• Co-op Advisor Hybrid

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    Employee Group: Support Staff
    Faculty/Department: Cooperative Education
    Campus: Trafalgar (Oakville) (May be assigned activity at any Sheridan campus)
    Reference Number: 18/S/38
    Payband: K
    Hourly Range: $39.43 - $45.72
    Hours/Week: 35
    Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Application Deadline: Open Until Filled
    Application Details: This is a temporary position that may continue up to October 4th, 2019


    The position reports directly to the Manager – Cooperative Education. The incumbent’s role is two fold.  The first is to promote, develop, coordinate and implement co-op/internship programs for specified academic programs.  In this role, the incumbent is responsible for conducting labour market research and identifying target markets through which to promote student capabilities that effectively attract new employers to provide meaningful work term experiences.  In addition, the incumbent is responsible for implementing and managing strategies which ensure academic learning is transferred to the workplace, and vice versa, through on-site visits and support to both student and employer regarding performance and learning issues. 

    The second is to facilitate the success of co-op, using teaching methodologies, to develop and deliver career planning and job search courses and assistance to students, both individually and in groups, as they prepare to enter the workforce.  The incumbent works as part of the Co-op/Internship team to support and advise Program Coordinators of pre/post work term experience.



    Specific Responsibilities Include:


    • Preparing and delivering Career Development instruction for a credit course in a classroom environment to Co-op students using appropriate employment preparation materials and teaching methodologies based on the changing demands of the workplace. Course will include co-op orientation, policies and processes, a skills assessment, the creation of a resume, professional correspondence, creative job search techniques, interview techniques, and individual career exploration and planning;
    • Preparing modules and advising students both individually and in a classroom environment to ease the transition from college to the workplace;
    • Ensuring students are industry ready by providing instruction on portfolios and demo reel development;
    • Evaluating student progress and job readiness for the work place through delivery and assessment of a variety of assignments;
    • Developing co-op job opportunities through marketing to employers and maintaining existing employer relationships through networking; mailing/contact lists; on-site visits; attending trade shows and other industry functions; telephone solicitation; following up on supplied leads/referrals; and actively participating in program-related associations to obtain highest possible profile for Sheridan programs and students;
    • Conducting employer research to identify target markets for the varied co-op programs within Sheridan;
    • Assisting in the development of job descriptions and qualifying suitability using in depth knowledge of program competencies, and student capabilities and advising them on appropriate compensation for students;
    • Establishing appropriate expectations related to students on placement and assisting in the development of performance measures to support learning outcomes;
    • Developing innovative solutions to aid employers to ultimately hire Sheridan students, which include demonstrating an understanding of current trends and liaising with internal partners (e.g., Career Centre, Corporate Training) to facilitate hiring of graduates and purchase of other services;
    • Assisting students to identify learning outcomes in their program of study in order to build on individual capabilities and confidence, overcome employment barriers, and strategize on how to market themselves effectively to potential employers;
    • Obtaining adequate number of program-relevant jobs from employers;
    • Delegates work to Assistant Job Developer for employer prospecting and follow up;
    • Documenting job posting and student placement data in Co-op database;
    • Ensuring that adequate number of students are recruited into and retained by Co-op;
    • Performs other related duties assigned;
    • Liaising with students and employers when documentation is missing or work submitted is not at an acceptable level;
    • Evaluating and assigning academic grade to students based on employer evaluation and reviewing of written work term reports and COWT course requirements;
    • Advising Program Advisory Committees and co-ordinators of employer feedback to assist them in ensuring program content is current and relevant to labour market needs;





    The Successful candidate will have a 3-year diploma/degree in Business, Computer Science, Social science or a related field. Along with a minimum of 5 years of Job Development, career counselling and employment preparation; sales marketing and cold calling/sales techniques. The potential candidate will also be involved in continually creating and implementing strategies to maintain ongoing student contact; in order to regularly highlight job postings, showcase company profiles, and provide information on obtaining visas and working outside Ontario or Canada. Communication with program coordinators and college administration to make them aware of any situation and engage their support to influence and encourage student applications to available co-op job postings. The successful candidate will also be required to make independent decisions as required based on individual circumstances and situations as well as following best practices. Thorough understanding and sound knowledge of employer’s recruitment needs, labour market conditions, student capabilities at various stages of development, delivery and recruitment cycles of post secondary competitors is critical when promoting Sheridan’s co-op programs. The incumbent is responsible for ensuring Career development is facilitated through the completion of successful placement as well as the fulfillment of program specific work term assignments.  This includes the evaluation of said assignments.  When evaluating student assignments, the incumbent must determine appropriate action if expectations are not fulfilled by referring to the policies and procedures outlined in the co-op manual.


    Please apply online: https://careers-sheridancollege.icims.com


    Sheridan welcomes diversity in the workplace and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including visible minorities, Indigenous People, and persons with disabilities. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), Sheridan is committed to accommodating applicants with disabilities throughout the hiring process.  At any stage of the hiring process, Human Resources will work with applicants requesting accommodation.


    Note: Copies of educational credentials are requested at the time of an interview. As a condition of employment, Sheridan requires confirmation of educational credentials in the form of an official Canadian transcript or an official evaluation of international credentials which determines Canadian equivalency.



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