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Job Opportunity: Co-op Coordinator, Co-operative Education & Career Services, Student Affairs at University of Guelph

posted on July 13, 2015

Co-op Coordinator

Co-operative Education & Career Services, Student Affairs

2 Positions

Hiring #: 2015-0203

Please read the Application Instructions before applying

Co-operative Education & Career Services (CECS) is a critical department of the Division of Student Affairs and provides services to all students throughout their undergraduate and graduate careers as well as to Alumni.  CECS represents the University’s primary support services for students and alumni regarding academic, career and vocational direction and employment.  CECS staff persons provide career development, student employment and co-operative education programs and services and facilitate experiential learning opportunities to foster the career achievements of University of Guelph students and alumni.  These services include the main functional areas of career planning, further education planning, job search planning, on-line career development programs, employer experience, employment events, on-campus recruiting, job posting services and co-operative education programs.

The Co-operative Education program formally integrates a student’s academic studies with work experience with employers.  Over 2,600 co-op students participate in 38 co-op majors at the University of Guelph. Co-op Co-ordinators assume complete marketing responsibility and student advisement for co-op program(s) as assigned and actively recruit and engage employers to hire 400 - 900 co-op students each fall, winter and summer semester.  These activities raise the profile of the University of Guelph and guide student success in the co-operative education program.  

Reporting to the Manager, Co-op & Employer Partnerships, the Co-op Co-ordinator is responsible for:

  • Developing new and maintaining existing employer relationships to support and expand engagement with co-operative education and the University of Guelph;
  • Providing advisement and guidance to co-op students in assigned programs on job search strategies, employability skills (professional and transferable) and career development while the student is seeking employment and while on a work term;
  • Maintaining in-depth labour market insight, analyzing shifts in technology and economics;
  • Marketing and promoting co-op and the University of Guelph throughout all sectors of the economy, trade associations, tradeshows;
  • Conducting co-op work term site visits to monitor student learning and work performance; and ensuring that sufficient job quantity, diversity and experience levels are available for co-op students;
  • Advising and negotiating with employers on effective human resources management and supervision for co-op students and consulting with employers regarding educational strategies to enhance and optimize employment;
  • Providing written records of student and employer assessments of each work experience and maintaining departmental and personal records and reports;
  • Participating in national, regional and international co-operative education committees;
  • Special projects, as assigned

Requirements of the position include: 

  • An undergraduate degree and three years related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • Experience in employer development, relationship management or business development;
  • Ability to demonstrate excellent marketing and account management, sales, and public relations skills and  strong knowledge of relevant job markets in science, engineering and technology;
  • Demonstrated ability to work well with a diverse group of clients/stakeholders (i.e. employers, students, faculty); 
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal and communication skills and professional judgement, tact, diplomacy;
  • Knowledge of co-operative education, career counselling, human resource practices, labour market analysis, and employment law and knowledge of the academic programs and procedures is considered an asset.

Position Number         114-004, 114-NEW

Classification               P05*

Professional/Managerial Salary Bands

*Tentative evaluation; subject to committee review

Posting Date: 2015 07 08

Closing Date: 2015 07 22