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Job Opportunity: Career Development and Relationship Manager

posted on March 21, 2018
McMaster University

Career Development and Relationship Manager, McMaster University

The Science Career and Cooperative Education (SCCE) Office at McMaster University provides career services to over 6700 students in the Faculty of Science. Structured around three core service pillars (career, cooperative education and experiential education) we aim to help students understand labour market trends, develop viable career plans and successfully make the transition from their undergraduate degree. SCCE also manages the faculty's 13 cooperative education programs,  facilitates SCI 2C00, a career preparation course taught to over 500 students annually, and SCI 3C00, a career preparation course for co-op students.

As a front line provider of service to students, staff work in a highly collaborative and fast paced environment. Our vision is to see every McMaster Science student reach their career potential and have a meaningful impact on the scientific community.

Job Summary:

Responsible for planning, organizing and coordinating career development placements. Promotes student development, success and retention, and encourages career achievement by conducting interviews with students dealing with career choice, educational direction and goal progress.

Purpose and Key Functions:

  • Identify, develop, and cultivate strategic employer relationships in the business community.
  • Interview students to assess suitability and make decisions on admittance to the program.
  • Interview employer partners to understand recruitment needs.
  • Provide individual coaching services and guidance in developing self-marketing and branding tools including, but not limited to, job search strategies, resume critiques, preparation of cover letters and personal statements, interview skills, networking, portfolio development, and negotiation skills.
  • Conduct mock interviews by creating specific questions that are relevant to the field of employment students are pursuing, and then provide constructive feedback to students.
  • Conduct post-work placement interviews with students to discuss experiences and future goals.
  • Write career and skill development materials, and design interview tools.
  • Write a variety of documents including, but not limited to, reference letters, correspondence and workshop plans.
  • Create, implement and maintain policies and procedures related to the program and career services offered.
  • Facilitate or lead career development workshops.
  • Coordinate and accompany students on site visits and discuss work objectives.
  • Create promotional materials to market program to potential applicants, visitors, and representatives from other institutions at fairs and open house events.
  • Plan and coordinate costs, logistics and resources, including catering and audio visual equipment, for career events, information sessions, workshops and speaker presentations.
  • Calculate travel expenses for attendance at site visits, seminars, conferences and professional development.
  • Track attendance of students using services and compare statistics from previous years.
  • Gather, compile, and analyze information identifying labour market data, trends, and job opportunities.
  • Review current labour markets and research current trends within professional careers and employment requirements including skill level and comparable salaries offered.
  • Request participation and invite employers to post-employment opportunities within the department.
  • Act as a liaison between faculty, staff and students to ensure the timely communication of information and adherence to policies and procedures.
  • Participate in meetings with students to discuss and provide guidance regarding individual career options.
  • Assemble and distribute materials and packages.
  • Understand and stay current on employment legislation and government mandates.


Bachelor's degree in a related field. Requires 4 years of relevant experience


The following are considered assets and may be given preference:

  •  Educational background in Science
  •  Knowledge of cooperative education program/processes and prior experience facilitating co-op student placements
  •  Demonstrated career planning skills and work search techniques
  •  Knowledge of career development theory
  •  Experience in a career setting and/or detailed understanding of career options in the various disciplines within Science, including knowledge of relevant  graduate and professional programs
  •  Knowledge of the OscarPlus database system and Microsoft Office.

Additional Information:

Some evening and weekend work required.

To apply: 

Visit, Job ID 18734. Application deadline March 29, 2018.