WL W17 GPS Student Ambassador

The Work Learn Program supports and subsidizes meaningful work experiences on campus that offer the opportunity for all current UBC students to develop their professional skills and learn in a work environment.  The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies are hiring WL W17 GPS Student Ambassador, CareersOnline Job ID 839772

How to apply: Starting August 1 applications will be posted on Careers Online

The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (G+PS) is responsible for the recruitment, admission, support and graduation of approx. 10,000 graduate students who attend UBC annually. Within G+PS there are a number of administrative units and programs.

The CASI team is responsible for the Faculty’s communications, student recruitment, data analysis and strategic uses of technology. As a central support unit G+PS supports more than 70 departments in their recruitment efforts and helps establish, communicate and implement various recruitment tactics across the university. The unit delivers training and workshops to dozens of program administrators in these various units and maintains central databases on mobility trends and markets. It provides data and intelligence information to other units to support their recruitment initiatives. CASI will be hiring for 2 positions in Recruitment and Communications.

WL W17 GPS Student Ambassador, CareersOnline Job ID 839772

The Graduate Pathways to Success (GPS) program  is a palette of non-credit workshops, seminars and other activities designed to complement a student’s graduate program’s academic curriculum and mentorship experience.  This includes the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition (3mt.grad.ubc.ca) and new graduate student orientation (orientation.grad.ubc.ca). The GPS Student Ambassador will lead the development of a Graduate Student Ambassador Program to support the promotional and communication support for the GPS program as well as graduate student professional development workshops and services provided by other central UBC units.

Duties include:

  • reviewing, in collaboration with other G+PS student ambassadors, other student ambassador programs within UBC (e.g. UBC Law) and in other universities to establish best practices for graduate student ambassadors in G+PS
  • liaising with central units on campus (Graduate Student Society, UBC Wellness, Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology, Centre for Student Involvement and Careers, the Library, etc.) to stay current on their programming and resources
  • ensuring information on the G+PS central professional development website is current
  • evaluating and proposing an ambassador program for GPS (volunteer vs. paid, structure, training, number of ambassadors)
  • developing a training plan for the GPS ambassador program
  • promotion of the community.grad.ubc.ca website to UBC student groups
  • preparing communications and promotional documents (i.e. a Monday AM e-mail for distribution) with support from the communications team
  • identifying best communication mechanisms to students
  • engaging department- and program-specific student groups and/or graduate program staff to promote central professional development offerings
    • increasing awareness of online and in-person graduate student resources and events
    • promoting graduate student success planning
  • working with department- and program-specific student groups or program staff to:
    • learn more about current professional development in their programs,
    • assess gaps and needs for professional development in their areas,
    • offer support to help them add to their current programming
  • event promotion, including department-specific 3MT event promotion, support, and student training
  • supporting the PhD connections lunches, a 1st year PhD student mentoring program
  • assisting with day-to-day operation of the Graduate Pathways to Success program
    • assisting with workshop set up and registration
    • presenting workshop welcome remarks, including promotion of upcoming events
    • entering data such as workshop evaluation summaries and attendance records
  • other small projects as required


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