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Job Opportunity: Coordinator, Cooperative Education

posted on June 19, 2017
Wilfrid Laurier University
Posting ID : 8075
Apply By : 6/27/2017
Position Title : Co-ordinator: Cooperative Education
Department : Co-operative Education
Job Type : Full-time, Limited Term
Campus : Waterloo
Reports To : Associate Director, Co operative Education
Position Summary :

At Laurier, we are a community. It’s what brings our students here and what keeps our people here.

As an educational institution, we inspire lives of leadership and purpose in our student community. As an employer, we seek, foster and value the same qualities of leadership and purpose in our employee community.

We currently have an opportunity to join the Laurier community as an Co-ordinator: Cooperative Education. 

The Co-ordinator: Cooperative Education is accountable for contributing to the education, career planning and personal growth of Laurier students by interviewing and selecting them for admission to co-op, preparing them for their job search and employment, generating career related work opportunities which provide them with marketable employment skills, monitoring student performance and helping to resolve issues in the work place, and interacting with academic and professional bodies to strengthen ties between Co-op, Laurier and the business community.

 Co-ordinators serve employers by responding to their recruiting needs, offering them access to mature, skilled and energetic students, co-ordinating the hiring process, and procuring their satisfaction with students hired during work terms. Co-ordinators provide personal, responsive service to students and employers.

Organizational Structure

The Department of Co-operative Education is responsible for Co-op at Laurier which is available in arts, science, business and economics at the Waterloo campus, along with business technology management in Brantford and currently involves the employment of students in more than 1,800 work terms annually.

This position is one of ten reporting directly to the Director of Co operative Education, including the Associate Director, the Manager of Frontline Operations, the Manager of Community & Workplace Partnerships, the Curriculum Co-ordinator and six Co-ordinators. There are also four external Co-ordinators with offices in the GTA that report to the Associate Director.

While the role of each Co op Co ordinator is basically the same, each has individual responsibility for an assigned geographic territory and/or managing smaller programs within the Department of Co operative Education. The Science Co ordinator is responsible for the co-op programs within the Faculty of Science where a full co-op model has been designed to replace those with summer-only work terms, along with the new undergraduate data science and Master of Applied Computing programs..


Work independently to develop appropriate co-op work term positions and meet the departmental goal of 100% employment each term.

    • Prepare a marketing plan to promote co-op students which includes researching, defining and developing job opportunities
    • Conduct in-person marketing visits, telemarketing, email and direct mail campaigns with potential employers across all levels of the organization, including senior executives, line managers, and human resources representatives. Ensure accuracy of employer database
    • Determine and prepare appropriate presentations for employers, including both formal boardroom and individual one-on-one meetings
    • Build effective relationships with new and current employer clients through personal, proactive and responsive service
    • Coordinate the hiring process by encouraging employers to interview on campus and provide assistance and support to them before, during and after interviews. Assist with and attend employer information sessions
    • Advise employers on recruiting strategies and guidelines. Ensure ethical recruiting practices and co-ordinate employment offers

 Contribute to the educational, professional and personal growth of participating students by helping them explore career options, develop job search skills, secure rewarding work term opportunities and gain marketable employment skills.

    • Interview and select students for admission to co-op in those programs where enrolment is limited and admission is competitive
    • Ensure student preparation for the work term by participating in the design and implementation of a mandatory co-op preparatory course, which covers topics such as resume and cover letter writing, job search methods, interview preparation, career opportunities, report writing, social adjustment, and appropriate work habits
    • Advise students on the development of appropriate learning objectives for their work terms and assess their initial written submissions. Review progress in meeting objectives with both students and their employers at the work term visit, and in student work reports and their final self-evaluation at back-to-campus meetings
    • Guide and support students on job search strategies and industry-specific careers information through individual appointments; track and assess student participation throughout the job search process
    • Establish and maintain connections with staff and faculty within the academic departments offering co-op

 Monitor the quality of positions, student performance during work terms and satisfaction levels of stakeholders.

    • Assist employers in developing job descriptions and approving them prior to posting
    • Schedule and conduct work term visits with individual students and their managers to monitor the quality of positions and satisfaction of both parties
    • Assess eligibility for academic credit during work terms. Provide mediation and guidance to students and employers during the work term to resolve issues such as performance problems, inappropriate job responsibilities, and interpersonal conflicts. Investigate terminations and provide students with guidance about the appeal process when their status in co-op is under review
    • Ensure employers complete evaluations and that they discuss them with students; review evaluations with students upon their return to campus
    • Obtain final evaluation of co-op positions from students at back-to-campus meetings and conduct follow-up with employers as appropriate

Promote and provide information about Laurier Co-op.

    • Develop workshops, promotional material and forms; organize multimedia presentations and displays
    • Establish and maintain linkages with assigned professional associations for networking and professional development
    • Deliver presentations and provide information and guidance to faculty, high school students, and parents at events and meet individually with students and their parents

Manage individual projects to support the department.

    • Assist in the development of policies and procedures to facilitate the effectiveness of the Co-op Office
    • Automate office systems
    • Administer program for international or out-of-province opportunities
    • Administer employment contracts between the University and designated employers

Qualifications : 

    • An undergraduate degree in science, plus two (2) years related experience in job development, employment advising, and sales/marketing
    • Awareness of current employment market conditions and job search techniques
    • Knowledge of recruitment and hiring practices and performance management techniques
    • Knowledge of Laurier’s academic programs, particularly those within the Faculty of Science, along with an in-depth understanding of the skills of science students
    • Superior verbal and written communication skills, along with strong presentation skills and the ability to interact effectively with others
    • Well organized, results driven, effective time-management skills and ability to focus on multiple priorities
    • Excellent negotiation and conflict-resolution skills
    • A reliable vehicle as extensive travel is required


Grade : WLUSA-08
Salary : $32.92 to $38.75
Salary Notes : This is a full-time, limited term position until June 2018.
Please Note :

This position is represented by the WLU Staff Association bargaining unit.


Please submit a cover letter and resume.



Wilfrid Laurier University endeavors to fill positions with the best available candidates who have the appropriate combination of education, experience, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position while demonstrating Laurier's Employee Success Factors.


Wilfrid Laurier University is committed to equity and values diversity. We welcome applications from qualified individuals of all genders and sexual orientations, persons with disabilities, Aboriginal persons and persons of a visible minority.  To obtain a copy of this job description in an accessible format, please contact Human Resources at 519-884-1970 ext.2007.