PACS Students' Opportunities

PACS Program Communications Assistant 

Applications Due: July 31st, 2022 

Contract: Part-time (10 hours per week), Starting August 2021 - through Fall term 2022 and Winter term 2023 

Start Date: August 22, 2022 

General Accountability  

The PACS Communications Assistant reports to the PACS Undergraduate Officer. 


  • Develop and maintain connections with PACS (Peace and Conflict Studies) students through PACS social media platforms, including Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and the PACS news website

  • This includes promoting PACS events and professional development opportunities for PACS students; promoting activities of the PACS Student Society; and highlighting stories from PACS students and alumni.

  • Promote PACS course offerings to students

  • Assist in promoting, planning, and implementing PACS-sponsored events, including updating the Conrad Grebel bulletin board as appropriate

  • Design, write content and send out a bi-weekly newsletter for PACS and MPACS (Master of Peace and Conflict Studies) students using the MailChimp platform

  • In consultation with PACS staff and the Conrad Grebel University College (CGUC) Communications Coordinator, work to maintain and update the PACS website with information in a timely and visually attractive manner. This could include:

  • Updating and re-writing information pages to be web appropriate including maintaining and inserting links.

  • Maintaining PACS Internship and Co-op pages with links and connections to current and past students

  • Regularly changing (once per month) “front pages” for the PACS and MPACS web pages in consultation with CGUC Communications Coordinator

  • Identifying current PACS/MPACS students and alumni to interview, and writing their profiles to help promote PACS/MPACS programs and courses

  • Photograph events for sharing on the PACS/MPACS webpage and social media platforms

  • Keep the PACS bulletin board up to date with information on upcoming events and/or PACS-related opportunities

  • Assist CGUC's Communications department in developing PACS promotional materials

  • Update PACS listserv, MailChimp, and PACS Learn Hub subscriptions

  • Assist in planning and implementing activities that promote the PACS/MPACS program

  • Other related duties that may periodically be assigned 

Skills Required 

  • Excellent communication skills (oral and written), with experience developing student engagement content.

  • Working experience with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, SharePoint, OneDrive, Teams, and PowerPoint)

  • Working knowledge of developing content for Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and websites

  • Creativity and some knowledge of design principles for websites and social media

  • Interest in connecting to fellow PACS students

  • Exceptional competency in time management, task management, and prioritizing in an independent work environment

  • Proven ability to take initiative and act as a self-starter

  • Consistent availability throughout the term

  • Enrolled in a PACS Plan 

Pay Rate 

  • $16.00/hour (10 hours per week) 

Additional Note

As part of developing ideas and activities to promote a sense of community, the PACS Communications Assistant is encouraged to engage with the PACS Students Society. This position involves planning educational events for PACS students and acting as a liaison between PACS students and faculty/staff.  

To Apply

To apply for the above position, please submit a cover letter explaining how you would qualify for the job and attach an up-to-date resume. Please also include two references that can be contacted as required. 

Submit your resume to: 

Ndagire Brendah 

519-885-0220 ext. 24269         

Conrad Grebel University College 

Room 2103B

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