UBC / University of British Columbia
An aerial view of UBC's main campus in Vancouver, British Columbia   (Photo credit: Hover Collective)

Recognized as one of BC's Top Employers

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

  • 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 and even rock climbing
  • 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
  • UBC helps its employees prepare for the longer term with retirement planning assistance, phased-in work options for those nearing retirement, and generous contributions to a defined benefit or contribution pension plan (plans vary by employee group, with the majority of employees enrolled in the defined benefit plan)
UBC employees at work in the research lab

Highlights

Industry Post Secondary Schools, University
Established in Canada 1908
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC, Kelowna BC
Full-time employees in Canada 10,555
Part-time employees in Canada 4,447
Average age of employees in Canada 43.9 years
Longest serving employee 47.7 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, telecommuting
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
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 Top Employers for Young People

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

  • 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 centre 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 including time management, grant writing, interview-to-job negotiation strategies and career building
UBC employees assisting students at the university's Welcome Centre   ( Photo credit: Paul Joseph)

Highlights

Industry Post Secondary Schools, University
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC, Kelowna BC
Full-time employees in Canada 10,555
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 $4,794 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 monthly cross-campus staff networking lunches (with up to 100 participants), Community Leadership Program to help aspiring staff leaders explore leadership concepts through a series of interactive, participatory 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)

Recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers

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

  • In addition to maintaining an on-campus Positive Space campaign for LGBT communities, UBC's Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice supports CampOUT, a community-based summer leadership camp to help queer, trans and allied youth develop leadership skills and build self-esteem
  • Additionally, 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
  • UBC recently established the President's Working Committee on Disability Culture, Art and Equity, which has a mandate to identify barriers and seek ways of removing, develop strategies for raising awareness of disability, support learning and research in this area, encourage development of cultural and artistic expression by people with disabilities, and solicit proposals for cultural projects, and explore ways of raising funds in support of such project
UBC employee enjoying the company of a therapy dog, brought to campus as part of the university's mental health initiative
"The Equity Enhancement Fund not only provided us funds to do great things, but helped spark a more strategic conversation about what our unit needs and also gave us latitude to experiment." Sarah G., Associate Professor of Landscape Ecology & Conservation

Highlights

Industry Post Secondary Schools, University
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC, Kelowna BC
Full-time employees in Canada 10,555
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, 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 barrier-free recruitment and selection workshops, equity training for faculty search committees, Speak Up! workshop which includes information on using inclusive language and interrupting discriminatory practices, mental health training to faculty representatives, Beyond the Binary training on awareness and inclusion of trans and gender diverse individuals
Diversity highlights Equity Enhancement Fund to support community-based initiatives that enhance equity, diversity, inclusion and cultural understanding at the university, annual "Thrive" week to encourage awareness of mental wellbeing, Asian Canadian Community Engagement (ACCE) initiative to support and synchronize activities in various local Asian Canadian communities, Positive Space 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

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers

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.)

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.
UBC provides a range of opportunities, benefits, and perks valued by young employees including free one-on-one coaching and leadership development programs

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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