Advisor, Engineering Career Centre, Schulich School of Engineering

The University of Calgary - Calgary, AB (30+ days ago)

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Position Overview

The Engineering Career Centre in the Schulich School of Engineering is currently seeking a Full-time Regular Advisor.

The Alka & Sanjeev Khanna Engineering Career Center provides career planning and employment preparation services to engineering students by providing a number of programs including, but not limited to: Career exploration programs, employment preparation seminars, career planning advising, and online modules for skills development related to the professional job application processes.

This position reports to the Manager, Student Experience and is a part of the Engineering Student Centre Team. The Advisor will provide and coordinate professional job search developmental training; coordinate program and career success seminars and events for engineering students.

This position works 35 hours per week and is part of the Specialist and Advisor (SPA) group. During peak periods, this position will regularly organize and attend events outside of normal working hours on a shifted schedule.

Position Description

The Advisor will also be considered a member of a dynamic, student-centric advising team in the Engineering Student Centre, to support engineering student job search success through developmental advising and offering support services to engineering students, all the while collaborating with the University of Calgary Career Service office where possible. As an expert in advising, the Advisor will research and make recommendations relating to the strategic development and delivery of an engineering-specific job search advising programming. Using APEGA Core Competencies as a guide, the role will develop key metrics for career readiness. They will regularly analyze data and articulate the impact of programs on student employability.

The Advisor will play a key role in the retention and success of U of C engineering students, from the point of acceptance through to successful completion of their degrees. Drawing on an in-depth understanding of student development theory, academic advising, coaching techniques, the primary responsibilities related to job search advising will be to assist engineering students in applying for and preparing to be interviewed for jobs in the engineering field. The Advisor uses highly analytical skills and in-depth knowledge to develop and provide students with the necessary advice, programs and services to guide them in their pursuit of professional experience and employment. The advisor will identify key industry trends and develop programs to support with student career exploration.

The Advisor will work within the Engineering Career Centre to provide best practice advice to students, preparing them to be successful applicants for postings within the Engineering Internship Program, summer placements and post-graduation careers.

The Advisor will facilitate and interpret a variety of skills, personality and interest inventories, as well as guide students to develop accountability for their decisions and an understanding of how those decisions impact their success.

The Advisor will be proactive in staying current with employment documents, interview practices and professional best practice in order to understand, monitor and convey all aspects of job application procedures for all student cohorts.

The Advisor position will be responsible for the design and management of job-readiness programs:

Coordinate the Alka & Sanjeev Khanna Engineering Career Center and organize Job-readiness Success Seminars with facilitation when required (resume, cover letter preparation and interviewing skills presentations).
Coordinate 'Job Discover Days' during fall and winter reading weeks.
Work on developing program content, implementation and delivery of the Engineering Career Centre programs to assist engineering students on a diversity of topics such as negotiation or job-search strategies.
Hold regular 'Career Pop-up's' to provide students with resume/coverletter guidance
Maintain our 'Stand Out' our online interview practice tool, ensuring that video questions are up to date and provide students with ongoing feedback on interview skills.
Draft, post and update web registrations for the seminars.
Keep statistics on the numbers of seminars held and students attending the seminars. the incumbent would be using the Orbis system.
Advertise and market services of the Alka & Sanjeev Khanna Engineering Career Center to our engineering students, using support from Communications, Schulich School of Engineering.
Develop and utilize the website, newsletters and social media to engage both employers and students.
Review job postings for their suitability for summer and post graduation employment.
Utilize the new grads survey feedback to analyze trends and data then share information with students and employers.
Design and conduct quantitative and qualitative program evaluations, produce regular reports based on these evaluations, recommend and institute program changes when required.
Other duties, such as academic advising support and leadership development sessions may be assigned by the Manager, Student Experience

Qualifications / Requirements:
Undergraduate degree is require, graduate degree considered an asset
5 years of experience in student career advising
5 years experience with student services, HR processes, or job recruitment advising
2 years work experience and knowledge of Orbis, Mentorlink, D2L, and Peoplesoft required
Proven (2 years experience) ability to conceptualize, design, and implement new approaches to undergraduate advising and programs
Ability to assess program effectiveness, analyze data, and report on metrics to highlight impact of programming
Familiarity and 3 years experience with facilitating skills to assist students with job search success
Ability to successfully handle a large, intense student workload with a positive student-centric attitude demonstrated by 3 years professional experience
Demonstrated commitment to exceptional, proactive student service
Outstanding interpersonal communication skills, including written, oral, one on one and group as demonstrated by professional experience
Strong critical thinking, judgment and decision making skills
Abilities in problem identification, reasoning, and developing original ideas to solve problems, demonstrated with professional experience
Ability to work under pressure to meet strict and multiple timelines, working flexible hours to meet student needs
Demonstrated ability to be resourceful, creative, innovative, and flexibility to work effectively individually and as a team member
Experience developing and providing presentations for students
Expertise in the area of group-learning facilitation; in selecting and developing relevant facilitation methods (including support material) and in training learning assistants in relevant areas
Excellent computer skills including experience using technical advising tools (such as student information management systems like People Soft or Banner, Degree Audit software and Microsoft Office), and a desire to learn and implement new software/programs
Thorough knowledge of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP)

Application Deadline: April 13, 2020

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 II.

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 about the Schulich School of Engineering visit Careers in the Schulich School of Engineering.

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