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Advisor, Student Leadership and Career Development - University of British Columbia

This is a Permanent, Full-time position.

Category: Education
Province: Vancouver, British Columbia
Position: Advisor, Student Leadership and Career Development
Deadline: November 9, 2012
Posted: November 2, 2012

Job Description / Duties


Responsible for supporting student learning, professional development, promoting student engagement in career building experiences, and connecting students to the workplace community. Develops, delivers and evaluates in-person and web-based career development, student leadership, and work search programs, events, workshops, and resources for UBC international and domestic undergraduate and graduate students and alumni within a Faculty. Works 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. Establishes career development principles across these programs and systemically assesses and evaluates programs and services to students.


To effectively deliver services that meet the learning and career development needs and aspirations of students in Applied Science, 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 practice direction from the Centre for Student Involvement & Careers. The incumbent implements his/her work in full consideration of the needs of Applied Science students and Faculty-specific priorities, and to this end works under the guidance and advice of the Director, Student Development & Advising.
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, develops and maintains relationships with current and prospective employers that build resources and programs to support undergraduate and graduate career development and learning. Supervises and trains student staff and volunteers. Assists with training and supervision of support staff and training of new advisors, coordinators and consultants within Centre for Student Involvement & Careers and Engineering Student Services.

Supports student learning, professional development, and promotes student engagement in career building experiences:
- Delivers transformative advising that deeply complements a student's desire to learn and plan for meaningful engagement in industry and community.
- 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. Guides students to reflect upon and articulate and use insights to form next intentions.
- Designs, delivers and evaluates career building programs and resources, both face-to-face and online (through social media, Wiki, Wordpress, and Blackboard platforms), based on 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.
- 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 Faculty-based partners 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, 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 (e.g. provide advising and strategic leadership to the Women in Engineering (WIE) program).

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, 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, coordinates cohorts of the Tri-Mentoring program; 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.

Qualifications / Required Skills


Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline. Minimum of a Bachelor's degree required. Graduate degree an asset. Minimum of four years experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience in career services, university/college student affairs, human resources, business or related field. Experience in the engineering industry is considered a significant asset.
Experience working with faculty, students and staff in a post-secondary institution is desirable. Ability to assess training requirements and develop, coordinate, lead, and evaluate training. Exceptional presentation and public speaking skills. Experience creating and delivering student leadership, career and professional development, and work search instructional workshops Proven ability to coach and advise student groups and organizations. Experience using web-based platforms and instructional technology to teach and engage students in career development is preferred. Experience leading and participating in projects involving multiple stakeholders. Demonstrated competence in planning, implementing, and evaluating programs and special events. Knowledge of graduate student career development an asset. Experience working one-on-one with and delivering workshops for graduate students an asset. Supervisory experience. Experience recruiting, selecting, training, and managing performance of employees or volunteers. Strong time management and organizational skills. Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment and to work effectively with all levels of University personnel. 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. Certification in MBTI, True Colours, StrengthsFinder, or other human capital assessment tools is 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.

Additional Information

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Job ID#: 14328

Salary: $55,187.00 - $66,252.00 (Annual)

Contact Information

Kim Kiloh
Director, Centre for Student Involvement & Careers
University of British Columbia

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