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Job Opportunity: Program Manager

posted on May 31, 2019
University of Victoria

About this Opportunity 

One of the distinguishing characteristics of the University of Victoria is its commitment to experiential learning. For more than 40 years, UVic has been a leader in providing students with relevant, engaging and practical learning experiences beyond the classroom. Experiential learning has been shown to be a powerful way to engage students in their studies by providing them with opportunities to put theory into practice, make connections with professionals in the field and develop career related skills and competencies. The University of Victoria has one of the largest co-op programs in Western Canada, with more than 4,000 work placements every year in Canada and around the world.  Our Career Services is an on-campus career development service that helps students, alumni, faculty and staff prepare for successful careers.  Information about the Co-operative Education Program and Career Services is available at

This position provides management oversight to all the Optional and Professional Co-operative Education and Career Programs found in the UVic Faculties of Education, Fine Arts, Human and Social Development, Humanities, Law, Science and Social Sciences.

The salary range for this position is:

Recruitment range:  $73,865 - $83,134 starting salary determined by the PEA Collective Agreement.

Performance range: starting salary to max of $96,073 is available through annual performance increases.

Job Summary 

The Program Manager is responsible for managing a comprehensive Co-operative Education and Career Services program including undergraduate and graduate recruitment, admissions and advising functions, as well as co-operative education placements and career services, along with managing academic and administrative aspects of Co-operative Education programs and other forms of experiential learning, as appropriate, within assigned departments or portfolio. 

Receiving supervision from the Director of Operations and working directly with the Executive Director and the Dean or unit head of assigned portfolio, the Program Manager will work closely with related faculty in developing the strategy and managing the planning, marketing and delivery of the co-op and career programs found within the assigned Co-op and Career unit. The Program Manager will work collaboratively with students, faculty and staff to ensure the effective functioning of the unit, and will provide direction for program marketing in order to build and develop relationships with co-op employers locally, nationally, and internationally. Additionally, the Program Manager will be responsible for administration, budget planning and allocation of resources, and will provide leadership and management to a team of professional and support staff.  Some travel, within Victoria, including overnight throughout Canada and internationally, will be required.

As a professional member of the Co-op and Career Services team, the Program Manager supports delivery of services, initiatives and events as required to meet service standards and expectations. 

Job Requirements

The successful candidate will have a related Master’s degree in an appropriate discipline and at least five years of management experience, a strong directly relevant professional network and five years of related work experience. Education and experience must reflect disciplines closely related to the degree programs in the co-op and career program disciplines found within the assigned Co-op and Career unit. An equivalent combination of education, training and work experience may be considered where appropriate.

Optional and Professional Co-op and Career Programs specific qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in an appropriate discipline, including education and experience in disciplines closely related to the degree programs in the Optional and Professional Co-op and Career programs found in the UVic Faculties of Education, Fine Arts, Human and Social Development, Humanities, Law, Science or Social Sciences

In addition, the position requires the following abilities:

  • Work and communicate effectively orally and in writing, with tact and diplomacy, with a variety of internal and external contacts
  • Effectively administer, organize, plan and manage time
  • Use sound judgment in the wording and the inclusion of pertinent and sensitive information
  • Maintain confidential information

The following are considered assets and may be given preference in accordance with specific vacancy requirements:

  • Background in educational program delivery
  • Client relationship management
  • Co-op program experience

Please note that this is a continuing position and the posting closing date is 19 June 2019.

To apply, please go to UVic Careers to Competition #998838 at: