POSITION TITLE: Learning Skills Communications Peer
UNIT & DEPARTMENT: Learning Skills Services, Student Success Centre
NUMBER OF POSITIONS: 1
RATE OF PAY: $18.00 per hour
EMPLOYMENT TERM: SU 2022 & Fall/Winter 2022-2023
HOURS OF WORK: Summer: 5-10 hours/week, Fall/Winter: 10-12 hours/week
LOCATION: The position is intended to work on-campus at the Keele campus during designated business hours. Opportunities for hybrid (some on-campus and some remote) work may become available, but is not guaranteed, and will be discussed with the successful candidate.
The Work Study Student program provides on-campus job opportunities for eligible York University undergraduate students. Work Study Student employees are provided opportunities to contribute to support roles while developing valuable, relevant skills and work experience for the workplace. These roles offer a learning and development opportunity for Work Study Student employees to receive experiential on-the-job training, guidance and mentorship. Under the guidance of permanent staff members, Work Study Student employees will provide support to their relevant department/faculty in clerical, administrative and technical capacities. As part of your Work-Study/LEAP experience, you will participate in Becoming YU, a program designed to support students in:
- creating meaningful goals and objectives;
- recognizing the value of their personal, academic and professional experiences;
- identifying their competencies and skills; and
- articulating their skills and experiences with confidence. Becoming YU includes regular meetings with your student employment supervisor/coach for reflecting on your progress and getting valuable feedback.
Learning Skills Services (LSS) serves all York students by fostering the academic and organizational skills necessary for academic success across all disciplines. Through group and individual services, LSS promotes independent learning by working with students to develop university-level learning skills and strategies, enhanced self-awareness about themselves as learners, and improved academic confidence and success. Learning Skills Services supports the mandate of York University by contributing to successful transitions to university, retention, engagement, and student academic and personal success.
Under the direction of the Learning Skills Specialists, the Learning Skills Communications Peer helps to develop and execute a communications plan for Learning Skills Services including social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), promotional materials (e.g., posters), and written content (e.g., blogs, website). This position reports directly to the Learning Skills Specialists and works in cooperation with the Learning Skills Peer Team, SCLD Media & Communications Team, Learning Commons partners, and other departments and student groups on campus.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
- Contribute to the development of a communications/social media strategy.
- Create content for and maintain the Learning Skills social media presence (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter).
- Develop promotional materials (e.g., posters), and written content (e.g., blogs, website).
- Represent Learning Skills Services at various outreach events across the University.
- Staff the Learning Commons Welcome Desk; provide excellent customer service and triage student needs to the appropriate referral.
- Various administrative duties as assigned, including record keeping, data entry, and responding to student inquires (phone/email).
- Research on learning skills-related topics, as assigned.
- Stay in regular contact with supervisors and meet regularly to keep all parties informed.
- Attend all training sessions and meetings, unless in direct conflict with a class.
- Complete other duties as assigned.
Education and Experience
- Current undergraduate York student (we encourage applicants from diverse programs of study); involvement in campus life is an asset.
- High academic standing and experience-based knowledge of effective study strategies and learning skills.
- Demonstrated experience creating social media content and promotional materials.
Skills and Qualifications
- Demonstrated commitment to peer academic support and awareness of the academic support needs of students.
- Excellent oral and written communications skills.
- Skills in promotions and marketing.
- Some graphic design/ artistic ability, marketing and/or communications background an asset.
- Strong organizational and time management skills and good attention to detail.
- Knowledge of York’s services and resources for students.
- Ability and willingness to work both independently and as part of a team.
- Eagerness to learn and take initiative.
- Students who are a good fit for this position are dynamic, approachable, knowledgeable, and open to learning about themselves and others. They will show high levels of emotional intelligence combined with excellent adaptability and organizational skills.
MANDATORY TRAINING DATES:
- April 2022: Peer Leadership Training
- May 2022: Summer Peer Training
- August 29 – September 2, 2022: Mandatory Peer Training Week
- January 2022: Annual Peer Leadership Summit
- Monthly PLT Professional Development training workshops
*Dates subject to change; additional training may be added.
REQUIRED DOCUMENTS AND ASSIGNMENTS FOR APPLICATION:
- Cover letter that answers the following questions:
- What areas of learning skills are you most passionate about and why? How do you see this communications role intersecting with your passion?
- What experience do you have planning and creating communications pieces for an organization/team?
- Creative Assignment: Demonstrate how you would create Learning Skills specific messaging for York students in a captivating and engaging way by creating a short/brief promotional item that teaches students about time management. The promotional item can be a social media post/story, a poster, video, blog, or any other platform of your choosing.
* We strongly encourage all applicants to take advantage of the free services offered through the YorkU Career Education & Development Centre for resume, cover letter, and interview support.
APPLICATION CLOSING DATE: Monday, March 21, 9:00am
- Only those applicants considered for an interview will be contacted.
- All applicants must submit their application using a @my.yorku.ca or if unpermitted, a @yorku.ca e-mail domain.
- York University requires all community members, including employees and visitors who attend our campuses be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, subject to medical and human rights exemptions, in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations. The University's vaccine policy is integral to our ongoing commitment to health and safety. Offers of employment require that you comply with the COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate by providing proof of vaccination prior to your start date. For information on how York University is responding to COVID-19 please visit the YU Better Together website.
- The University welcomes applications from all qualified individuals, including, but not limited to women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities (racialized), Indigenous Peoples and persons of any gender identity and sexual orientation. York University is committed to a positive, supportive and inclusive environment.
- York University offers accommodation for applicants with disabilities in its recruitment processes. If you are contacted by York University regarding a job opportunity or testing, please advise if you require accommodation.
- This role is pending work-study funding approval.