University of British Columbia Career Advisor Part Time in Kelowna, BC

University of British Columbia

Branch Kelowna BC CA

Career Advisor
Kelowna, BC

Strong time management and organizational skills. Contributes to strategic planning process for the unit and setting of team goals and priorities….

The Career Advisor supports UBC Okanagan students to become career ready graduates. The Career Advisor will use career development theories, principles, and tools to enhance student development, and connect students to career building opportunities both within and beyond the University. This position develops, delivers and evaluates in-person and web-based career development and work search programs, events, workshops and resources for UBC students and alumni. Develops and maintains relationships with campus partners, including UBC faculty and department representatives and student groups, to design, deliver and evaluate customized workshops, events, programs and resources. Provides individual career advising to students and alumni.
Works in collaboration with UBC faculties and departments, Student Development and Advising, Enrolment Services, and student organizations. Externally, develops and maintains relationships with current and prospective employers that build resources and programs to support undergraduate and graduate career development and learning.

Organizational Status

The Advising and Involvement Centre (AIC) facilitates and enhances student learning through career building enriched educational experiences. The AIC is a central hub for graduate and undergraduate students to meet, connect, network, and build relationships. Reporting to the Director, Student Development & Advising, the Career Advisor will work closely with colleagues in the Advising and Involvement Centre as well as in the AVP Students portfolio and within the Faculties. To effectively deliver services that meet the career and professional development needs of students and on-campus employers, the incumbent initiates, develops, and maintains excellent working relationships with colleagues across campus supporting workplace and experiential learning programming in the Faculties, and administrative departments. The incumbent implements his/her work in full consideration of the needs of students and employers

Work Performed

This position has the following key areas of responsibility:
1. Designs, delivers and evaluates career programs and resources, both face-to-face and via the web, based on up-to-date/ leading edge practices within the fields of career development and student affairs.

2. Develops and facilitates workshops for students and alumni on a variety of career related topics including career exploration, resumes, networking, job search strategies, interviewing skills, mentoring programs, workplace professional skills etc.

3. Develops strategies and implements and evaluates initiatives to engage students in the career development process via the web. This could include production and maintenance of podcasts, blogs, newsletters, social networking sites, websites and other web-based resources and tools.

4.Provides short-term career advising to UBC students and alumni. Coaches and advises students on a variety of career development and work search issues including, career exploration, identifying direction and goals researching the labour market, choosing a major of study, gaining work and volunteer experience, resumes, cv’s, job and professional school interviews, networking and connecting to the workplace community.

5. Collaborates with faculty based partners to develop and evaluate customized events and programs for their students and alumni. This includes planning and designing the program(s), promotion, coordinating faculty or industry participation, and coordinating the involvement of other Career Services and Student Development staff.

6. Maintains and builds relationships with employers and other members of workplace community that builds resources and programs to support undergraduate and graduate career development and learning.

7.Builds and maintains opportunities for students to connect with and learn from employers and other members of workplace community. For example: invites and prepares employers (e.g. recruiters, HR managers) and professional association members, who are subject matter experts, to participate in career development programs.

8.Participates in assessment and evaluation of career programs and services in collaboration with assessment professionals in AVP Students and Institutional Research.

9. Contributes to strategic planning process for the unit and setting of team goals and priorities. Assists in planning, scheduling and coordinating the activities of Advising and Involvement Centre team.

10. Recruits, hires, and trains student leaders in the AIC, and assists in training student leaders throughout AVP Students.

11. May need to accommodate flexible hours, attending events, delivering workshops or providing training evenings and weekends.

12.Undertakes other student service activities as required.

Supervision Received

Keeps department informed through frequent formal and informal sessions.
The incumbent acts independently often without direct supervision but within established guidelines. The incumbent must exercise initiative and sound judgment in making decisions and planning and executing career services and programs. Must demonstrate tact in dealing with faculty, staff, students, alumni and the public. Works in close cooperation with the Director and other Student Services staff, keeping the Director informed through informal and formal sessions.

Supervision Given

May train and supervise support staff, student assistants and volunteers. Assists in training of new management and professional staff in the Advising and Involvement Centre.

Consequence of Error/Judgement

Responsible for developing and implementing effective career education programs for students and alumni. Responsible for planning and executing effective career development programs and disseminating accurate information. Consequences of such decisions can affect future career management and may affect employment outcomes for students. Ineffective recruitment advice would have a serious negative impact on relationships with UBC students, Faculty and departments, and Employers. Dissatisfied prospective students and/or alumni would contribute to poor public relations for the University, which in turn would have a negative effect on the University’s ability to raise funds and recruit outstanding prospective students.


Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline. Minimum of three to four years of related experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience working with, and designing programs for international students an asset.

Certified to offer services and workshops utilizing True Colours and Strong Interest Inventory an asset. Strong presentation and public speaking skills. Experience creating and delivering career and work search instructional workshops. Experience advising and instructing clients on a variety of career development and work search issues such as career exploration, resumes, networking, interviews, labour market information etc. Experience in using the web to instruct and engage students in career development issues desirable. Proven competence in planning and conducting programs or special events. Experience leading and participating in projects involving multiple stakeholders. Strong time management and organizational skills. Experience with social software and networking applications such as blogs, podcasts, wiki’s, Facebook, would be an asset. Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment and to work effectively with all levels of University personnel.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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Employment Type: Part Time
Location: Kelowna, BC, CA
Posted on: 2018-07-28
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