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Graduate Assistantship: WHA Conference Project Manager

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Graduate Assistantship (Research)

The Calgary Institute for the Humanities is hosting the 2018 Western Humanities Alliance Annual Conference on November 2-3, 2018. We are seeking a graduate student to act as a project manager for the conference. The topic of the conference is “Spectral Cities,” addressing the themes of cities within cities, lost cities, forgotten cities, and ideas of the city that haunt our imaginations. The conference events will be held at the new Calgary Central Library, with a keynote lecture hosted in Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre.

The Graduate Assistant will work with the Coordinator and the Director of the Institute, identifying community partners for the event, identifying possible media partners, and building a web and social media presence for the event. The Graduate Assistant will also assist with the documentation and archiving of the outcomes, as the panelists will submit papers to a special edition of the Western Humanities Review journal.

We have chosen a range of plenary speakers who can speak from academic, artistic, and literary perspectives and we want to encourage a large public presence at the four public lectures we will be hosting in conjunction with this event. Candidates must demonstrate both technical ability and an enthusiasm and capacity for community engagement. The project manager for the conference will be responsible for building a public audience and tracking registrations.

The ideal candidate will be pursuing a marketing- or humanities-based Master’s degree or doctorate; experience and interest in urban studies, geography, literary criticism, film studies, urban anthropology, archival studies, or creative writing will be advantageous. Candidates should have experience in online marketing and event planning. Experience with web event and mail management tools such as Marketo, MailChimp, and Eventbrite is an asset. Experience with Adobe InDesign is strongly preferred.

This student will be hired under the terms of the GSA Collective Agreement as a Graduate Assistant (Research) at a rate of $25/hour x 134 hours for a total of $3,350. (The project manager will start work in September 2018 and will work approximately 10 hours per week for 8 weeks preceding the conference, 14 hours during the conference, and an additional 40 hours following the conference to support editing of the conference proceedings and manage correspondence related to the publication of the Western Humanities Review.) All applicants must be available to work without restrictions on Friday, November 2 and Saturday, November 3.

The project manager will have a varied workload and is expected to work effectively and proficiently with a variety of stakeholders both internal and external to the University. Flexibility and integrity as well as excellent skills in time management are essential.

You will be required to understand and comply with the requirements of the University's Occupational Health and Safety Policy and ensure that all work conducted is in accordance with the Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Act, Regulation and Code and other health and safety legislation as applicable. You will also be responsible for following Alberta's Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP Act) and Canada's anti-spam legislation (CASL).

Applications should include a CV and cover letter describing why you are interested in the position and how you see yourself contributing to the success of the conference.  Please submit the application to:

Sean Lindsay
Calgary Institute for the Humanities
Faculty of Arts
University of Calgary
BI 588, 2500 University Drive NW, Calgary, Alberta, CANADA T2N 1N4
T: 403.220.7239 | C: 403.978.7101

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.

Applications are due by September 4, 2018.

Additional Information

Your employment will be governed by the Collective Agreement between the Board of Governors of the University of Calgary and the Graduate Students’ Association. All applicants must be currently enrolled as a graduate student at the University of Calgary.

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