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Job Posting- Career Strategist

posted on February 20, 2018
University of British Columbia






Career Strategist


Management  &Professional (AAPS)


Student Management


186105 - Student Management, Level D


VP Students


Ctr Stud Involvmnt & Careers







The Career Strategist, supports UBC students to become career-ready graduates - able to connect their talents, interests and education to the changing world of work. Working strategically with campus partners to leverage disciplinary learning, high impact experiences, and to broaden the approach to career development, the Career Strategist is responsible for supporting student learning and promoting student engagement in career building experiences within and beyond the university. The Career Strategist designs, develops, delivers, and evaluates in-person and online career learning across the undergraduate student experience within a Faculty.

In close collaboration with the Centre for Student Involvement and Careers (CSIC), Faculties and Academic departments, and Student Development and Services, the Career Strategist will achieve results in four key areas of responsibility during a one-year term position. First, the incumbent will support customized career education through discipline and population specific expertise and faculty-specific career initiatives. Second, the incumbent will expand students' opportunities to engage with employers, alumni and community. Third, the incumbent will improve the quantity and quality of digital, online content and support the development and curation of other career related resources. Fourth, the incumbent will embed career learning in other forms of experiential learning and in high impact co-curricular and extra- curricular experiences.

Across all four areas of responsibility, the incumbent will apply career learning theories and principles, explore relevant labor market trends, and employ advising and coaching practices to deliver, assess and evaluate programs and services to students.



The Centre for Student Involvement & Careers (CSIC) facilitates and enhances student learning through career building enriched educational experiences. Through orientation and peer mentoring, the Centre supports new students to become successful university learners, prepared to achieve their academic, personal, and career goals. The Centre is a central point for all graduate and undergraduate students and employers on the UBC Vancouver campus to meet, connect, network and build relationships; as well as to research and explore career options. CSIC provides all UBC students access and connection to workplace learning, mentoring, volunteer and leadership opportunities; and offers career and employment-related services to students, academic departments, employers, and alumni.



Reports to the Manager, Career and Professional Development with the Centre for Student Involvement & Careers (CSIC). Works in close collaboration with CSIC colleagues (career education, student engagement, first year experience, workplace learning, employer engagement) and in direct partnership with academic and student service departments and programs in a specified faculty. Maintains partnerships with student organizations Student Development and Services, Enrolment Services and the Vice President Students portfolio. Externally, develops and maintains relationships with employers and industry partners in order to build resources and programs to support undergraduate and graduate career development and learning. Coaches and trains student leaders, student staff and volunteers. Assists with training and supervision of support staff and training of new career coaches and advisors within the CSIC.



This position has four key responsibilities, with the following related duties, deliverables, and results:

  1. Develop and deliver customized career education through discipline and population specific expertise and faculty specific career
  • Support student learning and promote student engagement in career building experiences, across the student experience, within and beyond the
  • Design, deliver, and evaluate in person and online career programs, services, and resources based on industry knowledge, innovative theory, and evidence-based practices within the fields of career development and student affairs, and always in full consideration of students' career development needs and Faculty-specific
  • Provide career coaching and advising for students on a variety of career and professional development topics and work search (for example: career exploration, researching the labour market, choosing a major of study, making meaning of one's disciplinary learning, facilitating experiential learning and reflection, gaining work/volunteer/leadership experience, resumes, cv's, job and professional school interviews, networking and connecting to the workplace community).
  • Collaborate with Faculties and Academic Departments to develop, deliver, and evaluate customized events and programs for particular populations of students. This includes planning and designing the program(s), promotion, coordinating faculty or industry participation, and coordinating the involvement of other members of the Centre for Student Involvement and Careers and/or other partners. These events may include job search fairs, Career Expos, Speaker Series, departmental career/majors-specific events, majors exploration events, student leadership development training/programs, web resources, peer mentoring programming, workshops,
  • Work strategically with campus partners within a particular Faculty or program to bring career expertise and broaden the approach to career development across multiple career building experiences in order to cultivate identity development, foster leadership capacities, and grow mentorship and networking opportunities for
  • Identify when students are in crisis or in need of health support and refer to appropriate level of support or intervention (i.e. Emergency Services, Counseling Services, Early Alert).
  1. Expand students' opportunities to engage with employers, alumni and community
  • In collaboration with Employer Engagement and UBC Alumni, build and maintain relationships with alumni, employers and other members of the workplace community to strategically develop resources and programming that initiate connections and provide networking opportunities for students within and beyond UBC.
  • Develop and create opportunities for students to connect with and learn from alumni, employers, and other members of workplace community. For example, invite and prepare alumni, employers and industry partners, as subject matter experts, to participate in career development
  • Contribute to the success and sustainability of student-led
  1. Improve the quantity and quality of digital, online content and support the development and curation of other career related resources
  • Plan, implement, and evaluate initiatives to engage students in the career development process in appropriate and accessible online spaces to increase access, autonomy/agency, and customization for students - newsletters, social networking channels, websites, etc. (This work could include both the development of career content and the curation of relevant external content - podcasts, blogs, articles, videos, interactive learning tools and resources).
  • Utilize digital tools to help students explore questions, reflect and integrate across their experiences, and facilitate interactive learning for students, to increase access to experiences that would be typically limited to career coaching, advising and workshops. Propose and implement new
  1. Embed career learning in other forms of experiential learning, Work Integrated Learning, and in high impact learning
  • Promote student participation and engagement in experiential learning opportunities and create opportunities for students to critically reflect on their learning from these experiences, to connect it with and across other learning in their student experience (academic and co-curricular) and to translate it into career learning as they plan for the world of work and future
  • Lead and contribute to programs and initiatives to develop and implement a variety of career and professional development initiatives. Work in collaboration with multiple stakeholders to set project goals, timelines, scope, processes, manage communication among project participants, identify obstacles, plan and chair meetings, track timelines, evaluate outcomes,
  • Foster student leadership and career learning through coaching, advising, training, and professional development support for student clubs, organizations, volunteers, and
  • Foster an inclusive and respectful learning environment where all students have the opportunity to thrive professionally, academically, and personally. This includes work with faculty, staff, and students to support distinct populations within the Faculty and to prepare students for success after

Overall Strategic Planning, Administration, Assessment & Evaluation

  • Increase capacity in the Faculty and across the University for career learning and career conversations, through multiple points of intersection in the student
  • Participate in the assessment and evaluation of career learning for students. Collect and record statistical information and feedback, analyze, document and report results, integrate suggestions and improvements into programs and
  • Contribute to strategic planning processes and the setting of goals and priorities for the
  • Influence multiple stakeholders to create and set direction, persuade action, and achieve consensus toward collective aspirations and goals as related to career building
  • Assist in marketing and promotion of programs and events to students, alumni, faculty, academic departments, and the workplace
  • Assist in training of professional staff, student staff and volunteers, including peer leaders and
  • Operate from a place of professional practice in consideration of professional standards including but not limited to CAS (Council for Advancement of Standards in Higher Education), CACEE (Canadian Association of Career Educators and Employers), CERIC (Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling), and NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers).
  • Must accommodate flexible hours - for example: may attend events, deliver workshops or provide training some evenings and weekends.
  • Undertake other related duties as assigned.
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