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 a Co-ordinator, Workplace Partnerships.
The Co-ordinator, Workplace Partnerships is accountable for contributing to the education, career planning and personal growth of Laurier students enrolled in courses that offer opportunities to learn from experience in the workplace. The co-ordinator promotes work-integrated learning (WIL) opportunities to students, prepares them for the job search or placement process, generates workplace partnerships which provide them with marketable employment skills, monitors student performance, helps to resolve issues in the workplace and interacts with academic and professional bodies to strengthen ties between Laurier and the employer community.
The co-ordinator serves employers by responding to their recruiting needs, offering them access to mature, skilled and energetic students, co-ordinating the hiring or placement process and procuring their satisfaction with students they welcome into their organization. The co-ordinator provides personal, responsive service to students and employers and acts as a liaison with faculty.
The Department of Co-operative Education & Workplace Partnerships is responsible for Co-op at Laurier which is available in arts, science, business and economics at the Waterloo campus, along with BTM students at the Brantford campus and currently involves the employment of students in more than 1,800 work terms annually. The department now also works with faculty to facilitate other WIL programs that are offered in conjunction with academic course requirements such as Community Service Learning, practicums and internships.
This position is one of six reporting directly to the Manager of Community and Workplace Partnerships, including three CSL Co-ordinators, two Workplace Partnerships Coordinators and a part-time administrative assistant. This position provides support to the Faculty of Arts.
While the hours for this position are primarily 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., five days per week, there will be a need to vary the start and end time while employers are visiting our campus in each of three terms annually to promote their organization and conduct interviews, requiring the incumbent to help host employers earlier or later in the day. There may also be some variation in start and end time required to cover events and/or when conducting visits to employers each term.
Collaborate with faculty and work independently to develop appropriate work opportunities that meet the needs of various course requirements.
Prepare a marketing strategy to build up an employer partner database to promote Laurier students and a range of work integrated learning models within the employer community.
Research, define and develop job and workplace learning opportunities in conjunction with academic course requirements
Conduct in-person marketing visits, telemarketing, and email or direct-mail campaigns with potential employers across all levels of the organization, including senior executives, line managers and human resources representatives. Ensure accuracy of employer database
Determine and prepare appropriate presentations for employers, including both formal boardroom and individual one-on-one meetings
Build effective relationships with new and current employer clients through personal, proactive and responsive service
Collaborate with Co-op Coordinators and Community Service Learning staff to ensure a coordinated effort in seeking out employer partnerships and meeting employer needs
Coordinate the hiring or placement process by encouraging employers when appropriate to interview on campus and provide assistance and support to them before, during and after interviews. Assist with and attend employer information sessions
Advise employers on recruiting strategies and guidelines. Ensure ethical recruiting practices and co-ordinate employment/placement offers
2. Contribute to the educational, professional and personal growth of participating students by helping them explore career options, develop job search skills, secure rewarding workplace learning opportunities and gain marketable employment skills.
Outline program requirements and promote work opportunities to students enrolled in courses which require/offer WIL
Ensure student preparation for the work experience by participating in the design and implementation of preparatory activities, which cover topics such as resume and cover letter writing, job search methods, interview preparation, career opportunities, report writing, social adjustment and appropriate work habits
Support course requirements as appropriate by advising students on the development of appropriate learning objectives for their work experience and assist as required in the assessment of any written submissions, reflections or other assignments. As needed, the coordinator will review progress in meeting objectives with both students and their employers in person or at a distance, and in end of term evaluation
Guide and support students on job search strategies and career information through individual appointments
Participate in the review and evaluation of student assignments as required
3. Collaborate with faculty to design their courses with a curricular WIL component and develop their syllabus accordingly; monitor the quality of opportunities/placements, student performance during the work experience and satisfaction levels of stakeholders.
Assist employers in developing job or placement descriptions and approve them according to course requirements
Conduct meetings with individual students and their supervisors to monitor quality of positions and satisfaction of both parties, as appropriate based on course
Provide mediation and guidance to students and employer partners to resolve issues such as performance problems, inappropriate job responsibilities and interpersonal conflicts. Investigate terminations and provide students with guidance about the appeal process when their performance has been deemed unsatisfactory
Ensure employer partners complete evaluations and that they discuss them with students; review evaluations with students upon their return to campus
Obtain final evaluation from students and conduct follow-up with employer partners as appropriate
4. Promote and provide information about workplace partnerships.
Assist in the development of policies and procedures to outline partnership requirements and student/employer responsibilities
Develop workshops, promotional material and forms; organize multimedia presentations and displays
Establish and maintain linkages with assigned professional associations for networking and professional development
Provide information and guidance to faculty, high school students, and parents at events; communicate and meet individually with students and their parents
Manage individual projects to support the department as required
Minimum of an undergraduate degree plus three years related experience in job and program development, employment advising and sales/marketing
Awareness of current employment market conditions and job search techniques
Knowledge of recruitment and hiring practices and performance management techniques
Knowledge of Laurier’s academic programs and principles of work-integrated learning
Superior verbal and written communication skills, along with strong presentation skills and the ability to interact effectively with others
Well organized, results driven, effective time-management skills and ability to focus on multiple priorities
Excellent negotiation and conflict-resolution skills
A reliable vehicle; extensive travel is required including travel on the 400 highway series
Grade : WLUSA-08
Salary : $33.33 – $39.23
Salary Notes : This is a full-time, limited term position until March 31, 2019. The anticipated start date for this position is April 1, 2018.
This position is not eligible for educational equivalencies.
This position is currently under review.
Please Note :
This position is represented by the WLU Staff Association bargaining unit.
Please submit a cover letter and resume.
Wilfrid Laurier University endeavors to fill positions with qualified candidates who have a combination of education, experience, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position while demonstrating Laurier’s Employee Success Factors.
Diversity and creating a culture of inclusion is a key pillar of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Strategic Academic Plan and is one of Laurier’s core values. Laurier is committed to increasing the diversity of faculty and staff and welcomes applications from candidates who identify as Indigenous, racialized, having disabilities, and from persons of any sexual identities and gender identities. Indigenous candidates who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programing at Laurier are welcomed to contact the Office of Indigenous Initiatives at firstname.lastname@example.org. Candidates from other equity seeking groups who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programing at Laurier are welcomed to contact the Diversity and Equity Office at email@example.com. We have strived to make our application process accessible however if you require any assistance applying for a position or would like this job posting in an alternative format, please contact Human Resources at 519-884-1970 ext.2007 or firstname.lastname@example.org.