Nominations and applications are invited for the position of Director of the School of Planning in the Faculty of Environment, at the University of Waterloo. Located in southern Ontario, Waterloo Region is globally recognized for the high quality of life it offers, blending rural traditions with a dynamic high-tech knowledge sector, fueling a socio-economic and physical transformation of this region. The University of Waterloo is home to world-changing research and inspired teaching. At the hub of a growing network of global partnerships, Waterloo is shaping the future by building bridges with industry and between disciplines, institutions and communities at the local, national and global levels.

The School of Planning has been at the forefront of Canadian Planning research and teaching for nearly 50 years, characterized by a comprehensive, applied, and inter-disciplinary approach to planning with vibrant ties to the profession. Home to over 400 undergraduate students, 80 graduate students and 17 full-time faculty members, the School offers co-operative education undergraduate programming and Masters degrees accredited by the Professional Standards Board (PSB) for the profession, as well as a new on-line professional Master’s degree and a doctoral program that has, for 20 years, prepared individuals for both academic and non-academic careers – attracting the best and brightest students from across Canada and around the world. Five administrative staff, one full-time instructor and several part-time instructors support the School, and its faculty conduct research in diverse areas that include city growth and change, housing, transportation, inclusive cities, sustainability and urban design. As the School seeks to further advance its stature and profile both in Canada and internationally, the new Director will have the opportunity to guide the development and implementation of its next strategic plan.

The Director of the School of Planning provides overall leadership to the School and is responsible for all of its internal and financial operations and its internal/external relations. He/she is an officer of the Faculty of Environment, making independent judgments on faculty matters and serving as a member of the university’s academic leadership team.

Goals for the Director of the School of Planning include:

  • Providing leadership in determining the thematic research strengths based on existing and future areas of interests and potential societal impacts;
  • Supporting the significant strength recognized amongst the School’s existing faculty and foster an environment of mentorship and collaborative success;
  • Continuing to promote successful integration between the School’s scholarship and the professional/societal realm;
  • Representing the School effectively in the collaborative governance model of the Faculty and the University;
  • Supporting existing and developing new experiential learning opportunities, including co-op positions for undergraduate and work experiences for Masters students in the School;
  • Managing the diverse interests of multiple stakeholders within and external to the School including undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff, alumni and professionals, and
  • Leading by example – demonstrating meaningful commitment to the School to foster an environment that motivates engagement of all colleagues.

The successful applicant will have:

  • A PhD and the academic qualifications required for an appointment as a tenured Associate or Full Professor in the Faculty of Environment;
  • A distinguished record of teaching, research and university service;
  • Demonstrated leadership, communication, and administrative strengths and experience;
  • Be a Registered Professional Planner (RPP) in Canada (or willing and eligible to pursue the designation) and demonstrate committed engagement with Planning practice.

The salary range for this position is $110,000 to $190,000 per annum.

The position will become open effective July 1, 2016, with a closing date for receipt of applications of March 15, 2016. Applications should include a statement of administrative, teaching and research experience, a statement of the applicant’s vision for the School, and a detailed curriculum vita. Four letters of reference will be requested for applicants invited for an interview. The Search Committee is committed to respecting the confidentiality of applicants.

Applications (and nominations) should be addressed to:
Jean Andrey, Dean
Faculty of Environment
University of Waterloo
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
N2L 3G1

and submitted electronically to:

The University of Waterloo respects, appreciates and encourages diversity. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals including women, members of visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

­Three reasons to apply: