University Leader

Applications for Summer 2024 University Leaders open January 10th!

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 ( 

  • 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 ( 

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

The responsibility of the University Leader is to promote science, technology, engineering, and math, to all youth. The primary focus of this position is to support Engineering Outreach’s ESQ, STEMpowered Travelling STEM and In-Community programs by running successful workshops and summer camps. Meeting our goals and objectives will ensure a successful spring term. 

**Programs are planned to run in-person at the University of Waterloo’s Waterloo Campus** 

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. 

Some positions may be funded by Canada Summer jobs 

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 on a rolling basis through January and February 2024.

If you have questions regarding the application process, please email us at 


The University Leader will be responsible for education content development, revisions, and delivery of hands-on activities to youth. In May and June, the focus is on preparing for summer camps through activity development, scheduling, mentor visits, and delivery preparation, as well as leading activities in-schools and in-community in pairs or as a team. 

To expand on summer camp preparation, the University Leader will plan, test and iterate activities, outline program facilitations plans while working within assigned budgets and program structures. Program content will be reviewed through activity write-ups, which include the necessary supplemental material, safety procedures and modifications to best meet a variety of learners’ needs. There is also the important piece of developing activities that create safe and culturally relevant programs, such as connecting Indigenous Ways of Knowing to Western Science through the lens of Two-Eyed Seeing. All staff are expected to thoroughly understand each of their programs activities prior to delivery to youth. 

In July and August, the University Leader will lead the delivery of the programs they have developed. University Leaders will be responsible for the safety, adequate supervision, and quality of content delivered to the youth in their programs. The University Leader is responsible for being a mentor to the High School Leaders and volunteers in program preparation and delivery to ensure a successful experience for all. The University Leader will have support from Team Leaders and Engineering Outreach full-time staff to ensure a successful summer! 

Delivery in July and August will either be on-campus or in-community, depending on the role. For those travelling abroad, there will be additional expectations to ensure safety and alignment with University’s travel policies ( aligning with multi-day trips outside of the Region of Waterloo), as well as an emphasis on developing strong connections with the community partners we work with. All travel expenses will be covered by Engineering Outreach, including overnight accommodation and meal expenses.

Required Skills

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

  • Experience working with all youth, with emphasis on youth who have been historically underrepresented in STEM fields 

  • A background in STEM or education 

  • Great communication skills 

  • Genuine interest in getting youth excited about the world of STEM 

  • Experience with coding, breadboarding, software development, robotics etc. is an asset but not a requirement.  

  • 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 []. 

Compensation and Benefits

It is anticipated that as a University Leader you will work a base number of 35-40 hours per week, at an hourly rate of $20.45 (in addition, 4% vacation pay is added to each pay cheque). Engineering Outreach may find it necessary to modify the number of weekly hours, depending on need. There will be one week of unpaid time from August 4—8, 2024. Where further reduction of hours is necessary, two weeks advance notice will be given. Salaries are paid monthly and are subjected to routine government deductions.