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Director, Strategic Planning, Analysis and Reporting

Posting Details

Position Information

Job Title Director, Strategic Planning, Analysis and Reporting
Appointment Type Full-time Continuing
Position Dates Full-Time Continuing
Hours per week/FTE 35
About the Position
Reporting to the Vice President Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer, the Director of Strategic Planning, Analysis and Reporting (SPAR) is responsible for leading institutional strategic research, planning, and analysis to support the institution’s vision, mission, and strategic goals. This position is responsible for the learning assessment of initiative outcomes and reporting, including performance accountability and content of the annual report. This position plays a pivotal role in shaping and executing the strategic direction of the college.
Position Details
In close collaboration with senior leaders, this position will drive organizational success by ensuring strategic goals are set and translated into actionable plans designed to meet the institution’s strategic imperatives. The Director supervises the team’s staff including the Manager, Institutional Planning and Reporting, Business Planning Analysts and Risk and Liability Officer, and provides coaching, feedback, and growth opportunities, including professional development and performance management. As a member of the College Leadership Council (CLC), the Director communicates, collaborates, identifies, and supports Lethbridge College initiatives.

The Director designs and implements a centre-wide service model and sustainability plan that aligns with the strategy and goals of Lethbridge College. This includes representing the centre on appropriate boards, committees and working groups at various levels, internal and external to the institution.

Specific Accountabilities
  • Strategic Planning: Lead the development, implementation, and revision of the College’s strategic framework. Facilitate the development of institutional objectives and plans in alignment with the strategic imperatives. Guide strategic and operational planning and engagement processes. Engage with departmental leaders to ensure their plans align with the College’s overarching strategic framework and operational priorities.
  • Innovation and Future-Planning: Proactively engage with the latest developments in educational technology, pedagogical research, and global higher education trends. Anticipate future trends and challenges in higher education, using scenario planning and foresight methodologies to inform strategic decision-making and ensure the College remains adaptive and forward-looking.
  • Process Management: Utilize advanced data analysis tools and methodologies to streamline the tracking and evaluation of progress on institutional priorities.
  • Leadership and Collaboration: Foster a culture of innovation and continuous improvement, encouraging interdisciplinary collaboration and knowledge sharing across the College. Collaborate cross-functionally within the College to ensure the successful and innovative execution of approved strategies; bring together multiple stakeholders and help drive data-informed decisions. Provide leadership and oversight of strategic research activities at the college; collecting data on the performance of the College and coordinating with all departments to analyze results.
  • Data Governance, Analysis, and Decision Support: Employ cutting-edge data analysis tools and techniques to derive actionable insights, ensuring decisions are based on comprehensive, data-driven evidence. Responsible for determining and developing strategies and frameworks for the effective collection, analysis, governance, and dissemination of data across various audiences and stakeholders. This role encompasses not only the analysis of data but also the stewardship and governance of data assets to ensure accuracy, privacy, and security, thereby supporting informed and responsible institutional decision-making.
  • Reporting and Communication: Develop and execute effective communication strategies that enhance transparency and engage internal and external stakeholders in the strategic process. Facilitate assessments of the performance and outcome of initiatives for the purpose of learning to embed the strengths or understand changes required for future opportunities. Ensure accurate and timely reporting of performance metrics, strategic outcomes, and compliance with regulatory requirements including Annual Report content in collaboration with the Marketing & Communications department.
  • Performance Management: Align individual and departmental performance metrics with the College’s strategic objectives to ensure cohesive progress towards institutional goals. Develop and maintain a performance management framework to track progress against strategic imperatives. Evaluate and advise on the impact of long-range planning and introduction of new programs and strategies. Identify performance gaps and recommend corrective actions.
  • Risk Management: Anticipate potential challenges and risks associated with strategic initiatives and support the development of proactive mitigation plans.
  • Financial Management: Solid understanding of the institution’s financial model and able to determine financial impact of operational performance and proposed initiatives.

Required Qualifications
  • A degree in post-secondary studies, business, or related area with an emphasis on planning, research, data science and or/business management.
  • Minimum of five (5) years of related professional work experience preferably in a post-secondary environment at a management level position with a focus on institutional and strategic planning, research, assessment and evaluation, reporting, and leadership.
  • Proven ability to think strategically, develop a vision, and translate it into actionable plans.
  • Strong project management skills with a track record of successfully leading and delivering complex initiatives.
  • Proficiency in data analysis and the ability to use data to inform decision-making.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills, including the ability to motivate and inspire cross-functional teams.
  • Experience working in and leading diverse teams where empowerment, support, communication, and inclusion are integral values.
  • Excellent presentation, communication, and interpersonal skills with the ability to present complex information to diverse audiences.
  • Flexibility to adapt to changing priorities and manage ambiguity.
  • A forward-thinking mindset with the ability to anticipate future opportunities and challenges.
  • A commitment to achieving measurable results and a track record of success in driving an organization forward.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Masters level education in a relevant field is an asset.
Salary Starting from $106,944 to $125,816 per annum; commensurate with education and experience.
Working Here
Land Acknowledgement

Located on the traditional lands of the Blackfoot Confederacy, Lethbridge College is committed to honouring the land from a place of knowing. We honour the Siksikaitsitapi as both the traditional and current Land Keepers of this area, and we welcome all Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples who call Blackfoot territory their home to disclose as such when submitting applications.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

At Lethbridge College, we know we all benefit when the rich diversity of our campus community is fully represented, and all students and employees are included. We are committed to identifying and overcoming systemic barriers that impede individuals from underrepresented groups. We are ready to work together to ensure Lethbridge College is a place where all individuals feel valued for their unique perspectives, skills, and contributions and are afforded equal opportunities to participate in learning, research, and innovation.

We are committed to creating a diverse environment for all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, and age.

Why choose Lethbridge and Lethbridge College

Lethbridge College is learner-focused, with an emphasis on experiential and flexible learning experiences and work-integrated learning.

We have a strong connection to our community and the land. We also promote a work environment that supports professional development and employee wellness, including flexible work arrangements and schedules that allow for work-life balance. In addition, we prioritize equity, diversity, and inclusion across all areas of our campus community.

Lethbridge advantages

Lethbridge offers a relatively low cost of living, with mild winters and sun-filled summers. Outdoor adventures await you in the city’s vast park systems and river valley, and we’re located just an hour and 20 minutes from the mountains. Enjoy the advantages of small-city life while accessing the amenities of a larger city, including arts and culture, sport and recreational facilities, and year-round family-friendly events.

We Offer:

  • Comprehensive benefits program, including flexible health and wellness spending accounts
  • Employee and family assistance program
  • Generous vacation time, including extended break at Christmas
  • Free tuition for continuing employees taking LC courses and 50% discount for spouse and dependents
  • Free gym membership
  • On-campus clinic
  • Professional development opportunities
Posting Detail Information

Posting Number P24-00572
Open Date 05/03/2024
Close Date 05/26/2024
Open Until Filled No
Special Instructions to Applicants

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Are you a Canadian citizen or permanent resident?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed To Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents
  1. Letter of Recommendation