Associate Vice President, Experiential & Co-op Affairs

JOB INFORMATION

Term: May 1, 2021 - April 30, 2022
Hours: Variable, averaging 12 hours per week
Wage: $17.00-19.00/hour, based on experience
Reports to: Vice President, Education
**This role is anticipated to be remote for its full duration**

JOB DESCRIPTION

The Associate Vice President, Experiential & Co-op Affairs (AVPECA) works with the Vice President, Education on advocacy related to UW’s experiential education programs. The role is responsible for building and maintaining WUSA’s relationship with Cooperative and Experiential Education (CEE), as well as holding the body accountable for listening to student feedback and providing high-quality services conducive to the academic mission. The AVPECA will develop and action plans under the direction of the Vice President, Education with the ultimate goal of improving the co-op and experiential learning experience for UW undergrads.

Furthermore, the AVPECA will serve as the student voice through activities such as ongoing co-op fee monitoring, holding a seat on the Cooperative Education Council and working closely with the Student Experience team at CEE and student groups and partners on campus. Leveraging the experience gained in this work, the AVPECA will have the opportunity to pursue research, advocacy or outreach projects in areas of their interest. This position offers some flexibility in working hours. Nonetheless, successful candidates should remember that this is a part-time position for one year and should be willing to plan academic and extracurricular commitments accordingly. It is possible (and desirable) for this position to be filled by a student in a co-op sequence, as this position is eligible to count towards a flexible work-term credit as a part of the co-op program.

SUMMARY OF DUTIES

Advocacy

  • Meets with CEE and other relevant stakeholders to discuss concerns raised by students related the university’s co-op and experiential learning programs
  • Sits on various CEE committees & working groups and advises on CEE initiatives from a student perspective
  • Works with CEE to i) identify barriers and gaps in the co-op and experiential learning system that adversely affect students of marginalized identities, and ii) work to address them in order to create a more equitable learning environment
  • Represents undergraduate students on committees as assigned by the Vice President, Education

Project Work

  • Works with the Vice President, Education, to develop and execute portions of the executive action plan
  • Develops and undertakes research, advocacy or outreach project(s) in alignment with the executive action plan

Research

  • Performs research as necessary, in collaboration with support staff
  • Contributes to consultation and research carried out by partner organizations, such as the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance

Support

  • Develops understanding of policy on matters relating to experiential learning and co-op, and acts as a resource in relevant policy development
  • Provides support to Students’ Council on co-op policy development matters, in collaboration with support staff
  • Serves as a support to the Vice President, Education, and is a primary designate upon request, for meetings regarding co-op, experiential learning, work reports, student experience relating to experiential learning or co-op, safety during work integrated learning, and other topics as assigned

Communication

  • Meets regularly with the Vice President, Education to discuss advocacy priorities
  • Provides regular reports to the Students’ Council on progress of advocacy work
  • Additional duties as assigned by the Vice President Education

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Current undergraduate University of Waterloo student
  • Co-op student strongly preferred
  • Must have thorough understanding of UW’s co-op program
  • Understanding of university administration, co-op policy and ancillary fee policies is a significant asset
  • Understanding of CEE is a significant asset ● Familiarity with non-co-op work-integrated learning opportunities is an asset

KEY COMPETENCIES

  • Passion and motivation to advocate on behalf of students
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills and professionalism
  • Exercises tact and diplomacy when working with stakeholders
  • Strong initiative: can identify problems and formulate potential solutions independently
  • Ability to synthesize large amounts of information
  • Strong time management (i.e. capable of handling multiple deadlines)
  • Able to identify confidential and sensitive information and understand its reasonable use

APPLICATION INFORMATION

Please submit a cover letter and resume to Stephanie Ye-Mowe (email below) prior to Monday, April 12, 2021 at 11:59 pm. Interviews will be in the following two weeks. If you have any questions about this position, please contact Stephanie Ye-Mowe at symowe@wusa.ca.