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Vancouver Island University

Director, Centre for Experiential Learning

Nanaimo, BC
Full Time
3 days ago
86,619 to 119,892 per year

MATTER HERE. At Vancouver Island University, your work matters.

Situated on the traditional territory of the Coast Salish peoples, Vancouver Island University is a comprehensive teaching university with 15,000 students across four campuses. VIU proudly fosters student success, strong community connections and international collaborations by providing access to a wide range of programs, from academic undergraduate and master’s to industry-responsive trades and vocational training. VIU is fortunate to host a large number of Indigenous students and provides a learning environment that is accessible, relevant for all learners, celebrates success and acknowledges history and traditions. To be a part of the VIU community is to know what it is like to matter here. We are currently accepting applications for the role of Director, Centre for Experiential Learning.



Reporting to the Associate Vice-President of Student Affairs, the Director is responsible for strategic leadership of the Centre for Experiential Learning working with CEL faculty and support staff in collaborative relationships with faculty and service staff across the University to develop, expand, promote, and deliver for-credit work-integrated learning relevant to a diverse range of programs and career options as well as non-credit programs and activities under the auspices of the CEL, including Co-curricular Engagement and Learning and Peer Supported Learning. The Director interacts with students and employees from all levels of the University and across all campuses: Executive, Provost Council, Senate and Senate sub-committees, Program Chairs, Professors, and administrative staff in such areas as Human Resources, Finance, IT, and Purchasing, Advancement and Alumni Relations and with community and employment partners. The Director develops and enacts strategic initiatives related to the goals and objectives of the VIU’s strategic plan, and other associated plans. The Director is a key member of the Student Affairs leadership team and works closely with other Student Affairs Directors advancing the Student Affairs strategic plan and initiatives.


The Director serves as VIU’s representative on the provincial BC WIL Council and as VIU’s key contact in relation to work-integrated learning opportunities and programs both provincially and nationally.


A department of Student Affairs, the Centre for Experiential Learning (CEL) engages students in work- integrated learning through cooperative education and internship in a variety of programs. Additionally, the area provides assistance to all students in their career education and development needs. The CEL is a team of professional career educators whose expertise is related to experiential education, career development and employment. The team provides academic programs and instructional expertise to promote, support and assess applied learning while preparing students to be successful in achieving their career goals. Advancing experiential learning for all students and recognizing the importance of non-credit experiential learning in the holistic development of VIU's graduate attributes, the CEL has also introduced several student-focused co-curricular initiatives.



Strategic Direction: Provides visionary leadership and facilitates collaborative dialogue to develop, articulate, and enact a comprehensive long-term strategy to promote work-integrated learning, career development, co-curricular/student engagement opportunities and peer-supported learning for students, while enhance community engagement.


Program and Service Delivery: Develops and maintains coordinated, integrated and high-impact programs and services by ensuring constant evaluation and redevelopment of practices to optimize

the student and community experience. The Director has overall responsibility for the work-integrated learning (WIL) portfolio, the Office of Co-Curricular Engagement and Learning (OCCEL), the Peer- Supported Learning (PSL) program and to create a robust Career Development program in order to enhance student success, and students’ successful transition to career.


Fiscal Management: Provides prudent financial oversight of all resources and is responsible for strategic and appropriate use of the overall CEL budget in accordance with University policies and procedures.


Human Resource Management: As a senior leader in Student Affairs, the Director manages a multi- disciplinary team of unionized faculty and staff to develop innovative outcomes-based and research- informed services and programs that anticipate, prevent, and address student success and transition to career using a variety of tools and approaches.  


Collaboration, Partnership and Relationship Management: Develops and leverages relationships with students, academic and academic support areas on campus, provincial governing bodies, alumni, First Nations and Indigenous peoples, community-based organizations, and employers. The Director fosters and maintains strong linkages, and represent the CEL, Student Affairs, and VIU with the community, business & industry, governments, and professional associations.


The Director serves as Acting Associate Vice-President of Student Affairs as and when required, including responding to issues that may arise related to student conduct and safety.



  • Master’s Degree in a related field - Social Science/ Education/Administrative Leadership.
  • Minimum of 10 years’ experience related to Experiential Education and career education.
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience working in a Post-secondary institution in a leadership capacity.
  • Proven record of leadership and experience managing staff in a unionized environment and working in collaboration with campus and community partners
  • Demonstrated knowledge of, and experience related to Labour Standards, Human Rights, Immigration legislation.
  • Demonstrated experience with Risk Management & Public Relations.
  • Demonstrated experience in program development and expansion including strategic planning and leadership related to change management, marketing, communication, and community engagement; proven ability to develop, monitor and evaluate strategic plans; proven experience using qualitative and quantitative research methods
  • Current knowledge and experience with innovative programming and technology related to experiential education, student engagement, e-portfolio capstone projects, career education, employment access, marketing, and social media.
  • Strong leadership, management, and interpersonal skills including highly effective written and verbal communication skills and exemplary capacity to foster collaboration
  • Demonstrated understanding of, and respect for, Indigenous peoples and Aboriginal Education
  • Demonstrated understanding of, and capacity to address, the diverse needs of all students, including international students
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusivity in community and organizational development;
  • Experience planning and managing budget
  • Proven ability to develop innovative and concrete solutions to complex institutional problems
  • Extensive knowledge of post-secondary systems, policies, initiatives and current issues



View the full position profile and apply online by the close date of 30-Jun-2021.


All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. VIU embraces the principle of employment equity and encourages applications from women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, and people of Indigenous descent.


The VIU community shares its collective gratitude with the Snuneymuxw, Quw’utsun, Tla’Amin, Snaw-naw-as and Qualicum First Nation on whose traditional, unceded territories we teach, learn, research, live and share knowledge. With hands raised to the original stewards, we say Hay ch qa’ sii’em sieye’ yu mukw Mustimuxw.


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