The University of Windsor (the University or UWindsor) is a globally relevant, regionally focused University that welcomes over 16,000 students in a range of comprehensive and research-intensive graduate and undergraduate programs.
The University consists of nine academic faculties, which include Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Science, Human Kinetics, Education, Law, Engineering, Nursing, Business, and Graduate Studies. The academic faculties offer a wide range of traditional and professional programs supported by passionate and dedicated faculty and staff, numbering approximately 2,500, of whom approximately 600 are tenured or tenure-track faculty.
The University’s unique position on an international border between Canada and the United States has contributed to its identity as a diverse university community providing rich cultural, recreational, and educational opportunities for faculty and students. The University is a key player in a wide range of distinctive industrial, entrepreneurial, and cultural activities throughout the City of Windsor and Essex County, and in an evolving network of international academic and industrial partnerships, particularly with leading American universities in Michigan.
The Aspire Strategic Plan is available for review on our website https://engageuwindsor.ca/aspire-strategic-planning.
FLEXIBLE WORK ARRANGEMENTS:
This position requires the incumbent to work on-campus in Windsor, ON. An opportunity for some remote work may be approved within the Flexible Work Arrangement (FWA) guidelines at the University of Windsor.
PRIMARY JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:
The Manager of Career Development and Experiential Learning (CDEL) has primary responsibility for the development and operation of services related to student and alumni career, employment, and experiential learning initiatives. The Manager of Career Development and Experiential Learning is responsible for leading, directing and managing the staff and services in order to facilitate non-co-op experiential learning opportunities and employability initiatives that foster the career achievement of University of Windsor students and alumni. This will be accomplished by managing, maintaining, establishing and enhancing career development staff, services, and programs.
•Establish the overall plan for the Career Development and Experiential Learning unit, determining the priorities and processes needed to achieve the goals of the unit with a focus on enhancing the career trajectory and employability of students and alumni.
•Establish benchmarks for program and service delivery (i.e. student satisfaction in regards to career advising, curricular and co-curricular EL managed by CDEL) and develop and report on data and metrics that pertain to the programming of the unit.
•Act as the first point of contact and liaise with Human Resources for all human resource, health and safety, and union matters related to direct reports.
•Continually renew understanding of student behaviours, skills and motivations as they relate to career development and lead CDEL team to implement changes to program/service content and delivery to meet the changing workplace and needs of a diverse student body and distinct campus groups (i.e. international students, specific disciplines, students with accessibility needs, equity-deserving, alumni etc.).
•Manage the development and implementation of best practices in support of career development and experiential learning initiatives across campus.
•Collaborate with faculties and other campus partners on effective career preparation initiatives, mentoring support, and support for various distinct student populations, (discipline specific initiatives, alumni, international students, etc.)
The successful candidate will possess:
•Bachelor’s Degree in human resources, education, psychology, counselling or a related field as determined by the employer.
•Minimum of three years of experience in a professional environment with direct oversight of programs and services related to employee recruitment, training and development, career counselling, employment services and/or experiential learning.
•Demonstrated experience in the development and assessment of student support initiatives.
•Sound understanding and a theoretical foundation in experiential learning and career development and their practical application in the context of higher education.
•Sound understanding of the labour market and changing economic conditions, employment trends and student development theory.
•Demonstrated skill in the formulation and implementation of policies, programs and strategies that support operational objectives, as well as departmental and institutional strategic plans.
•Exceptional interpersonal and presentation skills with a demonstrated ability to work effectively with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders in a collaborative, service-oriented environment.
•Strong project management skills and a proven track record of successfully prioritizing, organizing, implementing and managing projects involving multiple stakeholders.
•Ability to manage, lead, and motivate unionized staff with demonstrated experience having managed and supervised multiple direct reports.
•Demonstrated commitment for promoting and imbedding Indigenization, equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility in the in the delivery of strategic services.
•Excellent analytical, problem solving, decision-making and communication skills.
•Demonstrated creativity and initiative.
•Demonstrated experience working in relational databases.
•Computer proficiency with MS Office, and experience with social media.
•Master’s degree in a related field
•Extensive knowledge of the university campus and its services, policies and procedures
•Past experience supervising unionized employees
•Professional experience in the post-secondary sector