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CEWIL Job Opportunity: Director, Work-Integrated Learning

posted on November 12, 2020

Are you passionate about WIL? Are you excited by a challenge and the opportunity to affect an entire ecosystem? Are you a natural leader who can inspire others? Check out this opportunity to be a trailblazing, innovative Director, Work-Integrated Learning with CEWIL Canada. 

Who we are: We’re hoping if this caught your eye, you already know who we are, but let us give you a quick refresher! CEWIL Canada partners with post-secondary institutions, community members, employers, governments and student organizations to champion work-integrated learning (WIL). We are an association that has been in operation for almost 50 years and continues to evolve with the times! We represent over 1,100 members, from over 115 organizations and growing! Our “why” is to create future ready students who are prepared and have the skills to take on the challenges of our world of today and tomorrow.

Who you are: We are looking for a dynamic leader who intimately understands WIL and all the complexities, opportunities and challenges!

What you will do: You will be responsible for planning and ensuring excellence in all activities related to CEWIL programs and operations as directed by the President and the Board of Directors (BoD). You will be responsible for cultivating existing opportunities and partnerships with diverse stakeholder groups, developing programming and systems. Your role will include identifying synergies and harmonizing activities related to CEWIL and managing special projects. We’re looking for a superstar who is ready for a challenge, which has the opportunity to create a legacy of WIL in Canada! Some of the responsibilities include:

  • Strategically oversee programs; conduct needs assessments and work with the Board of Directors to operationalize projects and plans in support of the organization’s mission and strategic mandates;
  • Build capacity in CEWIL’s government funded programs; develop supporting annual operational goals and objectives;
  • Network with provincial and national colleagues and members both in-person (as public health permits) and remotely;
  • Develop program budgets; working with CEWIL’s Association management company to maintain internal financial controls and monitor and respond to funding opportunities from external agencies;
  • Determine staffing needs, based on programs, goals and objectives and end to end human resource support and leadership of teams;
  • Identify, cultivate and maintain relations with community partners, members and other stakeholders.

Why you: You have the following qualifications, skills, talents and capabilities:

  • A Post-Secondary degree and a minimum of ten years of professional experience in the fields of Co-op, Career and/or Work-Integrated Learning;
  • A proven track record of managing teams, people, programs and leading from a place of passion;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of program development, strategic planning and budget management;
  • Extensive knowledge of academic affairs and WIL programming;
  • Ability to gain co-operation with stakeholders both inside and outside the organization using advocacy, persuasion and influence;
  • Strong consultative working relationships to work with government, members and staff in proposing WIL program designs, evaluation requirements, and stakeholder engagement;
  • Service oriented with exceptional interpersonal skills to work with a diverse population;
  • Ability to lead, manage and coach others in a remote/virtual setting;
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain professional/business relationships with Boards of Directors, government representatives, employers, stakeholders and community partners;
  • Commitment to innovation, teamwork, and integrity;
  • Advanced communication (both verbal and written) and facilitation/presentation skills;
  • Ability to take initiative, and use good judgment;
  • Ability to identify problems and deal with difficult situations by probing for information, analyzing complex issues and developing solutions for unique situations;
  • Skilled in conducting needs assessments, assessing workflows, recommending and implementing process improvements;
  • Creativity and problem-solving abilities;
  • Exceptional organizational skills with the ability to handle a variety of projects, deadlines, and schedules simultaneously under minimal supervision.
And it would be great if you also had the following:
  • A Graduate degree in a related field
  • Bilingual in French and English
Where you would do the work:
  • Remotely from your own location; CEWIL is a national organization and work from anywhere in Canada is possible,
Anything else you should know:
  • This is a 12-month contract, with possibility of renewal.
  • We know many of our superstar colleagues who would consider this role might be a bit wary of leaving their current role – and we understand! That’s why we encourage partnerships that will support a secondment from your organizational role to this role – it’s a win-win!
  • Some irregular work hours may be necessary as the role is national, over multiple time zones – but not to worry, we believe in flexibility and accountability, so your “9-5” might look different but it’s the outcomes that matter most!
  • The salary for this role is commensurate with experience, candidate expectations, industry average and budgets – we’ll take several factors into account, with the expectation in the low 100K range.
Application Instructions: Please send your CV to by Friday, November 27, 2020 if you're interested in the position. 

Due to the volume of applications, only successful applicants will be contacted with next steps.