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Optional and Professional Programs, Co-operative Education Program and Career Services

Category Administrative and Support Services
Posting Close Date 12 February 2016 Please note that positions will close at 4 p.m. on the closing date. Salary Grade: $49,855.00 - $56,113.00 Salary posted reflects full FTE (will be prorated for part time)

One of the distinguishing characteristics of the University of Victoria is its commitment to experiential learning. For more than 30 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 3,000 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

This position provides professional assistance to the Optional and Professional Programs, Co-operative Education Program and Career Services.

Job Summary

Reporting to the Program Manager, and working closely with all programs in relevant Faculties and departments, the Career Educator will coach University of Victoria students and recent graduates on career development and management, employment preparation, and work search issues. Working collaboratively with other Co-op and Career Services staff to ensure consistency of services, the Career Educator will develop career education curriculum, facilitate skill-based workshops, and conduct group presentations in-house or in-class. Individual appointments will focus on the assessment of clients’ career development needs and coaching clients on exploring career options, connecting with career opportunities, and managing career transitions. The Career Educator will develop and adapt information, resources and tools and conduct relevant research, analysis and reporting on related metrics and deliverables in order to develop strategic approaches to career development coaching and related activities.

The Career Educator leads, coordinates or participates in providing outreach services on and off campus and will assist in the development and delivery of Co-op and Career programs and services, and other forms of experiential learning, as appropriate. The Career Educator actively promotes and contributes to the growth of Co-op and Career Services programs and initiatives.

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

The successful candidate will have a university degree in an appropriate discipline and at least three years of related work experience in career development with adult learners and students, preferably in a post-secondary setting. Preference will be given to professional career development practitioner coursework, training and/or certification.

Experience must include:
  • Demonstrated knowledge of student and career development theory
  • Designing, developing and evaluating career education curriculum, workshops, programs and presentations
  • Demonstrated career planning skills and work search techniques
  • Navigating and using relevant technology and equipment, including databases and educational technology
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
  • Ability to effectively mentor individuals and to speak in public arenas
  • Ability to work effectively with a diverse population and with all levels of university personnel
  • Demonstrated administrative and organizational skills
  • Excellent team building skills with a demonstrated ability to work effectively with a team
  • Excellent interpersonal, cross-cultural, communication, public relations, and networking skills
  • Knowledge and awareness of discipline specific labour market conditions and trends
  • Knowledge and awareness of external community resources to which clients could be referred
About UVic The University of Victoria is an equity employer and encourages applications from women, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, Aboriginal Peoples, people of all sexual orientations and genders, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of the university. Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application and hiring process may contact Grace Wong Sneddon, Director, Academic Leadership Initiatives and Advisor to the Provost on Equity and Diversity at Any personal information provided will be maintained in confidence.