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Job Opportunity: Director of Career Services

Dalhousie University
posted on February 22, 2016
Dalhousie University Faculty of Architecture and Planning is looking for a Director of Career Services to provide coop and related services to architecture and planning students.

Director Career Services
Faculty of Architecture & Planning

Influential driver of the region’s intellectual, social and economic development, Dalhousie has campuses in Halifax and Truro and a satellite of its Medical School in Saint John, New Brunswick. The university, poised to celebrate 200 years of academic excellence in 2018, is united in a purpose-driven quest to make a lasting impact on the world.
The Faculty of Architecture and Planning (FoA&P) comprises two Schools that offer professional education in architecture and planning. The programs include a cooperative education or internship component. Reporting to the Dean, the Director of Career Services delivers career and employment services for the Faculty’s students. alumni, and workforce partners; manages FoA&P professional practice-based course work in concert
with faculty members and the School Directors; introduces students through workshops, programs, and counseling to job acquisition skills, career options and the paths to reach them, and the importance of lifelong learning in a continually changing employment landscape; and supports international exchange opportunities for the Faculty, The Director of Career Services represents the Faculty within the University and external communities on cooperative education, careers and international exchanges; and liaises with the professional practice communities relevant to the Faculty’s programs.

Key Responsibilities:

• Plan and manage co-op work placements and internships and develop placement opportunities with local, regional, national and international employers.
• Develop and maintain an active and up-to-date, on-line data-base of available employment and internship opportunities in local, regional, and international markets.
• Manage practice-based courses, evaluate and recommend work term placement and course credit for Faculty approval and provide advice and analysis to the Professional Practice Teaching Group, the internship seminar and curriculum committees on student and new graduate career development.
• Organize and implement practice-based course events, job search workshops and information sessions to prepare students for prospective internships and employment opportunities.
• Establish and manage international exchanges in coordination with the Schools’ Directors, Dean, and relevant University offices and monitor and implement Faculty and University policies related to international exchanges.
• Develop and implement the Faculty Career Services strategic plan and budget in consultation with Directors and Dean, establish working priorities and monitor performance.

An undergraduate degree in Business Administration, Public Relations, Marketing or related degree plus three to five years progressive experience in program management in business, industry or academia. Must have strong commitment to service and possess leadership and management skills and the ability to build relationships with employers and the community. Excellent communication, strategic thinking, networking and
relationship building skills. Knowledge of labour market trends and employer recruiting needs.

Experience working with international students or immigrants in an employment environment is an asset. Must have initiative, the ability to work with a high degree of autonomy and the ability to partner with cross-functional teams and departments to achieve a common goal required. Experience with FileMaker and Banner to
manage student employment database and data analysis is an asset.

As an employer of choice, Dalhousie University offers an attractive total compensation package, including a defined benefit pension plan, health and dental plans, a health spending account, an employee and family assistance plan, and a tuition assistance program.

Apply online by Monday 14 March 2016

Salary Range: $56,081 - $75,875 (ADM-06 Provisional)

This is a provisional classification. Formal classification procedures will be initiated by the Compensation & Job Evaluation Unit in approximately six months.

This position is part of the Dalhousie Professional & Managerial Group (DPMG).


Applications from university employees and external candidates are given concurrent consideration. Among short-listed candidates, university employees will be given special consideration. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Dalhousie University is committed to fostering a collegial culture grounded in diversity and inclusiveness. The university encourages applications from qualified Aboriginal people, persons with a disability, racially visible persons, women, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and all qualified candidates who would contribute to the
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