Student Experience Office

Student Experience Office


Student Experience Office

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Position: Queen’s Cares Alternative Reading Week Local Project Leader (15-20 positions)                                                           


The Student Experience Office (SEO) at Queen’s aims to prepare and support students to achieve not only their personal, social, and academic goals, but also their professional and community aspirations. The SEO supports co-curricular learning and development by offering programs and services to orient students to university life, support their successful transitions into and through university, and encourage their leadership development and community engagement while at university.

Queen’s Cares Reading Week is a four day community engaged-learning initiative that takes place in Kingston over the February Reading Week. Through learning opportunities, workshops, presentations, and critical reflection, students explore needs and issues within Kingston while also exploring their own capacity in making real contributions to their community. Students in the program will work together to complete a project over the course of the week. The program is intended to be more than a volunteer opportunity, and aims to integrate community engagement with academics, enrich learning, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen community ties. 

Position Summary:

Reporting to the Community Engaged Learning Coordinator, the Queen’s Cares Alternative Reading Week Project Leader will provide time, leadership, energy, and motivation to the effective implementation of Queen’s Cares Alternative Reading Week. They will be a positive role model and mentor for student participants and remain diligent in the effort to maximize student learning through leading and facilitating project work. As the primary contact between the community engaged learning team and any community groups, the project lead will strive to ensure harmonious and reciprocal partnerships. They will ensure completion of the project.

Key Duties:

The Queen’s Cares Alternative Reading Week Project Leader will do the following:

Before the Experience

  • Attend all required dates and meet all deadlines
  • Actively participate in promotions efforts including community meeting pushes in residence, tabling, distribution of literature, and social media
  • Connect with the key contact at your organization to discuss your team’s project
  • Regular, professional communication
  • Complete at least one site visit prior to the Experience
  • Test transit routes if applicable
  • Facilitate a team social with your team during the Experience

During the Experience

  • Be a leader for your team
  • Work with the key contact at your community partner to make the experience as enjoyable as possible
  • Ensure your team positively represents Queen’s University while on location at your community partner
  • Complete daily reflection logs and send them to SEO staff
  • Support students in completing daily program evaluations

After the Experience

  • Make sure that your team is prepared for the showcase
  • Communicate with your team about how they felt about the experience, what skills they gained, and how they could continue to make an impact in the community
  • Brainstorm future campus-involvement opportunities for your community partner
  • Complete the survey about the experience and encourage your team members and community partner to as well
  • Attend the Queen’s Cares Showcase (March 2019)

Skills Required:

The Queen’s Cares Alternative Reading Week Project Leader must:

  • Be a current Queen’s student
  • Be able to work independently, and as a part of a team
  • Possess excellent interpersonal skills
  • Possess excellent organizational skills
  • Be able to exercise good judgment and sound reasoning
  • Demonstrate decision-making and creative problem-solving skills
  • Have good oral and written communication skills
  • Be knowledgeable about the University and support services/resources that are available to students


The Queen's Cares Project Leader must:

  • Be a registered Queen’s student
  • Remain in good academic standing for the duration of the position term 
  • Submit a satisfactory Canadian Police Information Check (CPIC) and Vulnerable Sector Check obtained after February, 2018.  They will be responsible to maintain a clean CPIC and Vulnerable Sector Check for the duration of their role.

Term of Position:  November 19, 2018 –March 22, 2019

  • Leader Training: January 12, 2019
  • Program Orientation: January 26, 2019 & February 2, 2019 
  • Week of Queen's Cares: February 19-22, 2019 8am-4pm daily
  • Showcase: March 13, 2019

Some non-traditional hours of work (e.g. evenings and weekends) will be required.

Remuneration:  Waived program fee


If you are interested in applying for this position, please submit a cover letter and resume as one attachment by email to Applications are due at NOON on Sunday, November 11th, 2018. Only candidates who have been chosen for an interview will be contacted.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Kevin Collins at