Since 1878, Western University has been committed to serving our communities through the pursuit of academic excellence and by providing students, faculty, and community members with life-long opportunities for intellectual, social, and cultural growth. We seek excellent students, faculty, and staff to join us in what has become known as the "Western Experience" - an opportunity to contribute to a better world through the development of new knowledge, new abilities, new connections, and new ways to make a difference.
The Institute for Earth and Space Exploration at Western University is the leading organization for Earth and space exploration research and training in Canada. The mission of the Institute is to lead in interdisciplinary research and innovation in Earth and space exploration, and to strengthen and grow the Canadian Earth and space exploration communities through inspiring and training the next generation of scientists, engineers, social scientists and entrepreneurs.
The Institute for Earth and Space Exploration was established in June 2019 and builds on the foundations of the former Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration that was established in 2008. The Institute is home to 64 researchers from the following 8 faculties and 19 departments
The Program Coordinator supports the Institute’s goal to engage and inspire the next generation of space scientists and engineers as well as engage with members of the public to bring awareness about the field of space science and technology. The coordinator will be responsible for the development and implementation of programs focused on encouraging and inspiring elementary and secondary students to consider undergraduate and graduate education, and a career in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields. The incumbent coordinates the design, delivery and evaluation of outreach programs, and supports the day-to-day administrative and logistical functions of the various outreach programs. This coordinator ensures that the necessary support, information, documentation and resources are available for the successful implementation of outreach events, workshops and program initiatives. The incumbent participates in public education and outreach activities through assisting in the development of marketing materials, engaging students in activities related to research taking place in the Institute, and identifying and acting on opportunities to increase awareness of the Institute and Western locally, nationally and internationally. The coordinator is also responsible for development and implementation of all the online communications. The incumbent acts as a first point of contact for all internal and external inquiries related to the outreach programs.
Undergraduate degree in a field related to Planetary Science and Space Exploration
Experience participating in public education and outreach activities with elementary and high school students and with running summer space-themed camps
Experience developing relationships and working with community partners and Volunteers
Experience in developing communications plan and strategy as well as maintaining online communications.
Experience in developing materials and activities for public education and Outreach
Skills, Abilities and Expertise:
Ability to effectively present information, and conduct training sessions and Workshops
Knowledge of and ability to manage social media platforms relevant to student populations and communication and engagement strategies for internal and external audiences
Ability to organize, plan and manage events of various sizes; familiarity with the logistics required for large scale events an asset
Project management skills, with the ability to meet tight deadlines and perform well under pressure
Excellent verbal and written communication skills and confidence dealing with all levels of an organization and external stakeholders
Ability to understand customer needs and expectations and provide excellent customer service to directly and indirectly satisfy expectations
Ability to work within a flexible schedule to accommodate the University’s events and activities
Strong attention to detail, accuracy, and proofreading abilities with an excellent command of the English language
Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, meet tight deadlines and adapt to growth and change
Intermediate computer skills in Microsoft Office Suite
Ability to multi-task, work independently and take initiative to follow through on work assignments
Demonstrate resourcefulness with a strong sense of accountability and initiative
Ability to establish and build healthy working relations and partnerships with clients, peers and external stakeholders
Must have Police Clearance (Vulnerable Sector) issued within last three months.
Must be First Aid/CPR-C certified before the commencement of the camp.
Western offers a broad and exciting variety of part-time and temporary employment opportunities with ample room for job exploration and growth. Within our beautiful campus, you are part of a progressive work environment that promotes work/life balance including access to our state-of-the-art recreation centre. Apply for an opportunity to be part of the Western community and contribute to its success!
Please note, successful applicants may be required to produce current record check(s) (e.g. vulnerable sector, criminal record and police information) from a police service prior to commencing employment.
Applying at Western
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