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College - College of the Rockies

Requisition #2323126
Job LocationCanada-British Columbia-ALL
Job StreamEducation
Job TypeAppointment, Part-Time
Number of Positions Open1
Posting Date04-Apr-2019
Expiry Date25-Apr-2019
Educational RequirementsN/A
Languages RequiredEnglish
Job Description

Business and Structure


College of the Rockies is a multi-campus modern facility located in British Columbia's Interior. The main campus is located in Cranbrook, BC with regional campuses at Creston, Fernie, Golden, Invermere, and Kimberley. The College’s Cranbrook facilities include the Gold Creek campus located on the city boundary. College of the Rockies is an exciting and vibrant institution dedicated to the advancement of student learning and success through excellence and quality instruction. Since the College’s establishment in 1975, it has continued to grow as a result of putting students first and providing quality programming.


The College has an annual budget of over $38 million. For further information, visit

Strategic Direction

The College offers a comprehensive mix of vocational, trades, career technical and academic programs and services. It has built strong international and local partnerships and provides programming to adults at a distance through 176 on-line classes.


The College’s Strategic Plan 2015 – 2020, Our Road Map to New Heights, provides a path for the College’s vision, mission and vision that will take the College to new heights of student success and community connections.

Vacant Position(s)

Experience and Qualifications

While previous experience as a director is not required, it is important that candidates for positions understand the roles and responsibilities of a member of a board and have the necessary experience and demonstrated skills to enable them to contribute to board decision-making and oversight.


Part of the organization’s commitment to good governance includes the provision of a comprehensive orientation for new board members and ongoing professional development for new members.

Diversity and Inclusion

People from all regions of our province are invited to help renew B.C.’s public sector boards. Consideration will be given to qualified individuals with a broad range of backgrounds in community, labour and business environments. The selection process will recognize lived experience and volunteer roles as well as paid employment and academic achievements.


To support strong boards that reflect the diversity of our province, women, visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of diverse sexual orientation, gender identity or expression (LGBTQ2S+), and others who may contribute to diversity in public sector board appointments are encouraged to put their names forward for appointments.


There is currently one vacancy on the Board.   The following are the attributes sought for the position(s) currently under consideration:


  • Legal
  • Cranbrook catchment area
  • Business
  • Management
  • Leadership
  • Manufacturing
  • Construction
  • Governance
  • Human Resources

Time Commitment

Normally, the Board meets seven times per year, generally on the second Thursday of each month, except for July, October, August, December and April when meetings are not normally held. Meetings are generally scheduled from approximately 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Meetings take place at various campus locations on a rotational basis including Cranbrook, Creston, Fernie, Golden, Invermere and Kimberley.


In addition, Board members are expected to serve on some of the Standing Committees of the Board, including the Finance and Audit Committee, Executive and Governance Committee, External Relations and Human Resources Committee, and attend one Board development session per year. Board Members are also invited to attend various College functions such as Graduations, Awards Ceremonies and Employee Recognition Awards Ceremony, as time permits. A recognition dinner for retiring board members is held annually.




Board members are appointed for an initial term of one year and are eligible for two subsequent appointments of two and three years, respectively, for a maximum of six years. Length of terms may be adjusted to meet the needs of the organization and ensure optimal succession planning. Reappointments are not guaranteed.


Board members receive $2,000 per year. The chair receives $2,500 per year. Expenses incurred while on Board business are reimbursed.

Governance Structure

The College of the Rockies has two governing bodies: the Board and the Education Council


The Board’s primary responsibility is to oversee the strategic direction and management of the College and ensure that it carries out its mission.


Education Council's primary responsibility is to set curricula and to ensure its relevancy and quality.


The Board consists of eight or more government appointed members, one elected faculty member, one elected staff member and two elected student members. The Chair of the Education Council and the President are ex-officio Board Members. The Board members elect the Chair of the Board annually.


The Board at College of the Rockies performs the work of the Board through scheduled meetings of the Board and the following Standing Committees:


  • Executive and Governance Standing Committee
  • External Relations Committee
  • Finance and Audit Committee
  • Human Resources Committee

Board Responsibilities and Accountabilities


The Board’s broad role is that of:

Leader -          set strategic direction and empower management;

Overseer -       evaluate performance measures and hold management accountable;

Steward -        shepherd resources of others;

Reporter -        report to government, stakeholders, public, others.


Board responsibilities fall into the following general categories:


Managing Board Affairs: Establish the processes and structures necessary to ensure the effective functioning and renewal of the board. Includes: monitor and improve quality of board, ensure appropriate board committees; ensure appropriate board orientation and ongoing professional development; articulate roles and responsibilities for board, committees, chair individual governors; define board process and guidelines, evaluate board, committees, directors and chair; and identify potential director candidates.


Organization’s Mandate: Fully understand the organization’s mandate set by government, review and make recommendations to government regarding the mandate to reflect changing circumstances.


Strategy and Plans: Participate in the development of, review and approve the organization’s strategic plan consistent with the organization’s mandate as set by government.


Human Resources: Subject to government legislation and guidelines, select, appoint, compensate, evaluate and terminate the chief executive officer (the President); oversee management succession and development.


Financial and Corporate Issues: Review financial, accounting and control systems; ensure appropriate risk management systems, ensure code of ethical conduct and conflict of interest guidelines are in place.


Monitor and Report: Monitor organizational performance against strategic plans and compliance with applicable legislation and government direction; account to government and stakeholders through appropriate reporting.


Communications: Oversee organization’s communications policy.


As organizations that receive Government funding, public post-secondary institutions are expected to conduct their affairs in a manner consistent with the legislative, regulatory and policy framework established by Government. In June 2014, Government established a common set of principles for all British Columbia public sector organizations. The intent of the Taxpayer Accountability Principles is to strengthen accountability and promote cost control.


Under the Taxpayer Accountability Principles, public post-secondary institutions receive an annual Mandate Letter that confirms their mandate, provides strategic direction and sets out key priority actions for the fiscal year. The annual letters are signed by the Minister and board members and posted publicly on the ministry and institution websites. Further, as part of the existing Accountability Framework for public post-secondary institutions, the Board Chair and President are required to submit an annual Institutional Accountability Plan and Report to the Minister, outlining their results against performance expectations.


For information about the Ministry, visit the website at


In carrying out its work, the board operates within the broad policy direction and budget set by the Ministry or Advanced Education, Skills and Training.

Board Composition

The individuals who make up the Board of Governors should collectively have the necessary personal attributes and competencies required to:

  • add value and provide support for management in establishing strategy and reviewing risks and opportunities;
  • effectively monitor the performance of management and the organization; and
  • account for the performance of the organization.

Personal Attributes

All directors should possess the following personal attributes:


  • high ethical standards and integrity in professional and personal dealings;
  • appreciation of the responsibilities to the public;
  • able and willing to raise potentially controversial issues in a manner that encourages dialogue;
  • flexible, responsive and willing to consider others’ opinions;
  • capable of a wide perspective on issues;
  • ability to listen and work as a team member;
  • no direct or indirect conflict of interest with the member’s responsibility to the organization;
  • strong reasoning skills;
  • able and willing to fulfill time commitment required to carry out responsibilities: and.
  • commitment to continuous learning about the organization and the relevant sector or industry.


Collectively, the Board should comprise the following core competencies:

  • operational or technical expertise relevant to the operation of the organization including:
    • strategic management and organizational change,
    • operations,
    • internal control and accounting,
    • technology,
    • communications,
    • public sector administration,
    • human resources,
    • labour relations, and
    • risk management;
  • financial expertise;
  • legal expertise;
  • knowledge of government and the public sector environment;
  • knowledge of current and emerging issues affecting the organization and its industry or sector; and
  • knowledge of the community served by the organization.

List of Current Governors and Senior Executives

Senior Executives:


Place of Residence

First Appointed

Term Expiry


Cindy Ann Pearson





Krystyna J. Sikora




Owner - Chatter Creek Mountain Lodges and Rocky Mountain Cabins

Wilda C. Schab

Fairmont Hot Springs



General Manager Radium Resort Limited Partnership

Cindy L. Yates




Certified Financial Planner

Steen O. Jorgensen




Retired Newspaper Publisher

Randal Macnair




Publisher – Oolichan Books

Jesse Nicholas




Communications Manager Ktunaxa Nation Council

Darryl Hyde




Business Consultant

Rodney M. Giles




Retired Principal/Educator











Jan White




Section 9(1)(b) Faculty

Colhane Martyniuk




Section 9(1)(d) Support Staff

Brenda Cortés Vargas




Section 9(1)(c) Student

Bradley Schmidt




Section 9(1)(c) Student






David Walls




Section 9(1)(e) President

Sharon Demaine





Section 9(1)(f) Chair, Education Council


Senior Executives:


David Walls – President and Chief Executive Officer

Heather Hepworth – Interim Vice President, Academic and Applied Research

Dianne Teslak – Vice President, Finance and Corporate Services

Patricia Bowron – Vice President, International and Regional Development

Drew Miller – Executive Director, Human Resources and Payroll

Vacant – Executive Director, Marketing and Communications


Process for Submitting Expressions of Interest

You may submit an Expression of Interest in serving on this board by clicking on the “Apply Online Now” button at the bottom of this page. For more information on the board, refer to the Directory of Agencies website.

British Columbia Appointment Guidelines

Appointments to British Columbia’s public sector organizations are governed by written appointment guidelines.


Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPPA) – The personal information on this form is collected for the purpose of administering a variety of statutes that authorize the appointment of individuals to public sector organizations under the authority of section 26(c) of the FOIPPA. Questions about the collection or use of this information can be directed to the Crown Agencies and Board Resourcing Office by email at or by telephone at 604 660-0465.