Executive Director, Student Services


Northern Lakes College (NLC) has been providing post-secondary education to rural northern communities for over 45 years.  Living in the north means doing things differently and we have done just that.  By focusing on the needs of the community, NLC has offered relevant programming and made it accessible to residents in small communities.  Northern Lakes College works closely with community partners to determine what programs are relevant and needed.  By using distance delivery in a variety of formats, this has allowed residents to remain in their home communities and obtain the credentials needed to get good jobs.  Small class sizes, quality instruction and affordable tuition continue to be important ingredients in our success.

NLC is community based and serves over 50 communities including 15 First Nation and 4 Metis Settlements.  The service region expands over 164,000 square kilometers.  With 23 Campuses, 5 Community Access Points, and 2 Campus Alberta Sites (Grande Prairie and Lloydminster), NLC offers 31 various programs ranging from Academic Upgrading, Business & Administrative Studies, Health Careers, Human Service Careers, Trades & Technology, University Studies and Continuing Education.   NLC faculty are well educated and many bring real life experience to the classroom. 


With respect for cultures and the needs of communities, Northern Lakes College provides quality educational programs and services which enable adults to continue their education, to improve their employment opportunities, and to enhance their quality of life.


Northern Lakes College will be recognized as a first-choice community college with the most accessible programs and services in Alberta.


As Northern Lakes College has grown with expanding programs, students and campuses we have now evolved to a time where we need an Executive position focused on student services. These services include Registrar’s Office, Counselling, Wellness Services, Student Services, Career Services and the Library. This position is being created at a time when the College will be implementing a new Student Information system and a Strategic Enrolment Management Plan and will require leadership to guide the institution through the process of positive change for our students.

As a member of the Executive Team, reporting to the President, the Executive Director, Student Services will be responsible for creating a coordinated approach to serve students in the most effective and efficient manner possible to ensure that students succeed through a supportive and inclusive environment. The Executive Director will also ensure that students explore and achieve their full potential through enhanced supports and learning opportunities. The Executive Director leads a team of 30 professionals and oversees a budget of $3.7 Million.

NLC is seeking a leader who can support a team through the complex integration of a new system while at the same time reviewing processes to ensure that the College is serving its students well. As a seasoned leader in the field of Student Services, the Executive Director will use a collaborative approach in the development or renewal of policies and procedures, short and long-term strategic plans, budgetary accountability structures, succession management and college-wide new initiatives.


Ardyce Kouri or Cecilia Oteiza Ayres

Leaders International Executive Search

Suite 501 Fox One

10226 – 104 Street

Edmonton, AB T5J 1B8

Phone: 780-420-9900