UBC / University of British Columbia
An aerial view of the Rose Garden, located on the University of British Columbia's main campus in Vancouver, BC  

Recognized as one of BC's Top Employers (2019):

Here are some of the reasons why UBC / University of British Columbia was selected as one of BC's Top Employers (2019):

  • UBC employees enjoy working in one of Canada's most beautiful campuses, which features a shoreline hiking trail and great views of the distant mountains and the surrounding Salish Sea -- employees are also encouraged to keep fit with subsidized memberships to the state-of-the-art onsite fitness facility that includes instructor-led classes, swimming, skating, tennis, rock climbing and ropes courses
  • UBC offers a "Healthy Workplace Initiatives Program" fund to support employee-led grassroots activities that promote well-being in the workplace -- the unique program features one-time start-up funds and support for health-related and sustainable initiatives, from yoga classes to bike-share programs to building their own community gardens
  • UBC provides its new moms and dads with maternity leave and parental leave top-up payments (varying by position) and all employees can take advantage of on-campus daycare centres with over 600 spaces for children
University of British Columbia employees taking part in Thrive, a week-long initiative held by the university each year to encourage positive mental health for staff, faculty and students  

Highlights

Industry Post secondary schools, university
Established in Canada 1908
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC, Kelowna BC
Full-time employees in Canada 11,097
Part-time employees in Canada 4,724
Average age of employees in Canada 43.9 years
Longest serving employee 48.7 years
Long-term savings defined-benefit (DB) pension, defined-contribution (DC) pension
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Health spending account up to $125 each year
Alternative work options flexible work hours, 35-hour work week (with full pay), shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 36 months
Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 12 months
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, in-house training, online training, leadership training, mentoring, paid internships
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $4,890 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Scope of charitable involvement local, national, international
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2018):

Here are some of the reasons why UBC / University of British Columbia was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2018):

  • First established in 2010, UBC recently updated its "Climate Action Plan" which commits the University to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions 67% by 2020 over the 2007 baseline year -- impressively, UBC achieved a 30% reduction by 2015 while also increasing its building footprint and overall student population
  • UBC adopted the LEED Gold certification standard for all new construction and major renovations of institutional buildings -- the University now has 16 LEED registered and 10 LEED certified buildings -- and for its existing building footprint, the University has partnered with BC Hydro to implement an ongoing "Building Tune-Up Program", and has a longstanding building retrofit program that's been underway since 1998
  • UBC maintains a 24 hectare certified organic farm where over 250 varieties of crops are grown -- the facility offers public educational workshops, hosts regular farmers' markets, provides fresh organic produce to a number of on-campus dining outlets, and offers weekly deliveries of fresh produce people in the community
A sustainable rooftop garden at UBC  

Highlights

Industry Post Secondary Schools, University
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC, Kelowna BC
Full-time employees in Canada 10,555
Employee green team Sustainability Coordinator Program (in its second decade with over 70 employees across campus)
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Provost and Vice President, Academic (the UBC Sustainability Initiative is led by an Executive Director and reports to a formal Steering Committee that includes senior leaders and student representatives)
Formal strategy/policy name Sustainable Development Policy (est. 1997), Sustainability Initiative (est. 2010)
Green highlights Climate Action Plan (commits the University to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions 67% by 2020 over the 2007 baseline year), first Canadian university to become a signatory to the International Sustainable Campus Charter in 2012 and join the International Sustainable Campus Network, Green Labs Program and the Green Labs Fund (programs to help labs reduce energy consumption), Social, Ecological, Economic Development Studies (SEEDS) Sustainability program to engage and create collaborative partnerships between students, faculty and employees, numerous sustainability awareness initiatives across campus for employees and students (from the Sustainability Ambassadors to the Sustainable Campus Food Guide to the online Sustainability Coordinator Toolkit), over 50 undergraduate, graduate and professional programs that are oriented towards sustainability and Sustainability Fellowships (available to full-time faculty), ongoing green fleet strategy to reduce emissions (includes right-sizing and fuel efficient vehicles, driver training and bicycles)
Extended recycling batteries, laboratory plastics, compostable materials, furniture and equipment reuse programs, styrofoam (recycling and reduction initiatives), organics, hazardous waste (established the "Zero Waste Action Plan" with the goal of becoming a zero waste campus, and has already achieved a waste diversion rate of 67%)
Commuter amenities online car-pool sign-up, secure/sheltered bicycle parking, walk to public transit, telecommuter workstations
In-house environmental audit yes
Publishes sustainability report yes
Some of the green community initiatives Bike to Work Week, Xerox Workplace Sustainability Fund
Head office LEED Platinum
Other location LEED Gold
Building footprint includes rainwater collection, green roof, solar water heating, geothermal heating/cooling, electric vehicle charging stations, 24 hectare UBC Farm is certified organic, 26 LEED certified and registered projects across its campuses, unique Bioenergy Research and Demonstration Facility uses clean wood chips and sawmill residue to generate up to 2 megawatts of energy for its Vancouver campus, ongoing Building Tune-Up Program (partnership with BC Hydro to help optimize existing building performance), other building accreditation (BOMA etc.)

Recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2019):

Here are some of the reasons why UBC / University of British Columbia was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2019):

  • UBC manages a "Hot Lunch" program, an informal lunch-time staff networking initiative that provides employees with an opportunity to get to know a senior leader
  • UBC employees can take advantage of a variety of in-house training programs, including the award-winning "Coaching@UBC" program, career and personal development workshops, and an academic leadership development program for faculty
  • UBC established a Postdoctoral Fellows Office, which acts as a resource to help postdocs expand their professional skills --- the Office offers semi-annual orientation sessions for all incoming postdocs and created a series of professional development workshops on topics such as time management, project management and grant writing
Staff at the University of British Columbia sharing a laugh   (Photo credit: Paul Joseph)

Highlights

Industry Post secondary schools, university
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC, Kelowna BC
Full-time employees in Canada 11,097
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $4,890 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Career development in-house training, online training, in-house career planning services, mentoring, leadership training, apprenticeship/skilled trades programs
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Unique initiatives Community Leadership Program to help aspiring leaders explore leadership concepts through a series of interactive workshops and experiential learning (participants can practice their skills by leading a group of undergraduate students through a 3-day community service learning project during UBC's Reading Week break in February, either at school or at a non-profit organization), apprenticeships for refrigeration mechanics and steamfitters, dedicated power engineer certificate training program, award-winning Managing at UBC program

Recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2019):

Here are some of the reasons why UBC / University of British Columbia was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2019):

  • UBC created an Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre to provide former students with access to the records of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, as well as facilitate understanding of the history and impact of residential schools for the UBC community and provide context for contemporary relationships
  • UBC maintains an Equity Enhancement Fund to support collaborative student, faculty and staff projects that advance equity and inclusion -- in the past year, the fund was used for several projects to enhance UBC's curriculum through the inclusion of the Indigenous way of knowing, knowledge and perspectives
  • UBC manages the Beyond the Binary project to address gaps in awareness and inclusion of trans and gender diverse individuals through staff and faculty training -- topics include trans accommodation needs, respectful language and pronoun usage
Employees at the University of British Columbia enjoy the recently opened UBC Aquatic Centre in Vancouver   (Photo credit: Paul Joseph)

Highlights

Industry Post secondary schools, university
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC, Kelowna BC
Full-time employees in Canada 11,097
Formal diversity strategy has a defined strategy to achieve diversity and inclusion goals
Senior executive who oversees diversity initiatives Associate Vice President, Equity and Diversity
Formal commitment Equity and Inclusion Office, strategic implementation committee on equity and diversity, President's Working Committee on Disability Culture, Art and Equity, Aboriginal Strategic Plan to enhance recruitment, support and advancement of Aboriginal staff and faculty
Employee resource groups Indigenous Academic Caucus (informal association of faculty members who identify as Indigenous), Faculty Equity Leads network (associate deans and senior staff from each faculty who examine, identify and share core strategies to support leadership and implementation of equity and inclusion commitments)
Diversity training and awareness equity training for faculty search committees, training on inclusive recruitment practices, mental health training and resources for faculty and staff, Speak Up! workshop on using inclusive language and interrupting discriminatory practices, Beyond the Binary training on awareness and inclusion of trans and gender diverse individuals, Indigenous Peoples Language Guide
Diversity highlights leadership program for female faculty, Asian Canadian Community Engagement (ACCE) initiative to support and synchronize activities in various local Asian Canadian communities, Student Diversity Initiative to embed equity, diversity and inclusion throughout operations, systems, culture and organizational structures that directly impact the campus experience for students, annual "Thrive" week to encourage awareness of mental well-being (7,000 participants including 82 campus partners), Positive Space campaign, Rule Out Racism campaign, Outweek celebrations for LGBT students, staff and faculty
Some of the diversity-focused partnerships Neil Squire Society (job fair for persons with disabilities), "Untapped" conference for job-seekers from underrepresented groups, CampOUT (summer leadership camp for queer, trans and allied youth)

The Career Directory

UBC / University of British Columbia has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
A University of British Columbia faculty member and students visiting the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at the UBC Farm in Vancouver, BC

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Post secondary schools, university
Full-time employees in Canada 10,001 to 25,000
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC, Kelowna BC
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, orientation program, online training, in-house training, mentoring, in-house career planning services, leadership training
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $4,890 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Starting salary $50K to $55K
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, employees receive paid time off to volunteer
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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