambitious research agenda, and a Master Plan to revitalize the campus and surrounding neighbourhood. The special mission of Ryerson University is the advancement of applied knowledge and research to address societal need, and the provision of programs of study that provide a balance between theory and application and that prepare students for careers in professional and quasi-professional fields. It is the most applied-to university in Ontario relative to available spaces and its reputation with business and community leaders continues to rise. It is clearly a university on the move.

The Vice Provost, Faculty Affairs (VPFA) provides overall leadership and direction in the planning, development and management of policies, strategic programs and services with respect to academic staff (represented by the Ryerson Faculty Association and CUPE 3904 Units 1, 2 and 3). As part of the University’s senior academic leadership, the VPFA provides oversight on all aspects of employment relations for faculty and instructors: strategic recruitment and complement management, risk management related to academic human resource issues; faculty development and academic leadership support; labour  relations and strategic collective bargaining, and all relevant policies and procedures governing the appointment, compensation, promotion, transfer and removal of all faculty and instructors and academic administrators. The Vice Provost, Faculty Affairs works closely with the Deans and other Vice Provosts to enhance the academic mission of Ryerson University through programs and activities that support and guide academic staff in their relationship with students and the University Community. The VPFA may act on behalf of the Provost and Vice President Academic in their absence.

The ideal candidate has a depth of experience with faculty development initiatives and academic governance, labour relations and collective bargaining processes, and human resources planning. Candidates must hold a PhD or other terminal degree and be appointable at the rank of full professor. The VPFA’s portfolio is wide and encompasses five major areas of responsibility, and candidates should have knowledge or familiarity with these areas which are: strategic leadership, academic recruitment and employment, academic staff development, academic labour relations, and office leadership and management. The leadership style and attributes which will benefit the successful candidate include being a strong communicator, collaborative and collegial, a strong advocate of equity, diversity and inclusion and an engaging problem solver, who is a respectful, and a good listener. The ideal candidate embodies what Ryerson is known for: collegiality, innovation and entrepreneurship, leadership, nimbleness and responsiveness, and equity, diversity and inclusion.

Ryerson University welcomes those who would contribute to the further diversification of its staff, its faculty and its scholarship including, but not limited to, women, visible minorities, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply but applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

To explore this significant human resources leadership position at Ryerson University further, please contact Jane Griffith or Dania Zargaran at or submit your resume and related information in confidence online at

Ryerson University is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, upon request, accommodation will be provided by both Odgers Berndtson and Ryerson University throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities.