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Diversity, equity and inclusion are fundamental to our mission to educate students. We are committed to education that places strong emphasis on global citizenship, social justice and equity. We live this value through the strength and richness that diversity brings to our workforce and welcome contributors from equity groups including: Aboriginal Peoples, Visible Minorities, Persons with Disabilities, Lesbian Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer persons
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Title Co-ordinator for Co-operative Education Advisors
Competition Number 13-S-21
Campus/Site Progress Campus
Position Summary

 Student Life and Enhancement Division

(This position is initially open to full time, bargaining unit employees of the college)


Under the direction of the Director of Career and Counselling Services, the incumbent’s role is to assist in the day to day running of Co-op services, and its growth and development, paying particular attention to supports for international students and other specialist cohorts, such as students with disabilities The incumbent will also be expected under the guidance of the Director of Career and Counselling Services, and in partnership with fellow co-op advisors and the relevant academic departments, to promote, develop, coordinate and implement, co-op/internship programs for specified academic programs. 

  •  Schedule and coordinate the workflow of the Co-op Advisors and ensuring their full participation in service wide initiatives (e.g. recruitment, student transitions and retention initiatives) as well as specific career services related activity
  • Working with the Director to help review and revise business processes and procedures, including electronic processes
  • Working with the Director and fellow coordinators to help build the profile of Career Services and Co-op Education
  • In collaboration with the Director and co-coordinators, helping to develop synergies and interconnectedness between the various players within the Career Services and Co-op Education teams
  • In collaboration with the Director and co-coordinators, helping to ensure all students receive tailored and quality information, advice and guidance on all matters relating to co-op, employability and careers, via a number of mediums: individual interviews, guidance sessions, workshops, e-mails, web based provision and skills development sessions
  • Working with the team and in consultation with the Director, to help establish a co-op job development strategy that secures and retains an ever increasing number of Co-op placements for Centennial students
  • Working with the Co-op advising team and in consultation with the Director, to help review and edit the Co-op protocols, guidelines, policies, entry criteria, quality standards and program structure as necessary
  • Assisting the Director in the development, distribution and updating of Co-op resources, statements of service, marketing materials, awareness-raising aids and self-help guides (incl. web and hard-copy)
  • Training new and current co-op staff on policies and procedures and monitoring to ensure compliance
  • Preparing and delivering Coop 221 (Employment Pre-placement) instruction, and in particular preparing modules of interest to international students. This is a credit course delivered in a classroom environment to Co-op students using appropriate employment preparation materials and teaching methodologies based on the changing demands of the workplace. The course will include (subject to change): co-op orientation, policies and processes, a skills assessment, work place norms, visa requirements, employer performance expectations and other cultural awareness issues, the creation of a resume, professional correspondence, creative job search techniques, interview techniques, and co-op on the job success strategies
  • Utilising creative marketing and relationship building techniques to attract new employers to engage in the Co-op scheme (e.g. attending pertinent industry tradeshows to generate new employer leads, participation in program-related associations, conducting employer research to identify target markets for the varied co-op programs within Centennial) and following through with cold calls
  • Liaising with the relevant academic departments and the Centre for Academic Excellence, on behalf of the Co-op team, to ensure evaluation methods and quality controls are current and effective
  • 4 year Degree in Business or Communications discipline (i.e. Marketing, Communications Studies, Human Resources), Social Science discipline (i.e. Sociology, Political Science, Psychology) or related field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Minimum of five years of practical experience in job development, career counseling and employment preparation including sales/marketing, cold calling/sales techniques, contact management systems, and workshop delivery
  • Ability to establish meaningful work priorities in line with given objectives and plans for self as well as others
  • Ability to model exemplary leadership behaviour, to encourage others to achieve peak performance and to build relationships based on credibility and trust
  • Informed client services skills, demonstrating the ability to operate effectively in a high volume and heavily people based sector
  • Computer literacy, especially with customer relations management (CRM) type products, as well as e-mail, Microsoft Office and social networking familiarity
  • Strong organizational, problem solving and analytical skills and ability to research projects, work independently and contribute strategically
  • Strong commitment to working in a cohesive team, with an ability to work collaboratively and inclusively with a wide range of stakeholders
  • Excellent interpersonal, public speaking, oral and written communication skills, which lend themselves to engaging students and employers from diverse backgrounds
  • Knowledge of the post-secondary sector and the Canadian Labour Market, Centennial College programs, employment trends, and marketing techniques
  • A valid Ontario G Driver’s license and regular access to a vehicle is preferred
  • Experience, knowledge and understanding of working effectively in a diverse environment.
Classification Permanent - Support
Hours of Work 35 Hours
Additional Information as Applicable Primarily 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM and some evening/weekend work possible
Posting Date 5/6/2013
Closing Date 5/10/2013
Application Info Apply online by clicking the "Apply Now!" button"
"Proof of credentials or equivalencies from accredited regional or federal post secondary institutions and/or their foreign equivalents will be required at the time of job offer." 
When applying, your cover letter and résumé must include examples that reflect all of the requested skills and qualifications and should be submitted electronically by May 10, 2013 at 4:30 p.m. Please quote Competition #13-S-21. Misrepresentation of applicant information will be grounds for your exclusion from the competition or for dismissal should you subsequently be hired for the position. We regret we cannot accept phone calls. We wish to thank all applicants for their interest and advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
We are committed to providing persons with disabilities equal opportunities regarding all employment activities, including access to jobs and accommodations during employment as required, in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code (OHRC).
Salary Range $36.97 to $42.86 per hour (Payband K)
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