Under the general direction of, and reporting to, the Program Coordinator, the Program Assistant is involved in the planning, coordination and delivery of University 101 courses and materials, including co-facilitating workshops to support learning, as well as training undergraduate and graduate student staff and volunteers and liaising with course instructors.
The Program Assistant is responsible for individual student support and outreach to potential students, in numerous marginalized and underserved communities. This includes developing and organizing outreach materials and meetings, developing relationships with external stakeholders in the community, attending class 2-3 times per week, and being available to students during and outside of class for support.
The incumbent will be expected to work flexible hours, including 2 evenings per week and some weekends.
Excellent understanding of issues related to marginalization, such as poverty, mental health, physical disabilities, unstable housing, gendered and racialized violence. In particular, the specialized needs of marginalized groups with complex histories and difficult experiences in education.
A strong understanding of systemic inequality, intersectionality and power relations.
Demonstrated ability to communicate sensitively and effectively, both written and verbally, with people who face multiple vulnerabilities, such as poverty, mental health, physical disabilities, unstable housing, gendered and racialized violence.
Strong small group facilitation skills.
Ability to build relationships and support marginalized students in a social justice/equity framework with diplomacy.
Ability to motivate and inspire others; strong commitment to and passion for making post-secondary education more accessible.
Strong organizational and time management skills. High attention to detail while managing deadlines.
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with a diverse group of volunteers and a small staff team.
Ability to work independently with limited supervision and resolve tasks and/or problems by taking initiative, employing conflict resolution skills, critical thinking and/or analysis. Ability to exercise independent judgment within the parameters of the responsibilities of the role.
Ability to use Microsoft office suite and implement general office procedures.
Ability to work flexible hours, including 1-2 evenings per week and occasional weekends.
Secondary school graduation or equivalent.
At least three years demonstrated experience working in a social justice framework and collaborating with multiple communities who have been marginalized, for example due to poverty, unstable housing, mental health, gendered or racialized violence.
Minimum of 1-year related experience in a general office environment.
Preference will be given to applicants with:
Preference will be given to those with experience facilitating both small and large groups in the context of marginalized communities.
Experience using Adobe Creative Suite, Adobe Pro, website publishing would be considered an asset.
UVic is committed to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion in our living, learning and work environments. In pursuit of our values, we seek members who will work respectfully and constructively with differences and across levels of power. We actively encourage applications from members of groups experiencing barriers to equity.
Read our full equity statement here: www.uvic.ca/equitystatement.
Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application and hiring process may contact: [email protected] Any personal information provided will be maintained in confidence.
992441 -HIST- 2021-JD-UNI 101 Program Assistant PB8
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