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Job Posting! : Associate Director, Co-operative Education, Conestoga College

posted on June 5, 2014

Associate Director, Co-operative Education

Competition #: 14-101

Campus: Doon, Conestoga College

Department: Co-op & Career Services

Hours/Week 37.5

Posting Date: Monday, June 02, 2014

Closing Date: Monday, June 16, 2014 (midnight)

Vacancy Type: Administration-Full-time


Full-time, new, permanent


We require a qualified individual to join the Co-operative Education and Career Services department to manage the co-op process for Conestoga’s 53 co-op programs with a goal of securing quality work term opportunities for approximately 2,000 students annually.

  • Manage a team of 15 co-op advisors, employer relations consultants and employment officers focused on providing excellent service and support to co-op students and employers
  • Provide effective staff recruiting, selection, training, motivating and performance management
  • In consultation with staff, develop and implement annual Co-op Business Development Plans and prepare fiscal year-end reports
  • Ensure ongoing enhancement of the Co-op and Career Preparation (CDEV) course
  • Collaborate with other college departments to provide comprehensive services to employers
  • Provide advice and guidance to staff on dealing with employer and student issues and complaints
  • Maintain strong working relationships with academic administrators with a goal of improving the quality of co-op education at Conestoga
  • Develop and revise, as needed, co-op policies/procedures, guidelines and forms
  • Develop and implement strategies to market new co-op programs
  • Remain current on regional, provincial and national labour market trends and analyze their impact on co-op employment opportunities
  • Maximize the use of MyCareer, Conestoga’s online student and graduate recruiting system


  • Master’s degree in related discipline, preferably business or management
  • Seven years current  relevant work experience
  • Experience managing in a unionized environment is considered an asset
  • Strong leadership and management skills
  • Ability to build teams and manage change
  • Excellent communication, networking and relationship building skills
  • Knowledge of sales and marketing techniques
  • Experience using technology to deliver services
  • Understanding of customer relationship management databases
  • Knowledge of labour market trends and employer recruiting needs
  • Experience working with international students or immigrants to secure employment