University of Waterloo

  • Director, Co-op Services

    Requisition ID
    Job Category
    Career Services
    5180 - Coop Educ & Career Action
    Job Status
    Regular Full-Time
    Hiring Range
    $83,875 - $104,844
  • Overview

    The Director, Co-op Services is accountable for the successful provision of services for students, employers, faculty and staff within the employment processes, primarily supporting Co-operative education. The incumbent ensures the successful execution of the core employment processes each term. The Director, Co-op Services ensures that students, employers and all staff supporting the co-op employment processes are supported effectively, while maintaining high standards of stakeholder satisfaction delivered in a cost effective way. The incumbent also ensures that services to students and employers, in support of the employment processes (primarily co-op but including graduating, full-time, part-time and alumni employment), are carried out effectively and efficiently, in a service-focused environment. Services include help desk services, interview day services, employer hiring process support employer retention activities, scheduling interviews, event management by hosting over 350 employer information sessions annually, operational communications, calendar management, problem resolution, change management, facilities management of the Tatham Centre and co-op continuous process improvement, among others.


    Help shape and execute the strategy for Co-operative education

    • Provides strategic direction and leadership for Co-op Services and provides structure, process management/integrity, benchmarking, planning and leads initiatives in support of Co-op’s goals
    • Provides Co-op Services that will enhance student and employer experience, facilitate the mission and support the academic programs of the University, raise the satisfaction level of student,
      employer and faculty members and project a positive image that reflect well on the institution
    • Identify opportunities and implements solutions for improving services and practices in the co-op employment processes. This may include continuous process improvement, best practices, new interview methods, screening tools or any solution that helps employers and students connect
    • Project space and resource requirements to support Waterloo’s co-op program. Ensure space utilization on campus, primarily in the Tatham Centre, maximizes potential to host various forms of interviews that meet hiring and service expectations of stakeholders
    • Ensures strategic liaison between the Co-op Services team and all units within CEE portfolio (CEE Services, Center for Career Action, WatPD, WatCACE) to ensure units are aware of strategic and operational impacts from changes to system configuration, process, communication, calendar, event etc.
    • Ensures appropriate alignment with and support of other processes within CEE
    • Strategically designs and implements business processes for service excellence, fostering a culture of continuous improvement. Working with the CEE Services team, provides strategic guidance to the Co-op leadership team on matters relating to process and service
    • Maintains relationships with CEE leadership to protect and enhance co-op processes, while also supporting non co-op hiring processes and practices (e.g. managing the full-time/graduating and other job boards)

    Provide an excellent customer experience for students and employers participating in Hire Waterloo activities

    • Implementation of processes that provide a welcoming, personal, physical, safe environment for students, employers and staff. Ensures that support to students and employers is carried out effectively and efficiently in a service-focused environment
    • Ensures service is delivered to clearly defined and agreed-to standards (e.g. impression management, ease-of-interaction, triage excellence, one-and-done, response time, accuracy, completeness, consistency)
    • Develops strategies and is accountable for, ensuring that all jobs posted are filled and retained for future terms, enabling hiring success for students and employers via a valued experience
    • Provides overall direction for three (3) managers and over forty (40) permanent and contract staff to ensure excellent service to students and employers in the following areas: onboarding new employers; employer hiring process support; employer brand awareness through information session event management; job postings; scheduling interviews; meeting complex employer requests; problem de-escalation to ensure success for all stakeholders on interview days; and facility management of the Tatham Centre. Support extends through to employer hiring rank/match success and retention strategies, and communications with employers and students regarding employment logistics
    • Implementation of cost effective high quality help desk services to students, employers, CEE staff with respect to processes and technology supporting the employment processes. Ensures that support is provided in multiple mediums to meet the variable needs of all stakeholders

    Drive co-op core employment process and support each term, ensuring that all team members are participating in processes as required and appropriate

    • Ensures the implementation of the core employment process to account for integrity, efficiency and effectiveness of the processes and its variants for all users
    • Confirms the Term Master Calendar to ensure tight deadlines of employment process are met
    • Provides overall direction for the integrity of the core employment process and associated data
    • Implementation of processes that allow efficient scheduling and supporting employer/student interviews conducted in the Tatham Centre. Methods include face to face, phone and webcams
    • Provides oversight of space planning to ensure that all appropriate rooms are scheduled correctly, have the appropriate equipment, and that the administration of the interview process works smoothly for both employers and students
    • Develops contingency management plans ensuring continuation of service when issues occur
    • Oversees staffing model to ensure appropriate staffing needs are met, and provides strategic direction on managing a large pool of co-op, contract and casual staff to handle work load peaks cost-effectively to high standards of service
    • Implementation of processes to ensure data integrity checks and follow up processes are executed in a timely manner

    Lead and manage direct reports and ensure the delivery of results in support of Co-op’s mission, vision and guiding principles including:

    • Providing information and context needed for employees to be effective
    • Hiring, developing and retaining the best qualified staff available from inside or outside UW
    • Setting goals and expectations and helping employees create clear paths to success
    • Developing effective work team dynamics
    • Ensuring appropriate back up, support and cross training to manage capacity
    • Holding employees accountable for performance including consistent application of business processes
    • Managing performance through both formal (performance appraisal) and informal methods such as regular feedback, coaching and one-to-ones
    • Identifying development opportunities in others and co-creating with the employee a development plan; regularly following up on the progress of development
    • Planning and managing the Co-op Services budget

    Provide overall leadership to the organization by:

    • Personally championing mission, vision and guiding principles and playing a leadership role in bringing them to life
    • Providing leadership, direction and strategic planning for Co-operative and Experiential Education team with a specific focus on Co-operative education
    • Monitoring business practices to ensure that Co-op has the appropriate practices and processes to work effectively for all stakeholders both within and external to the University
    • Leading the development of new capabilities required by the introduction of new systems, tools or processes
    • Developing productive, collaborative working relationships across CEE and the University 
    • Leading or contributing to the identification, development and implementation of projects to improve service quality, relationships, stakeholder satisfaction, timeliness, staff capability and performance
    • Developing internal/external customer service standards, monitoring satisfaction with service delivered and taking action to restore and enhance service quality


    • University undergraduate degree in Business Administration, Operations Management or equivalent education and experience
    • Minimum of 5 years, operational management experience within a service organization
    • Proven expertise in developing and successfully implementing service and operational strategies, including process re-design
    • Proven skills in relationship management and achieving results using a collaborative approach
    • Demonstrated success in leading change efforts
    • Demonstrated high level of organization and ability to manage high volumes of activity and change
    • High degree of competency required on core employment systems (e.g. WaterlooWorks) and co-op processes
    • Ability to adapt skills and experience to a new environment
    • Excellent verbal, written and presentation communication skills
    • Exceptional process thinker, balanced with the need for service excellence from the stakeholder perspective
    • Strength in problem solving and driving continual improvement and positive change
    • Proficiency with building strong relationships within the co-op team, CEE and across the University
    • Ability to lead a fast-paced complex process, and balance multiple competing priorities
    • Sophisticated relationship management skills and an unrelenting results focus to negotiate deliverables within the co-op team and among student and employers
    • Service support is required from 7:00 am to 11:00 pm during interview periods. Work is required outside of core business hours


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