Career Development and Relationship Manager, Science Career Cooperative Education

McMaster University |
Hamilton, ON | Full Time, Seasonal / Contract


Job Description

The Science Career and Cooperative Education (SCCE) Office at McMaster University provides career services to over 7000 students in the Faculty of Science. Structured around three core service pillars (career, cooperative education and experiential education), we aim to help students understand labour market trends, develop viable career plans and successfully make the transition from their undergraduate degree. The SCCE also manages the faculty’s 13 cooperative education programs, delivers a wide variety of career workshops and industry events, and facilitates two undergraduate courses: SCIENCE 2C00, a career preparation course taught to approximately 500 students annually, and SCIENCE 3C00, a work term preparation course for co-op students.

We are searching for a highly motivated individual with prior employer or business development experience. The selected candidate will work closely with the SCCE team to support co-op students in their job search, source meaningful co-op opportunities for students from 13 different science co-op programs, and build and maintain strong relationships with employer partners. This is a contract position lasting 12 months and could be an ideal career growth opportunity.

Job Summary:

Responsible for planning, organizing and coordinating career development placements. Promotes student development, success and retention, and encourages career achievement by conducting interviews with students dealing with career choice, educational direction and goal progress.


  • Identify, develop, and cultivate strategic employer relationships in the business community.
  • Interview students to assess suitability and make decisions on admittance to the program. Interview employer partners to understand recruitment needs.
  • Provide individual coaching services and guidance in developing self-marketing and branding tools including, but not limited to, job search strategies, resume critiques, preparation of cover letters and personal statements, interview skills, networking, portfolio development, and negotiation skills.
  • Conduct mock interviews by creating specific questions that are relevant to the field of employment students are pursuing, and then provide constructive feedback to students.
  • Conduct post-work placement interviews with students to discuss experiences and future goals.
  • Write career and skill development materials, and design interview tools.
  • Write a variety of documents including, but not limited to, reference letters, correspondence and workshop plans.
  • Create, implement and maintain policies and procedures related to the program and career services offered.
  • Facilitate or lead career development workshops.
  • Coordinate and accompany students on site visits and discuss work objectives.
  • Create promotional materials to market program to potential applicants, visitors, and representatives from other institutions at fairs and open house events.
  • Plan and coordinate costs, logistics and resources, including catering and audio visual equipment, for career events, information sessions, workshops and speaker presentations.
  • Calculate travel expenses for attendance at site visits, seminars, conferences and professional development.
  • Track attendance of students using services and compare statistics from previous years.
  • Gather, compile, and analyze information identifying labour market data, trends, and job opportunities.
  • Review current labour markets and research current trends within professional careers and employment requirements including skill level and comparable salaries offered.
  • Request participation and invite employers to post-employment opportunities within the department.
  • Act as a liaison between faculty, staff and students to ensure the timely communication of information and adherence to policies and procedures.
  • Participate in meetings with students to discuss and provide guidance regarding individual career options.
  • Assemble and distribute materials and packages.
  • Understand and stay current on employment legislation and government mandates.



Bachelor’s degree in a related field.


Requires 4 years of relevant experience.


The following are considered assets and may be given preference:

  • Educational background in Science
  • Knowledge of cooperative education programs/processes
  • Prior experience facilitating co-op student placements and developing employment opportunities for students
  • Experience in a career setting and/or detailed understanding of career options in the various disciplines within Science
  • Career Development Practitioner (CDP) or equivalent certification
  • Knowledge of the ORBIS / OSCARPlus database system and Microsoft Office.

Additional Information:


Monday – Friday, 8:30 – 4:30
Some evening and weekend work required.

Hourly Rate

$28.80 – $40.52 depending on qualifications

How to Apply

To apply for this job, please submit your application online.

Employment Equity Statement

McMaster University is located on the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee and Mississauga Nations and, within the lands protected by the “Dish with One Spoon” wampum agreement.

In keeping with its Statement on Building an Inclusive Community with a Shared Purpose, McMaster University strives to embody the values of respect, collaboration and diversity, and has a strong commitment to employment equity. The diversity of our workforce is at the core of our innovation and creativity and strengthens our research and teaching excellence. The University seeks qualified candidates who share our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion. While all qualified candidates are invited to apply, we particularly welcome applications from women, persons with disabilities, First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, members of visible minorities, and LGBTQ+ persons. Job applicants requiring accommodation to participate in the hiring process should contact the Human Resources Service Centre at 905-525-9140 ext. 222-HR (22247) or the Faculty of Health Sciences Human Resources office at ext. 22207 to communicate accommodation needs.