Associate Dean, Trades and Apprenticeships

Northern Lights College invites nominations and applications for the position of Associate Dean, Trades and Apprenticeships.

Since opening its doors in 1975, Northern Lights College (NLC) has grown from a single campus to five, covering an area of 324,000 square kilometres. A member of BC Colleges, NLC offers 60 full-time Trades and Apprenticeships, Academic and Vocational, Distance and Online Learning, and Workforce Training and Continuing Education certificate, diploma and associate degree programs and courses. An Industry Training Authority (ITA) approved training provider in the Interprovincial (Red Seal) trade, NLC has been offering Trades and Apprenticeships programming for over 40 years. NLC enjoys strong collaborations with industry partners, ensuring that programs meet the demands of regional industry, and students are provided with diverse opportunities and a solid foundation on which they can build their careers in the trades.

Students at NLC have the advantage of working with some of the most knowledgeable instructors in their field of expertise, supported by campus and student services staff dedicated to ensuring the highest level of programming and services, and a rewarding student experience. NLC is a vibrant and diverse community that offers the finest educational opportunities available in the North, a unique learning experience, blended course delivery, smaller class sizes, on and off-campus recreational activities, a strong resource economy, and beautiful landscapes. For more information, visit:

Reporting to the Dean, Trades and Apprenticeships, the Associate Dean will be an accomplished academic educator and administrator possessing a Red Seal in a certified trade, with supervisory experience gained in a union environment, and a broad understanding of the nuances of operating in a resource-based industry. Among other responsibilities, the Associate Dean will effectively manage the wide breadth of Trades and Apprenticeships programming regionally including the unit’s day-to-day operations, identify new program development opportunities, and engage with and provide mentorship to faculty, staff, and students. In partnership with the Dean, they will build connections with representatives from major industrial leaders and other significant employers across the region.

The Associate Dean will provide collegial and inspirational leadership and possess a passion for excellence in teaching and learning. They will bring a proven track record of success in developing strong partnerships with external partners and communities, and the ability to conceptualize and operationalize projects and make sound decisions. The successful candidate will bring significant experience that illustrates their commitment to Indigeneity, diversity, and inclusion. They will be an excellent communicator, collaborator, and motivator, and a person of unassailable integrity and character.

Consideration of candidates will commence in mid-June 2021 and continue until the position is filled. Inquiries and/or applications, in confidence, should be directed to Esther McGregor or Krutika Hotwani at

Northern Lights College and Odgers Berndtson are committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcome applications from women, racially visible minorities, Indigenous peoples, and LGBTQ+ persons. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply, but applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In accordance with the AODA, accommodation will be provided to individuals with disabilities throughout the recruitment process.