Community Coordinator Position Details
The role of the Community Coordinator (CoCo) is comprehensive and diverse. CoCos are expected to engage actively informing and developing a commuter student community around the Commuter Student Centre (CSC), to help assess commuter student needs and to develop programs to meet them. It is expected that the conduct of the CoCo will serve as a role model for students. The CoCo is responsible for advising and assisting off-campus students, for maintaining reasonable levels of conduct, safety and security in the CSC, for planning and encouraging commuter student activities, events and programs, and for promoting these to the commuter student population. The CoCo works closely with the UC Off-Campus Commission (UCOC), Student Life Coordinator (SLC), and Assistant to the Dean, Student Life (ADSL) in program formation, with the aim of cultivating a supportive environment within the CSC.
The Community Coordinator is intensively involved in supporting student life for commuter students in a wide variety of ways that include:
- Orienting new students to university life and providing social opportunities for them to meet others
- Becoming well acquainted with commuters and establishing a relationship of mutual respect, trust and friendship
- Acting as a resource for students with personal, academic, financial, social or other concerns, whenever possible
- Supplying information on student life, facilities and referral services including medical, counselling, and financial aid
- Creating and sustaining a welcoming atmosphere of mutual respect, assuring that appropriate noise levels and an inclusive culture is fostered within the CSC, so that the rights and needs of all students to study, learn and socialise are met
- Disseminating information and encouraging participation in UC and CSC activities; initiating and sponsoring programs which help students to learn by being involved in all phases of student life; encouraging students to socialize and grow through the experience of student involvement
- Working closely with the other dons, with the UCOC, ADSL, and SLC.
- Relaying important information to students and presenting the interests of University College and other members of the Senior Administration
The preceding is a general description of the CoCo’s duties, and does not include many of the specific duties and responsibilities of a staff member. CoCos are offered a stipend that is paid in 4 instalments throughout the academic year, which is reported as a taxable benefit to the Canada Revenue Agency. Complete job descriptions are available upon request.
- Must be a registered, full-time student at the University of Toronto for the 2020-21 academic year in good academic standing (minimum GPA 2.5)
- Must be able to perform as a Community Coordinator for the entire 2020-21 academic year, including CoCo training during the two weeks before Labour Day weekend, as well as in-service training throughout the year
- It is recommended for Community Coordinator to have prior experience in living off-campus along with the interest to create a supportive living and learning environment for diverse students
Additional assets include:
- Leadership experience coordinating or supervising a team of students
- Program or event coordination
- Experience facilitating groups, educational workshops or meetings
- Experience providing personal, academic or social support to students
- Involvement in building inclusive communities for diverse students
University College is committed to fostering diversity on our Community Coordinator team and prioritizing U of T’s equity principles within our communities. We welcome applicants that will contribute to expanding and diversifying the student experiences within our team.
Community Coordinators are expected to prioritize their position as their primary co-curricular and employment commitment for the duration of their role, in addition to their academic responsibilities. Candidates with extensive co-curricular commitments, or who are involved in activities that may pose a conflict of interest with the position (i.e. Orientation co-chair or executive, University College Literary and Athletic Society (UC Lit), University College Residence Council (UCRC), etc.) should anticipate interview questions related to their ability to manage their time and meet the position requirements. University College reserves the right to offer positions conditional on a candidate reducing their co-curricular or employment commitments.
Recommendations for Applicants
The application and interview process is designed for you to demonstrate your interest, experience and passion for the CoCo positions. Being well-prepared for the interview process will help you demonstrate your aptitude and interest in the position. Please consider the following in preparing for your application and interview:
- Consider your unique, personal strengths and experiences that would benefit the UC community
- Browse the University College website, especially the "Students" section.
- Consider speaking with a current CoCo about the role
- Think about questions you want to ask the interview team
- Visit the Career Centre or UC Success Centre for cover letter, resume, and interview tips
The selection process consists of an interview. Due to the volume of applications, not all applicants will be granted an interview. The Assistant to the Dean of Students, Student Life will be in touch with all applicants regarding the status of their applications.
The interview blocks will take place February 29th, 2020 starting at 10:00AM . The interview will last approximately 30 minutes. The interview will consist of a series of questions that will allow candidates to demonstrate relevant skills and experiences. A telephone interview for people unable to interview in person can be arranged.
After interviews have been completed, the Community Coordinator selection committee will review all materials gathered during the selection process, including your application, cover letter and resume, interview, and references. You will be notified of your application status by email in early March. Please note that University College maintains an extensive waiting list and we make offers throughout the spring and summer, should positions become available.