Co-operative (Co-op) Program Coordinator
Brandon University is seeking a full time, Co-operative (Co-op) Program Coordinator to plan and coordinate the University’s Co-op, Work-based, and Experiential Learning programs in a variety of curriculum disciplines across the University. The successful applicant will be passionate about experiential learning, student employment outcomes and community engagement. With a proven ability to speak to and connect with multiple target audiences, the applicant will bring an entrepreneurial approach, working with employers to developing student work opportunities. Reporting to the VP (Academic and Provost), the coordinator will perform key administrative functions to support the program. The position may include duties as follows:
- Promote Brandon University, its community, programs, faculty and students.
- Work strategically to grow the co-op program and develop new experiential-learning opportunities that meet both student and industry needs.
- Contribute to the strategic marketing placement plan for Co-operative Education as a whole.
- Manage all administrative program requirements; including but not limited to: course calendar requirements, provincial and federal co-operative education registries, program manuals and policies, website content, and admissions processes.
- Market the co-op program to current and potential companies and employers in-person through meetings and presentations, by telephone, in writing, by email, by attending trade shows and career fairs, and by designing and distributing promotional material.
- Act as the primary recruiting contact for new and existing employers (hiring managers and human resource professionals), which includes guiding employer partners through the Co-op recruiting process.
- Establish and sustain positive client communication to ensure a positive recruiting experience and returning clients.
- Actively promote Brandon University Co-operative Education and experiential learning programs to encourage new students to participate in optional work-study programs; conduct this promotional activity in person, in writing (email, letters, brochures, published articles), arranging and conducting class visits, information sessions, social media, as well as using student ambassadors to promote these programs to their peers.
- Provide students with information regarding program admissions process, as well as, general and department-specific eligibility criteria.
- Complete co-op admissions.
- Facilitate the 8-week Professional Development Series to co-op students as well as other job search and career-related workshops.
- Provide one-on-one student support to review resumes and cover letters, as well as interview preparation, career guidance, and program support before, during, and after work terms.
- Work with university, community and employers to develop networking opportunities for co-op students.
- Provide employers and faculty with information including but not limited to statistical reports, market trends, average and reasonable salary expectations for a variety of jobs and employment sectors, recruitment consulting, new program development (undergrad and grad) as needed.
- Represent BU at off-campus events, such as business dinners and trade fairs.
- Provide feedback, including statistical information, to faculties about the academic programs.
- Work with other Co-operative Education offices and associations to remain current on co-op and experiential learning best practices, government and industry related initiative, as well as updates for student and employer funding and award opportunities.
- Complete special projects on an as needed basis.
- Work closely with academic departments to update and administer program-specific admissions requirements, add new programs to co-op offerings, as well as consulting them during student evaluations and work term approvals (as needed).
The position requires broad knowledge of basic theories and principles, concepts and methodology of a general professional field acquired through completion of a Master’s degree and related work experience. Major areas of responsibility include the following: marketing and job development; coordinating co-op and internship work placements; providing group and individual advising and career direction services to interested and eligible students; conducting student recruitment; and providing research and a professional knowledge base for students and employers respectively.
A minimum of a Master’s degree and a minimum of three years of professional and/or academic work experience is required.
Applications must include the following: cover letter including clear indication of citizenship or Canadian immigration status; curriculum vitae; and contact information for three referees.
Rank: Professional Associate
Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience
Date of Appointment: August 2019 preferred
Deadline for Applications: Friday, June 21, 2019 or until position is filled
Contact: Vice-President (Academic & Provost)
270 – 18th Street
Brandon MB R7A 6A9
Phone: (204) 727-9712
We thank all applicants for their interest in applying for this position and advise that only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. Short listed candidates will be expected to provide copies of credentials at time of interview.
Issued June 6, 2019
Brandon University is committed to equity, welcomes diversity, and hires on the basis of merit. All qualified individuals who may contribute to the diversification of the University, especially women, persons with disabilities, Indigenous persons, racialized persons, and persons of all sexual orientations and genders are encouraged to apply. Canadian citizens and permanent residents are given priority. Evidence of citizenship must be provided.
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