Classification & Regular Hours
Hours per Week:
Please note, this is a 2-year temporary full-time contract opportunity. Secondments are welcome.
Western University delivers an academic experience second to none. Western challenges the best and brightest faculty, staff and students to commit to the highest global standards. Our research excellence expands knowledge and drives discovery with real-world application. Western attracts individuals with a broad worldview, seeking to study, influence and lead in the international community. Since 1878, The Western Experience has combined academic excellence with life-long opportunities for intellectual, social and cultural growth in order to better serve our communities.
The Faculty of Engineering is dedicated to the advancement of learning through teaching and research and to the discovery and application of knowledge in selected engineering disciplines. It seeks to develop people with talents and skills who will provide internationally significant leadership to serve the interests of society. The mission of the Career Services unit is to provide students with the best experiential learning opportunities during their undergraduate and graduate education through degree related work placement opportunities.
The Career Service Officer – Student Specialist will develop and manage a unique and wide range of career services and career development programs for undergraduate and graduate students and alumni in the Faculty of Engineering. The role will enhance the best student experience while attaining Western Engineering's goal of increasing participation and placements in experiential learning opportunities, including co-op programs (long-term co-op, summer co-op, MEng co-op option, etc), as well as new graduate opportunties for all students. The Career Service Officer will work closely with the other Career Service Officer and will collaborate with the Employer Relationship Specialists to assist students and increase awareness of available support, and to plan and coordinate various related events and reporting as required.
- Undergraduate Degree in Business, Management Studies or related program
- Undergraduate degree in Engineering, Science or a related field preferred
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
- 3 years' experience in an academic setting providing comprehensive career and job search counselling, resume development, interview techniques and support to students
- Proven sales, marketing, and/or public relations experience with selling a program, product or concept
- Human Resources or career counselling experience, specifically in relation to recruiting highly qualified personnel and providing comprehensive career and job search counselling, resume development and interview skills preferred
- In-depth knowledge related to career counselling approaches (particularly career counselling and job search counselling, resume development and interview techniques)
- Knowledge of engineering programs and courses and their applicability to the labour market and ability to match this to the needs of students
- Specific industry knowledge related to increasing skills related to job seeking
- Familiarity with Human Resources principles and practices
- Ability to apply career counselling knowledge to on-on-one and group counselling interactions
- Ability to think innovatively and propose/initiate new programming ideas or service delivery models that meet the needs of a diverse range of clients
- Demonstrated strong leadership and team building skills (collaborating on projects, reaching consensus and keeping other informed)
- Compelling and persuasive communication skills to engage individuals and teams inside and outside the University
- Ability to anticipate all potential points of consideration that may/will impact the decision-making process
- Ability to establish rapport with people from diverse backgrounds
- A well-defined sense of diplomacy, including solid negotiation, facilitation and conflict resolution skills
- Ability to work independently and exercise a high degree of initiative, innovation and good judgment in decision-making
- Customer service skills (listening to determine needs and concerns, building trust, responding tactfully and in a helpful way, referring to others services as needed)
- Advanced computer skills in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, Access), with content management systems (such as Cascade or equivalent program) and with database applications
- Excellent organizational and time management skills to anticipate, plan, balance multiple priorities in a dynamic environment
- Ability to work within a flexible schedule to accommodate the Faculty’s events and activities
- Must have own transportation with ability to travel to industry partners and employers; Valid Class G driver’s license required
Please note, successful applicants will be required to produce a current, clean driving abstract prior to commencing employment.
Western Values Diversity
The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Western is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, members of racialized groups/visible minorities, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression.
Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process. If you require accommodations for interviews or other meetings, please contact Human Resources at email@example.com or phone 519-661-2194.
Effective September 7, 2021, all employees and visitors to campus are required to comply with Western's COVID-19 Vaccination Policy.
We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.