Chair, School of Aviation

Seneca has renewed its mission with a focus on delivering great polytechnic education that combines rigorous academics with practical training across a huge range of careers and professions. Seneca is also one of Canada’s premier aviation schools and a national leader in aviation education. Renowned internationally for quality graduates, expert faculty and strong industry partnerships, graduates have a variety of career options, whether it be flight and airline operations, safety management or quality assurance.

Seneca is actively seeking the next Chair, School of Aviation (SoA), Canada’s premier collegiate flight training and flight operations unit. The dynamic and effective leader will oversee the School’s operations, and growth.

Position Summary:

Reporting to the Dean of Seneca Business, the Chair of the SoA is responsible for providing academic leadership and management at both the Peterborough and Newnham campuses. The incumbent works as part of the Seneca Business Leadership Team in the development and implementation of the Faculty’s strategic initiatives that are aligned with Seneca’s long-term objectives.

The Chair is the primary contact on day-to-day operations of the School and works collaboratively with staff, faculty and Seneca Business colleagues on the development and implementation of Seneca’s strategic initiatives. The Chair leads all phases of the program development process for course/program planning and delivery. A dynamic, inclusive and pragmatic leader, the Chair will recruit, manage, coach, and mentor faculty/staff to achieve the School’s operational plans.

The Chair of the School of Aviation will develop and grow partnerships with business/industry and associations and will participate in external events and outreach activities that benefit both the School and Seneca. As the senior leader of the School, the Chair will be required to support Seneca’s commitment to building an equitable institution by modeling behaviours that support anti-bias and inclusivity in programming, recruitment and retention of faculty, staff and students.


As the ideal candidate, the next Chair possesses,

  • Minimum of 10 years related and progressive operational leadership/management experience in the aviation and/or related industry with management experience within a post-secondary educational environment strongly preferred.
  • Minimum completed Bachelor’s degree in a related discipline, with a Master’s degree preferred and sound knowledge and/or experience of flight operations.
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering academic excellence and student success, strong leadership competencies and solid experience working within a diverse, unionized work environment.
    Strong operational management experience, with the ability to prioritize, delegate and meet deadlines. A dynamic and resilient leader, the Chair of the SoA will have highly developed emotional intelligence skills with the ability to demonstrate diplomacy and tact.
  • Candidates will possess excellent negotiation, mediation, conflict-resolution, communication, listening, and interpersonal skills, including well-developed interpersonal and relationship-building skills.

If you’re interested in this opportunity, contact Amorell Saunders N’Daw at asaundersndaw@kbrs.ca or Janet Rose at jrose@kbrs.ca, or submit your application online below by clicking the "Apply Now" button.  

Please be aware that this is a reposting of the ad. If you have previously applied, you need not reapply.

Seneca is committed to diversity and encourages applications from qualified candidates, especially indigenous persons, members of sexual minority groups, visible minorities, women, and persons with disabilities. View Seneca’s Diversity Policy. Seneca College will provide support in its recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities, including accommodation that takes into account an applicant’s accessibility needs. If you require accommodation because of a disability or for any other reason during the interview process, please contact KBRS.

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