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REGIONAL LIAISON OFFICER (INTERNSHIP) - CAMPUS ENGAGEMENT (CE) – ONTARIO/QC/WESTERN

WUSC

 

Position Title: REGIONAL LIAISON OFFICER (INTERNSHIP) - CAMPUS ENGAGEMENT (CE) – ONTARIO/QC/WESTERN
Position Location: to be determined.
Reports to: Coordinator, Campus Engagement and Student Refugee Program
Contract term: August 8, 2018 - April 2019
Compensation/ level: Level A $15-$22.5/hour, 35 hours per week (includes 6% vacation pay)
Application deadline: June 4th, 2018

 

BACKGROUND:


World University Service of Canada (WUSC) is a Canadian non-profit organization with a mission to foster human development and global understanding through education and training.  We are professionals, students, volunteers, faculty, and community leaders working together to find solutions and provide opportunities to the world’s most marginalized people. A central component of WUSC’s strategic plan is continued delivery and expansion of our programming on Canadian campuses with increased focus on the Student Refugee Program and initiatives that underscore our unique relationship with the Canadian post-secondary community, and contribute to the internationalization of Canadian campuses.

 

Active on more than 80 college, CEGEP and university campuses, WUSC’s student-run Local Committees (LC) make up the largest network of student groups of its kind in Canada who share a common belief – that education changes the world.  The Local Committees promote and support WUSC’s campus initiatives, including the Student Refugee Program, Uniterra Program, amongst others, through education, public engagement and volunteering.

 

Student Refugee Program (SRP):

  Since 1978, through the SRP, WUSC Local Committees have sponsored over 1,800 student refugees to Canada enabling them to resettle as permanent residents and pursue their education in safe environments at Canadian universities, CEGEPs and colleges. Local Committees are made up of faculty/staff and students at post-secondary institutions across Canada and provide financial, emotional and moral support to the refugee students for a minimum period of 12 months.

 

Uniterra Program

The Uniterra international volunteer program aims to contribute to poverty reduction and sustainable development through national and regional sectoral approaches in 14 developing countries with the support of thousands of volunteers. The program focuses on sustainable economic growth for the youth and women, and is jointly operated by the Centre for International Studies and Cooperation (CECI) and WUSC. Uniterra provides unique opportunities for youth and students to engage in international development in Canada and abroad through events such as the International Seminar, Symposia Series and Students Without Borders.

 

KEY AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY: 

The successful candidate will work under the supervision of the Coordinator, Student Refugee Program and Campus Engagement, in conjunction with the team. Work will include, but not be limited to:

 

Mobilization:

  • Mobilize WUSC network of Local Committee members in their region to organize activities, participate in training and attend events throughout the academic year;
  • Promote WUSC and Uniterra campaigns to the WUSC network of student groups in Canada;
  • Strengthen the capacity of LCs to sponsor refugee students and expand the SRP on their campus, with a strong emphasis on the sustainability of the program;
  • Support the planning process of the 2018-2019 LC activities to further engage WUSC youth members on global issues;
  • Help maintain and/or expand WUSC networks on francophone and college/CEGEP campuses.

Communication:

  • Gather and disseminate stories, best practices and lessons learned from LCs on university, college and CEGEP campuses across the country;
  • Facilitate communication with and between LCs, as well as WUSC Ottawa;
  • Provide leadership in the dissemination of regional and cross-Canada communications (emails, newsletters, web);
  • Help maintain a continuous and vibrant social media presence for WUSC Campus Engagement (ie. Facebook, Twitter, etc.);
  • Effectively monitor and record regional LC Public Engagement activities on WUSC databases for reporting purposes;
  • Participate remotely in weekly meetings with WUSC Ottawa.

Education and training:

  • Participate in the Leadership Meeting (Ottawa, August 17th-19th) and the International Forum (Ottawa, January 2019), and facilitate sessions at these events where required;
  • Participate in and support coordination of the logistics for the Regional Meeting in their region (September 22nd and/or October 13th);
  • Deliver in-person and online workshops designed to empower LC members;
  • Develop and disseminate training resources, with a particular focus on distance learning;
  • Promote and support Uniterra Symposium activities in their region;
  • Promote Uniterra opportunities on campus via the Local Committee network;
  • Represent WUSC at regional and local events.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • The successful candidate will be a recent graduate from a post-secondary institution;
  • Experience with student mobilization, campaigning and fundraising;
  • Experience working with volunteers and organizing events;
  • An understanding of refugee and newcomer experiences;
  • Proven ability to work as part of a team and under tight deadlines;
  • Knowledge of and interest in WUSC and Uniterra;
  • Strong presentation and facilitation skills;
  • Strong computer skills in Microsoft Office and database management skills;
  • Skills in on-line tools, social media, photo editing and desktop publishing will be considered an asset
  • Former LC members and SRP students are encouraged to apply.

Competencies:

  • Strong personal initiative, resourcefulness and capacity to work individually;
  • Excellent organizational and cross-cultural skills;
  • Ability to motivate others;
  • Strong communications and writing skills;
  • Strong problem solving skills;
  • Willing to work flexible hours (evening and weekends to support volunteer schedules);
  • Be available to travel within Canada.

Language:

  • Fluency in oral and written English;
  • Fluency in oral and written French is considered a strong asset.

Applications:

WUSC is an equal opportunity employer.  We welcome and encourage applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.  No telephone calls please.

 

If you are interested in this position, please apply at wusc.ca/careers or follow this link to register on WUSC’s candidate database.

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