Team Leader

Applications for Summer 2024 Team Leaders are now open!

The Engineering Outreach department works to create excitement and interest in the world of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) through hands-on initiatives. The programs are targeted at Youth in Grades K-12, Educators, and Undergraduate audiences. The main programs run out of Engineering Outreach are: 

  • Catalyst – High school programs 

  • Engineering Science Quest – Elementary and high school programs (esq.uwaterloo.ca) 

  • ESQube – In-school workshops 

  • Hive Mind – Tutoring for Grade 11-12 science and math courses 

  • Indigenous Youth Programs – On-campus and in-community initiatives for Indigenous youth 

  • Kids on Campus – On-campus field trip for Grade 4 students 

  • STEMpowered – Black youth focused programs 

  • Women in Engineering – Girls, women and non-binary focused programs (wie.uwaterloo.ca) 

  • And more! Engineering Outreach looks to create opportunities for folks historically underrepresented in STEM fields. 

Team Leaders help guide and support teams in content development and delivery in May/June and camp delivery in July/August. Team Leaders take direction from full-time Engineering Outreach staff and are leaders in all Engineering Outreach youth initiatives. All Team Leader positions will be assigned by the Senior Outreach Team. See below for further details! 

Tentative Hours of Work 

Monday - Friday 

May/June: 8:30 - 4:30pm 

July/August: Shifts scheduled between 8:00 - 5:00pm 

1. Additional hours may be necessary to ensure that required tasks are completed on time and that camp is successful. 

2. The incumbent is expected to be at work between 7:30 to 7:45 AM on Monday mornings to ensure success with Monday camp registration procedures. 

During May and June, lunch breaks are 1 hour and in July and August, lunch breaks are 30 minutes. Timing of lunch breaks is determined by Engineering Outreach full-time staff. 

Lived Experience 

A primary focus of Engineering Outreach programming is to reach equity deserving groups who have been historically underrepresented in STEM fields; these equity deserving groups include Black Youth, Indigenous Youth, Girls and Non-binary Youth, Persons with Disabilities, Racialized Communities and Youth facing socioeconomic disadvantages. Candidates with lived experience in one or more of these communities are encouraged to apply for the position. 

How to apply

To apply to any of the following jobs, please access the Application form below and include the following:

  • A one page cover letter
  • Resume

Engineering Outreach will only consider complete applications and will not follow up with any candidates who submit incomplete applications. Interviews will take place in January 2024.

If you have questions regarding the application process, please email us at engoutreach@uwaterloo.ca. 

Job Tasks

All Team Leaders are expected to Oversee success of Engineering Outreach programs under direction of full-time Engineering Outreach Staff. This includes but is not limited to: 

  • Work as an integral member of the Team Leaders by providing the appropriate support and guidance as required to University Leaders, High School Leaders and volunteers. 

  • Oversee the planning of pre-program staff training and provide opportunities for further staff development throughout the term. 

  • Share responsibility for planning, implementing, and overseeing an inclusive camper-focused program and culture.  

  • Oversee approving camp activities with proper budget and safety review, managing program schedules, and having a clear understanding of the day-to-day management of programs. 

  • Be familiar with Engineering Outreach policies, procedures and standards specific to activity areas including but not limited to camp rooms, laboratory spaces, and activity oversight. Ensure standards are incorporated into training, documents, and activities.  

  • Work closely with the full-time Engineering Outreach team to ensure appropriate camper information are in place and that staff are effectively trained to meet the needs of these situations. 
    Lead meetings for University Leaders, High School Leaders and volunteers to ensure operational needs are well communicated. 

  • Ensure proper completion, timely submission, and sign off on applicable reports, including injury and incident occurrence forms, and camper reporting forms (attendance, treat consent, etc.). Escalate serious concerns/reports regarding campers or staff members to the full-time Engineering Outreach staff. 

  • Communicate with key stakeholders such as educators, campus partners/mentors, and community group leads to ensure program structure (activities delivered, # students, time, location) is understood by all relevant staff. 

  • Assist in other program needs as they arise, which includes but is not limited to, replace camp leaders as staffing needs dictate, act as a staff support during high-intensity activities, asist with other management and office tasks as directed, complete tasks that do not relate to a specific camp, but make use of your particular skill sets and duties. 

  • Be available to work 8 am – 5 pm on the majority of days and meet flexibility needs of Engineering Outreach programs. There may be evening and weekend work assigned as needed. 

  • A (full) G-Level License is not required but is an asset 

The main Team Leader positions are for Community Programs, High School Programs/Operational Needs (Labs, Tech), Junior Camps, Senior Camps.  

  • Community Programs – Primarily oversees program development and delivery for off-campus initiatives and barrier-free programs.  

  • High School/Operations TL – Primarily oversees program development and delivery for youth programs grade 10-12, and overall operational needs including tech management and lab procedures. 

  • Junior TL – Primarily oversees program development and delivery for youth programs grades 2-6. 

  • Senior TL – Primarily oversees program development and delivery for youth programs grades 6-9. 

Each Team Leader is expected to assist in all aspects of Engineering Outreach programs to cultivate a strong team environment. 

Required Skills

If you have most of the following, you'll be a great fit for us: 

  • Experience working with Engineering Outreach, in a camp environment and/or with youth who have been historically underrepresented in STEM fields 

  • A background in STEM or education 

  • Great communication and problem solving skills 

  • Genuine interest in leadership, to inspire others to get youth excited about the world of STEM 

  • Experience with safety procedures, budgeting, technology and supervision of staff 

  • A (full) G-Level License is not required but is an asset 

Expectations, Conduct and Behaviour

All Management and University Leader Staff must be fully trained in Standard First Aid and CPR. Engineering Outreach will arrange a training date and cover the cost of First Aid/CPR training for those who do not have a valid certification. Any First Aid training outside of the schedule time is the financial responsibility of the staff member. 

All Staff are required to undergo an official Vulnerable Sector check and must submit proof of this by the end of their first day of employment with Engineering Outreach. Vulnerable Sector checks are the financial responsibility of the Staff. Engineering Outreach will accept checks that were issued for work with other groups, pending the date of approval (< 6 months).  

All Engineering Outreach Staff must comply with the guidelines and code as defined in the policy manual. A violation of policy may result in disciplinary action up to and including immediate termination of employment. 

The University of Waterloo governs that operators of University vehicles must be over the age of 18 years, and proof of valid G Class driver's license is also required. The University carries liability insurance for said vehicles. However, any infractions, such as speeding tickets or other charges, are the sole responsibility of the vehicle operator. 

At all times, Engineering Outreach staff will respect their fellow workers, as well as all University of Waterloo's faculty and staff. All University of Waterloo employees are bound to the applicable University of Waterloo policies, procedures and guidelines [http://www.adm.uwaterloo.ca/infosec/Policies/Policies_alpha.html].