Officer, Employer and Student Engagement
Nanaimo Campus - Vancouver Island University

A department of Student Affairs, the Centre for Experiential Learning (CEL) engages students in work-integrated learning through cooperative 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 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. Advancing experiential learning for all students and recognizing the importance of non-credit experiential learning in the holistic development of VIUs Graduate Attributes, the CEL has also introduced several student-focused co-curricular initiatives.

Reporting to the Director of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning, the Employer and Student Engagement Officer (ESEO) is a member of the Centre for Experiential Learning, Work-Integrated Learning team. The incumbent will build and maintain strong relationships with employers through the development and implementation of a sustainable framework for employer engagement with the goal of developing and enhancing work-integrated learning opportunities.  Similarly, develop and implement an ongoing model to build and create an awareness campaign for students around the opportunities that exist for them to take advantage of through their work-integrated learning, co-op, part-time or volunteer experiences.  As a career development and experiential learning professional, the incumbent will act as a bridge between employers and post-secondary to facilitate both employer and student connections to work-integrated learning experiences. 

The ideal candidate is a creative and innovative thinker, well-versed in Canadian and local labour markets, student engagement strategies, is an excellent communicator, and program builder.  Superior planning and organizational skills, the ability to adhere to strict timelines and meet targets and outcomes are essential for success in this role. The incumbent is an active and supportive member of the university community upholding the vision and values of VIU.

This position operates through Vancouver Island University and is a grant-funded position to enhance work-integrated learning on Vancouver Island.