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Job Opportunity: Director, Arts & Science Co-op Programs

University of Toronto Scarborough
posted on April 26, 2016

Job Number: 1600559
Faculty/Division: UTSC: Arts & Science Co-op Programs
Campus: Scarborough

The University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) has been a leader in co-operative education, combining academic study with alternating work terms, for 40 years. The Arts & Science Co-op Programs is highly valued and is recognized for a strong track record of success, which gives students an opportunity to test skills learned in the classroom, and to expand their knowledge through related work experience.  The Arts & Science Co-op Office is responsible for preparing students in over 25 unique program areas to compete for paid co-op work opportunities. The Office also is responsible for engaging industry partners who provide these work terms. A coordinated effort among the stakeholders of student, employer, faculty, Co-op staff and campus partners contributes to the development of well-qualified graduates who are prepared to assume a productive role in society. With a commitment to excellence, equity, diversity and inclusion, the department works closely with campus and employer partners to support students as they work to achieve their academic and Co-op aspirations. 

Reporting to the Assistant Dean, the Director, Arts & Science Co-op Programs is responsible for the strategic leadership and successful management of the Arts & Science Co-op Programs; leading a team of skilled professionals in serving undergraduate and graduate co-op students; and in building strong partnerships with employers and faculty. The Director is responsible for the experiential education component of the UTSC Co-op academic programs, including planning and delivery of programs related to the work-term preparedness, employability skills development, co-op job search, and the securing of placement for students. . This includes overseeing employment coaching, career advising, and business development functions.

The role of the Director will focus on 4 critical areas: 1) program leadership and strategy development to enhance the overall status of the program; 2) leadership and management of a growing and evolving team and operation of a growing unit in relation to human resources, finance, space planning, facilities management and information technology; 3) building and enhancing the overall Arts & Science Co-op student career experience; 4) serving as a senior representative of the Arts & Science Co-op Programs to engage partners and build positive relations with corporate partners, university partners and alumni.

The Director is responsible for developing and directing the implementation of marketing and communication strategies to attract and retain excellent students.  The incumbent will ensure close connections between the Co-op Office and academic departments; create a seamless integration of Co-op services with other student services at UTSC; and oversee the development of suitable work-term placement opportunities for co-op students. 

Qualifications: (Minimum)

Education: Post-graduate degree (Masters) in Adult Education or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience. Education should include a focus on adult education principles, program planning and evaluation, issues in higher education and leadership.

Experience: A minimum of 8 years experience as a leader and manager of a mid-sized team; demonstrated experience in a role committed to excellence in meeting the needs of student clients preferably in a fast-paced metrics driven post secondary environment. Program management experience and experience executing a departmental strategic plan is required.  Experience successfully leading and managing change in a complex setting that necessitates a dynamic and responsive action oriented approach. Experience with and an understanding of the increasingly important role of employment services to students within the post secondary setting is crucial.  Must have the ability to articulate a vision, and formulate action plans for the strong development of co-op services, and have a strong understanding of business and client development.  Strong management experience, preferably in a unionized environment and managing a team with multiple areas of expertise.  

Skills: Demonstrated skills and interest in using technology to increase efficiencies.  Must have strong analytical skills; experience with strategic budgeting, budget forecasting and financial analysis; adept with using critical analysis of data (including admissions, employment and survey data) to inform strategic decision-making.  A creative and pragmatic, strategic thinker with strong implementation skills; proven marketing and networking talents.  Demonstrated commitment to excellence in leading a diverse, professional team to achieve results and meet multiple stakeholder needs.

Other: Demonstrated ability to develop and market competitive differentials within a highly competitive market.  Must have high initiative, strong organizational and problem solving skills, and be a strong leader who is nimble and able to embrace and manage change.    Must be politically astute with the ability to undertake sensitive discussions and advocate for UTSC.  Highly developed skills in oral and written communication, including effective presentation skills for small and large audiences. Demonstrated negotiation and conflict resolution abilities are required.
Employee Group: Professionals / Managers 
Appointment Type: Budget - Continuing 
Schedule: Full - Time
Pay Scale Group and Hiring Rate: PM 5 -- Broadband Salary Range: $80,613 - $125,485 -- Hiring Zone: $80,613 - $100,769   
Job Closing: May 9, 2016, 11:59:00 PM