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International Buddy Program Coordinator - International Relations Office

Competition Number: 
Position Type: 
Student Position
Closing Date: 
Monday, March 14, 2016
Date of Posting: 
February 29, 2016
International Relations Office
International Buddy Program Coordinator
$10.92 per hour (vacation pay included)

May 1 - Aug 30, 2016: 35 hours/week

Sept 1, 2016 - Apr 30, 2017: average of 6 hours/week

The International Buddy Program matches upper year domestic and international students with new incoming international students.  New international students are assigned a continuing student buddy to meet with once a week for the first month of the term.  The program is designed to assist new students with their adjustment to UPEI, Charlottetown, and Canada.

The support provided by the program is intended to assist in the retention of international students by providing students with an opportunity to have a personal connection when they first arrive and providing a social network and community atmosphere through regular social events through the academic year. The program runs in both the fall and winter terms.

A joint initiative of UPEI and UPEISU, day to day oversight lies with the International Relations Office in regular consultation with an advisory committee comprised of a member from the Student Union, Student Affairs and IRO. 

Job Description:

This summer coordinator position will be a position awarded to a returning UPEI student who will be primarily involved in the planning and marketing of the program full-time through the summer.  Coordinator will be involved in recruitment and training of volunteers to be matched with ‘buddies’ (incoming international students).  The prime focus of the program is on recruiting and training strong volunteers as well as motivating and facilitating consistent volunteer involvement with their buddies.  The position will involve liaison with other student groups, such as the Society of International Students, Campus Life, Residence Life, the Chinese Knot, Japanese Society to coordinate activities to enhance student life and intercultural enrichment.


• Coordination of Buddy Program
• Recruitment & Training
• Publicity & Promotion
• Evaluation & Feedback
• Events


• Proven leadership skills
• Well organized and a mature self-starter
• Strong communication skills including oral, written and electronic
• Strong interpersonal skills
• Awareness of and sensitivity to issues faced by students new to Canada
• Experience in organizing programming
• Familiarity with managing a budget
• Good knowledge of UPEI and broader Prince Edward Island community
• Experience working with international students or the international experience
• Abilities in a language other than English would be an asset


The student in this position understands that they are acting as a representative of the University of Prince Edward Island Student Union and the University of Prince Edward Island, and agrees to keep confidential anything they learn during the course of their job, and agree to sign a contract.

Priority will be given 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 posted on the UPEI Human Resources website (www.upei.ca/hr/).

If you are unable to apply online, you can drop off your resume to the Human Resources Department, Kelley Building, University of Prince Edward Island, 550 University Avenue, Charlottetown, PEI C1A 4P3, or fax it to (902) 894-2895.

In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, all qualified student candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens, permanent residents and full-time international students with a valid study permit 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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