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Associate Director, Experiential Learning and Career Development (ELCD)

Date: April, 2013
Reports to (Job Title): Director, School of Accounting and Finanace
Jobs Reporting (Job Titles): Experiential Learning and Career Development (ELCD) Coach
Location: Main Campus

USG 12

35 hr/wk

Primary Purpose

The Associate Director, Experiential Learning and Career Development (ELCD) is a member of the Experiential Learning and Career Development Team within the School of Accounting and Finance (SAF). The Team is responsible for ensuring the full participation of all undergraduate and graduate students in the experiential learning components of their program (co-op or internship) and their prosperous entry into the workforce as accounting and finance professionals upon graduation. The Associate Director manages initiatives that serve students, support Co-operative Education and Career Action (CECA), inform faculty and engage employers. 

Key Accountabilities:

1.  Represents the School to students:


2.  Informs and supports SAF faculty:


3.  Represents the School to Co-operative Education and Career Action (CECA):


4.  Represents the School to employers:



The School of Accounting and Finance is a professional school within the Faculty of Arts at the University of Waterloo. The School currently offers one specialized undergraduate programs (BAFM), two graduate programs (MAcc, MTax) and one doctoral (PhD) program. The Bachelor of Accounting and Financial Management (BAFM) Honours Co-op program, is that largest co-operative education program of its kind in Canada. The Master of Accounting (MAcc) program is the only professionally accredited program by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario/CPA Ontario. The School’s Master of Taxation (MTax) program with internship is unique in Canada. Advanced professional standing and the opportunity for an innovative experiential learning experience make the School a top choice for students seeking to pursue careers as accounting and finance professionals. The School also administers three innovative cross-disciplinary undergraduate programs (BCFM, BMath CA, BSci (Biotech) CA) and one graduate program (MQFin). While the primary focus of the Experiential Learning and Career Development Team  is to support BAFM, MAcc, Diploma and MTAx initiatives, students in the BCFM, BMath CA, BSci (Biotech) CA and MQFin programs will benefit directly or indirectly from the work of the Team.


The SAF faculty is visible and active in the promotion and delivery of an experiential learning model as the cornerstone of its programs. The administration of co-op and paid internships within this School’s programs involves specialized requirements above and beyond those of other programs on campus. A separate co-op recruitment matching cycle exists for BAFM students and accredited employers, and this requires the faculty to work closely with CECA to administer co-op. Co-op jobs are often linked to professional experience requirements for industry credentials, and this requires ongoing tracking and reporting. The School assigns and grades co-op reflection reports (in lieu of the typical co-op work term reports), and this requires staffing. The faculty requires regular updates about needs of employers and the performance of co-op and internship students in order to maintain program quality and industry linkages, and this requires collaboration. The School also manages the entire processes of job development, job posting and rank/matching of MTax students with paid professional internship opportunities.


All SAF students have come to expect that the School will offer a variety of services to educate them about co-op and internship opportunities, professional accreditation processes, co-op pathway planning and career entry strategies. These services complement but do not duplicate traditional modes and approaches of co-op/career advising and professional development used on campus through CECA and the WatPD Office. SAF students want to explore co-op, internship and graduating opportunities in accounting and finance and they expect coaching that informs them about specific opportunities that meet their particular interest within the sector and that can lead them toward the achievement of longer term employment goals and objectives relating to accreditation as a CPA, CA, CMA, CIA, CFA etc. Students expect to have access to industry associations, mentoring relationships, extracurricular learning and practical skills training through the School and the departments on campus that share in the management of external relationships


Program enhancements, enrolment growth and external factors require the School to update and modify the nature and scope of the services it delivers to students in the areas of experiential learning and career development on an ongoing basis. For example, the ways that the School collaborates with CECA are expected to evolve over time given the changes currently impacting the accounting and finance professions in Canada. The Experiential Learning and Career Development (ELCD) Team, consisting of the Associate Director, ELCD and the ELCD Coach, was initiated to consolidate the delivery of services to students in the BAFM, MAcc and MTax programs, which is presently delivered by three program units (including use of faculty time). This move will leverage synergies, creates efficiencies, and ultimately, generates the ability to do more for our students and the stakeholders of experiential learning. The Team has a vast mandate to “know” students, inform students, and link students with opportunities to grow and develop. It will collaborate with CECA to administer co-op and ensure a sufficient supply of co-op jobs, paid internships and graduating opportunities is available for SAF students. The Team will also report to faculty and students on experiential learning outcomes.


The ELCD Team is overseen by the Director of the School of Accounting and Finance and has dual reporting relationships to the Directors of the BAFM, MAcc and MTax programs. The Team is led by the Associate Director, ELCD, who will report to the Administrative Officer of the School of Accounting and Finance regarding sickness, vacation, time-off and other administrative matters. The Associate Director, ELCD manages the ELCD Coach and works mainly with the School Director, the BAFM, MAcc and MTax faculty and staff teams. This work involves collaboration with other units and groups on campus, such as CECA, the Student Success Office, Living Learning Community and the Accounting and Finance Student Association. The Associate Director, ELCD works directly with students and employers and liaises with external parties such as the CPA Canada, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario (ICAO), CA School of Business (CASB), Society of Management Accountants of Ontario (SMAO), Toronto CFA Society, Canadian Institute of Internal Auditors (CIIA), Canadian Institute of Chartered Business Valuators (CICBV), CGA Ontario, CSI Global, Toronto Financial Services Alliance (TFSA).        



Statistical Data:


BAFM Co-op Admissions F12

303 (83 – AFM-CA Match Co-op, 210 – AFM-B&F Co-op Match


BAFM Co-op Admissions Target F14 – under new co-op streaming

300 (One co-op stream eligible for CPA and Main Match Co-op Jobs)


Total BAFM Honours Co-op Enrolment F12



BMath CA Co-op Admissions F12



Total BMath CA Co-op Enrolment F12



BSci (Biotech) CA Co-op Admissions F12



Total BSci (Biotech) CA Co-op Enrolment F12



CFM Co-op Admissions F12



Total CFM Co-op Enrolment F12



Co-op Terms in the BAFM, BMath CA, BSci (Biotech) CA Degree

4 x 4-month or 2x 4-month + 1 x 8-month


MAcc (8 month) Admissions W13



Post Baccalaureate Diploma (4 month) W13 Admissions



MTAx Admissions F12

26 (24 full-time internship, 2 part-time)


Total MTax Enrolment F12

64 (51 full-time internship, 13 part-time)


Internship Terms in the MTax Degree

2 x 4-month


Position Requirements


University undergraduate degree required. Master’s degree preferred



MS Word Excel PowerPoint Other





Other: Skype/Email/Mobile


Nature and Scope

Interpersonal Skills:

The Associate Director, ELCD uses his/her collaborative skills to inform and engage stakeholder groups. The incumbent brings a passion for client service and has a natural ability to educate and motivate. He/she brings program/initiative management, consultative sales/marketing skills and experiential learning and career planning experience to the role. A supportive SAF and CECA team player, the Associate Director, ELCD uses his/her knowledge and understanding of the employment marketplace and experiential learning processes and procedures to uncover opportunities for students and to generally support the people at the School and CECA and the work they do.

Level of Responsibility:

The Associate Director, ELCD is a creator/developer of resources, events and activities for students and faculty. He/she manages the ELCD Coach and co-op or casual staff hired to assist the ELCD Team. He/she will manage ELCD Team schedules, physical supplies and budgets. He/she will maintain professional relationships with campus departments and external parties (including vendors) on behalf of the School.

Decision-Making Authority:

Under the guidance of the School Director, the Associate Director, ELCD makes decisions about:


Financial Accountability
The Associate Director, ELCD manages ELCD Team budgets.

Physical and Sensory Demands:

This role involves moderate psychological risk resulting from exposure to occasions of disagreeable or uncomfortable environmental conditions. The role may include exposure to emotionally disconcerting experiences and/or interactions with people who are upset or angry (i.e. occasional emotionally charged issues with students), unusual hours or schedules and irregular and/or high volumes and multiple and/or tight deadlines beyond one's control (e.g., January and September are particularly high volume).


Working Environment:

Working Hours: A professional office environment. Regular working hours. Some evening/weekend work required.