Career Consultant, Lazaridis Graduate Programs (Part-time MBA Toronto and Waterloo)
Job Type :
Full-time, Limited Term
Reports To :
Associate Director: Career Development & External Relations
Position Summary :
At Laurier, we are a community. It’s what brings our students here and what keeps our people here.
As an educational institution, we inspire lives of leadership and purpose in our student community. As an employer, we seek, foster and value the same qualities of leadership and purpose in our employee community.
We currently have an opportunity to join the Laurier community as an Career Consultant, Lazaridis Graduate Programs (Part-time MBA Toronto and Waterloo).
The Career Development Centre exists as the student affairs unit within the Teaching & Learning portfolio that engages students and alumni in their career development as an integral part of the Laurier experience. This encompasses delivery of comprehensive programs and services that support experiential learning, career decision-making, employment preparation, facilitation of connections with the employer community, and pursuit of further education opportunities. Specific programs and services include individual consultation and workshops on career planning, resumé writing, job search strategies, interview skills and further education; a Career Resource Centre; comprehensive employment services for full-time, summer and part-time opportunities for students and alumni; volunteerism; career-integrated learning in conjunction with campus partners; online resources; numerous events such as career panels, employment recruiting sessions, Career Fair, Job Fair and a Further Education Fair.
The Lazaridis School of Business & Economics develops leaders with skills in management and economics for a rapidly changing and complex global environment. It seeks to advance knowledge and practices in these fields by supporting both theoretical and applied research. Further, the Lazaridis School strives to serve business and its community by fostering mutually beneficial alliances with leaders at local, national, and international levels.
Reporting to the Associate Director: Career Development & External Relations; with shared accountability to Lazaridis School of Business & Economics, Senior Administrative Officer, the Career Consultant, is accountable for developing, co-ordinating, implementing and evaluating the provision of career development programs and services for Lazaridis part-time MBA graduate students and alumni in Waterloo and Toronto. Specific to this role is the assessment of client needs; specialized and diverse expertise in career management strategies; awareness of the stages of career development based on individual client needs; career education research and keeping current on career development theories and approaches; development and delivery of career planning and employment preparation programs through individual appointments (in-person, phone, and electronic) and workshops to address the unique needs of Lazaridis graduate students; the development of print, webinar, social media and Web resources; and the establishment and maintenance of relationships with internal and external stakeholders and staff. Services are offered primarily on the Waterloo campus but also at Toronto one or two days per week from September to June.
Provide direct service to individual clients and groups through the provision of approximately 600 – 700 appointments (in-person, telephone, email or skype), 350 brief appointments and approximately 50 core workshops/programs annually.
Hours of Work: The normal hours of work are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday (in Waterloo) and Friday (in Toronto). Flexibility in hours will be required, including evenings and occasional Saturdays. When possible, the manager will adjust the work schedule so that no more than 35 hours are worked in a week.
Accountabilities : Career Consulting
Support students in developing their career strategy by communicating various tools and frameworks to help them develop focus in terms of career goals and a feasible action plan to transition within or out of their current workplace.
Provide one-on-one career and employment consulting including the administering and interpretation of personality and interest inventories and incorporate these results into career consulting, job search and integrated professional skills sessions. This role also includes providing a drop-in service, where graduate students and alumni can have a shorter appointment concerning a career related question.
Provide individual career and employment consulting consistent with the needs of graduate students and working professionals, and with the philosophy of the career consulting unit. Assist clients in developing effective employment/job search techniques including skills identification, employer research and networking techniques, professional brand development, resumé and cover letter writing, interview preparation, salary negotiation and career management strategies. This would include the ability to identify information about global employment trends and job search strategies including working/volunteering abroad.
Support clients in making meaningful career choices through assessing their values, interests, personality and skills; and relating these to opportunities for employment, further education and/or training. The consultant assists clients in making informed decisions, develops strategies to carry out career plans and advises on how to present themselves effectively throughout the employment planning process.
Identification of individual client needs (including, but not limited to, students experiencing crisis, grief, potential barriers) and referral to appropriate student support services (i.e. Wellness Centre, Study Skills, Accessible Learning, Diversity & Equity Office).
Responsible for gathering and communicating relevant professional information and acting as a resource for other staff and student volunteers in his/her distinct portfolio area of expertise. The incumbent will be required to prepare resource materials for students on various topics related to career planning and job search, in hardcopy and electronic formats.
Programing/Service Design and Support
Research, develop and deliver presentations on career planning and employment preparation including topics related to the Canadian labour market, workplace culture, and job search practices utilizing a variety of media.
Co-ordinate career-related programs involving external speakers such as professionals in the field.
Develop resource materials, including print and multimedia resources. This could include writing articles and creating (planning) materials such as brochures and career education and professional development handouts.
Collaborate with internal and external stakeholders in defining the needs of graduate students and in the development of relevant programs; liaise, build and steward relationships with university departments and academic staff.
Design career modules (or elements within them), deliver modules to classes; integrate career development into the student experience. Increasingly, careers consultants work with academic colleagues to promote the employability of graduate students, including career education within the curriculum.
Act as a resource for incorporation of relevant integrated learning (experiential including strategic volunteerism, internships, and relevant projects).
Research, design, co-ordinate and deliver career development and employment preparation programming for workshops and delivery in the classroom and virtually.
Responsible for gathering and communicating relevant professional information and acting as a resource and subject matter expert for other career centre and Laurier staff. The incumbent will be required to prepare resource materials for students on various topics related to career planning and job search, in hardcopy and electronic formats.
Build relationships with students and alumni in mid and senior level positions and facilitate networking opportunities among students and alumni/contacts in industry.
Proactively seek and research industry and career related resources to ensure that students have current information about specific job markets.
Make relevant recommendations on how best to leverage corporate partners, alumni, resources and peers within the department and the school to support program development and networking (i.e. panels and speakers).
Special knowledge requirements of the Career Consultant position encompass the following: familiarity with the use and interpretation of standardized testing procedures such as career interest surveys and personality assessments, knowledge of theory and practice in the field of career development; training in counselling theory and practice, knowledge of educational programs, knowledge of labour market trends and the interpretation and communication of these to individuals making career decisions, expertise in transitional and career preparation services and awareness of job search resources and strategies in the global context. The Career Consultant has ongoing responsibility to keep current with emerging developments in the profession.
This role requires extensive knowledge of diverse career-related information including, but not limited to industries, professional associations, regulations, and certifications; further education options and entrepreneurship.
Ongoing knowledge acquisition through conferences, collegial networks and professional/academic literature on emerging theories and practices in the field of career development
Internal Relationship and Partnership Development
Contribute to the setting and attainment of departmental goals by participating as a team member, attending regular meetings and contributing professional information to other Career Centre staff.
Act as a subject matter expert in distinct portfolio providing knowledge to team members, colleagues, and other staff. Contribute professional knowledge for professional development within the Career Consulting unit.
Participate in departmental activities at the Career Centre and Lazaridis School of Business & Economics, i.e., staff meetings, Convocation, CEO-in Residence Events, Career and Job Fairs
Participate as a team member within the department, e.g., assisting in other departmental areas as required, participating in departmental professional development activities and departmental special events
Partner with the MBA program staff to support the student throughout the year; act as the single point of contact and continuity for all career related matters.
Graduate degree (preferably with training in counselling, assessment, Human Resources and or/education) with three years of related experience (career consulting)
Knowledge of career development theories/practices, educational programs, and job search strategies and techniques
Experience and certification (as required) in the use and interpretation of standardized tests including interest and personality assessments (e.g., Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Strong Interest Inventory, CareerLeader)
A sound knowledge of Laurier’s institutional profile and Lazaridis School programs
Knowledge of employment standards, and labour market trends with the ability to interpret and communicate these trends to clients
Awareness of job search resources, strategies and recruitment practices in the domestic and global context
Strong facilitation and presentation skills in both formal and informal settings with experience in the development and delivery of programs, presentations, on-line modules, seminars, the facilitation of groups and organization and management of events
Excellent ability to manage multiple priorities with strong organizational skills
Ability to work independently and in teams as well as the ability to interact professionally with a diverse group of stakeholders
A strong commitment to achieve challenging objectives and a willingness to be flexible in rearranging work schedules and priorities
Expertise in transitional and career preparation services for graduate students
Excellent written, oral communication and interpersonal skills including the ability to provide guidance and detailed feedback using email and other web-based tools, the ability to compose effective resources, information articles, announcements, and promotional materials
Computer skills in MS office required; excellent IT literacy and web research skills, knowledge and experience in the use of social media, webinar and on-line learning technology
Awareness of current issues in higher education, strategic enrollment management, retention and transition from post-secondary to employment or further education
$33.33 – $39.23
Salary Notes :
This is a full-time limited term position until April 30, 2020. The anticipated start date for this position is June 4, 2018.
Job Evaluation Factor Scores :
WLUSA/WLU Job Evaluation Factors
Education and Experience
Applied Reasoning and Analytical Skills
Co-ordination and Planning
Responsibility for Others
Impact of Decisions
Multiple Demands and Priorities
Please Note :
Please submit a cover letter and resume.
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