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GSS Job Posting: GSS Policy Project Coordinator 

GSS Job Posting: GSS Policy Project Coordinator 

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The GSS is hiring a Policy Project Coordinator to oversee the development of a public policy initiative tentatively named ‘Graduate Education & the Public Good’. The student will work closely with the Vice-President External and the GSS Executives to build a portfolio of advocacy materials that outlines the myriad ways graduate education contributes to the socioeconomic and cultural development of Canadian society. The centrepiece of this will be a report which will be a foundational advocacy document for the GSS. The student will analyze, research and write the report, which will include policy recommendations for local, provincial, and federal lobbying. This inaugural report will break new ground in science and academic policymaking in Canada and set the foundation for lobbying to provincial and federal government for the decade to come.

Preliminary report outline and sample sections of the report can be found at the end of the job description.

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Start & End Dates

December 1,2020 – April 30, 2021


Pay & Hours

Part-time (10 hours/week) – $21.37 per hour


Deadline to Apply

November 15, 2020


How to apply

Interested applicants should email a resumes, cover letter and a writing sample (either of previously written work or a 250-word statement on how graduate education contributes to the public good) to Please include a title for your writing sample.[/vc_column_text][vc_tta_accordion active_section=”0″ css=”.vc_custom_1604439784981{padding-top: 20px !important;}”][vc_tta_section title=”Preliminary Report Outline” tab_id=”1604439560486-44040dfe-40b2″][vc_column_text]Preliminary report (PDF)[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][/vc_tta_accordion][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Project Coordinator – 2020/21 Detailed Job Description



The Project Coordinator (PC) will be responsible for overseeing the development of a research report conducted by the Graduate Student Society. As the primary contact for the project, the PC will be able to use their best judgement to shape the direction of the report. The PC will write, amalgamate, and edit each section of the report with the help of GSS Executives and Staff.

Responsibilities of the role include:

  • Perform qualitative and quantitative research of data as relevant to various sections of the report [see project outline at the end of the document]
  • Writing, editing, and reviewing descriptive and analytical sections of the report
  • Drafting policy recommendations
  • Creating a distribution and stakeholder relations plan for the completed report, in collaboration with GSS staff and
  • Keep organized notes of relevant research and progress of work
  • Working collaboratively with GSS Executives and staff

General Qualifications

  • A passion for policy development and an interest in advocating for the needs of graduate students
  • Ability to undertake and analyze quantitative and qualitative research
  • Interest in public affairs and public policy
  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • Excellent team player and self-motivated learner
  • Strong time management and project coordination skills
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Experience working with Microsoft Office
  • Preference will be given to graduate students



  • The student will receive an orientation introducing them to the GSS from the President covering areas including the general structure and function of the Society as well as housekeeping rules such as security, health and safety guidelines (including those implemented for COVID-19)
  • The VP External will provide an overview of the current GSS advocacy and lobbying projects at the provincial and federal
  • The VP University & Academic Affairs will provide an overview of current GSS advocacy and lobbying projects at the university



  • Ongoing supervision is provided by the Vice-President External Relations, Vice- President Academic & University Affairs and Marketing & Communications
  • The student will have regular check-in meetings with GSS Executives and Policy
  • At the end of the period and after the completion of the individual projects, there will be an exit interview and debrief on deliverables. This is an opportunity discussion, suggestions for improvements and recognition of



For students interested in working in public policy, advocacy/lobbying, science policy, law, or serving in public office, this experience will be invaluable. This work will provide the PC with practical experiences in public policy, including the opportunity to meet with key stakeholders.

By the end of the work term, the Policy Coordinator will have gained:

  • Experience in research and development of public policies
  • Practical knowledge in policy drafting
  • Deeper understanding of policy development in the advanced education sector and the challenges surrounding it
  • Experience in communication of research findings to the public audience as well as government and university officials
  • Skills to communicate succinctly and effectively
  • Confidence in leadership skills by taking the initiative on research and policy ideas
  • Effective time management and prioritization skills by managing research, deliverables, and meetings
  • The opportunity to develop items for their academic portfolio (e.g. reports, policy documents)


About the GSS

The GSS (Graduate Student Society) serves the 10,000 graduate students at UBC Vancouver, helping them have the best experience possible during their studies. We connect graduate students with campus resources, opportunities, and social events. We provide everything from individual support for students, to advocacy at provincial and federal levels on the most important issues graduate students face. The GSS is located at Thea Koerner House, which has been the center of graduate student life on campus since it was opened in 1962.

Ensuring an inclusive and diverse workplace is a key value of the GSS. We welcome people of diverse backgrounds, abilities, and perspectives, and are proud to promote a supportive work environment.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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