Position Overview

The Career Development Centre in the Haskayne School of Business is currently seeking a Full-time Regular Career Development Specialist.

The Haskayne School of Business has more than 3,000 full- and part-time students currently enrolled in Bachelor's, Master's, PhD and Executive Education programs. The School boasts 18,000 alumni in 60 countries. The School offers a full range of degree programs.

The incumbent delivers career and employment counseling to diverse domestic and a growing population of international students, including Co-op students and alumni.

The incumbent requires the ability to manage multiple tasks to meet deadlines and deal with constant interruptions on a daily basis. The incumbent works within a team taking direction and guidance from the supervisor setting its own priorities and ensuring all deadlines are met.

The position reports directly to the Manager, Undergraduate Student Services. This position normally works Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, 7 hours per day (35 hours per week). Stressors range from moderate to high due to high volumes of work, especially in fall and spring when admitting, orienting and placing graduates, summer, and Co-op students.

Overtime work is required - early morning and evening work will be required on occasion during industry recruitment season (in early fall and winter semesters to greet and host recruiters and students attending on-campus interviews) and to participate in evening and occasional weekend events.

The Career Development Specialist will work with the Undergraduate Student Services team to independently manage, deliver, and evaluate career consulting and a variety of employment related programs and services to Bachelor of Commerce, Co-op students, alumni, and corporate recruiters.

Position Description

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

Student Career Development - Including Co-operative Education Students

  • Coach/advise students on the development of and identification of transferable skills, and correlation between their experience and industry job postings.
  • Introduce competency development with students and matching to industry job postings.
  • Review resumes and provide advice on resume structure and matching existing skills/competencies to job postings qualifications and duties.
  • Deconstruct job postings and advise students on identification of transferable skills and their existing competencies.
  • Prepare students for summer, Co-op, and full-time job interviews by conducting practice interviews based on industry job postings.
  • Assist students with Co-op placement including communication with the work term supervisor(s), such as; adjusting to the work environment (evaluating initial expectations) and evaluate when it is necessary for a student to seek further university counseling services. These activities are accomplished through personal appointments, e-mail, telephone and work site evaluation visits.
  • Maintain accurate and up to date student and employer Co-op records.
  • Resolve issues such as student or employers grievances relating to the nature of the work and performance in accordance with Co-op program policies and practices.
  • Assist students in the job search process for part-time, full-time, Co-op, and summer roles.
  • Coach students on the hidden job market, utilization of social media such as LinkedIn and networking techniques to identify job opportunities.
  • Support International students to have a better understanding of the Canadian workplace culture and expectations.

Sector Marketing

  • Develop positive relationships with external stakeholders, specifically networking and relationship management with industry/corporate HR professionals and hiring managers.
  • Research and analyze employment trends and industry opportunities.
  • Contribute to the development and execution of the Co-op marketing strategy for the Career Development Centre to identify and secure an adequate number of suitable employment opportunities for Co-op students.
  • Contribute to Career Development Centre's business development strategies and plans, and actively promote the Career Development Centre and the Haskayne School of Business to industry.
  • Support the University's strategic objectives and direction - Eyes High - when interacting with industry representatives.
  • Service Development and Team Initiatives:
  • Develop and facilitate workshops and tutorials on various topics related to job search and skills development
  • Develop programs and services to provide students and alumni with the knowledge, skills and tools to manage their career and skills development.
  • Administer surveys to evaluate the services offered by the Career Development Centre and the resulting employment and salaries of graduates.
  • Generate statistical summaries of student interactions (seminars, consultations, resume critiques) in a timely basis. Analyze results and adapt future service offerings.
  • Develop student and employer recruiting/engagement policies and strategies.
  • Work in a team based environment to meet the Career Development Centre goals
  • May be required to participate in professional development activities.
  • Attendance at recruitment activities as required.
  • Contribution is made to the Institution's enrolment management initiatives by providing input and feedback when requested.

Stakeholder Relations

  • Responsible for developing internal relationships with student clubs, appropriate faculty members, and professional associations in order to design and implement appropriate career decisions and job search methods for students and alumni.
  • Provide career planning advice and coaching to Haskayne alumni.

Qualifications / Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree required along with 3 to 4 years of progressive Career Development experience. CCDP, RPR, or other professional designation is considered an asset.
  • 2 - 4 years experience working with undergraduate students in a post-secondary environment is required, preferably in career development.
  • Demonstrated work experience with strong communication, team and customer service skills, and an ability to exercise judgment within established guidelines.
  • Knowledge of Co-operative Education and CEWIL Canada Co-op guidelines is required.
  • Intermediate to advanced skills in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint) is required.
  • Ability to interact with corporate recruiters and talent acquisition specialists to facilitate their successful recruitment of students is required.
  • Understanding of industry recruitment processes and skilled in advising and coaching students of industry interview and screening techniques is required.
  • Knowledge of business functional areas or industries, ability to develop metrics and evaluation systems, and evaluate the effectiveness of programs and services is required.
  • Knowledge of industry, the Calgary and Alberta job markets, and employment trends in order to target industries and clients is required.
  • Proven excellent public speaking, interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills combined with experience developing and sustaining relationships with post-secondary students and corporate clients is an asset.
  • A positive and professional attitude and the ability to work independently and as part of a team are critical to success.
  • A high level of tact and professionalism and a strong work ethic are required.
  • Excellent organizational, analytical, and problem solving skills are required with strong attention to detail.
  • Proven ability to develop career development educational material is required.
  • Experience in developing and facilitating workshops/tutorials is an asset.
  • Must have strong listening and coaching skills, and an ability to ask questions to provide services with high standards.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with high level of interruptions. Requires excellent time management skills to prioritize and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to remain calm in demanding situations, and appropriately deal with stress resulting from these situations.
  • Open to change, to ongoing learning and development, and willingness to accept new challenges and assignments is critical to success.
  • Experience in marketing and business development is an asset.
  • Knowledge of Canadian and Albertan labour laws is an asset.
  • Must be able to travel within Calgary and surrounding area - access to a reliable vehicle is required as not all Co-operative work arrangements are accessible by transit.

Application Deadline: September 21, 2022

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.

Additional Information

This position is part of the AUPE bargaining unit, and falls under the Specialist/Advisor Job Family, Phase 2.

To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Management and Staff Careers website. For more information visit Careers in the Haskayne School of Business.

The University strongly recommends all faculty and staff are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

About The University Of Calgary


The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy in line with the foundational goals of Eyes High, committing to creating a rich, vibrant, and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supports Indigenous Peoples, encourages Indigenous community partnerships, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in all that we do.

As an equitable and inclusive employer, the University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. In particular, we encourage members of the designated groups (women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible/racialized minorities, and diverse sexual orientation and gender identities) to apply. To ensure a fair and equitable assessment, we offer accommodation at any stage during the recruitment process to applicants with disabilities. Questions regarding [diversity] EDI at UCalgary can be sent to the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (via Isarta) and requests for accommodations can be sent to Human Resources (via Isarta).

We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.

Additional Information

Calgary, AB, Canada
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