CBU GRADS ONLY – Student Placement Officer, Cape Breton University


CBU invites applications for two Student Placement Officers – one full-time and one fulltime term (Sep-Apr). The successful candidate will provide support to students in work experience placements including internships and practicum placements, service learning assignments, and community learning activities.

Please visit our website to view the full job description – www.cbu.ca/careers.

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field (Business, Tourism, Community Development, Arts, Community Studies) preferred; a Master’s degree would be considered an asset.
  • Recent experience in career development, student placement, employer relations, and other experiential/work-integrated learning.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Excellent time-management and problem-solving skills, and attention to detail.
  • Ability and desire to work independently in a fast-paced environment and complete multiple tasks and a large volume of work in a timely and effective manner.
  • The ability to work well with others, both internally and externally, from a wide variety of backgrounds.
  • Some evening and weekend work required.
  • Skill in using Microsoft Office.
  • Ability to learn new software programs quickly and effectively.


  • Facilitate both paid internships/co-op and unpaid placements or assignments for various programs.
  • Assist with program promotion, including public speaking and designing written materials to ensure program growth with both students and employers.
  • Customize student/employer matches by instituting competency modelling.
  • Assist organizations with funding applications for provincial and federal funding opportunities to hire CBU students.
  • Event planning to support initiatives within Career Services and academic schools that raise the profile of, and opportunities for, student work and experiential learning experiences.
  • Support faculty with student placements and develop mentoring supports.
  • Support faculty who are implementing an experiential or service learning assignment in their courses.
  • Assist with program regulation changes that have work-integrated learning.
  • Support ongoing development of volunteer opportunities for students to build experiential learning for students and community outreach with local employers.
  • Liaise between CBU and national and provincial organizations such as Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL). Maintain currency of regulations and trends within experiential and work-integrated learning standards.
  • Support businesses and community agencies who provide experiential and work integrated learning experiences for our students.
  • Design and implement student work-readiness programs including resume writing, interview preparation workshops, and job search techniques.
  • Utilize various online and software tools that support students in career development. Student Placement Officer Page 2
  • Participate in the development of a strategic plan which outlines the medium and longterm goals for experiential/work-integrated/community-based learning and programming at CBU.
  • Organize and conduct group orientation and networking events for all partners – students, businesses, community and faculty.
  • Compile and share student experiences such as key learnings, student and employer recommendations, or endorsements regarding their work experience.
  • Maintain a current database of employers, student placements, and experiential assignments.
  • Maintain a web portal which provides online support for students in relation to their work placements/internships and offer useful content for students and employers.
  • Write reports and provide input on areas of opportunity and growth for experiential and work-integrated learning programs.
  • Support ongoing development of Work Study program.
  • Other related duties as assigned.

Application Details

Qualified candidates should send to the Human Resources Department (in PDF format):

  • a letter of application quoting the reference number (SPO1807) and identifying your education and experience as it relates to this position;
  • a resume; and
  • complete contact information of three work related references.

Applications must be received by 4:00 p.m. August 8, 2018. Applicants who apply by email will receive a return email confirming receipt.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

Cape Breton University is strongly committed to fostering diversity within our community. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our staff, our faculty and its scholarship including, but not limited to, women, visible minorities, Aboriginal people, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply but applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Cape Breton University
Human Resources Dept.
P.O. Box 5300, 1250 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6L2
Website: www.cbu.ca/careers
Email: humanresources@ns.aliantzinc.ca