GRADventure positions

    We are not currently hiring for the below positions, but feel free to have a look at the job descriptions, for future reference:

    Graduate Student Programming Strategist 

    Department: Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs (GSPA), with support from the Graduate Student Association- University of Waterloo (GSA-UW)

    Position length: one year, beginning January 1, 2022

    Pay rate: $8,168.00/term *(plus 4% vacation pay) for 10 hours/week

    *Note, this rate is tied to the RA rate and will follow any university agreed-upon increases.

    Position will report to: Manager, Graduate and Postdoctoral Experience, GSPA

    PRIMARY PURPOSE

    The Graduate Student Programming Strategist will support GSPA-led graduate student experience initiatives by working in roles that involve conducting research, marketing and outreach activities, the development and facilitation of interdisciplinary programming, as well as strategic communications, research projects, and a range of other support activities. 

    KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES

    The Programming Strategist will:

    • conduct research on existing and future programming through the use of focus groups, consultations and/or surveys with graduate students and other key stakeholders and through assessment and analysis of existing data
    • create outreach and/or marketing plans
    • source out new programming, including feasibility assessment and curriculum development (with appropriate partner engagement)
    • organize virtual or in-person events that promote and support the University of Waterloo’s graduate student experience, including event logistics, timetabling, day-of event details
    • source and generate content for student-facing communication channels
    • work with other stakeholders (GSA-UW, campus partners and internal team members) to identify opportunities for growth and development on graduate student programming

    The Programming Strategist reports to the Manager, Graduate and Postdoctoral Experience.  The Strategist has a close working relationship with other GSPA team members, and the GSA-UW, among others. 

    POSITION REQUIREMENTS

    Special skills, knowledge and experience:

    • familiar with existing graduate student programming at the University of Waterloo; experience taking part in existing GSPA and campus partner programming an asset.
    • experience conducting, analyzing, and reporting qualitative research (e.g., focus groups, survey, consultations)
    • superior written and oral communication skills
    • successful experience working independently and within a team environment
    • excellent organizational skills including experience meeting multiple and concurrent deadlines
    • proven experience with accuracy and attention to detail
    • experience with outreach, communications, events, or volunteer initiatives an asset
    • must be an active Waterloo graduate student for the duration of the appointment, with ideally a minimum of two terms into the current program of study

    APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

    To apply for this position, please email Angela Rooke (a2rooke@uwaterloo.ca) the following documents in a single pdf document with a unique file name (e.g. LastName_FirstName.pdf) by November 15th, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.:

    1. A cover letter outlining why you are interested in this position and what skills and experience you bring to the role.
    2. A one- or two- page résumé (not an academic CV) that highlights your qualifications and experience related to this position.

    For help with your application materials, we suggest booking an appointment with the Graduate Career Advisors at the Centre for Career Action.

    Questions about the position may be directed to the hiring manager, Angela Rooke (a2rooke@uwaterloo.ca)

    Graduate Professional Skills Program Specialist

    Job Title: Graduate Professional Skills Program Specialist

    Department: Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs, with financial support from the Graduate Studies Endowment Fund

    Position for: 1 year

    Pay rate: $8,019/term (plus 4% vacation pay) for 10 hours/week      

    PRIMARY PURPOSE

    The Graduate Professional Skills Program Specialist will support the GSPA-led Professional Skills Foundations program for University of Waterloo graduate students. The specialist will also be responsible for organizing and facilitating other programming and initiatives for graduate students, as needed.  

    KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES

    Program Support

    • Collaborate with Centre for Career Action on foundational workshop and reflection preparation, and with planning career workshops
    • Review student reflections and reports
    • Respond to inquiries regarding professional development activity requirements
    • Review students’ preliminary professional development plans and capstone project proposals
    • Provide feedback and advice on professional development plans and capstone projects
    • Communication and outreach supporting program launch

    Administration and record keeping

    • Review submitted tracking documents
    • Send confirmation emails
    • Spot-check online registration with campus partners
    • Confirm pass/fail on projects, reflections and plans
    • Reviewing past workshop attendance for credit
    • Development of program evaluation instrument: course quality, student satisfaction, instructor quality
    • Workshop feedback analysis

    Supporting other projects as needed

    • Identify/recruit participants
    • Develop evaluation tools/surveys
    • Assist with logistics and planning

    The Graduate Professional Skills Program Specialist reports to the Graduate Student Experience Specialist, but will have a close working relationship with other GRADventure team members, and the broader GSPA. 

    POSITION REQUIREMENTS

    Special skills, knowledge and experience:

    • familiar with national and international graduate professional skills development landscape
    • experience in conducting research (e.g. survey, consultations)
    • excellent oral and written communication skills
    • successful experience working independently and within a team environment
    • excellent organizational skills including experience meeting multiple and concurrent deadlines
    • proven experience with accuracy and attention to detail
    • experience teaching, facilitating and providing effective feedback to students
    • must be an active Waterloo doctoral student for the duration of the appointment, with a minimum of two terms into the current program of study
    • successful applicants must not already have an employment agreement for Spring term 2021 (e.g. TA or RA)

    APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

    To apply for this position, please submit the following documents in a single pdf document with a unique file name (e.g. LastName_FirstName.pdf):

    1. A cover letter outlining why you are interested in this position and what skills and experience you bring to it.
    2. A one- or two- page résumé (not an academic CV) that highlights your qualifications and experience related to this position.

    GRADventure Specialist

    Job Title: GRADventure Specialist

    Department: Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs

    Position for: not currently available

    Pay rate: $7,299 per term (plus 4% vacation pay) for 10 hours/week      

    PRIMARY PURPOSE

    As part of the University’s commitment to advancing the outstanding academic programming theme of the University of Waterloo Strategic PlanGraduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs (GSPA) is hiring six graduate students to work as GRADventure specialists. GSPA will hire three PhD students in the fall term and three PhD students in the winter term. GRADventure specialists may be re-hired to work an additional term.

    GRADventure specialists will support the GSPA-led graduate professional skills program (GRADventure) by working in roles that involve marketing and outreach activities, the organization and facilitation of interdisciplinary events, as well as strategic communications, research projects, and a range of other support activities. 

    KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES

    The GRADventure specialist will:

    • conduct research on GRADventure programming through the use of focus groups, consultations and/or surveys with key stakeholders, including graduate students
    • create outreach plans for GRADventure
    • source out new programming, including feasibility assessment and curriculum development (with appropriate partner engagement)
    • organize events that promote and support GRADventure, including event logistics, timetabling, day-of event details
    • keep current on all GRADventure and graduate professional skills events; maintain active calendar and schedule
    • source and generate content for all communication channels that support GRADventure
    • work with other GRADventure specialists to identify opportunities for GRADventure growth and development

    The GRADventure specialist reports to the Manager, Professional Skills and Postdoctoral Affairs.  The Specialist has a close working relationship with other GRADventure team members, and the broader GSPA. 

    POSITION REQUIREMENTS

    Special skills, knowledge and experience:

    • familiar with national and international graduate professional skills development landscape
    • experience in conducting research (e.g. focus groups, survey, consultations)
    • experience in writing, editing, and proofreading – for online and print
    • successful experience working independently and within a team environment
    • excellent organizational skills including experience meeting multiple and concurrent deadlines
    • proven experience with accuracy and attention to detail
    • experience with outreach, communications, events, or volunteer initiatives an asset
    • must be an active Waterloo doctoral student for the duration of the appointment, with a minimum of two terms into the current program of study

    APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

    To apply for the GRADventure specialist position, please submit the following documents in a single pdf document with a unique file name (e.g. LastName_FirstName.pdf):

    1. A cover letter outlining why you are interested in this position and what skills and experience you bring to it.
    2. A one- or two- page résumé (not an academic CV) that highlights your qualifications and experience related to this position.

    For help with your application materials, we suggest booking an appointment with the Graduate Career Advisors at the Centre for Career Action.