Student Assistant, Choir Co-Director (Choir Lead) - AIRS - Department of Psychology

Competition Number: 
Position Type: 
Student Position
Closing Date: 
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Date of Posting: 
September 18, 2014
AIRS - Department of Psychology
Student Assistant, Choir Co-Director (Choir Lead)
Hours of Work: 

10 hours per week usually, occasionally more for special events (work schedule is flexible).

$11.91 per hour (vacation pay included)

September 2014 to April 2015 (may be extended)

The University of Prince Edward Island is the coordinating institution for a Major Collaborative Research Initiative funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. The 7-year project, titled Advancing Interdisciplinary Research in Singing (AIRS), is unfolding through the cooperation of some 70 researchers and various other stakeholders from a dozen different countries, and under the overall direction of Prof. Annabel Cohen, Department of Psychology, UPEI. Its primary objective is to facilitate and coordinate a variety of initiatives exploring the relationship between singing and three themes: development, education and well-being, all at both personal and social scales. The AIRS Project web-site is

Theme 3 of this project focuses on Singing and Well-Being. Researchers in Theme 3 are studying how singing can optimize well-being in the areas of social relations, as well as psychological and physical health. One aspect of this study deals with the development and maintenance of a multicultural choir on a campus providing opportunities for sharing culture among UPEI students from the many international homelands, including Canada. A further aspect of Theme 3’s research involves the study of cross-cultural understanding, through the use of a Quad-Country cultural songbook in the local school system with children in Grade 5.

A part-time position for a Student Assistant Choir Co-Director is available now. Ideally this is a student who has vocal experience and specific experience in leading a choir and event planning.


• Duties will include developing world music repertoire representative of the cultures of students involved, bringing choir members together, meeting regularly with the choir, reporting on aspects of success and helping develop a plan for continuation.
• The position may be continued throughout the summer should there be interest in sustaining the group, even on a reduced level.
• The position also calls for some possible involvement in teaching songs and cultural information, through the collection of several types of data, in line with the Quad-Country Songbook project.


• Priority will be given to University of Prince Edward Island students, currently registered in relevant disciplines particularly Music, or Music education, but also possibly Psychology, Sociology, Education, Business, or other.
• Experience with choir direction, vocal and/or musical background. Assets include other music skills.
• Ability to work responsibly without close supervision.
• Good organizational skills.
• Openness to the experience of other cultures.
• Assets include word processing, knowledge of computer music notation software (not essential), ability to engage others in activities (i.e., leadership).
• Creativity would be an asset.

Priority to University of Prince Edward Island students in accordance with Recruitment, Selection, Hiring and Employment Policies and Procedures manual.

Application Instructions: 

Please submit electronically a cover letter, quoting the competition number, a resume and reference list, to be received no later than the closing date, via the link below. You can also apply in person to the Human Resources Department, Kelley Building, University of Prince Edward Island, 550 University Avenue, Charlottetown, PEI C1A 4P3, Fax Number (902) 894-2895.

In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

The University of Prince Edward Island is committed to gender equity in employment. Only those applicants who are invited to an interview will be acknowledged.

UPEI encourages all qualified applicants to apply for job openings; however, in keeping with the terms and provisions of the university’s various employment and collective agreements, first priority will be given to internal candidates.
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