• Volunteer
  • Anywhere
  • 2022-07-03

Website Off-Campus Community (OCC)

Job title: Off Campus Don
Department: Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association (WUSA) Student-Run Service
Reports to: Coordinators – Off Campus Community (OCC)
Effective date: September 2022

Service Description: The mission of the Off Campus Community is to connect first-year students who don’t live in residence with student life experiences on campus. OCC provides peer support and office hours, social events (online and in-person), and regular spaces (online and in-person) for students to join, make some friends, and find support. We also provide students with information from the Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association (WUSA) in order to enhance communication and advocate for the needs of students.

Benefits of working with Off Campus Community:  
– Networking with a variety of on campus leaders and volunteers
– Supporting first-year students
– Build leadership skills
– Creative collaborations to engage in meaningful event planning
– The opportunity to become an Executive
– Make life-long relationships
– Experience in this position allows the opportunity to potentially become a Coordinator of OCC in the future

Role Description:  

Do you want to be more involved in the University of Waterloo volunteering community? Are you looking for useful leadership experience and new connections? If you love the idea of organizing events for all students and providing guidance and support to a group of first-year students, we want you to join our team and help make the experience of off campus students fantastic! Apply to be an Off Campus Don today!

Weekly Time Commitment: 
Cautiously, the Off Campus Community has been moving forward with both in-person and virtual opportunities for students to connect with each other. The expectation will be for all Off Campus Dons to be flexible to support hybrid programming and/or connection opportunities. This is a great opportunity to build and expand your web skills, host events, and connect with students! Time commitment is spent connecting with first years, offering them your services, consistent availability, and communication. On average, you will need to spend 1-2 hours weekly preparing and posting content for your community.

Key Accountabilities: 
– Connect with Service Coordinators to establish goals for this year with the service
– Create an accepting and welcoming environment, in-person and online, for all students
– Act as the student mentor for the students in your community by answering their questions and concerns on – – – Facebook/Instagram/MS Teams and via email in a timely manner.
– Maintain, update, and moderate the platform in use for connecting your community
– Regularly create and post engaging new content to connect students with each other; more information and training for social media content will be discussed during training
– Connect with other WUSA Services to learn and share important information with your community.
– Plan and execute an event each term to connect students with each other in a meaningful way

Requirements for the Role: 
– Orientation 2022 is planned to occur in-person, with programming for off-campus students between Sunday, September 4 – Saturday, September 10. Dons are required to support this programming in-person. Please note this role *is* compatible with the role of an Orientation Leader, if you are planning to volunteer with Orientation in another way.
– Mandatory training dates (TBD)
– Must be a current undergraduate student at the University of Waterloo and enrolled (academic or co-op) in the fall 2022 and winter 2023 terms, and must meet the academic requirements to volunteer for this position as determined by their faculty of enrolment.
– In order for your application to proceed, you will need to give consent to your academic record being checked by a representative in your faculty of enrolment. This will be done as part of the application.
– Strong understanding of the off-campus student experience at the University of Waterloo
– Able to respond in a timely manner to any inquiries through email and social media
– Strong volunteer management skills and proven leadership attributes
– Excellent verbal and written communication skills
– Host weekly office hour (Fall/Winter – in-person or online)
– Host Peer support hours monthly (via MS Teams)
– Attend weekly online don meeting (Fall/Winter)
– Ability to manage time effectively
– General social media skills considered a strong asset

Training Requirements: 
– A virtual Meet & Greet in May (date TBD)
– Foundational Training Program with Orientation module in June (virtual and mostly asynchronous)
– In-person multi-day training in July (date TBD, on a weekend)
– In-person single-day training on Saturday, September 3

To apply for this job please visit forms.office.com.