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News > The University of British Columbia is Now Hiring: Advisor, Student Leadership & Career Development (Arts)!

The University of British Columbia is Now Hiring: Advisor, Student Leadership & Career Development (Arts)!

posted on April 8, 2014

POSITION IDENTIFICATION

Present Classification: Student Services Management & Advising M & P Level D Pay Grade 7

Position Title:  Advisor, Student Leadership & Career Development – Arts

Department:  Centre for Student Involvement & Careers

POSITION SUMMARY

The Advisor, Student Leadership & Career Development, Arts is responsible for the development, implementation, and evaluation of programs that support student learning, the orientation and transition of new students, and career learning and development for undergraduate students. The incumbent will work in partnership with Arts students, the Faculty of Arts, and campus and community partners to facilitate opportunities for students to find or create community; to develop the skills to be effective learners; and to support career and professional development.  

The Advisor will lead program coordination of orientation and transition activities, student leader development, professional skill development, career development programs and services, and connect students to career building opportunities within and beyond the university.  Across all programs the incumbent will evaluate student learning and development as a result of participation in programs.  The advisor will also work strategically with campus partners, to leverage and broaden the approach to career development across multiple career building experiences, to foster leadership and professional skills development and grow mentorship opportunities for students, establishing career development principles across these programs and systemically assesses and evaluates programs and services to students.  

Organizational Status

The Centre for Student Involvement & Careers (CSI&C) 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 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. CSI&C 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, parents, and alumni.

Reporting to the Manager, Student Engagement, the Advisor, Student Leadership & Career Development, Arts will work closely with colleagues in the Centre for Student Involvement & Careers and the Centre for Arts Student Services (CASS).

WORKING RELATIONSHIPS

To effectively deliver services that meet the learning, leadership and career development needs and aspirations of students in Arts, the incumbent initiates, develops, and maintains excellent working relationships with colleagues in the Faculty and the Centre for Student Involvement & Careers. The incumbent receives professional direction from the Centre for Student Involvement & Careers.  The incumbent implements his/her work in full consideration of the needs of Arts students and in support of articulated Faculty-specific priorities.

The incumbent works in collaboration with academic and student service departments and programs in the Faculty, student organizations, and the Vice President, Students portfolio. Externally, the Advisor develops and maintains relationships with alumni and current and prospective employers that build resources and programs to support undergraduate and graduate career development and learning.  The incumbent may be required to supervise and train student staff and volunteers and assist with training and supervision of support staff and training of new advisors, coordinators and consultants within Centre for Student Involvement & Careers.

WORK PERFORMED

The Advisor, Student Leadership & Career Development uses in-depth knowledge and understanding of student development and career development to design, deliver, and evaluate programs that support the orientation, transition, career development, learning, involvement, and facets of the Arts undergraduate student experience.

Supports student learning, professional development, and promotes student engagement in career building experiences:

  • Coaches and educates students, using a wide variety of platforms and approaches, about career development learning topics, including: career exploration, choosing a major of study, understanding labour market trends, gaining work and volunteer experience, resumes, CVs, job and professional school interviews, networking, professional skills development, mentoring and connecting to the workplace community.
  • Helps students plan their participation in experiential learning opportunities and to critically reflect on their learning from these experiences and plan for the future.
  • Designs, delivers and evaluates career building programs and resources, both face-to-face and online current/leading edge practices within the fields of career development and student affairs.
  • Develops, implements, and assesses programs and resources that develop graduating student outcomes and attributes as outlined by the Faculty and Departments.
  • Fosters student leadership through advising, training, and professional development support for student clubs, organizations, and teams. Contributes to the success and sustainability of student-led initiatives.
  • Collaborates with the Faculty and the Departments- to develop and evaluate customized events and programs for students and alumni. 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 student affairs staff.  These events may include career fairs, Career Expos, Speaker Series, departmental career/majors-specific events, What can I do with my major web pages, majors exploration events, student leadership development training/programs, web resources, peer mentoring groups, workshops, etc.
  • Fosters 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 graduation.

Supports student orientation and transition throughout a students’ entry into the university learning environment

  • Works in collaboration with campus-wide colleagues to design and deliver robust and intentional orientation and transition programming that strategically aligns with UBC and VP Students values and principles, and addresses the particular needs and culture of the Faculty of Arts.  This may include both curricular and non-curricular programs or services that require sophisticated and nuanced understanding of pedagogy, principles of learning, and complex theories of transition and community development.
  • Coordinates and oversees the recruitment and selection of talented student orientation leaders that represent the Faculty and University exceptionally to our new students.  This includes facilitation processes to interview, select, train, mentor and develop student leaders with skills that will support their role as orientation leader and develop competencies that will enhance their career readiness in the future, including reflective learning, exit interviews and articulation of skills for Arts student leaders.
  • Facilitates and coordinates the recruitment and role of orientation professors and contributes to the development of the student success workshops for Arts students.
  • Supports the overall assessment and evaluation of orientation and transition activities for UBC Arts students including both participants and student leaders.

Connects students to alumni and workplaces

  • Maintains and builds relationships with employers and other members of workplace community that build resources and programs to support undergraduate and graduate career development and learning.  In collaboration with the Employer Relations Team and student clubs, the Arts Co-op Office, and Alumni Affairs, initiates connections with visiting employers at career fairs, information sessions, mentoring events, and workshops.
  • Builds and maintains opportunities for students to connect with and learn from employers and other members of workplace community.  For example, invites and prepares employers (e.g. recruiters, HR managers) and professional association members, as subject matter experts, to participate in career development programs.

Promotes, manages, assesses and evaluates programs and services toward student learning, professional development, and student leadership goals

  • Participates in evaluation of student leadership and career programs and services.  Collects and records statistical information and feedback using tools such as Symplicity, Vovici, and Excel. Analyzes, documents and reports results, integrates suggestions and improvements into programs and services.
  • Leads and participates in projects to develop and implement a variety of career development initiatives. Works 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, etc.
  • Contributes to strategic planning processes for the unit and setting of team goals and priorities. Assists in planning, scheduling and coordinating the activities of career education and student leadership team.
  • Assists in marketing and promotion of programs and events to students, alumni, faculty, academic departments, and the workplace community.
  • Assists in training of professional staff, student staff and volunteers, including peer educators and coaches.
  • Undertakes other related duties as assigned.

CONSEQUENCE OF ERROR / IMPACT OF DECISIONS

Consequences of decisions can affect future career management and may affect employment outcomes for students. Ineffective recruitment advice would have a serious negative impact on relationships with UBC students, faculty and departments, employers, and alumni.  Dissatisfied prospective and current students and/or alumni may contribute to poor public relations for the University, which in turn would have a negative effect on the University’s ability to raise funds and attract and retain outstanding students.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED

The incumbent acts independently, often without direct supervision, but within established guidelines. Keeps the Manager, Student Engagement informed through informal and formal communication. The incumbent must exercise initiative and sound judgment in making decisions and planning and executing services and programs.  Must demonstrate tact and diplomacy with faculty, staff, students, alumni and the public.  Works in close cooperation with other career education and student leadership staff of the Centre for Student Involvement and Careers and the Faculty of Arts.

SUPERVISION GIVEN

May train and supervise support staff, student assistants and/or volunteers.  Assists in training of new management and professional staff in the Centre for Student Involvement and Careers.  

QUALIFICATIONS & SKILLS

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree required. Graduate degree an asset.
  • Five or more years experience in career services, leadership education, university/college student affairs, human resources, business or related field. (Career services experience a significant asset)
  • Three or more years experience working with faculty, students and staff in a post-secondary institution is desirable.
  • Ability to advise and instruct students and alumni on a variety of career development and work search topics such as career and major exploration; reflective learning practices and articulation of knowledge, skills, and experience; resumes, cover letters, CV, interviews; networking; labour market information, etc.
  • Exceptional presentation and public speaking skills. Experience creating and delivering student leadership, career and professional development, and work search instructional workshops.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Proven ability to coach and advise student groups and organizations.
  • Experience leading and participating in projects involving multiple stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated competence in planning, implementing, and evaluating programs and special events.
  • Experience using web-based platforms and instructional technology to teach and engage students in career development is preferred.
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Experience recruiting, selecting, training, and managing performance of employees or volunteers.
  • Strong time management and organizational skills.  
  • Excellent computer skills – proficient in full suite of MS Office tools.  Experience with social software and networking applications such as blogs (Wordpress and Drupal), podcasts, wiki’s, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google docs, etc., are assets.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment and to work effectively with all levels of University personnel.
  • Certification in MBTI, True Colours, StrengthsFinder, or other human capital assessment tools is an asset.
  • Knowledge of graduate student career development an asset. Experience working one-on-one with and delivering workshops for graduate students an asset.
  • Some evening and weekend work required. Must be able to accommodate flexible hours to attend events, deliver workshops, or provide training on evenings and weekends.

Those interested should apply through the UBC HR web site at ttp://www.hr.ubc.ca/careers/staff-careers/ before April 20.