Program runs Sunday, June 30 – Friday, July 26, 2019
Team Members must be available for training which varies at each campus but typically starts on June 25. Team members may also be required to stay until Saturday, July 27.
SHAD is a registered Canadian charity that empowers exceptional high school students – at a pivotal point in their education – to recognize their own capabilities and envision their extraordinary potential as tomorrow’s leaders and change makers. Each year, SHAD provides the opportunity for 900 students from across Canada and internationally to attend a month-long summer program, in-residence at one of 17 Canadian host universities, focused on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts & math). The participants are secondary school students (grades 10 – 12) who are exceptionally well rounded in the areas of academic performance, creativity, community contributions and leadership.
SHAD is not a 9-3 classroom – it is a jam-packed 27 days in July full of activities inside and outside of a university environment. Our immersive program requires dedicated and responsible Program Assistants who can help bring program activities to life and ensure the safety, well-being and engagement of SHADs.
As a Program Assistant, you’ll live on campus, in-residence for the duration of the program and be responsible for the education, mentorship, and safety of SHAD participants. It is a multi-faceted role with a focus on facilitating a safe, inclusive and engaged community. You’ll create, lead and deliver academic workshops that draw from your own interests and experiences, guide discussions, and support program operations and logistics. Being a Program Assistant is one of the most demanding but rewarding opportunities at SHAD.
Be fully present in program activities, which may include lectures, workshops, events, recreational activities, cultural and social field trips.
Live in residence on campus for the duration of the program. Room and board is provided
Prepare two hands-on workshops, on a topic of your interest, prior to your arrival on campus for Team Training
Monitor and support engagement, interaction, performance behaviour of SHAD participants, reporting and consulting with Program Directors regarding any concerns
Play an advisory and mentor role for SHAD project groups of 8-10 participants
Act in accordance with SHAD’s risk management policies and frameworks, to ensure the safety and well-being of program participants
Assist in the organized and timely execution of program activities and logistics
Write a final report that highlights areas of strengths, needs and recommendations to elevate the program for future years
An assertive, confident and friendly communication style – you’ll work closely with SHADs and Team Members from across the country with differing communication styles. You will be guiding SHADs through program activities, mediating conflicts between them, facilitating discussions, providing directions and instructions and be one of the first Team Members they turn to when they have an issue. You are approachable, a clear communicator and able to excite and engage SHADs into the program.
A mindset for safety, inclusion and community – the well-being of SHAD participants and Team Members is always our topmost priority during the program. You take initiative to ensure safety measures and risk-management frameworks are being implemented, and have a keen eye for monitoring the physical and emotional well-being of the SHADs and SHAD community as a whole. You are also able self-manage your own health throughout the demanding 27-day program, ensuring you are mindful of your own energy and wellness.
Experience working with and being responsible for youth in a variety of roles
An ability to anticipate problems and take initiative to solve them before they happen
Diverse and well-rounded experiences and interests that features community service, volunteer work and extracurricular activities
Experience in collaborative team environments
Strong sense of responsibility, maturity and ability to exercise good judgment
Completing an undergraduate program (preferably in their 3rd or 4th year). Recent graduates with industry experience are also of interest.
Familiarity with the programs and facilities of the Campus Partner University
Successful candidates will be required to submit a completed Police Vulnerable Sector Check and have a current Standard First Aid and CPR certificate prior to starting Team Member Training