Principal, Royal Military College of Canada

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National Defence
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Salary range:
$180,000.00 - $211,700.00/Year
Kingston, Ontario
Application Review Date:
February 6, 2019
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Established in 1876, the Royal Military College of Canada (RMCC) is a bilingual military-civilian university that is proud of its heritage of producing leaders for the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and Canada. Its mission is to produce officers with the mental, physical and linguistic capabilities and the ethical foundation required to lead with distinction in the CAF. Its role is multifaceted and unique, and it is dedicated to the education and development of leaders committed to serving Canada through a programme that consists of four components: Academics, Military Leadership, Physical Fitness and Bilingualism. Located in the historic City of Kingston, against the beautiful backdrop of Lake Ontario, RMCC has approximately 200 faculty, 400 staff and 3,600 part-time and full-time graduate and undergraduate students (on-campus and distance learning) in the Faculties of Arts, Science and Engineering.

The Principal is the academic leader of RMCC accountable for defining the academic policy and frameworks for the College and for the operation of all academic and second language activities of the institution. The Principal provides the corporate leadership for the development and execution of the strategic concepts, planning and broad executive management necessary to maintain the long-standing tradition of the College as an institution of academic excellence. The Principal represents RMCC both nationally and internationally, working to maintain and further promote the College as an accredited university of academic excellence. The Principal is also the senior academic advisor of the CAF.

The Principal works within the structure of the CAF where the command structure supports the generation and operation of military resources. As a corporate leader of a hybrid military-civilian university within this command structure, the Principal must navigate the affairs of the university through the chain of command. The Commandant is the senior military officer, whereas the Principal is the senior academic officer.

Diversity and Official Languages

The Government of Canada will consider bilingual proficiency and diversity in assessing applicants. You are therefore encouraged to include in your online profile your ability to speak and understand your second official language. Preference may be given to applicants who are members of one or more of the following groups: women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, and members of a visible minority group.

To be considered, please ensure that the information provided in your curriculum vitae and cover letter clearly demonstrate how you meet the following requirements:

Education and Experience

  • A PhD and a distinguished record of scholarship in a discipline appropriate to the College, or an acceptable combination of equivalent education, job-related training and experience;

  • A demonstrated track record of academic, corporate and/or executive leadership and organizational management, including experience in the management of human and financial resources;

  • Experience in leading and managing large-scale organizational change efforts, and implementing recommendations and initiatives;

  • Experience interacting with various levels of domestic and foreign governments;

  • Experience working on or with a board of directors or equivalent governing body;

  • Experience in the design, development and funding of basic and applied research in a broad range of disciplines would be an asset; and

  • Experience in negotiating with bargaining agents regarding collective agreements would be an asset.

If you move on to the next stage of the selection process, the following criteria will be assessed:

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • In-depth knowledge and understanding of the educational and professional development needs of the CAF, including the CAF doctrine and conceptual understanding of military leadership;

  • Strong financial literacy and knowledge of the federal government’s expectations with regard to accountability and reporting;

  • Knowledge of and appreciation for the unique character of the hybrid academic-military culture, ethos and values that have built the history and achievements of RMCC;

  • Knowledge of the RMCC’s mandate, challenges, accountabilities and operating context;

  • Knowledge of academia standards and practices in Canada, including knowledge of leading edge approaches and techniques used in the design, development and delivery of curricula at an undergraduate and postgraduate level;

  • Ability to apply sound governance and management principles and practices, as well as to monitor and evaluate performance;

  • Ability to analyze complex issues and think strategically, and balance the business needs of the organization with CAF’s interests; and

  • Superior communication skills, both written and oral, and ability to develop effective working relationships and act as a spokesperson for RMCC in dealing with Ministers and their staff, members of the CAF, stakeholders, media, public institutions, governments and other organizations.

Language Requirements

Proficiency in both official languages would be preferred.

If you move on the the next stage of the selection process, we will contact your references to confirm that you meet the above selection criteria and that you possess the following Personal Attributes:

  • High ethical standards and integrity

  • Strong leadership and interpersonal skills

  • Extensive consultative and negotiation skills

  • Sound judgment

  • Diplomacy

  • Conceptual/innovative thinking

Eligibility Factors and Conditions of Employment

• Appointees must comply with the Ethical and Political Activity Guidelines for Public Office Holders throughout their appointment as a term and condition of employment. The guidelines are available on the Governor in Council Appointments website under Forms and reference material.

• All appointees are subject to the Conflicts of Interest Act. Public office holders appointed on a full-time basis must also submit to the Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics within 60 days of appointment, a confidential report in which they disclose all of their assets, liabilities and outside activities. For more information, please visit the Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner's website.

  • Appointees must uphold the highest standards of probity and are expected to demonstrate behaviours in the workplace that afford respect, equality and dignity, to everyone they interact with at work at all times. The Values and Ethics Code for the Public Sector outlines the values and expected behaviours for public servants, including valuing diversity and creating workplaces free from harassment and discrimination. Governor in Council appointees are expected to uphold and respect these values and principles in a positive and active manner.

  • If you are appointed to this position, you must reside in or be willing to relocate to Kingston or to a location within reasonable commuting distance.

  • If you are appointed to this position, you must be willing to travel across Canada and internationally.

A link to this notice will be placed in the Canada Gazette to assist the Governor in Council in identifying qualified candidates for this positions. It is not, however, intended to be the sole means of recruitment. A roster of qualified candidates may be established and may be used for similar opportunities.

How to Apply

Review of applications will begin on February 6, 2019. Candidates must apply online via the Governor in Council Appointments website. Candidates are strongly encouraged to submit their applications by this date. After this date, your application will be retained and may be considered up until an appointment to the position is made. Your cover letter should be addressed to the Deputy Director of Selection Processes, Senior Personnel Secretariat, Privy Council Office, and should be sent only through the online application.

Instructions on how to apply for an appointment opportunity can be found on the Governor in Council Appointments website.

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