Coordinator, Experiential Learning

OCAD University

Reporting to the Director, RBC Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers and working in close collaboration with partners both inside and outside of the University, the Coordinator, Experiential Learning facilitates enhanced and reciprocally beneficial partnerships between the University and community and/or industry partners in support of providing experiential learning opportunities for OCAD University (OCAD U) students. Fostering positive relationships among industry and community agency partners, faculty, and students, the Coordinator will supervise program staff, assist in the development and maintenance of an integrated vision and plan for Work-Integrated and Experiential Learning (WI/EL), including curricular and co-curricular opportunities and related programming. The Coordinator connects curricular programs with co-curricular learning opportunities in a strategic, cohesive and forward-looking fashion in support of emerging artists, designers and related professionals and works as an integrated member of the RBC Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers team.    

Summary of Responsibilities: 

  • Under the guidance of the Director, RBC Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers, implement a plan associated with the Work-Integrated and Experiential Learning strategy, as derived from the University’s Academic Plan 
  • Supervise Experiential Learning program staff as required 
  • Establish a partnership plan associated with continuous outreach and reciprocal relationship stewardship 
  • Support all for-credit Experiential Learning, particularly placements, at the undergraduate and graduate student level, which includes significant collaboration with faculty 
  • Meet regularly with students for the purposes of their early-career advancement in the context of experiential learning  
  • Assess proposals for partnerships between companies/community agencies and OCAD U and involve program chairs, faculty and others as needed to create tangible opportunities for students 
  • Participate in the development of collaborative projects/programs that will serve community needs as well as meet curriculum objectives  
  • Implement a rigorous risk management and evaluation process for all Experiential Learning Placements, and ensure the University is current with labour and employment legislation  
  • Meet regularly with students, community partners, faculty, and staff to discuss issues and plan for on-going improvements 
  • Support the operation, promotion and ongoing development of the Talent Network, OCAD U’s student and alumni job board, which details experiential learning and employment opportunities on and off-campus, internships, international opportunities, volunteer and on-campus involvement opportunities 
  • Create materials, presentations and various resources on Experiential Learning for partner organizations, faculty and students 
  • Develop promotional strategies and materials to encourage full student participation in experiential learning 
  • As part of the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designer’s team, advise students in finding opportunities appropriate to their goals and needs and in positioning experiences for career growth 
  • Assist the Director in related functions contributing to the successful operation of the RBC Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers portfolio


  • Graduate degree, with a focus in art or design preferred, with a minimum of four (4) years relevant work experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience 
  • Experience with implementing experiential learning theory, practices and models in the higher education and/or community sectors, as well as post-secondary student development 
  • Experience in development and operation of sophisticated database systems required 
  • Demonstrated strength in project management, organization, evaluation and reporting 
  • Knowledge of OCAD University, its administrative and academic structure, programs and requirements an asset 
  • Proven track record of productive relationship development resulting in quantifiable outcomes 
  • Ability to build rapport and work collaboratively with students, faculty and staff 
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and strong self-management skills 
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise tact, good judgement, and diplomacy 
  • Demonstrated attention to detail, and the ability to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines 
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and work independently and participate collaboratively in a team environment 
  • Demonstrated commitment to the principles of equity and diversity, and experience promoting a respectful work and learning environment for students, staff and faculty 

Compensation: Hiring Range – $54,158.84 to $61,965.30 per annum, commensurate with experience, plus benefits; Salary Range – $54,158.84 to $71,191.96 per annum.

Hours of Work: Total of 35 hours per week.

The incumbent in this role will be expected to report to work on campus.

Application Deadline:Interested applicants are invited to submit an updated resume and cover letter (PDF) by selecting “Apply Now” below, no later than Monday, December 18, 2019.

 As an employer committed to employment equity, we encourage applications from members of equity-seeking communities including women, racialized and Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities/expressions.  

We encourage members of designated equity-seeking groups to self-identify within the voluntary Applicant Questionnaire .  

In order to alleviate the under-representation of racialized and Indigenous administrators, priority in hiring will be given to qualified racialized and Indigenous persons who self-identify as such in the application process. This initiative is a special program under the Ontario Human Rights Code .  

OCAD University is committed to providing an inclusive and barrier free experience to applicants with accessibility needs. Requests for accommodation can be made at any stage during the recruitment process. Please contact People & Culture for more information or refer to OCAD U’s Policy of Accommodation in Employment for Persons with Disabilities . 

All qualified persons are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority. While we thank all candidates for their interest, only those short-listed will be contacted.

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