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Committee of Experts for the Independent Review of Public Post-Secondary Education

Department

Advanced Education, Skills and Labour

Authority

The Way Forward: Building our Future (April 24, 2018)

Remuneration

Level II

Purpose:

The mandate of the Committee for the Review of the Public Post-Secondary Education system will be to undertake a review of the province’s public post-secondary education system, including exploring how our system compares to other jurisdictions and recommend options to achieve better outcomes in post-secondary education in a more cost-efficient manner. The Committee will consider The Way Forward in the development of a strategic vision of public post-secondary education for the next decade. Through the development of measurable educational goals, the Committee will help ensure our institutions are well-positioned to meet the needs of students well into the future, address emerging labour demands, and continue to contribute to the province’s economic growth.

Structure:

This will be a Tier II Committee composed of one chairperson and two vice-chairs selected through an open call for applications from the public.  Applicants from within and outside the province are welcome to submit an application.

Competency Profile:

Persons appointed to the Committee by the Lieutenant Governor in Council should collectively have experience and expertise related to the post-secondary education system, specifically, governance and institutional accountability, administration, program development and evaluation, financial efficiency and sustainability, infrastructure, post-secondary education funding models, and research in post-secondary education environment.  The capacity for strategic thinking is critical for the committee to develop a long-term strategic vision of public post-secondary education for the next decade.

The Committee should reflect and be able to appreciate and respect needs and issues related to: geography, gender, international students, Indigenous education, board members, students with disabilities and accessibility, mental health, LGBTQ, student support services, program quality, program responsiveness, professional development, institutional outcomes, applied research, faculty, and administrators.

Qualifications:

The combined education and experience of the Committee should include the following:

Substantial experience with and knowledge of the public post-secondary education system

  • Governance experience
  • Administration experience
  • Demonstrated understanding of relationship between provincial government and post-secondary institutions

 Strategic thinking

  • Capacity to develop a long-term strategic vision of public post-secondary education
  • Task oriented
    • Ability to meet deadlines

Knowledge of factors which contribute to successful educational outcomes in public post-secondary education:

  • Program relevancy and responsiveness
  • Research, technology transfer and commercialization
  • Labour market
  • Societal factors
  • Articulation and student transfer agreements
  • Student supports and services

Expertise in areas of public post-secondary education systems specified in the terms of reference:

  • Governance theories and practices
  • Institutional autonomy concepts
  • Post-secondary funding models
  • Fiscal sustainability
  • Post-secondary infrastructure
  • Skills gap
  • Impact of innovation 

Knowledge of current issues in public post-secondary education

  • Funding and accountability
  • Indigenous education
  • International education
  • Student mental health and wellness 

Analytical ability

  • Understand post-secondary educational outcomes data
  • Experience in interpreting post-secondary educational research data
  • Experience with labour market research analysis
  • Experience with financial analysis 
  • Strong understanding of national and international perspectives on public post-secondary education systems

 Chairperson candidates should possess most, if not all, of the following characteristics:

  • Demonstrated ability to lead a significant review process resulting in the development of a comprehensive report and recommendations 
  • Demonstrated Leadership ability:
    • Have a vision for an efficient post-secondary education system
    • Ability and experience in facilitating problem-solving
    • Ability to create a shared understanding of issues
    • Ability to appreciate different perspectives
    • Ability to work with committee members and stakeholders to seek common ground and develop recommendations 
  • Demonstrated capacity for strategic thinking with capacity to develop long-term vision of public post-secondary education 
  • Organizational ability:
    • Experience/expertise in project management
    • Evidence of ability to keep projects on track and within budget 
  • Education background:
    • Graduate degree in higher education or equivalency 
  • Well respected in the public post-secondary education community 
  • Strong understanding of national and international perspectives on public post-secondary education systems 
  • Experience with and knowledge of the public post-secondary education system, including:
    • Experience as a senior leader in public post-secondary education
    • Strong understanding of:
      • public post-secondary governance theories and practices
      • factors contributing to successful educational outcomes in public post-secondary education
      • public post-secondary funding models 
  • Demonstrated understanding of relationship between provincial government and post-secondary education institutions 
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Listening
    • Facilitation
    • Communication expertise (oral and written)
    • Including communicating to the public and stakeholders
  • Respectful of different opinions
  • Respectful toward colleagues 
  • Analytical ability
    • Understand post-secondary educational outcomes data
    • Experience in interpreting post-secondary educational research data
    • Experience with labour market research analysis
    • Experience with financial analysis 
  • Research experience
    • Participation in previous policy research initiatives – government or academic 

Additional Qualifications for all Task Force Members:

Key personal attributes required of members include:

  • High ethical standards and integrity;
  • Appreciation of the responsibilities to the public;
  • Flexibility, responsiveness and a willingness to consider others’ opinions;
  • Capable of a wide perspective on issues;
  • Ability to listen and work as a team member;
  • No direct or indirect conflict of interest, and
  • Strong reasoning skills.

Time Commitments:

Committee members should be available to work on a full-time basis in the St. John’s area. The members will also travel throughout the province to support stakeholder consultations associated with Committee functions. Members will also be expected to spend additional time to prepare for meetings and prepare reports.

Term:

Task Force appointees will serve until the final Committee report is completed and provided to Government, which is expected by Winter 2020.

Vacancy Profile:

The Committee is seeking to fill one chairperson and two vice-chair positions. Expressions of interest are being sought from individuals who possess the background, experience and skill-set identified in the board profile above and who can bring unique perspectives to the table. Consideration will also be given to a variety of demographic factors to ensure the board is representative of the population they serve.

 Applications will be accepted for this opportunity until end of day November 7, 2018.

 

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