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Peer & Intercultural Wellness Assistant, Wellness Centre, Student and Enrolment Services

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Job ID: 16108

Updated: August 9, 2018

Location: Main Campus

Position Overview

The Wellness Centre within Student and Enrolment Services is currently seeking a Part-time (0.8) Limited Term Peer & Intercultural Wellness Assistant for approximately 8 months.

This position reports to the Manager, Student Support and provides organization and coordination of peer support programs running out of the Campus Community Hub (an office of the SU Wellness Centre). The incumbent must possess sensitivity towards and an appreciation of diversity in its broadest sense, including gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, race, faith, age, and ability. This position is predominantly located at the Campus Community Hub, University of Calgary Main Campus; however, travel to the other campuses or off campus may also be required. This position works a variety of hours of 28 hours a week, Monday to Thursday 11:00 am to 7:00 pm and may be expected to work occasional weekends.

The Peer Support and Intercultural Wellness Assistant is responsible for all communications, events planning, and volunteer coordination related to peer support programming in the Campus Community Hub. Outreach activities and facilitation skills to promote peer support activities will also be required. Additionally, it requires maintaining accurate records relating to visitors accessing peer support at the Hub and statistics on the volunteer program, for the purpose of evaluation.

Position Description

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

Event Planning and Peer Support Programming

  • Provide support to volunteers to offer programming related to mental health and wellness throughout the year
  • Plan and facilitate wellness and community-building activities and events
  • Raise awareness of peer support activities across campus through outreach activities and presentations
  • Create and maintain a welcoming and safe environment for the whole student population
  • Provide Peer Support services to students and visitors if necessary (or when volunteer peer supporters are not available)
  • Collect and compile qualitative and quantitative data related to volunteers and visitors relevant to reporting on the Centre's impact

Intercultural Wellness Programming

  • Research and draft culturally sensitive wellness guidelines
  • Expand existing programming to improve mental health and mental health literacy from an intercultural lens
  • Identify and work with diverse groups and champions to support greater cultural safety and cultural competency in Wellness Centre offerings on campus
  • Help identify and organize professional development opportunities for students and Wellness Centre staff related to intercultural wellness


  • Inform all necessary stakeholders of upcoming events and workshops
  • Liaise with the communication coordinator to update the website when appropriate
  • Welcome visitors to the Campus Community Hub
  • Assist a Project Assistant to maintain the SU Wellness Centre Facebook page and Twitter
  • Help to prepare and distribute publicity materials for peer support-related programming and events

Office Administration

  • Manage logistics of events and programs including room/table bookings and catering orders
  • Maintain the peer supporter contact database

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Completed a Bachelor's degree in the field of Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, Community Development, Health Promotion or similar
  • Previous completion of a recognized mental health and wellness community training (Community Helpers, Mental Health First Aid, ASIST, or similar) is required
  • Proven group facilitation skills in a community or educational setting
  • Strong working knowledge ofmental health ,resiliency, and intercultural work
  • 1-3 years experience in events planning and youth volunteer coordination in a post-secondary environment or in the community
  • Ability to assess and respond to situations quickly and appropriately
  • Dedication and commitment to the philosophy behind the SU Wellness Centre/Campus Community Hub and an ability to convey that message to those entering the space
  • Strong organizational skills that facilitate multi-tasking including a meticulous attention to detail
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and an ability to write in various formats depending on audience
  • Comfort with working independently as well as taking direction from the Manager
  • A high degree of flexibility, the ability to anticipate and adapt quickly to changing priorities in an effective manner
  • Superior proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Publisher); experience with additional programs such as PeopleSoft, Constant Contact, Volunteer Impact, and social media analytics considered an asset

Application Deadline: August 8, 2018

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.

Additional Information

This position is part of the AUPE bargaining unit, and falls under the Operational / Administrative Job Family, Phase II.

To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Management and Staff Careers website


About the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit

The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their professional success while they are here. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.


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