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Co-op Education Coordinator

Simon Fraser University

Simon Fraser University

Posted on Thursday, June 6, 2024

Who We Are

  • We are a leading research university, advancing an inclusive and sustainable future. Our purpose—the essence of SFU—is to create and connect knowledge, learning and community for deeper understanding and meaningful impact.
  • We are committed to fostering excellence, innovation, belonging and community in all that we do.

SFU Co-op programs are dedicated to providing unparalleled career development opportunities to SFU students. Our primary objective is to facilitate work-integrated learning experiences through co-op placements. We offer comprehensive career services along with individualized coaching to support our students' personal and professional growth. Our team empowers a diverse range of students to achieve their career goals and contribute meaningfully to the community. We are committed to SFU's overarching goals and strategic initiatives, ensuring our students are prepared for the rapidly evolving business landscape. Our team culture values collaboration, innovation, and excellence, all driven by a shared passion for student success and continuous improvement.

About the Role

The Co-op Coordinator is a crucial role that guides and supports co-op students in their career and work search, and provides employment coaching during their co-op work terms. The successful candidate will also work closely with employers to create co-op education opportunities. As a Co-op Coordinator, responsibilities include career coaching, curriculum development, facilitating career preparation workshops, evaluating student work term reports, and providing employment guidance to resolve issues or difficulties during work terms.

This role is essential to providing students with valuable co-op experiences aligning with their career aspirations. The Co-op Coordinator collaborates with other team members to develop and maintain employer relationships, deliver career and work search-related workshops, evaluate Co-op services, and create new initiatives and policies.

This position is an excellent opportunity for an individual with a passion for career development and education to make a significant impact on co-op students' lives and contribute to the success of our SFU Co-op programs.

The Co-op Coordinator position requires an ideal candidate with experience in career counselling, who holds a relevant degree with teaching experience, expertise in curriculum design, and experience within industry. Strong organizational skills, self-motivation, innovation, forward thinking, and exceptional communication skills are essential qualities for the candidate. The candidate should possess natural leadership skills, high self-awareness, and the ability to work effectively within a team. It is crucial for the candidate to have a high level of proficiency in technology and be knowledgeable about the economic trends in the labour market. The successful candidate should also be able to build relationships, plan and prioritize, make informed decisions and create positive change.

Full Job Description


Master's degree in a relevant discipline and three years of related experience, which includes experience with the development and marketing of education related employment opportunities, curriculum program development, instructional design, web-based teaching and learning, and pre-employment and career preparation instruction, or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.

  • Career Development: The candidate must have excellent knowledge of student career development, learning skills theory, research, and current employment trends and practices to provide career guidance and support to students participating in the co-op program.
  • Marketing: The candidate must have excellent marketing skills to develop marketing strategies and promote the co-operative education program to employers, students, and the community.
  • Communication and Interpersonal Skills: The candidate must have excellent organizational, communication (oral and written), instructional, problem-solving, counseling, interviewing skills, and team management and supervisory skills to work closely with students, employers, faculty, and staff members within the university and build strong relationships with local, national, and international employer partners and associations.
  • Curriculum Development: The candidate must have experience with the development and marketing of education-related employment opportunities, curriculum program development, instructional design, web-based teaching and learning, and pre-employment and career preparation instruction.
  • Proficiency with Software and Technologies: The candidate must be proficient in the use of a variety of software (e.g., word processing, database, presentation) and communication technologies for e-learning to support the operational success of the co-operative education program.

What We Offer

At SFU, our goal is to ensure our people are valued and supported by promoting a healthy work-life balance, professional growth and development, as well as a safe and respectful workplace. We offer continuing employees who belong in the Administrative & Professional Staff Association (APSA):

  • 4 weeks’ vacation (prorated for the first year)*
  • Hybrid-work program for eligible positions
  • Employer paid defined benefit pension plan
  • On-campus tuition waiver for employees and their immediate family members*
  • Off-campus tuition reimbursements and professional development funds*
  • And more! View our benefits brochure

*Prorated for part-time employees

Additional Information

Please note: This position will be based out of the Surrey campus but may be expected to work support Burnaby-based Co-op programs, as needed.

Please include your cover letter and resume in one attachment.

SFU is an equity employer and strongly encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, Indigenous Peoples, visible minorities, people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, persons with disabilities, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of the university.

We are committed to ensuring that the application and interview process is accessible to all applicants. If you require any assistance or accommodations, please contact