University of Victoria
Business Co-operative Education and Career Centre
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 close to 4,000 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 Peter B. Gustavson School of Business Co-op and Career Centre.
At UVic Co-op and Career, we strive to enrich our university community with dynamic learning by helping students achieve meaningful, successful careers after graduation. We guide and support students as they develop competencies—knowledge, skills and attributes—leading to successful and rewarding careers. Our mission is to educate UVic students with the knowledge and skills to embark on productive careers that contribute to society. We strive to be a resource for students and alumni through every step of their career journey, including their academic studies at UVic and their lifelong work experiences. We support students and alumni as they develop their careers; this includes offering a wide range of experiential learning programs – co-operative education, work experience, internships, community service learning, co-curricular records – to provide relevant experience linked to student career goals, for each and every UVic student and graduate, to help students to maximize their career pathways.
Reporting to the Program Manager, and working closely with all programs in relevant Faculties and departments, the Career Educator will coach University of Victoria students and recent graduates on career development and management, employment preparation, and work search issues. Working collaboratively with other Co-op and Career Services staff to ensure consistency of services, the Career Educator will develop career education curriculum, facilitate skill-based workshops, and conduct group presentations in-house or in-class. Individual appointments will focus on the assessment of clients’ career development needs and coaching clients on exploring career options, connecting with career opportunities, and managing career transitions. The Career Educator will develop and adapt information, resources and tools and conduct relevant research, analysis and reporting on related metrics and deliverables in order to develop strategic approaches to career development coaching and related activities.
The Career Educator leads, coordinates or participates in providing outreach services on and off campus and will assist in the development and delivery of Co-op and Career programs and services, and other forms of experiential learning, as appropriate. The Career Educator actively promotes and contributes to the growth of Co-op and Career Services programs and initiatives.
As a professional member of the Co-op and Career Services team, the Career Educator supports delivery of services, initiatives and events as required to meet service standards and expectations.
The successful candidate will have a university degree in an appropriate discipline and at least three years of related work experience in career development with adult learners and students, preferably in a post-secondary setting. Preference will be given to professional career development practitioner coursework, training and/or certification.
Experience must include:
- Demonstrated knowledge of student and career development theory
- Designing, developing and evaluating career education curriculum, workshops, programs and presentations
- Demonstrated career planning skills and work search techniques
- Navigating and using relevant technology and equipment, including databases and educational technology
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
- Ability to effectively mentor individuals and to speak in public arenas
- Ability to work effectively with a diverse population and with all levels of university personnel
- 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
- Knowledge and awareness of discipline specific labour market conditions and trends
- Knowledge and awareness of external community resources to which clients could be referred
Please note that this is a maternity leave replacement term position and the posting closing date is 21 March 2018.
To apply, please go to UVic Careers to Competition #998878.1 at: