Job Posting

Associate Vice President, Career Services

Full time, Permanent

Institution: University of British Columbia



Deadline: September 30, 2022

Posted: July 28, 2022

Associate Vice-President, Career Services

University of British Columbia

2329 West Mall

Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z4

Fulltime, Permanent

The University of British Columbia (UBC) is a global research centre for research and teaching with a vision to create an exceptional learning environment that fosters global citizenship, advances a civil and sustainable society, and supports outstanding research to serve the people of British Columbia, Canada, and the world. With close to 70,000 students, UBC is ranked among the top 40 universities globally with campuses in Vancouver and the Okanagan.

Reporting to the Vice-President, Students, with a dotted line to the Provost and Vice-President, Academic UBCV, the Associate Vice-President (AVP), Career Services is responsible for the strategic leadership of Career Services and related programming at the UBC Vancouver campus in alignment with the UBC Student Strategic Plan goals, purposes, and priorities. As a member of the Vice-President Students’ (VPS) Senior Leadership Team, the AVP Career Services contributes to the development and execution of VPS portfolio-wide strategic priorities.

The AVP Career Services leads and develops innovative career services programming to meet the evolving needs and diversity of UBC’s student population, through effective collaboration, evidence-based research, practices and programs, innovative technology, and strategic partnerships. In addition, this role will provide leadership in the development and fostering of collaborative, strategic, responsive, and innovative partnerships across UBC portfolios and with key external partners including industry and government.

Demonstrating leadership in the areas of diversity, equity and inclusion, this role will ensure the Career Services unit strategic annual operating goals are aligned with broader University and portfolio-wide objectives and plans including, but not limited to, the Indigenous Strategic Plan (ISP), the Anti-Racism and Inclusive Excellence (ARIE) report and the Inclusion Action Plan (IAP).

This is an opportunity to serve in a leadership role at a world-class academic institution, with tremendous forward momentum, situated in a city that consistently ranks as one of the most liveable cities in the world.



Health/Dental Benefit plan

Qualifications and Experience:

Extensive years of leadership experience and experience in the areas of specialization or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Leadership experience administering and delivering career services in a higher education or similar setting, or in relevant senior-level leadership positions managing experienced professionals. Other relevant professional experience could include administering and delivering higher education student services other than career services or work in corporate, government, or non-profit recruiting career development, or human resources activities.

Experience in higher education student development, counselling, human resources, business, or related field is preferred.

Expertise in the effective design, development, delivery, and evaluation of innovative career and related student services that incorporate best practices, is data-driven and is responsive to the needs of the university and its constituencies and the overall higher education marketplace.

Demonstrated leadership in the areas of diversity, equity and inclusion.

Entrepreneurial, innovative, and forward-thinking with a focus on creating and implementing preeminent career services programs and experience. Proven track record of developing and implementing strategic plans and achieving measurable results.

Knowledgeable regarding systems thinking and design thinking with the ability to not only problem solve for individual students but develop enterprise solutions and design systems across the university to better support the student experience.

Demonstrated ability to navigate the complexities of the university and collaborate across university divisions.

Expertise in the objective analysis of complex information or problems to derive logical conclusions and provide a sound basis for establishing priorities and selecting appropriate courses of action.

Demonstrated ability to develop and sustain strong university-employer relations in the Vancouver, British Columbia area as well as provincially, nationally and internationally.

Experience successfully leading change and supporting teams of highly skilled professionals. Ability to manage and motivate an enthusiastic and dynamic professional staff, set clear direction and articulate goals and expectations for excellence and success.

Results-driven and adept at using data to inform decision-making, continuous improvement, and customer service. Demonstrated ability to foster and sustain innovation, collaboration, shared decision-making and strategic partnerships in a complex work environment.

Demonstrated evidence of strong written and oral communication, interpersonal, and relationship management skills.

Demonstrated experience managing and allocating resources and generating additional resources from external sources through fundraising, grant writing, and other activities to support current and new operations and initiatives.

The ability to understand different perspectives, opinions, and priorities and to see the bigger picture to work effectively and affect change.

Thoughtful, with excellent judgment, open to new ideas and sharing them with others.

Problem-solver mentality with the ability to accept and lead new challenges, able to think strategically and critically analyze a variety of issues and show initiative.

Ability to exercise tact, discretion, and good judgement, and to address conflict and engage in effective solutions.

Positive and enthusiastic attitude and approach to work.

Demonstrated political astuteness and tact and negotiation skills.


Masters degree required, a doctorate in higher education administration or equivalent preferred.


English proficiency required. Additional languages will be considered an asset, but not required.

To explore this opportunity further, please contact Ella Hipolito at or click Apply.

The UBC Vancouver-Point Grey campus is located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territories of the x?m?θk??y? ?m (Musqueam) people. The UBC Okanagan campus is located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Syilx Okanagan Nation. The x?m?θk??y? ?m and Syilx peoples have been stewards and caretakers of these territories since time immemorial.

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