Why join UVic?

Chris Secord, Department of Physics and Astronomy
Chris Secord joined the Department of Physics and Astronomy as a machinist in 2008 and assumed leadership of the shop two years later.

Together we are more than 2,000 dedicated staff supporting the University of Victoria’s diverse academic programs, world class research and commitment to civic engagement.

We are office workers, managers, horticulturalists, trades, nurses, physicians, IT professionals, library assistants, cooks, cashiers and housekeepers. Each and every one of us plays a vital role in enabling UVic to fulfill its mission.

A total rewards philosophy

When you work at UVic you become part of a community in a campus setting that offers faculty, staff and their families access to all of its social, athletic and cultural amenities. Our campus is unsurpassed for its gardens, trails, green space and an overall environment that promotes engagement and healthful work-life choices.

In addition to competitive salaries, UVic contributes to your and your family’s health and security through its comprehensive medical, dental and pension benefits plus:

  • generous vacation time off
  • equity and diversity support and initiatives - Equity and Human Rights resources.
  • career development funding
  • a diverse range of learning and development opportunities
  • on-site child care
  • discounted athletic facility membership
  • sustainability initiatives, including discounted transit passes and offering a pedestrian- and bike-friendly campus

The University of Victoria is one of Victoria's largest employers. UVic was chosen as one of Canada's best diversity employers (2015).

What we offer

Careers at UVic

With over 2,000 employees, there's a wide range of jobs on campus. We're office workers, horticulturalists, physicians, technicians, graphic designers, library assistants and more. Learn about our work in this video from the ConnectU staff conference.

At UVic you'll have the opportunity to explore different types of jobs during your career.

Compensation and benefits

We offer a total compensation and rewards package:

What makes UVic unique

The University of Victoria is one of Canada's leading research universities. People make our university. We're a community of:

  • 892 faculty members
  • 737 sessional instructors
  • 1037 specialist/instructional staff
  • 2280 administrative, professional and support staff
  • 3187 graduate students
  • 17,012 undergraduates (2011-12 numbers)

We offer over 76 degree programs in 12 faculties and 40 schools and departments. UVic is also home to over 20 cutting-edge research centres and institutes. Get more UVic facts and figures.

Nestled between the ocean and the forest with stunning mountain views, UVic enjoys an enviable location. Our campus is located on 402 acres of beautiful, park-like property, just 15 minutes from downtown Victoria and within walking distance of the Pacific Ocean, as well as many shops and restaurants.

Excellent students are attracted to UVic by the engaging faculty, relatively small class sizes, intimate community atmosphere and the many experiential learning opportunities. Seventy per cent of our students come from outside of Victoria, making UVic a destination university full of people living away from home and invested in creating a community together. The co-operative education program, one of the largest and most diverse in Canada, provides students with relevant, engaging and practical learning experiences beyond the classroom.

For a closer look at the campus:

10 top things to do at UVic

  1. Hike through Mystic Vale.
  2. Enjoy Friday Music in MacLaurin.
  3. Wander around Finnerty Gardens.
  4. Browse the bookstore.
  5. Catch a movie at Cinecenta.
  6. Get cultured at the Phoenix Theatre.
  7. See the exhibits at the art galleries.
  8. Work out at the gyms.
  9. Enjoy the food and beverage outlets.
  10. Take a .

Current job postings

Current job postings

See current job postings for staff positions.

Other opportunities on campus include:

How to apply

All staff postings at the University of Victoria are posted through our online job management system - UVic Careers. Please view our video tutorial for a system overview.

To apply for a career opportunity

  1. Log in to UVic Careers. If you do not have a UVic netlink ID and this is your first time using this system, you will need to create a new login ID.
  2. Search Jobs from the Career Centre.
  3. If you see a position that interests you, select the job title to view the job details.
  4. Select the Submit your Resumé/CV to this Job button at the bottom of the page.
  5. Complete your application. The system saves a plain version of your resumé for easy previewing. It also saves your resumé in PDF format. The original formatting is viewable by the selection committee.
  6. Review your application on the Preview screen. It will appear in plain text. However, your formatted resumé will be viewable by the selection committee.
  7. Use the edit icon to make changes. When you are satisfied with your application, choose the Finish button to submit your application.
  8. You will receive a message that you have successfully completed the application process.

More details are available in our Browse and apply for opportunities quick guide and searching and applying for jobs video tutorial.

More resources and details on how to use UVic Careers are available here.

Recruitment process
1. CUPE positions

The application - Apply online with UVic’s online job management system - UVic Careers. You'll need to submit an application cover letter, resume and the names of three references.

Closing date and time - CUPE positions are posted on our site, normally for seven calendar days. Positions are also posted outside the Human Resources office in the Sedgewick Building, Vandekerkhove Wing. All competitions close at 4:30 p.m. on the closing date. Late submissions will not be accepted.

Internal-only postings - Only CUPE 951, 917 and Exempt Support employees may apply for internal-only postings. If you're a casual (on-call) CUPE employee you may apply as an internal applicant if you've worked in a CUPE 951 or 917 position within the previous 20 working days.

The selection process - Human Resources reviews the applications, then forwards them to the hiring department for shortlisting, interviewing, and selection. This process normally takes a week to ten days.

The selection criteria for CUPE competitions are seniority, work performance and pertinent qualifications.

2. Exempt positions

The university has a small number of secretarial and clerical positions which are exempt from union membership under the provisions of the Labour Relations Code.

3. Administrative and academic professional (PEA)

How to apply - Apply online with UVic’s online job management system - UVic Careers before 4:30 p.m. on the closing date. You'll need to submit an application cover letter, resume and the names of three references. Administrative and academic professional (PEA) positions are usually posted for a minimum of two weeks. Late applications may be considered at the discretion of hiring department.

The selection process - After the closing date, Human Resources reviews and forwards all applications to the hiring department for shortlisting and interviewing. This process normally takes at least two weeks.

4. Specialist instructional positions

Most teaching and research support positions (specialist/instructional) are temporary, coinciding with the academic term. These positions are usually filled by graduate and undergraduate students recruited directly by individual departments.

Understanding employee groups at UVic

Note: These are general descriptions of the university's employee groups. Contact Human Resources if you have questions. The numbers for each group represent approximate head counts as of March 1, 2012.

CUPE 951 is made up of approximately 693 regular and 90 term office, technical, and child care employees.

CUPE 917 is made up of approximately 333 full-time and 108 part-time employees. They work in areas like maintenance and grounds, food and housing services, athletics and recreation, campus security and university auditorium.

CUPE 4163 is the University of Victoria Educational Employees' Union. CUPE local 4163 is made up of approximately 1500 members. It represents teaching assistants, second language instructors, sessional lecturers, lab instructors, computing user services employees, music performance instructors, academic assistants, cultural assistants and others.

The local is made up of three components:

  • Component one is made up mostly of graduate and undergraduate employees who work as teaching assistants, lab instructors, computer lab assistants, cultural assistants and academic assistants.
  • Component two is made up of second language instructors in the English Language Centre and French language program.
  • Component three is made up of music performance instructors and sessional lecturers, who teach the bulk of undergraduate courses at UVic.

Professional Employees Association (PEA) is comprised of approximately 774 full-time and 78 part-time administrative and academic professional employees.

Management excluded group - 92 senior management employees are excluded from a bargaining unit. They are governed by a terms and conditions document which is available through Human Resources.

Exempt group - 32 employees are excluded from the bargaining unit. Terms and conditions documents applying to this group are available through Human Resources.

University of Victoria Faculty Association is made up of approximately 886 faculty members and 40 professional librarians. Please see the faculty framework agreement.

Employer of choice

The University of Victoria is one of Victoria’s largest employers and is a top ranked Canadian university. Learn more about our rankings.

UVic has been chosen as one of Canada’s best diversity employers for five years in a row!

To read about our most recent 2016 award click here

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