Associate Director, Student Learning & Professional Development

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Associate Director, Student Learning & Professional Development

Date Posted: 04/30/2021
Req ID:3986
Faculty/Division: Faculty of Arts & Science
Department: Office of the Dean - Experiential Learning and Outreach Support
Campus: St. George (Downtown Toronto)


About us:
The Faculty of Arts & Science is the heart of Canada’s leading university and one of the most comprehensive and diverse academic divisions in the world. The strength of Arts & Science derives from our combined teaching and research excellence in the humanities, sciences and social sciences across 29 departments, seven colleges and 46 interdisciplinary centres, institutes and programs.

We can only realize our mission with the dedication and excellence of engaged staff and faculty. The diversity of opportunities and perspectives within the Faculty reflect the local and global landscape and the need for curiosity, innovative thinking and collaboration. At Arts & Science, we take pride in our legacy of innovation and discovery that has changed the way we think about the world.

Your Opportunity:

The Faculty of Arts & Science’s 2020-2025 Academic Plan calls for an ambitious plan to expand experiential learning opportunities available to undergraduate students across all Arts & Science disciplines. The Faculty is committed to preparing students for lifelong success in the labour market, deepening relationships with local partners in the public, private and non-profit sectors and increasing opportunities for international student mobility. As part of our expansion of experiential learning we are excited to be launching a new Arts & Science Internship Program (ASIP). Starting in Fall 2021, the program will provide specialized professional development training and paid work-integrated learning opportunities for Arts & Science students across 20 different academic programs, with plans for annual growth. Participation in the ASIP stream will allow students to explore career options, apply their academic learning in a professional context, gain valuable work experience, and build a professional network. We are committed to equity, diversity and inclusion and to designing programming that allows all students to meet their academic and career goals.

Reporting to the Director, Experiential Learning & Outreach Support, the Associate Director, Student Learning & Professional Development (AD, SLPD) will develop and lead a team responsible for ASIP student career learning, professional development training and work term preparation. The incumbent will be responsible for building innovative career supports and professional development programming that prepares students for the evolving world of work and integrates with the academic mission of the Faculty of Arts & Science. The incumbent will provide effective management to the ASIP Student Services team and work closely with the Associate Director, Employer Relations & Operations to ensure employment targets are met or exceeded, and that we provide exceptional service to both students, employer partners and on- campus stakeholders. The AD-SLDP will be a thought-leader and a strategic and creative thinker who recognizes the unique requirements of a diverse student body and is deeply committed to equity, diversity and inclusion.

The incumbent will:

  • Lead and manage the Student Services Team in the delivery of a high quality program of student development services, including professional development courses, group and individual career counseling/coaching, job search activities.
  • Oversee the development and delivery of the professional development curriculum that is mandatory for ASIP students; ensure that topics are current, timely, relevant, and presented with clarity.Provide connections with stakeholder groups to bring expert advice on skills development, market awareness and career success. This includes peer mentorship programs, industry networking events, and special guest speakers and panels.Work directly with academic units to establish work term assessment and evaluation guidelines, policies and practices. Regularly assess the effectiveness of the evaluation processes and policies, and recommend and implement changes as necessary.Oversee the admissions and selection process for students applying to ASIP, including determining admissions criteria and rubrics.Manage, review and assess the program of student development services and identify opportunities for improvement and enhancement. Research and develop new materials for use in student training. Explore opportunities through partnerships to serve the needs of specific cohorts of students (such as students with disabilities, international students, aboriginal/First Nations students).Compile and build resources and tools for students who may face barriers to employment.Conduct and evaluate assessments of the success of the student development services; develop and direct the implementation of changes to the programs and activities regularly to best meet student employment needs.
  • Develop and manage the student services budget, ensuring best use of resources to meet programming goals. Ensure that related expenditures adhere to University financial policies and are within set budgets.
  • Oversee the department’s use of Learning Management Systems (such as Quercus (Canvas)) in delivery of student development programming.
  • Participate in staff and organization planning to address human resources requirements in order to meet short and long term student enrolment growth.

Essential Qualifications:


Masters in Adult Education, Student Development, Higher Education, Developmental and/or Counselling Psychology, Leadership or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience. Education should include a focus on adult education principles, program/curriculum planning within a developmental framework, evaluation and assessment, and issues in higher education.


Minimum seven (7) years’ experience that combines: experience working directly in support of students or individuals in career transition; in depth knowledge of workplace standards, recruitment and hiring practices and performance management techniques gained through a role in co-operative education, career, work-integrated learning or other related student services programs. Experience with career/student service-related program development and assessment tools. Experience undertaking research. Experience with managing staff with a strong understanding of collective agreement administration and managing in a unionized environment.


Must have strong computer skills including the use of word processing, database management, spreadsheet, presentation software, e-learning tools, as well as ability to adapt to and learn new technologies. Thorough knowledge and understanding of training and development skills, curricula/program design and delivery. A deep understanding and pragmatic approach to career development and coaching coupled with an understanding and appreciation for industry and community needs. Understanding of AODA compliance requirements in relation to course/program design, development and delivery. A good understanding of the student and employer market and managerial/leadership competencies.


Must possess excellent presentation and verbal and written communication skills. Proven ability to organize and handle a variety of projects, deadlines and schedules simultaneously under minimal supervision, and to take initiative and be creative in solving problems. Demonstrated behaviour that indicates personal commitment to innovation, teamwork, flexibility and integrity. Ability to interact effectively and cooperatively with individuals at all levels and build sustainable relationships. Strong negotiation and conflict resolution skills. Tact and diplomacy required when dealing with faculty, staff, students and employers. Proven commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion principles. Must have a valid driver’s license and access to a motor vehicle.

Closing Date: 05/13/2021,11:59PM ET
Employee Group: Salaried
Appointment Type: Budget - Continuing
Schedule: Full-Time
Pay Scale Group & Hiring Zone: PM 4 -- Hiring Zone: $91,506 - $106,758 -- Broadband Salary Range: $91,506 - $152,510
Job Category: Administrative / Managerial

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

Diversity Statement
The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2S+ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see

Accessibility Statement
The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with our unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission.

The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities.

If you require any accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact [email protected].
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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Job No:
Posted: 5/2/2021
Application Due: 7/31/2021
Work Type: Full Time