Coaching for staff and faculty

Focus and advance your professional goals and development through coaching. 

If you're a regular paid faculty or staff, you can register for coaching.  

Coaching is a partnership that supports goal setting and accountability, by surfacing new awareness and insights. Coaching is an inquiry-based process with the coach acting as a thinking partner, through the demonstration of active listening and curiosity. It is not counselling or therapy.

Access the UBC Coaching portal

Thanks to a dedicated community of over 100 trained and certified coaches, UBC is able to offer a limited number of free one-on-one coaching sessions to all regular paid faculty and staff. 

How it works 

There are five steps to get you working on your goals with a coach:  

  1. Create your profile 
  2. Review available coaches 
  3. Select a coach to have a conversation with them 
  4. When you’ve found a match, sign your contract 
  5. Work with your coach to achieve your goals! 

Cost and Policies 

UBC employees can access up to six coaching sessions per coaching engagement/contract at no cost. UBC Coaches commit to partnering with a limited number of UBC staff and faculty clients per year. If you wish to access more than six hours of coaching within 12 months with a UBC Coach, you may be able to do so on a fee-for-service basis subject to your coach's private rates and availability. 

UBC Coaches 

UBC Coaches come from diverse professional backgrounds; have widely varying subject matter expertise; and are connected to the life of the University. All UBC Coaches hold professional coaching certifications, and are thoroughly screened, onboarded, and oriented to ensure quality assurance and fit with organizational priorities.  

You can choose to work with either an internal or an external coach. UBC Internal Coaches are current UBC employees who offer professional coaching in addition to their employment at UBC. External Coaches do not work at UBC, but may previously worked at UBC, or are professionally connected to the organization. They offer professional coaching to UBC staff and faculty in addition to other employment or their private coaching practice. 

About the sessions 

All UBC Coaches offer an initial 20-30 min “Discovery Session”, as an opportunity for you to get to know each other, scope your coaching topic, discuss logistics of the coaching engagement and to answer any questions you have about coaching.  

During your coaching sessions, you and your coach will partner in inquiry-based conversations to surface new awareness, explore possibilities and co-design action and accountability plans as you work towards your coaching goals.  

A key component of your engagement will be taking action towards your goals. You will typically commit to taking these actions in between your coaching sessions and one of your coach’s roles is to help to hold you accountable to your commitments. Doing your best to take action based on your commitments will set you up for success throughout your coaching engagement. 

All UBC Coaches are certified professionals and commit to the UBC Coaching Services Terms of Affiliation  and the International Coaching Federation's Code of Ethics. Client confidentiality is essential.

Impacts of coaching at UBC 

In 2021/22 clients reported an increased self-awareness (73%), increased confidence (62%) and increased understanding of factors that influence their work/role (56%). 87% of clients say they will use this service again and 97% will recommend this service to others. 

“Through UBC Coaching Services I had the time and space to speak out loud about workplace challenges. Creating spaciousness to problem solve is so rare in our busy world, so having someone to hold space with skill and patience, for six sessions was a true gift.” 

  • Jenica Frisque, Equity Education Strategist – Equity & Inclusion Office UBC Okanagan 

“UBC Coaching has help me to trust myself and be better prepared when communicating with others. It has committed me to manage my time better, work on the important priorities first and not be scared to say no to taking on extra work. It also help me with having difficult conversations with my colleagues.” 

  • Manmohan Mand, Community Zone Manager, Campus Security, Safety & Risk Services 

Coaching for Teams 

Bring the benefits of coaching to your team. Team coaching can support your team to work together to improve performance, increase innovation and align with collective goals.  

UBC Coaching Services and our Learning and Talent Development team colleagues work with leaders to design bespoke team coaching engagements that focus on results and relationships.  

To learn more, contact us: 

Work with Learner Coaches on an Organizational Coaching Project 

UBC Coaching Services and UBC Extended Learning enable UBC teams to experience team coaching results over a 6-8-week period by partnering with a group of dedicated learner coaches from UBC's Certificate in Organizational Coaching. UBC teams have benefited by scoping team coaching projects that increase trust and collaboration, leverage strengths, enhance communication and ways of working, and develop stakeholder relationships.    

If you are a leader and would like to learn more about sponsoring an OCP project for your team, review the OCP Client Organization Overview document and connect with Program Lead, Brian Taguchi: 


For questions about any coaching services, please contact


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Become a UBC Coach

UBC Coaches are internal or external certified coaching professionals who are currently employed at UBC, previously worked at UBC or who are professionally connected to the organization. UBC Coaches commit to providing coaching hours at no cost to UBC staff and faculty. For credentialed coaches, the annual commitment is 12-hours. Newly certified coaches who are currently not credentialed, commit to providing 48 hours in their first 12 months as a UBC Coach. In exchange, coaches receive access to free learning and development opportunities with CCEUs and other industry-leading professional content and custom training. For new coaches, we ask for an initial commitment of two years. 

Expressions of Interest to become a UBC Coach are currently closed. If you have questions please contact



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