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Title Academic Chair, School of Hospitality & Tourism Management
Division Centre for Hospitality & Culinary Arts
Category Administrative Staff
Type Full-time/Probationary
Incumbent Vacant
Salary $84,200 - $112,266
Band Chair 12
Campus 300 Adelaide St E
Effective Date ASAP
Duties As the Chair of the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management (SHTM), the incumbent will lead all CHCA Hospitality and Tourism programs which currently include: Food and Beverage Management, Hospitality and Tourism Management, Hotel Management International, Special Events Planning, and the Bachelor of Applied Business – Hospitality Operations Management. Reporting to the Dean and working in close partnership with the management team in the Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts (CHCA), the Chair provides academic leadership and direction to SHTM faculty, staff and students, and input to the strategic direction of the Centre enabling us to meet the needs of the hospitality and tourism industry in this region and with partners around the world. The Chair provides planning delivery and review of programs and services ensuring that our programs are sustainable, highly rated and meet student and industry needs as well as the College’s key strategic objectives.
Program Offerings/Student Support:
  • Works with external industry based groups, other CHCA leaders/coordinators/faculty/learning support resources and Academic Excellence to ensure curriculum quality, industry relevance and incorporation of emerging trends and innovations; leads changes in existing programs and identifies and develops new curricula and programs.
  • Responsible for Performance on Key Performance Indicators, Student, Graduate, Staff and Industry Satisfaction surveys and market related curriculum and learning delivery, and assessment of students and programs; conducts analysis and leads improvement initiatives.
  • Develops and maintains pathway opportunities for SHTM programs, and specific accreditation recognition in both national and international articulations.
  • Ensures that students receive effective and prompt academic advisement and support in conjunction with the program coordinators and support staff.
  • Participates in local and international partnership activities through curriculum mapping, program/site evaluations and joint academic oversight with partners, and leads the internationalization of SHTM programs as driven by industry needs and student demand.
Administration/Human Resources:
  • Overseas the planning and execution of student schedules and faculty workloads assignments.
  • Prepares and manages departmental budgets, and monitors efficiency.
  • Leads faculty collaboration with lab operations and control centre partners to ensure smooth operations and program delivery in those programs that have food and beverage requirements.
  • Facilitates the development of a sense of accountability, collaboration and commitment among the faculty and staff, including effective academic operations, student support and wise use of resources.
  • Encourages Professional Development (PD) in both industry and academic forums to ensure up to date curriculum delivery in SHTM programs and alignment of PD to department and College Strategies; organizes staff training on priority topics at faculty meetings and in other forums.
  • Ensures the smooth and positive functioning of the department through the identification, mediation and resolution of any conflicts involving students, faculty or staff, ensuring that students receive effective advisement and support.
  • Responsible for staff satisfaction and creation of an effective working environment for faculty; ensures a high quality of teaching, faculty commitment to professional development, smooth and collaborative day to day academic operations management.
  • Maintains a high level of performance through effective recruiting, selecting, developing, motivating, evaluating, coaching and training of faculty.
  • Supports CHCA management direction and related projects; develops annual business plans for SHTM.
Industry Relations:
  • Develops strong industry partnerships with key sector leaders and a broad network of industry professionals as well as contributing to the industry through association work, research and development of partnerships.
  • Leads all SHTM Program Advisory Committee operations, fully involving the respective program coordinators.
  • Engages with industry to enable effective student placements, faculty development, case study model development, and the visibility of George Brown College, in partnership with the Senior Manager – Industry Liaison, Partnerships and Academic Operations.
Branding/Marketing & Enrolment:
  • Responsible for program marketing and recruitment plans including “Closing the Sale” for new students and related activities in partnership with the Senior Manager – Industry Liaison, Partnerships and Academic Operations.
  • Responsible for the development of goals and meeting enrolment targets and budget projections, including management of externally funded projects.
  • Contributes to brand building strategy development and participates in selected activities.
  • Master’s degree or higher in a relevant field from an accredited educational institution recognized by the College. 
  • Seven years’ senior level management experience in hospitality/tourism.
  • Demonstrated successful teaching and academic leadership experience in areas related to Hospitality and Tourism Management at the College level or equivalent; an understanding of the principles of academic excellence, innovation, management and business planning.
  • Strong leadership skills and the ability to inspire, support and create opportunities for faculty; creative and innovative leadership of new program development; excellent interpersonal and communications skills; a commitment to collaborative decision-making, strong advocacy and negotiation skills; willingness and ability to delegate and to build teams.
  • Demonstrated expertise in academic program and project development, curriculum design and development, relationship building, and commitment to student success.
  • Change management and project management skills.
  • Ability to demonstrate leadership in an academic environment with experience and/or training in equity issues and working with a diverse population.
The College requires proof of degrees, credentials or equivalencies from accredited regional or federal post secondary institutions and/or their international equivalents. Credentials may require validation at the time of interviews.
To Apply
Please submit a resume and cover letter combined in one (1) document.
George Brown College is dedicated to employment equity and encourages applications from women, persons with disabilities, racial/visible minorities and aboriginal peoples.
Competition # 13-017
Closing Date Open Until Filled