University Registrar and Executive Director, Enrolment Services

McGill University is seeking a University Registrar and Executive Director, Enrolment Services (EDES) who exemplifies integrity and credibility, who is visionary and creative, and who places the academic mission of the University at the heart of her or his work. The successful candidate will be responsible for providing institutional leadership and advice to the University’s senior administration and relevant academic bodies, on a variety of areas including: strategic enrolment management, undergraduate recruitment, admission and transfer credit assessment, academic records, systems management, registration, convocation, course and examination scheduling, and academic policy. The incumbent is responsible for the strategic direction of the registrarial portfolio, and is the data steward for student data, which includes government enrolment reporting.

The University Registrar and EDES is an executive team member in the Office of the Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic), currently reporting to the Deputy Provost, Student Life and Learning. Assisted by a senior team of Associate Registrars, the Executive Director leads a team of approximately 125 full-time employees and oversees a budget of $8.5 million annually. The successful candidate will be familiar with the many nuances of the registrarial portfolio, and will take a lead role in developing, and advising on policies and procedures as they relate to the student academic experience. S/he will be a champion for system innovation, and will identify operational, technological, and administrative improvements that will enhance institutional efficiencies and promote student success. The University Registrar and EDES will have strong analytical skills, and be effective in providing strategic advice on managing all facets of student enrolment to University stakeholders, and in reporting to government and regulatory agencies.

The EDES is expected to be a strategic thinker, able to turn strategy into operational plans and action, nurture effective relationships with colleagues across the University and in local Montreal and professional communities, provide expert advice in areas pertinent to the role, and must be well suited to sustaining a collaborative and innovative culture within ES. Putting the needs of students in play in both planning and decision-making, the EDES ensures that student well-being and success are supported by ES.

The ideal candidate will have a relevant graduate degree, have a minimum of seven years of experience as a senior academic leader, demonstrate experience in all areas of responsibility indicated above, including developing enrolment strategies and achieving institutional enrolment goals, as well as experience in successfully implementing major information systems. The successful candidate will have experience effectively leading and supporting the development of large and diverse teams and will demonstrate political astuteness, have excellent judgment, and demonstrate success aligning team responsibilities with organizational priorities. Experience in a registrarial environment, ideally in a large and complex university setting would be preferred. The candidate who will realize success in this role will possess the ability to work successfully with government (in French, spoken and written); with other universities across the province and country (in English and French, spoken and written); and will represent the interests of the University in both English and French (spoken and written).

McGill University is, by every measure, one of the world’s great universities. A member of the Global University Leaders Forum (GULF) of the World Economic Forum and the American Association of Universities (AAU), McGill is consistently cited in the top ranking of universities in the world. With nearly 40,000 students and a global network of alumni, McGill is located in the vibrant city of Montreal, in the culturally distinctive province of Quebec. For more information about McGill, please visit

McGill University is committed to diversity and equity in employment. It welcomes applications from: women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, persons of minority sexual orientation or gender identity, visible minorities, and others who may contribute to diversification. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Consideration of candidates will begin September 4, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. Nominations, applications, and expressions of interest may be forwarded, in confidence, to Gerri Woodford or Dominik Legault at mcgillregistrar [at]