Co-op Coordinator, Engineering and Computer Science/Mathematics Co-operative Education Program and Career Services
About this Opportunity
One of the distinguishing characteristics of the University of Victoria is its commitment to experiential learning. For more than 30 years, UVic has been a leader in providing students with relevant, engaging and practical learning experiences beyond the classroom. Experiential learning has been shown to be a powerful way to engage students in their studies by providing them with opportunities to put theory into practice, make connections with professionals in the field and develop career related skills and competencies. The University of Victoria has one of the largest co-op programs in Western Canada, with more than 3,000 work placements every year in Canada and around the world. Our Career Services is an on-campus career development service that helps students, alumni, faculty and staff prepare for successful careers. Information about the Co-operative Education Program and Career Services is available at www.uvic.ca/coopandcareer.
This position provides professional assistance to the Engineering and Computer Science/Mathematics Co-operative Education and Career Program.
The Co-op Coordinator will participate in the planning, development and administration of the co-op and career programs in assigned departments and is responsible for coordinating the academic and administrative aspect of the co-op and career program area(s) and other forms of experiential learning, as appropriate, including intake, preparation, and placement of students, job development, advising, promotion and liaison with the academic unit, student body and employer community.
Reporting to the Program Manager, and working closely with all programs in relevant Faculties and departments, the Co-op Coordinator will support the strategic direction and promote the program to and secure participation of prospective students, employers and the general public; maintain contact with participating employers and students; secure and coordinate placements for Co-op students with Co-op employers; conduct visits with employers and potential employers; monitor and evaluate student work terms; perform assigned undergraduate and graduate teaching or departmental activities (if appropriate); and assist students in developing career related skills. Co-op Coordinators are required to travel within Victoria, and overnight travel throughout Canada and internationally, where required, in order to develop opportunities with employers and support students on placements.
As a professional member of the Co-op and Career Services team, the Co-op Coordinator supports delivery of services, initiatives and events as required to meet service standards and expectations.
The successful candidate will have a related Master’s degree in an appropriate discipline and at least three years of related work experience in a post-secondary environment, or have an equivalent combination of education, training and work experience. Education and experience must reflect disciplines closely related to the degree programs in the co-op and career program disciplines found within the assigned Co-op and Career unit. An equivalent combination of education, training and work experience may be considered where appropriate.
Engineering and Computer Science/Math Co-op and Career specific qualifications
- Master’s degree in engineering, computer science, or science, including education and experience in disciplines closely related to the degree programs in UVic’s Faculty of Engineering. See http://www.uvic.ca/engineering/.
- Registration as a Professional Engineer with APEGBC or equivalent certification in computer science (or eligibility for registration/certification) would be considered a strong asset.
In addition, the position requires the following abilities:
- Work and communicate effectively orally and in writing, with tact and diplomacy, with a variety of internal and external contacts
- Demonstrated administrative and organizational skills
- Excellent team building skills with a demonstrated ability to work effectively with a team.
- Excellent interpersonal, cross-cultural, communication, public relations, and networking skills
- Experience working with students
- Demonstrated career planning skills
- Knowledge and awareness of discipline specific labour market conditions and trends
The following are considered assets and may be given preference in accordance with specific vacancy requirements:
- Background in educational program delivery
- Client relationship management
- Sales and/or marketing
- Co-op program experience
Please note that this is a 16-month temporary position from February 1-2017 to May 18, 2018.
To apply, please go to UVic Careers to Competition #992986.2 at: