Chief Administrative Officer

Job Information
Author pmnationtalk
Date July 17, 2019
Type Full Time
Company University College of the North (UCN)
Location Winnipeg, MB
Category Admin / Office
Client University College of the North
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Chief Administrative Officer

Established in 2004, the University College of the North (UCN) is an institution devoted to community and northern development, which reflects the Aboriginal perspective and cultural diversity of northern Manitoba. UCN offers quality education where students can earn certificates, diplomas and undergraduate degrees. More than 400 qualified faculty, staff and Elders provide the best of instruction and support for approximately 2,400 students. There are campuses in the larger centres of The Pas and Thompson, and a network of regional centres in 12 northern communities, including 9 on reserves.

The Opportunity

Reporting to the President & Vice Chancellor, the Chief Administrative Officer will work in cooperation with other executives, such as the Vice-President Academic and Research, Advisor to the President on indigenous Initiatives, Director of the Centre for Indigenous Community Development, Director of Human Resources, and the Director of Communications, as well as other managers and employees across the Organization.

The scope of responsibility includes change management, strategic planning, sustainable initiatives for UCN, multi-year budget development and management, along with oversight of all related aspects of finance, accounting, facilities, and workplace health and safety at all UCN sites, information technology, institutional research and policy and procedures related to the administrative aspects of UCN.

The CAO may be based in either Thompson or The Pas.

Duties & Responsibilities

  •  Manage division budgets, ensuring compliance with budget policy and procedure
  • Work with CFO in development of policy and procedure and financial regulations for UCN
  • Develop multi-year budgets and ensure clarity in budget and finance reports
  • Ensure safe and effective management and operation of all UCN facilities, ancillary
    services, and teaching sites, including grounds and parking where applicable
  • Research and make recommendations with regard to any construction, renovation, or other building projects
  • Work with government, Indigenous, industry, and other community agencies as required
  • Represent UCN, as requested, on various institutional committees as well as externally to government and related agencies, students, funding agencies, Indigenous and other organizations
  • Develop and maintain industry/business/community contacts


  • Graduate degree in a relevant field (Engineering, Business, Management)
  • Accounting designation
  • Experience in change management
  • Progressively responsible experience in financial and facilities management and administration in a complex academic environment
  • Institutional research experience with extensive experience with integrated registration/business software utilized by post-secondary institutions (with a preference for familiarity with Jenzabar software)
  • Understanding of research design, sampling, and survey design and reporting
  • Comprehensive knowledge and experience managing in a unionized environment, including demonstrated leadership, supervisory and management skills including conflict management and an innovative approach to problem solving
  • Must be knowledgeable about labour laws and sound management practice
  • Excellent Computer, communication, analytical, and statistical skills
  • Familiarity with Indigenous

If you would like more information about this position or UCN, please visit or contact Paul Croteau,Senior Partner, Waterhouse Executive Search at (204) 934-8821.
If you believe you can make a strong contribution to this institution as Chief Administrative Officer please submit your resume in confidence to quoting position .

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