Dean, Social Work
2500 University Drive, NW
Calgary Alberta T2N 1N4

The University of Calgary (UCalgary) is one of Canada’s top comprehensive research universities, with over 6,500 graduate students and 28,000 undergraduate students in 14 faculties, over 1,800 academic staff, and over 3,200 non-academic staff across five campuses.
The Faculty of Social Work has provided innovative social work education for more than 50 years and is the largest school of social work in Canada. We are consistently ranked among the top 15 research social work schools in North America and offer a range of undergraduate and graduate programs delivered across the province through nationally accredited in-person, online, and blended learning programs and community-based learning circles to meet the needs of our diverse full-time students and working professionals. Our research contributes to a greater understanding of complex social issues while making a difference in the lives of millions of people locally, nationally and internationally.

Reporting to the Provost and Vice-President (Academic), the Dean leads the strategic direction of the Faculty of Social Work to ensure program and academic excellence, effectively deploy resources and inspire colleagues. As the chief advocate for the Faculty, the Dean is responsible for building meaningful relationships with community partners, government, members of the profession, key stakeholders and donors. You will collaborate with a passionate and accomplished team to build upon best-in-class successes already achieved at the University of Calgary.

As the ideal candidate, you will have a PhD or professional graduate degree and extensive professional experience as well as an academic record commensurate with an appointment with Tenure at the rank of Professor. You will bring a background in social work and will be eligible for registration as a social worker in Alberta. You will have demonstrated excellence in research and scholarship and in post-secondary academic leadership over a minimum of 5 years during previous positions that may include roles such as Associate Dean, Department Head or Institute Director.

Through your established organizational and administrative ability, you will have gained extensive financial and budgeting skills, demonstrated impactful community engagement and proven fund development experience, with a track record of securing funding from
competitive peer reviewed granting agencies and/or donors.
You are a thoughtful and transparent leader who demonstrates exceptional interpersonal, communication and collaboration skills with the proven capacity to advocate, influence and motivate across diverse stakeholders.
Embrace your role as a servant leader and contribute to the largest growing profession in the world in a collaborative culture where excellence and innovation are valued and rewarded.

Consistently rated by the United Nations as the world’s best country to live in, Canada is the world’s second largest country by total area and is one of the most ethnically diverse and multicultural nations. The 10th largest advanced economy in the world, relying upon its abundant natural resources and sophisticated international trade networks, Canada ranks among the highest in international measurements of government transparency, civil liberties, quality of life, economic freedom, and education.
The University of Calgary’s comprehensive benefits and pension program is designed to promote a productive level of health and well-being to staff members through coverage for health, dental, life insurance, income protection for disability, and retirement income planning. The salary range for this position is $142,000 – $230,000 per annum and will be negotiated based on the candidate’s skills and experience.
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As an inclusive employer, the University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.

To explore this opportunity further, please send your CV and Letter of Interest in confidence to

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