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Job ID: 230233

University of Montreal

Date Posted Feb. 6, 2024
Title Dean
University University of Montreal
Montreal, QC, Canada
Department Faculty of Law
Application Deadline Mar. 15, 2024
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Dean
  • Law - General

The University Council will appoint the Dean as prescribed by the Charter and the Statutes of the University at the end of the appointment process. The term is five years, typically begins on June 1, and may be renewed once.

The Dean’s responsibilities

As a high-level leader and manager, the dean of the Faculty of Law plays a key role at the University of Montreal.

He or she oversees a wide variety of activities in order to ensure the proper functioning and development of his or her faculty, all in compliance with the University’s authorities and regulatory framework. In a non-exhaustive manner, four broad areas can be identified where the Dean will need to apply his or her skills and expertise:

  • Strategic: develop the faculty’s strategic directions and planning and ensure they are in line with those of the University;
  • Operational: develop, deploy and execute the action plan outlined in the planning;
  • Administrative: efficiently manage and be accountable for human, financial and material resources;
  • Interpersonal: use political acumen and influence through listening and openness to communicate, work collegially, develop talent and mobilize teams.

On a day-to-day basis, the Dean of the Faculty of Law:

  • is responsible for the planning, organization and management of the faculty and the execution of its decisions;
  • will act as a true ambassador of his/her faculty; he/she develops and maintains a network of partners, makes public presentations, particularly to government bodies, to ensure the development of the faculty at the local, national and international level;
  • ensures good faculty governance:
    • ensures the proper functioning of faculty bodies;
    • chairs meetings of the faculty council and the faculty assembly;
    • enforces policies and regulations;
  • acts as a key player in the philanthropic development and engagement of graduates at both the faculty and University levels and devotes a significant portion of their time to doing so;
  • directs studies, including administering and reviewing curricula at all cycles. He or she ensures the application of pedagogical regulations concerning his or her programs, and makes any necessary consultations in the development of new programs;
  • promotes, supports and highlights research, innovation and creation within its faculty;
  • contributes to academic life by making recommendations and sharing the faculty’s perspective on various files submitted by senior management;
  • promotes the development of interfaculty initiatives in teaching and research;
  • establishes the annual faculty budget;
  • participates in the appointment and promotion of professors and researchers, and in the selection of other faculty members in accordance with University regulations;
  • actively promotes the principles of equity, diversity, inclusion, and reconciliation with First Peoples and accessibility.

Particularities of the candidate profile

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualities, skills and qualifications:

  • Legal degree;
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Experience in strategic planning (an asset).


Candidates interested in applying for the position of Dean of the Faculty of Law are invited to send their curriculum vitae along with a cover letter to by March 15, 2024. For more information, you can visit the Web page of the call for applications (French only).

  • Equal Opportunities Program

    Through its Equal Opportunities in Employment program, the University of Montreal invites women, Indigenous peoples, visible minorities, ethnic minorities and people with disabilities to apply. When recruiting, our selection tools can be adapted according to the needs of people living with limitations who request them. Rest assured, all information submitted will remain strictly confidential.

    The University adopts a broad and inclusive definition of diversity that goes beyond applicable laws. It encourages all individuals, regardless of their characteristics, to apply.

    Immigration Requirements

    We invite all qualified candidates to apply to University of Montreal. However, in accordance with the requirements of immigration to Canada, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

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