Vice-President for International and Francophonie
University of Ottawa

Are you looking for a challenge suited to your talents and experience? Are you passionate about international partnerships and promoting the Francophonie?  The University of Ottawa is offering an opportunity to contribute significantly to the achievement of its strategic goals in a newly created position. The University is actively seeking its first

Vice-President, International and Francophonie

Opportunities and challenges

The University of Ottawa’s bold and ambitious new strategic plan, Transformation 2030, puts internationalization and the Francophonie at the centre of its aspirations. The creation of this vice-presidency is part of the University’s commitment to achieving this dual objective. The incumbent’s first challenge will be to ensure that the entire University collaborates to further this objective. The person selected to fill this position will create synergies by rallying the University’s senior management team and all its academic and administrative units. These synergies will lead to innovative projects and programs that will bolster the University’s reputation and ranking. 

This vice-presidency will also lead the University’s internationalization efforts and strengthen ties with Francophone communities in Ontario and across Canada to expand and develop these communities in close cooperation with their stakeholders. Finally, the initiatives and policies put forth by the University will need to be reflected in the full development of the Francophone and international dimensions of its own internal programs and activities. 


Reporting to the President, the Vice-President, International and Francophonie will play a key part in achieving the University’s internationalization goals and in fulfilling its historic role of supporting and contributing to the expansion and success of the Franco-Ontarian community, as mandated in its founding legislation. Moreover, these goals are reflected in the priorities the University has stated in its new strategic plan, Transformation 2030.

The incumbent will collaborate with several stakeholders and establish partnerships with university, public, and private sector representatives in Francophone communities in Ontario, Canada and around the world, and with other international stakeholders as well.

Key Experience and Competencies

Knowledge and experience

  • Experience in and knowledge of the Canadian university sector
  • A solid reputation and credibility within academia based on a wealth of experience in university teaching and research
  • Knowledge and understanding of the range of disciplines and programs within a major research university
  • Strategic vision and inspirational leadership, coupled with a proven ability to nurture solid relationships, foster collaboration, and mobilize stakeholders and colleagues through innovation and community engagement
  • Proven and varied experience in initiating and implementing international cooperation programs and international partnerships
  • Relevant knowledge of, and experience in, the Francophonie and its diversity and international potential
  • Knowledge of Francophone populations in Canada, especially in minority settings and particularly in Ontario, coupled with relevant experience

Skills and personal suitability

  • Proven talent for designing and implementing programs that require collaboration between various stakeholders
  • Excellent negotiation and teamwork skills
  • Tact, diplomacy and political savvy
  • Passionate commitment to the Francophonie and to the University of Ottawa’s mission to support Francophone communities in Ontario, in Canada, and around the world
  • Significant commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion, coupled with the desire to create a work environment based on inclusion, respect, and recognition
  • Superior communication and interpersonal skills
  • Perfect mastery of written and spoken French and a high level of bilingualism (with knowledge of other languages considered an asset)

University of Ottawa

The University of Ottawa is a major research university offering a full range of academic programs. Founded in 1848, it is now the largest French-English bilingual university in the world, with nine faculties and over 43,000 students enrolled in its undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral programs. It ranks among the top ten research universities in Canada and aims to be among the top five in the coming decade.

To learn more about the University of Ottawa, visit our website.  


If you believe you fit the profile we are seeking, complete the Application form and attach your CV and cover letter. We treat all information received in strictest confidence. We thank in advance all those who apply.

The University of Ottawa is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage applications from women, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities. In keeping with Citizenship, Refugees and Immigration Canada requirements, all qualified persons are invited to apply. However, preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

The University of Ottawa is proud of its over 160-year tradition of bilingualism. At the time of their appointment, members of senior management are expected to have the ability to function in a bilingual (French and English) setting.

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