Waterloo Residences acknowledges that we live and work on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg, and Haudenosaunee peoples. The University of Waterloo is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land promised to the Six Nations that includes ten kilometers on each side of the Grand River.
Residence Storytellers get paid to live their best life! They throw themselves into the residence experience, connect with other students, and share the stories that make residence unforgettable.
Our Residence Storytellers are insightful, creative individuals who use video, blogging, photography, social media and any other medium to capture and share the residence experience. They are the student faces of Waterloo Residences.
As part of the Waterloo Residences Occupancy and Marketing Services team, you will work closely with a rock star marketing team and build your resume with relevant, transferrable skills.
What we are looking for:
- 3-4 Residence Storytellers; first-year, upper-year, and graduate positions available.
- Applicants must be confirmed to live in residence for the applicable term, with the possibility of renewal for a second term.
- Students in good academic standing
- Students who:
- Are excellent, confident communicators
- Are not afraid to show their personality, daily routine and the highs and lows of student life on camera
- Are active, enthusiastic users of Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Snapchat, and other social platforms
- Have an eye for capturing great quality photos and videos
- Have a proven record of clean, respectful communication on personal accounts (i.e. no inappropriate alcohol or drug references, derogatory language, sexual references or images, inflammatory political language etc.)
- Enjoy connecting with people from different backgrounds to create great stories
- Are able set their own schedule within the allotted hours for the term, meet deadlines, and make decisions with support from Supervisors and team members
What you’ll do:
- Planning Activities
- You’ll attend monthly planning meetings to brainstorm and strategize on the next month’s projects.
- You'll meet biweekly with other Storytellers to collaboratively create content.
- You'll check the content calendar at least once a week to stay up to date on upcoming events and posts, and contribute as needed.
- You'll develop story boards for video projects and secure approval in advance.
- You’ll regularly submit your content and hours worked through an online platform.
- You’ll regularly communicate with the storytelling team via Slack, share feedback, and memes (of course).
- Content Creation Activities
- You’ll give students insight into who you are with creative content - we'll encourage you to find your niche!
- You’ll contribute at least one article per month to the Residence Storyteller Blog (250-500 words with supporting images, videos, etc.).
- You’ll regularly capture your routines, attendance at residence events, behind the scenes, social interactions and life hacks using video, photography and/or any other means.
- You'll collaborate with staff and other student ambassadors across the department and campus
- Communications Activities
- You’ll build an audience on the official @UWHousing channels by participating in stories, live-streaming events and social posts.
- You’ll support our events promotions by staffing booths and Open Houses.
- You’ll engage in ‘social listening’ and share updates on student sentiments, current social media trends, #Hashtags etc.
Pay, Hours and Training:
- As a Storyteller, you will work flexibly and earn an hourly wage of $14.
- Expected time commitment is 2-4 hours a week to a maximum of 40 hours per term, with the possibility of additional hours negotiated in advance.
- Online and in-person training will be provided covering:
- Waterloo Residences: People, Mission, Values, and Communities
- Brand Guidelines and Being an Ambassador
- Storytelling and content creation
- Social Media platforms and tools
Think you’re right for this job? Can’t check all the boxes but think you might be a good fit?
Applications for fall 2019 will be available in the summer. Check back for more information! Candidates must be prepared to submit work samples including a short video and writing sample, and be available for a Skype or in-person interview. Training will be scheduled for the beginning of term.