Your Summer Dream Job with the Terry Team

As many of you will remember, we were successful in receiving funding through the Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund (TLEF) to develop Terry Talks, UBC’s version of the popular Ted Talks.

The plan is to launch Terry Talks next year – so that means a summer filled with working out the format and logistics of holding such an event. As part of this process, we are looking to hire a student to join the Terry Team who will be responsible for working with another student team member on developing and putting the plan into action. This position will be shared with the Office of Student Development and will have complementary responsibilities in that unit and will work closely with their staff team.

The successful applicant will be a current UBC student, with a minimum of one academic year at UBC, and will have:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated initiative and strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability and willingness to work both independently and as part of a collaborative team
  • Knowledge of UBC student groups, academic programs, resources, and services
  • Strong computer skills (web, word processing, e-mail, database, spreadsheet)
  • Good research and organizational skills
  • Strong academic background
  • Creativity, enthusiasm and commitment
  • Ability to liaise with multiple stakeholders and project partners
  • A passion for interdisciplinary learning and global issues, essentially everything that is Terry

The position is full-time (35 hours/week) starting at the beginning of May and ending at the beginning of September. The ideal candidate would be available for part-time work during the academic year.

If this is your summer dream job, then please submit a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for 3 references by Friday, April 25th, 2008 to Chad Hyson.

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4 Responses to “Your Summer Dream Job with the Terry Team”

  1. sam

    Isn’t April 25th cutting it awfully close to the beginning of May? This makes students go out on a limb…they won’t know whether or not they have a job until really late when the summer starts. What would they do if they don’t get the Terry job? Obviously they have to apply to other jobs as well…but what if they get an offer before the Terry one? Do they take a chance on Terry and accept?

    I propose to the deadline earlier and decide earlier, otherwise you’re putting students between a rock and a hard place.

  2. David Ng

    Hi Sam,

    I know in the past, when such considerations came up, we tried our best to provide a decision quickly. Will chat with Chad to see what he thinks.

  3. Chad Hyson

    Hi Sam,

    I understand your point, when we posted the position we were mindful that students are studying for exams so we wanted to give enough time for students to put together their application. As Dave said we will try to move the process along quickly and I would encourage applicants to let us know if they have other job offers and we’ll try to move the process along. Feel free to contact me directly if you have other questions.

  4. Conor Topley

    Hey Terry*,

    It’s great to see that the “Terry Talks” project is rolling out. I really hope you get some quality applicants. I think this has the potential to mobilize some amazing things within UBC. I’ll pass this post along to quality people. I wish I could be here next year to see this in action.

    – Conor

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