Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) Faculty Centre for Experiential Learning
VIUFA Technician/Instructional role
Appointment Type: Regular Full-time
Start: July 05, 2021 - or as soon as possible
Workload: 35 hours per week, 5 days a week. Evenings and weekends may be required. This role is 0.5 VIUFA Technician, and 0.5 VIUFA Instructional.
Employment Group: VIUFA
Location: Nanaimo Campus
- A department of Student Affairs, the Centre for Experiential Learning (CEL) is dedicated to student success and engages students in work-integrated learning (WIL) through co-operative education and internship in a variety of programs. Additionally, the area provides assistance to all students in their career education and development needs. The CEL is a team of professional career educators whose expertise is related to experiential education, career development and transition to employment. The team provides academic programs and instructional expertise to promote, support and assess applied learning while preparing students to be successful in achieving their career goals. The CEL team prepares students for co-operative education and internship opportunities, and for their transition to work by providing instruction in for-credit courses that contribute to the student's academic success. The team assists students in developing meaningful opportunities and objectives that fit the unique needs of each student and their desired industry; assesses and evaluates student learning within the workplace context, and collaborates with community partners.
- As a member of the CEL team, instruct and provide guidance to students completing their co-operative education opportunity in the Culinary Arts program, and students completing their co-op and internship work terms in a variety of other VIU programs through one-to-one connections, small group advising and in-classroom and/or virtual environments.
- Design and deliver co-op/internship curriculum, including internship preparation and work term classes. Conduct assessment of learning through a variety of methods. Develop methods, timelines and formats for student success plans, work reports and evaluations.
- Assist in identification of relevant work-integrated learning opportunities for students by developing and maintaining a strong network of potential employers and engaging in ongoing co-op/internship development activity including participation in department planned and community engagement events.
- Provide support to students and employers in the fulfillment of work-integrated learning experiences including accessing and approving work-integrated learning opportunities, mentoring, problem-solving, and evaluating students in the workplace.
- Support employer connections with appropriate student interns and assist in maintaining an up-to-date employer database and student database for historical and continuing information sources.
- Support the student-employer interview and job search process.Mediate and resolve any student-employer difficulties. Develop timelines and schedules for on-site supervision and monitoring. Evaluate student performance in their co-op and internships, including completing site visits and final evaluations.
- Adhere to established guidelines for co-op/internship activity. Participate in the improvement, development and maintenance of processes, materials and administrative practices.
- Follow a data-informed approach to program improvement by establishing, maintaining and analyzing student and employer activity statistics and reports related to the co-op/Internship.
- As a member of the CEL team, actively supports the enhancement of Career Services at VIU as it assists all VIU students in the development of career education, career identification, and the pursuit of employment opportunities. Delivery of services may include one-to-one interactions, group work, workshops, integrated seminars within academic courses, and the development of on-line course resources, print materials and appropriate forms, templates and support documents to assist students in developing the skills necessary for success in the job/internship search. This will also include the facilitation of programming for the purpose of skill development and student success.
- Provides direct career development services (e.g. resume and cover letter writing, job search strategies, and interview preparation and practice) to students engaged in work-integrated learning courses and to the general student population.
- Develop and facilitates curriculum for credit and non-credit courses in career and employment education. Serves as a contact point for students at the CEL, providing career assessment, advice, planning and referral to best meet their needs. Develops and provides services to assist all students in the career development process and employability skills development.
- Assists in the identification of work opportunities for students and graduates, and provides support to students in making the transition to employment.Works with other departments in Student Affairs, instructional departments, community agencies, and employers to promote CEL services and to provide effective information, referrals, and coordinated service delivery for students.
- Collaborates with colleagues and students to coordinate special events similar to career fairs/festivals, employer panels and/or other special event activities that may involve students, employers, communities and departments at VIU.Participate in the evaluation of services delivered.
- Maintains up-to-date knowledge of labour market trends and provides frequent labour market updates to faculty, staff and students.
- Participate as an active member of the CEL team in achieving departmental, divisional and university-wide objectives. Liaise with, and establish, high functioning collaborative and long-lasting relationships.
- Successful candidate will participate in a wide range of activities, including, student support; institutional, faculty and departmental committee meetings and other initiatives; and professional activities in keeping with their disciplines in and outside the institution.
- This position usually involves some travel for on-site monitoring of students in the workplace, depending on the Provincial Health Authority direction.
- Successful candidates will participate in a wide range of activities, including, student support; institutional, faculty and departmental committee meetings and other initiatives; and professional activities in keeping with their disciplines in and outside the institution.
- Master’s Degree in a field related to Business, Social Science or Education from an appropriately accredited institution. A combination of a Bachelor’s degree and significant practical experience in the field may be considered.
- Minimum three years recent, directly related experience in the area of career education and development or employment services working with youth and adults.
- Demonstrated ability to facilitate and design learning experiences and develop educational resource materials in a variety of formats.
- In-depth understanding and practical knowledge of experiential learning environments including work-integrated learning, career and employment education, training, advising and support.
- Strong understanding of labour market analysis, expert knowledge of employability and transferable skills and successful strategies for their development.
- Proven aptitude for liaising with employers and community service agencies to develop experiential learning opportunities for students.
- Ability to assess, monitor and evaluate learning in a variety of classroom and work experience settings.
- Aptitude for working in intercultural environments with individuals from a variety of cultural backgrounds.
- Understanding of the unique needs and challenges of international students in Canada, in relation to career engagement and development locally.
- Ability to work with Indigenous populations. Understanding of and practical ability to recognize Indigenous ways of knowing and learning.
- Strong ability to write clearly and communicate ideas in a variety of ways.
- Excellent interpersonal, relationship management and organizational skills. Ability to work both independently and as part of a team. Capacity to creatively solve problems.
- Relevant computer applications including office productivity software, database management, website management, relevant social media.
Must possess a valid Class 5 BC Driver's Licence and have a confirmed satisfactory driving record (as specified in Vancouver Island University policy and procedures).
- Experience in career education in a post-secondary setting.
- Recent knowledge and/or experience in the delivery of experiential education and work-integrated learning in a post-secondary setting.
- Additional courses in related area, e.g. career counselling, marketing, program development and labour market information.
- Proven interviewing and counselling skills.
- Knowledge of business and related fields.
- Cover Letter
- Copies of transcripts/credentials/qualifications identified on resume
- Name and contact information for three people willing to provide a reference
- Copy of BC Driver’s abstract
Short-listed candidates must provide original transcripts, or applicable original certifications at time of interview.
Posting Period: May 06, 2021 - May 19, 2021
Note: Vancouver Island University regrets that only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.
Vancouver Island University embraces the principle of employment equity and encourages applications from women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, and people of Aboriginal descent.