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Director, China Institute

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The University of Alberta is seeking a Director for the China Institute (CIUA) who will develop a vision and continue to lead its strategic growth into one of the top ten China Institutes in the world.

CIUA is an intellectual and policy leader. With an endowment of $37M and the capacity to fundraise and leverage significant additional resources, the China Institute in Alberta is in a fortuitous position. CIUA is a hub for research on connections, junctures, and relationships that are forming between China, Alberta and Canada, attracting a dynamic community of scholars.

These scholars cluster into interdisciplinary and collaborative groups which analyze and identify the nature of the past, current, and future relationships between the two cultures and governments.

CIUA will provide the best thinking on the future of China, specifically in policy areas where the University of Alberta and Alberta have a competitive advantage by virtue of strategic assets and expertise. These could include energy, environment, agriculture, science and technology, and higher education.

The candidate must possess a proven track record as an eminent international scholar in a field relevant to Chinese studies and at a level commensurate with appointment at the senior academic rank. Alternatively, individuals who have had a high-profile and successful China-centered career in public service will also be considered.

While a degree is required, the focus will be on the candidate’s experience as this challenging role demands significant experience working with Chinese universities, organizations, and/or agencies; a strong public presence – articulate, passionate, energetic, and highly visible – with the ability to motivate and inspire others to support and participate in the initiatives of the Institute; demonstrated understanding of a broad range of disciplines, the business world, international collaboration, and the effect China will have on the future of Alberta and Canada; and an extensive network of contacts in China and internationally; and fluency in a Chinese language, preferably Mandarin.

The Director will also be expected to develop a dynamic vision which engages industry, governments, and other academic institutions in its activities. The Director will be responsible for developing the scholarly mission as well as academic collaborations across the University of Alberta campus, and with leading universities across the world engaged in China studies, including Chinese universities.

The Director will lead in the development of world-class research programs and advance the University of Alberta’s reputation for excellence in research, scholarship and policy on China and for collaborative research with international institutions and scholars.

The Director will provide advice to the President on strategic issues and report to the Vice-President (Research and Innovation) on operational issues. The Director will also be expected to lead fundraising efforts, with the support of the Development team, with the aim of increasing the endowment of the China Institute.

The University of Alberta in Edmonton is one of the top teaching and research universities in Canada, with an international reputation for excellence across the humanities, sciences, creative arts, business, engineering, and health sciences. Home to more than 40,000 students from 156 countries, the University attracts over $500 million in annual research funding. It offers more 700 undergraduate and graduate programs in 18 faculties across five campuses.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Immigration Canada Policy, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Applicants with a Social Insurance Number (SIN) should include the first three digits of their SIN on their application for Labour Market impact Assessment (LMIA)-reporting purposes.

The University of Alberta, its buildings, labs, and research stations are primarily located on the traditional territory of Cree, Blackfoot, Métis, Nakota Sioux, Iroquois, Dene, and Ojibway/Saulteaux/Anishinaabe nations; lands that are now known as part of Treaties 6, 7, and 8 and homeland of the Métis. The University of Alberta respects the sovereignty, lands, histories, languages, knowledge systems, and cultures of First Nations, Métis and Inuit nations.

In accordance with the Handbook of Employment for Management and Professional Staff (Excluded), this full-time continuing position offers a comprehensive benefits package found at Faculty & Staff Benefits and annual salary range which will be commensurate with qualifications.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered. 
The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.

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