Guardians of Confederation Project Coordinator - Canadian Studies Programme

Competition Number: 
Position Type: 
Staff Position
Closing Date: 
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Date of Posting: 
November 17, 2013
Canadian Studies Programme
Guardians of Confederation Project Coordinator
Part-Time Casual Term Position
Hours of Work: 

Hours may vary - 910 hours over the course of the term

$24.73 per hour (includes vacation pay)

December 2013 to December 2014 (Term may be reduced or extended depending on performance, available funding and departmental requirements.)

 The Canadian Studies Programme at the University of Prince Edward Island invites applications for the position of Project Coordinator for 1-year term, from December 2013 to December 2014, located in Charlottetown. The project is supported by the PEI 2014 Fund. A steering committee comprised of UPEI staff and faculty members, and leaders from PEI’s heritage and education communities, will provide oversight and direction to the project. The successful candidate will be self-motivated and possess exceptional organizational and communication skills. The Project Coordinator will be charged with the responsibility to establish, develop and execute The Guardians of Confederation Project, The Guardians of Confederation Project will twin students from each of the Island’s thirteen high schools with students from high schools in each of the thirteen provinces and territories across Canada. Over the course of the year, the students will communicate with one another in preparation for them assembling in Charlottetown in November 2014. Their task is to address a series of questions relating to the state of Confederation today, its relationship to the past, and prospects for the future of the Canadian nation. RESPONSIBILITIES: The Project Coordinator will provide day-to-day coordination and educational direction to the Project, including but not limited to: Project Management • With the assistance of the Steering Committee, formulate the educational programme underlying the Guardians Project • Establish and execute that educational programme • Develop, update and maintain project plans and timelines • Identify and report risks to achievement of project goals • Proactively assess progress on project activities, communicate issues and provide recommendations to adjust plans • Maintain and disseminate bi-weekly progress reports to the Steering Committee • Coordinate the Conference Event in Charlottetown in November 2014 • Develop a final report for the PEI 2014 Fund Financial • Maintain accurate, detailed, and up to date records on spending and expense forecasting, collaborating with and reporting regularly to the Steering Committee Partner Engagement • Create and maintain positive, productive relationships with project stakeholders on PEI, across Canada, with the Association for Canadian Studies, the PEI 2014 Fund and the project’s Steering Committee • Act as a model and spokesperson for the Guardians of Confederation Project, and demonstrate a high level of integrity and ethics in all interactions Personnel Management • Ensure volunteers (including cooperating teachers, students, and UPEI student mentors) are integrated into the project community and its activities QUALIFICATIONS: • An undergraduate or graduate degree in a field related to Canadian Studies, or an undergraduate, Education or graduate degree and a demonstrable interest in, and engagement with, Canadian history, culture and/or politics • Bilingualism (French and English) is necessary; fluency and exceptional verbal and written communication skills in English and French are necessary; demonstrated comfort and experience in public speaking • Experience with website maintenance and facility with online group communication tools • Previous experience as a Project Coordinator or evidence of leadership of an educational project • Experience recruiting, supervising and training volunteers • Experience working with youth in an educational context • Ability to work independently and to take the initiative, to offer multiple solutions to problems and to assess the best course of action

Application Instructions: 

Please submit electronically a cover letter, quoting the competition number, a resume and references to be received no later than the closing date via the following link: 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.  

Successful Candidate(s): 

L. Pottie

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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