Employment Opportunities

Since 1936 Columbia College has offered quality educational programs designed to prepare students for university admission. These programs include a University Transfer Program that is fully integrated into the BC Transfer System, a Secondary Program that is certified by the Province of British Columbia, and a full-time Academic Preparatory English Program that is accredited by Languages Canada. Thousands of students, both Canadian and international, have progressed through Columbia’s programs to successful Canadian universities.

EXTERNAL BOARD DIRECTOR

Columbia College is seeking a volunteer to sit on the College’s Board of Directors.

Established in 1936, Columbia College is Canada’s most established international college and has consistently been a top-three provider of international students to the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, and University of Victoria. We are also a registered charity and non-profit organization. We currently serve ~ 2400 students and granting Associate Degrees in Arts and in Science. We also have a Secondary program offering courses in Grades 1–12 as well as an English Language Centre.

We are governed by the BC Societies Act, and as such, we maintain a governance Board composed of internal and external members. The Board of Directors is responsible for overseeing the College’s academic programming and operations, for strategic planning to ensure its future success, and will make a meaningful contribution to the Society’s charitable operations as well.

Currently, we are looking for an external board member who might be kind enough to lend their expertise and experience to the governance and strategic planning of our academic and charitable operations. Ideally, we are looking for a director with some of the following skills/experience:

Desired Skills and Experience

  • Experience in administering or governing charitable programs or organizations
  • Expertise in digital marketing or administering programs on digital platforms
  • Experience or leverageable networks in global education, non-profits, or charities
  • Leverageable local or community networks (non-profits, charities, or otherwise)
  • Expertise in novel pedagogical approaches and programs; online, experiential, student-centred, etc.
  • Previous experience serving on a board of a not-for-profit or charitable organization
  • Successful track record in pursuing and implementing community partnerships
  • Connected to the community
  • Knowledge of community development programs in a post-secondary context
  • Experience with a not-for-profit or a charity in the startup stages of development, and/or not-for-profit real estate management

Responsibilities

  • Promote the organization in the community
  • Act in an advisory capacity and provide input to the strategic direction of the College and its charitable programming
  • Prepare for and attend monthly Board meetings
  • Directors may be asked to serve on a subcommittee of the Board where their skills and experience might make a positive contribution. Directors may also have an opportunity to serve on working groups established for specific purposes
  • Former Columbia College Society members can be nominated as independent board directors, but they must have severed their employment relationship with the College for twenty-four months before they can serve on the Board as an independent member.
  • Former Columbia College students can be nominated as independent board directors, but they must have finished their relationship with the College for twenty-four months before they can serve on the Board as an external member.

The position will ideally start in August 2020.

APPLICATION:

Please submit a cover letter and resume (consolidated into one PDF or Word document and saved under first and last name) to Denise Guiblejman, HR Manager [email protected]

Application Deadline: June 21st, 2020.

We thank all applicants for their interest in the position; only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


DIGITAL MARKETING & SOCIAL MEDIA SPECIALIST (with experience in the Education industry)

Columbia College is looking for a Digital Marketing and Social Media Specialist to join our team. This is a one-year full-time contract (35 hours p/w) position with the possibility to become permanent.

SUMMARY

We are seeking a creative Digital Marketing and Social Media talented individual who will be the key driver of executing our College’s marketing plan in print, digital, and social media platforms.

The digital professional will bring to this role her/his knowledge and experience in the education industry.

Our ideal candidate is a proactive and creative quick learner with online marketing experience, able to execute our digital marketing strategy on social media, and via online media so as to reach prospective students and international markets.

The Digital Marketing and Social Media Specialist plays a pivotal role in supporting tactical communication for existing and prospective students and works to enhance the visibility and reputation of the College locally and internationally. This position will collaborate with members of the Student Services, Recruitment team, and the Executive Director to update the College website, create specific projects and campaigns that promote the College’s brand and programs.

The Specialist reports and works under the direction of the Director of Recruitment, Admissions and Marketing. Functional direction may be provided by the Student Services Manager and the Executive Director.

Duties and responsibilities include:

  • Managing the Columbia College website, actively optimizing and improving web content to create a dynamic user experience for existing and prospective students, and stakeholders.
  • Overseeing the college’s online presence, including maintaining and updating the college’s website, social media accounts, search engine optimization, and other digital marketing projects.
  • Creating, monitoring and updating the website content, in a timely, consistent, efficient manner.
  • Creating and implementing strategic communication plans.
  • Collaborating with the Recruitment and the Student Services departments implementing communication objectives; and implementing tactics, timelines; and evaluation.
  • Implementing communication projects in all the different digital platforms.
  • Preparing communication analysis reports from a variety of sources (e.g. social media analytics, surveys, Google Analytics) to determine the effectiveness of communication plans and makes recommendations for future improvements.
  • Developing and executing marketing communications content and materials, ensuring that all tactical solutions align with Columbia College’s marketing and communications plans.
  • Implementing client-focused marketing initiatives to drive the growth of the College, generating and customizing marketing toolkits, and multimedia presentations for Columbia College clients to support advertising and student recruitment efforts.
  • Working with the Student Services department to develop a sense of community online.
  • Managing relationships with service providers, including designers, web developers, printers, photographers, etc.
  • Maintaining Columbia College brand presence through systematic social media campaigns, development of media/press releases, and communication to existing and prospective partners.
  • Developing and posting marketing communications content and materials, ensuring that all tactical solutions align with Columbia College’s marketing and communications plans.
  • Generating and posting dynamic original content, from a variety of sources (College stakeholders, blogs, web, etc.) to social media, college website, digital signage, blog, Safety app, and other communication tools.
  • Organizing, prioritizing and scheduling content distribution on social media, digital signage, blog, and other communication tools.
  • Ensuring accuracy of content by coordinating workflow and collaborating with members of College, including employees, students and others.
  • Researching, organizing information and performing interviews for internal and external communications.
  • Providing substantive editing, copy-editing and proofreading services for material written by other College employees.
  • Maintaining a high level of knowledge and keeping apprised of changes to institutional communication tools in order to use tools effectively, including digital signage functionality on SharePoint, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and others.

Our ideal candidate is

  • A marketing talent who loves to be at the forefront of an emerging market to promote a new concept and product.
  • A proactive, agile, resilient, quick learner with a candid and flexible attitude.
  • A high-performing individual with experience working with teams and other stakeholders through challenging projects in the education sector.
  • An innovative and thoughtful marketer with a hands-on attitude.
  • Excited about new technologies that have the potential to give every student, no matter where they live, the opportunity to get an excellent education.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • 3 to 5 years of experience in digital marketing and communications.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Commerce, Business, Marketing, Communications or related fields.
  • Strong organization and project management skills
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial, highly demanding environment
  • Ability to effectively convey key messages and accurately provide essential information to a variety of stakeholders
  • Experience and knowledge in the education sector would be an asset
  • Excellent goal-driven marketing skills
  • Deep understanding of all social media platforms and demonstrated social media expertise to engage audiences.
  • Ability to work effectively and diplomatically with diverse campus audiences and external agencies.
  • Advanced knowledge and working experience of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, WordPress, Content Management Systems, graphics design applications and social media products.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with excellent oral and written communication skills and a high level of proficiency in English grammar.
  • Ability to work effectively independently and in a team environment.
  • Ability to set priorities to be detail-oriented, and work well under pressure to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to recognize, respect and work effectively with individuals and groups with diverse perspectives and backgrounds.
  • Takes initiative in learning about language and issues relating to equity and diversity.
  • Committed to demonstrating respect to colleagues at every level by trusting in their abilities
  • Models and demonstrates good communication through active listening and appreciative inquiry and open to providing and receiving timely, constructive feedback.

Salary

Columbia College offers a competitive salary based on qualifications and experience. All Columbia College employees are covered by the Columbia College Employment Agreement which includes full benefits, a generous RRSP plan and vacation once confirmed.

Application:

Please submit a cover letter and resume, indicating salary expectations (consolidated into one PDF or Word document and saved under first and last name) before June 30th to [email protected]

The title “Digital Marketing an Social Media Specialist” should be included in the subject line.

We thank all applicants for their interest in the position; only those selected for an interview will be contacted.