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Job Opportunity: Associate Director, UBC Sauder Co-op

posted on February 8, 2019
Sauder School of Business University of British Columbia

Associate Director, UBC Sauder Co-op
Sauder School of Business
University of British Columbia

The current Associate Director, Lynne Murchie, will be retiring this spring and we are searching for her successor.   If you are interested in joining a team of passionate professionals in an innovative and collaborative environment, apply at   Job ID 31891

Job Summary


The Associate Director, UBC Sauder Coop is responsible for developing and implementing strategic plans and initiatives for the Business Co-op program to meet student and employer needs, as well as establishing close links between UBC Sauder faculty and departments, the employer community, and other units at UBC. The goal of the program is to initiate and develop co-op work terms that will benefit the professional development and experience of Co-op students, the Hari B. Varshney Business Career Centre (BCC), Sauder School of Business and UBC in general. 

As a key member of the BCC's Management Team, he/she advises the Assistant Dean and peers on Sauder Co-op matters that impact the activities and success of the School. The Associate Director works closely with the Business Development Team to identify Co-op employers who provide positive and skill-developing work terms to augment the student experience in the program. 

The Associate Director, Sauder Co-op ensures that delivery and operation of the Co-op Program adheres to the accreditation standards received from the Co-operative Education and Work Integrated Learning Association of Canada.  He/she ensures that students receive the pre-employment training and ongoing support throughout their work terms that will lead to a successful career launch at graduation along with professional development and lifelong career management skills.


Organizational Status


Reports to the Assistant Dean, Hari B. Varshney Business Career Centre, and as a part of the center's leadership team, the Associate Director, Sauder Co-op manages professional, support and student staff.  He/she works closely with senior-level managers in the Sauder School of Business, students, faculty and alumni.  He/she also collaborates with senior leaders within the other UBC Co-op programs and at other BC and Canadian universities.  The  Associate Director, Sauder Co-op builds relationships with employers throughout all sectors to assess industry needs and create challenging work terms for undergraduate Co-op students.


Work Performed


Leads the strategic plan and executes initiatives of the UBC Sauder Co-operative Education Program, with the goal of continued enhancements to the quality of co-op work terms and student professional development for undergraduate students, and to meet the strategic goals of the Sauder Business Career Centre, the Sauder School of Business and UBC. 

Analyses the major KPIs of the program on quarterly basis and evaluates the overall success of the Program on annual basis. Based on the qualitative and quantitative data analysis, proposes changes to the program to the Assistant Dean and implements needed changes in management and goals of the Program in collaboration with the Co-op Managers to ensure the program is reaching its strategic objectives. 

Works in close collaboration with all Associate Directors in the Business Career Centre to ensure there is optimal synergy in the overall delivery of career services among all programs. 

Engages in partnership activities with other units within the Faculty and throughout the university that will augment the UBC Sauder Co-op Program, and also may create new opportunities for students throughout the Faculty and University. 

Works strategically with partners at other university co-op programs in BC and Canada and internationally with the goal of improving the UBC Sauder Co-op program and research best practices about co-operative education through active membership in provincial and national Co-operative Education Associations. 

Collaborates with other UBC faculty Co-op Programs, where Bachelor and Masters of Management dual degree (B+MM) students are registered, to facilitate access to the Sauder Co-op Program for senior B+MM students. Ensures training of Sauder Co-op staff to understand complexities of career paths in industries not typical with Sauder Co-op students 

Works collaboratively with other Business Career Centre (BCC) staff to oversee the continued strategic growth and development of the Co-op Program in a way that compliments the initiatives of the BCom Career Services. 

Provides leadership to cross-campus, inter-faculty initiatives that may impact the UBC Sauder Co-op Program and its students, such as the UBC Co-op Council. 

Develops and implements marketing strategies in collaboration with Sauder Business Development team to increase the UBC Sauder Co-op program work terms at local, national, and international employers. 

Liaises with key stakeholders including:  three levels of government, crown corporations, government agencies and ministries, and the private sector, individually and through employer associations and the UBC Sauder Co-op Council, to foster relationships between the University and the external community, seeking their advice, perspective, and support. 

Works with the UBC Sauder Development Officers and key employer groups to create and implement a fundraising strategy for the UBC Sauder Co-op Program to help to ensure stability for special projects to benefit Co-op students. 

Conducts 15% of work term site visits to co-op work places and conducts other feedback sessions to assess overall co-op program delivery, effectiveness, current industry trends and future employer requirements. 

Deals with all workplace safety concerns, employment issues (including harassment and employment equity), intellectual property rights and confidentiality concerns raised by co-op students and/or employers. 

Establishes and oversees continued engagement with alumni of the program through the UBC Sauder Co-op Alumni network , UBC Sauder Co-op Alumni LinkedIn group, personal network and a range of activities that bring alumni back to campus. 

Plans, organizes, directs, and controls the operations of the Sauder Co-op Program office, including establishing policies and procedures to ensure sustained but controlled growth and excellence in operations. 

Recruits, hires, supervises and disciplines co-op managers, support staff, co-op student staff and technical staff. 

Manages the UBC Sauder Co-op budget and revenue, setting priorities and direction for the unit and assigning financial resources accordingly. 

Sets educational and customer service standards for the delivery of co-operative education to meet the Co-operative Education and Work Integrated Learning (CEWIL) Association standards, Faculty academic goals, students' educational goals, and employer needs and oversees the renewal of accreditation of the Program every 6 years. 

Meets with individual students in the program to offer career advice and guidance. 

Develops and implements policy regarding student discipline issues, adjudicating student appeals and advising coordinators and employers on performance issues in the workplace. Oversees these processes and ensures resolution. 

Directs the development of annual pre-employment workshop curriculum to meet CEWIL standards and student and employer needs.


Supervision Received


Works independently under the general direction of the Assistant Dean.