Join the Team: Jobs with RU Student Life

RU Student Life operates out of Student Affairs at Ryerson University. The positions are part of the Career Boost program and for Fall/Winter contracts are 10-15 hours per week. Hiring happens at different times of the year, typically in the Spring and Fall. Below you’ll find descriptions of the various roles on the team.

Contact rustudentlife@gmail.com to find out more.

Please note that there is paid, mandatory on-going training as part of all positions. There is also a mandatory Career Boost induction program that all Career Boost staff have to attend.

The voice that gets everything we do, out there.

Job Description:

The primary focus of the Social Media Community Manager’s role is to maintain the vibrant digital communities that RU Student Life engages across – including but not limited to Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat. The Social Media Community Manager oversees the dissemination of content, management of promotions and messaging, and engagement across all of RU Student Life’s social media channels and actively seeks out opportunities to grow the online community. The Social Media Community Manager is the voice who is plugged into the digital community, into local and national trends, and who learns what the community needs or is feeling. This way, the Social Media Community Manager can interact with the community as well as reflect what they learn back to the team to influence their work.

 

Major Responsibilities include:

  • Daily (24/7) eyes and interactions on social media platforms;
  • Posting and scheduling original content produced by RU Student Life and promotion requests from other departments;
  • Engaging with online community by answering questions and seeking out and participating in conversations;
  • Maintain and monitor your respective RU Student Life social networks (i.e.  Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Foursquare, Vine, Tumblr, etc.);
  • Be relatively aware of upcoming events, campaigns & important dates at Ryerson and in Toronto;
  • Seek out Ryerson related content and proactively engage with students in the digital world;
  • Assist the rest of the Student Life team in getting the word out about their work;
  • Foster engagement and collaboration across all RUSL social media channels;
  • Foster engagement and collaboration across all Ryerson social media channels;
  • Keep detailed metrics and submit monthly statistics reports to supervisor; Help run online contests;
  • Other duties as assigned;

 

Key Attributes:

  • The Social Media Community Manager must have unique and approachable “voice”, must love social media, and must love puns, memes, and emojis.
  • Social Media is 24/7. Be available at a wide variety of times, including some weekends and evenings
  • Candidate must be a full-time Ryerson student in the upcoming academic year
  • Candidate should hold a minimum 2.33 GPA
  • Candidate must be Career Boost approved
  • Possess strong organizational, time-management and multitasking skills
  • Understand your respective medium and post medium-specific content.
  • Be able to communicate effectively in writing and verbally
  • Be able to work independently, but thrive in a team environment
  • Be creative and have the ability to troubleshoot issues in a fast-paced setting
  • Be a self-starter that is full of creative ideas and is not afraid to take initiative
  • Must understand the Ryerson experience and be engaged in life on campus
  • Create and foster a sense of enthusiasm and pride in students and campus life
  • Must have extensive knowledge of social media platforms
  • Must be an active Twitter and Facebook user
  • Experience with creative design or video work is an asset.

 

Supervisor Commitment:

  • Regular one-on-ones for personal check-ins, feedback, and goal setting
  • Team meetings for strategy, team building, project management
  • Ongoing reflection exercises for personal and professional development

 

Responsibility Breakdown:

  • Daily (24/7) eyes and interactions on social media platforms (30%)
  • Posting and scheduling original content produced by RU Student Life and promotion requests from other departments (30%)
  • Social Media campaign strategy and management (10%)
  • Engaging with online community by answering questions and seeking out and participating in conversations (30%)

 

Technical or Software Knowledge Required:

Advanced:

  • Twitter
  • Instagram
  • Facebook
  • Snapchat

Assets:

  • WordPress
  • Youtube
  • Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Video or Photography experience
  • Other tertiary social media platforms (Tumblr, Whisper, etc.)

 

Learning Outcomes:

  • Communication: The social media community manager will learn how to communicate effectively with various social media platforms. They will read the communities, develop small creative projects within the social realm and execute with the rest of our team.
  • Digital Literacy and Technical Aptitude: The social media community manager will be an expert in social media and understand the strategies behind social media tools and use them in innovative ways to reach the student audience.
  • Equity, Diversity, Inclusion: The social media community manager will understand the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion, and embed them into their practice on social media by understanding appropriate and inclusive language, and creating spaces for dynamic conversation.
  • Teamwork and collaboration: The social media community manager will know how to collaborate on projects that involve all aspects of production in RU Student Life: video, writing, design, and social media by working with team members who create the assets they share via social media, communicating their needs and vision and working together to create something.

Leadership:The social media community manager will understand the values of RU Student Life, Ryerson Student Affairs, and Ryerson University, and understand how their role contributes to community building by connecting with and sharing stories from students at Ryerson.

The creatives behind our videos and multimedia from beginning to end.

Job Description:

The primary focus of the Multimedia Storyteller (Video) role is create weekly short and long-form video stories that engage with topics of interest to the students at Ryerson University. The Multimedia Storyteller creates regular video content that inspires and interacts with Ryerson students, connects to current trends or events, tackles critical subjects, and coordinates with the ongoing goals and campaigns of RU Student Life at any given time. Visual storytelling captures a variety of senses and therefore invites a variety of formats and responses, and the Multimedia Storyteller works to create dynamic, original, and entertaining video content that connects with our community.

 

Major Responsibilities include:

  • Regular (weekly/bi-weekly) creation of original video content to be posted to Youtube and/or elsewhere.
  • Practice a variety of formats for visual storytelling (ex. streeters, interviews, events, documentary, etc.).
  • Plan and participate in the pre-production, production, and post-production phases of multimedia creation.
  • Collaborate with RU Student Life team-members ie. work with bloggers to create multimedia content for their blogs.
  • Create video blogs and short blurbs about campus life once a week
  • Find your own leads and your own stories as well as take assignments agreed upon by the team
  • Attend and capture popular campus gatherings, planned/unplanned events
  • Collaborate and assist bloggers with multimedia components for their stories (i.e. pictures, videos, etc.)
  • Create and foster a sense of enthusiasm, pride and engagement in campus life
  • Pitch other creative projects you want to do

 

Key Attributes:

  • Must love getting people to talk.
  • Must be camera, audio, editing, and tech-savvy.
  • Must have creative lens to view the world.
  • Must be a full-time Ryerson student in the upcoming academic year
  • Hold a minimum 2.33 GPA
  • Be Career Boost approved
  • Be available at a wide variety of times, including some weekends and evenings
  • Possess strong organizational, time-management and multitasking skills
  • Be able to communicate effectively in writing and verbally
  • Be able to work independently, but thrive in a team environment
  • Be creative and have the ability to troubleshoot issues in a fast-paced setting
  • Be a self-starter that is full of creative ideas and is not afraid to take initiative
  • Must understand the Ryerson experience and be engaged in life on campus
  • Create and foster a sense of enthusiasm and pride in student and campus life
  • Have training & experience in photography and video editing that will allow the candidate to fulfill the duties of the position
  • Must be able to demonstrate how their work would contribute to the develop of a vibrant campus community
  • Have photography and videography experience
  • Have experience in relevant software such as Final Cut Pro, After Effects, Adobe Photoshop, etc.

 

Supervisor Commitment:

  • Regular one-on-ones for personal check-ins, feedback, and goal setting
  • Team meetings for strategy, team building, project management
  • Ongoing reflection exercises for personal and professional development

 

Responsibility Breakdown:

  • Regular (weekly or bi-weekly) creation of original video content to be posted to Youtube and/or elsewhere (30%)
  • Practice a variety of formats for visual storytelling (ex. streeters, interviews, events, documentary, etc.) (30%)
  • Plan and participate in the pre-production, production, and post-production phases of multimedia creation (30%)
  • Collaborate with RU Student Life team-members ie. work with bloggers to create multimedia content for their blogs (10%)

 

Technical or Software Knowledge Required:

Advanced (required)

  • DSLR or professional video recording
  • Video editing
  • Audio recording
  • Lighting & set dressing
  • Pre-production planning (storyboarding,shot lists, etc.)
  • Youtube
  • Adobe Premiere and/or Final Cut Pro
  • Safe handling of equipment

Assets:

  • Other platforms in Adobe Creative Cloud (After Effects, InDesign, etc.)
  • Comfortable on camera as well as behind
  • Digital Photography
  • Colour correction

 

Learning Outcomes:

  • Digital Literacy & Technical Aptitude: The multimedia storyteller will know how to create dynamic video content and understand the responsibilities in all phases of production, from pre-production to production to post-production.
  • Equity, Diversity, Inclusion: The multimedia storyteller will understand how the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion impact their storytelling and will know how to embed these principles in their work for example by interviewing a diverse selection of participants and tackling subjects that are inclusive of a variety of identities.
  • Leadership: The multimedia storyteller will understand the values of RU Student Life, Ryerson Student Affairs, and Ryerson University, and understand how their role contributes to community building by connecting with and sharing stories from students at Ryerson.
  • Teamwork and collaboration: The multimedia storyteller will know how to collaborate on projects that involve all aspects of production in RU Student Life: video, writing, design, and social media by working with team members on large-scale video projects, involving the whole RU Student Life team, and integrating a variety of ideas into their video work.

The Graphic & Web Assistant works with the Graphic & Web Specialist of Student Affairs to ensure the continual production of creative and dynamic marketing communications. The Graphic & Web Assistant assists in the designing of digital marketing material for RU Student Life, graphics that are used in videos, on the website and in blogs, and on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, to promote the various campaigns, events, and products we are hosting.

Major Responsibilities

  • Produce social media graphics and campaign promotions for RU Student Life’s various daily and long-form campaign activities.
  • Collaborate with Social Media Community Manager and Digital Marketing
  • Assistant to create social promos relevant to RU Student Life’s goals and campaigns.
  • Collaborate with and advise RU Student Life team to maintain consistent brand presence across all formats (social media, blog, video).

Key Characteristics

  • Must love Adobe Creative Cloud.
  • Must be adaptable to changing visions, requests, and needs.
  • Must see new ways to create a look and feel with each task.

Qualifications: 

  • Must be a full-time Ryerson student in the upcoming academic year
  • Hold a minimum 2.33 GPA
  • Be Career Boost approved
  • Possess strong organizational, time-management and multitasking skills
  • Be creative and have the ability to troubleshoot issues in a fast-paced setting
  • Be a self-starter that is full of creative ideas and is not afraid to take initiative

Skills Required:

  • Academic: Knowledge of computer software; Problem solving and thinking; Technical skills
  • Personal Management Skills: Being responsible and accountable; Positive attitude and behaviours; Task initiative; Time management
  • Technical or Software Knowledge Required: Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Programming in XHTML, Cascading Stylesheets (CSS), & WordPress. Photography & Video are an asset.

Measuring our work so we’re always improving.

The primary focus of the Digital Marketing Assistant is to coordinate and assess RU Student Life and #RyersonSA’s daily content and long-form campaigns, measuring branding, statistics, and reach. The Digital Marketing Assistant monitors RU Student Life’s networks and content and reports and develops strategies based on insights learned, successes maintained, and areas to improve.

 

Major Responsibilities include:

  • Monitor activity across all of RU Student Life’s networks, assessing reach, impact, and other variables.
  • Make recommendations of areas to improve or expand based on insights gained.
  • Measure and create post-reports of long-form campaigns run by RU Student Life.
  • Design social posts for longer form content or campaign
  • Work with the team on various tasks, events, products
  • Create and maintain a vibrant digital community at Ryerson
  • Maintain and monitor your respective RU Student Life social networks (i.e.  Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Vine, Tumblr, etc.)
  • Be relatively aware of upcoming events, campaigns & important dates at Ryerson and in Toronto.
  • Seek out Ryerson related content and proactively engage with students in the digital world.
  • Assist the rest of the RU Student Life team and the Ryerson SA departments in getting the word out about their work
  • Foster engagement and collaboration across all RU Student Life social media channels
  • Keep detailed metrics and submit monthly statistics reports to supervisor
  • Foster and maintain professional partnerships with other departments and external stakeholders including sponsors
  • Help run online contests
  • Other duties as assigned

 

Key Attributes:

  • Must get a rush from analyzing statistics.
  • Must see gaps as opportunities to improve.
  • Must be process-oriented and love a good stats report.
  • Social Media is 24/7. Be available at a wide variety of times, including some weekends and evenings.
  • Must be Career Boost approved
  • Must be a full-time Ryerson student in the upcoming academic year
  • Hold a minimum 2.33 GPA
  • Possess strong organizational, time-management and multitasking skills.
  • Understand your respective medium and post medium-specific content.
  • Be able to communicate effectively in writing and verbally
  • Be able to work independently, but thrive in a team environment
  • Be creative and have the ability to troubleshoot issues in a fast-paced setting
  • Be a self-starter that is full of creative ideas and is not afraid to take initiative
  • Must understand the Ryerson experience and be engaged in life on campus
  • Create and foster a sense of enthusiasm and pride in students and campus life
  • Must have extensive knowledge of social media platforms
  • Must be an active Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook user
  • Experience in using some tertiary networks is ideal (i.e. Tumblr, Snapchat, etc.)

 

Supervisor Commitment:

  • Regular one-on-ones for personal check-ins, feedback, and goal setting
  • Team meetings for strategy, team building, project management
  • Ongoing reflection exercises for personal and professional development

Staff Supervision:

We heavily believe in and promote the acquisition of career-related skills in our career boost positions. With my staff, we set goals at the beginning of their term. We discuss what they want to learn by the end and the goals for their position. I hold weekly 1:1s with my staff where I teach them new skills, we check in personally and assess their progress on the job and learning side. Our staff will be part of the larger RU Student Life student team that will meet every other week to brainstorm and reorient. My staff always know I am always open for constant communication via them dropping into my office and communicating via Slack.

 

Responsibility Breakdown:

  • Monitor activity across all of RU Student Life’s networks, assessing reach, impact, and other variables (25%)
  • Make recommendations of areas to improve or expand based on insights gained (25%)
  • Measure and create post-reports of long-form campaigns run by RU Student Life (25%)
  • Design social posts for longer form content or campaign (25%)

 

Technical or Software Knowledge Required:

All required software is taught, including the following: Google analytics; Sprout Social; Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat analytics/insights; Google Apps; Asana; Slack

Advanced:

  • Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat

Assets:

  • Graphic design

 

Learning Outcomes:

  • Communication: The Digital Marketing Assistant will learn to design plans for communication sharing across various media; will help execute on larger communication-based projects such as department campaigns and projects; will advise peers and departments on best practices for different communication media (e.g. what should be improved on Twitter).
  • Community Engagement: The Digital Marketing Assistant will contribute to the development and strengthening of relationships in the broader community; will develop at least 2 student engagement campaign ideas to run through RU Student Life; will be interacting via the RU Student Life social media feeds with all Ryerson students in our digital community; will work with the Digital Marketing Specialist on building relationships with other Student Affairs departments
  • Data & Analysis: The Digital Marketing Assistant will learn how to collect various forms of qualitative data relating to website, and all social media; will learn why we collect, what to look for and how to properly analyze data collected about our digital media; will learn to provide suggestions to their peers on the RU Student Life team based in the findings in the data.
  • Project Management: The Digital Marketing Assistant will learn to prioritize and manage multiple tasks; will learn how to build a campaign project plan that considers various roles responsibilities, and deadlines; will learn the time management and prioritization in maintain current campaigns while planning for the next.
  • Teamwork & Collaboration: The Digital Marketing Assistant will gain experience working as part of a team; will learn to work in and share space with the large RU Student Life team made up of diverse students and roles. Though they have their own responsibilities, they will learn to help other members of the RU Student Life team to meet the ultimate goals of the unit; they will work with the Digital Marketing Specialist to help plan campaigns that will involve/collaborate with students and staff from various departments and backgrounds.

The writers who craft stories worth sharing.

The primary focus of the Storyteller (Writer) is to create the daily content that RU Student Life shares with our audience. This means writing 2 to 3 blogs per week that are any one of inspiring, informational, useful, amusing, or critical and that are posted to our writing platforms including WordPress, Buzzfeed, and Medium. The Storyteller role involves actively seeking out opportunities for creating and sharing stories about the experience of being a student in Toronto at Ryerson. Storytellers infuse their own voice and insights into their writing, while making it relevant to the Ryerson student experience as well.

 

Major Responsibilities include:

  • Write succinct, high-quality, original blogs 2-3 times per week.
  • Seek out story ideas based on current events, trends, or issues relevant to the Ryerson experience.
  • Brainstorm original blog ideas with RU Student Life team and create content relevant to ongoing campaigns or initiatives by RU Student Life and Student Affairs more broadly.
  • Complete a minimum 3 blog posts per week
  • Collects and analyzes information about newsworthy events, organizations, students and faculty to write for publishing
  • Pitches story ideas to editor
  • Receives assignments or evaluates leads and tips to develop story ideas
  • Gathers and verifies factual information regarding story through interviews, observation, and research
  • Organizes material, determines emphasis, and writes stories on WordPress, Buzzfeed, and Medium
  • Works with other team members to determine the content of blogs and articles
  • Creates and maintains online articles, blog postings and comments using WordPress content management system
  • Work with photographer to choose appropriate photos to pair with articles
  • Other duties as assigned

 

Key Attributes:

  • Must love writing and trying a variety of styles.
  • Must have research and story-finding skills.
  • Must look for and take advantage of opportunities for stories in their daily lives.
  • Be available at a wide variety of times, including some weekends and evenings
  • Must be Career Boost approved
  • Must be a full-time Ryerson student in the upcoming academic year
  • Hold a minimum 2.33 GPA
  • Possess strong organizational, time-management and multitasking skills
  • Be able to communicate effectively in writing and verbally
  • Be able to work independently, but thrive in a team environment
  • Be creative and have the ability to troubleshoot issues in a fast-paced setting
  • Be a self-starter that is full of creative ideas and is not afraid to take initiative
  • Must understand the Ryerson experience and be engaged in life on campus
  • Create and foster a sense of enthusiasm and pride in students and campus life
  • Experience with online journalism and/or blogging is an asset
  • Must be able to demonstrate how their work would contribute to the development of a vibrant campus community
  • Have experience in relevant software such as web browsing, blogging, research tools, word processing, etc.
  • Work with the team on various tasks, events, products

 

Supervisor Commitment:

  • Regular one-on-ones for personal check-ins, feedback, and goal setting
  • Team meetings for strategy, team building, project management
  • Ongoing reflection exercises for personal and professional development

 

Responsibility Breakdown:

  • Write succinct, high-quality, original blogs 2-3 times per week (50%)
  • Seek out story ideas based on current events, trends, or issues relevant to the Ryerson experience (25%)
  • Brainstorm original blog ideas with RU Student Life team and create content relevant to ongoing campaigns or initiatives by RU Student Life and Student Affairs more broadly (25%)

 

Technical or Software Knowledge Required:

Intermediate:

  • WordPress, Medium, Buzzfeed, or other blogging platforms

Assets:

  • Photo and video
  • Social media

 

Learning Outcomes:

  • Project Management: The storyteller (writer) will learn how to organize their writing production during the different phases of research, writing, and editing while balancing multiple story ideas and tasks at once.
  • Leadership: The storyteller will understand the values of RU Student Life, Ryerson Student Affairs, and Ryerson University, and understand how their role contributes to community building by connecting with and sharing stories from students at Ryerson.
  • Equity, Diversity, Inclusion: The storyteller will understand how the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion impact their storytelling and will know how to embed these principles in their work for example by interviewing a diverse selection of participants and tackling subjects that are inclusive of a variety of identities.
  • Digital Literacy and Technical Aptitude: The storyteller (writer) will know how to draft, structure, and publish long form and mixed-media content on WordPress, Medium, and Buzzfeed platforms.

The Film Assistant for Ryerson Student Affairs works with the Student Affairs film-making team to create short and longer-form documentary stories about learning, education, and the student experience at Ryerson.

The primary role of the Film Assistant is to work with the Special Projects film team to create short and long-form documentary stories about learning, education, and the student experience at Ryerson. The Film Assistant role involves assisting the film team create video/film content that inspires and interacts with Ryerson students and staff, connects to and investigates current questions and trends in education and student support services, and tackles critical subjects. Visual storytelling captures a variety of senses and therefore invites a variety of formats and responses, and the Film Assistant works to create dynamic, original, and entertaining content that connects with our community.

 

Major Responsibilities include:

  • Bring ideas and inspiration relevant to the topic at hand.
  • Practice a variety of formats for visual storytelling (ex. streeters, interviews, event coverage, short/long-form documentary, etc.).
  • Assist and participate in the pre-production, production, and post-production phases of multimedia creation.
  • Collaborate with students, staff, and faculty at Ryerson to participate in film work.
  • Assist the film team with pre-production, production, and post-production from a variety of needs (planning, coordinating, setup/tear-down, camera/audio/lighting, editing)
  • Provide student perspective on the topic at hand.
  • Find your own leads and your own stories as well as take assignments agreed upon by the team
  • Attend and capture popular campus gatherings, planned/unplanned events
  • Collaborate and assist RU Student Life team with multimedia components for their stories (i.e. pictures, videos, etc.)
  • Create and foster a sense of enthusiasm, pride and engagement in campus life
  • Pitch other creative projects you want to do

 

Key Attributes:

  • Must love getting people to talk.
  • Must be camera, audio, editing, and tech-savvy.
  • Must have creative lens to view the world.
  • Must be a full-time Ryerson student in the upcoming academic year
  • Hold a minimum 2.33 GPA
  • Be Career Boost approved
  • Be available at a wide variety of times, including some weekends and evenings
  • Possess strong organizational, time-management and multitasking skills
  • Be able to communicate effectively in writing and verbally
  • Be able to work independently, but thrive in a team environment
  • Be creative and have the ability to troubleshoot issues in a fast-paced setting
  • Be a self-starter that is full of creative ideas and is not afraid to take initiative
  • Must understand the Ryerson experience and be engaged in life on campus
  • Create and foster a sense of enthusiasm and pride in student and campus life
  • Have training & experience in photography and video editing that will allow the candidate to fulfill the duties of the position
  • Must be able to demonstrate how their work would contribute to the develop of a vibrant campus community
  • Have photography and videography experience
  • Have experience in relevant software such as Final Cut Pro, After Effects, Adobe Photoshop, etc.

 

Supervisor Commitment:

  • Regular one-on-ones for personal check-ins, feedback, and goal setting
  • Team meetings for strategy, team building, project management
  • Ongoing reflection exercises for personal and professional development

 

Responsibility Breakdown:

  • Collaborate with students, staff, and faculty at Ryerson to participate in film work (40%)
  • Assist the film team with pre-production, production, and post-production from a variety of needs (planning, coordinating, setup/tear-down, camera/audio/lighting, editing) (40%)
  • Provide a student perspective on the topic(s) at hand (20%)

 

Technical or Software Knowledge Required:

Advanced (required):

  • DSLR or professional video recording
  • Video editing
  • Audio recording
  • Lighting & set dressing
  • Pre-production planning (storyboarding,shot lists, etc.)
  • Youtube
  • Adobe Premiere and/or Final Cut Pro
  • Safe handling of equipment

Assets:

  • Closed-captioning for Youtube
  • Adobe Creative Cloud (After Effects, InDesign, etc.)
  • Comfortable on camera as well as behind

 

Learning Outcomes:

  • Digital Literacy & Technical Aptitude: The Film Assistant will know how to create dynamic video content and understand the responsibilities in all phases of production, from pre-production to production to post-production.
  • Equity, Diversity, Inclusion: The Film Assistant will understand how the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion impact their storytelling and will know how to embed these principles in their work for example by interviewing a diverse selection of participants and tackling subjects that are inclusive of a variety of identities.
  • Leadership: The Film Assistant will understand the values of RU Student Life, Ryerson Student Affairs, and Ryerson University, and understand how their role contributes to community building by connecting with and sharing stories from students at Ryerson.
  • Teamwork and collaboration: The Film Assistant will know how to collaborate on projects that involve all aspects of production: video, writing, design, and social media by working with students and staff on large-scale video projects, and integrating a variety of ideas into their video work.

The voice of RU Student Life over the airwaves.

The primary focus of the The Podcast Journalist is the development of a podcast program that tells the stories of Ryerson students, including pre-production and post-production, story- and participant-seeking, and audio recording. The Podcast Journalist seeks out interesting stories, participants, hosts and produces a high-quality podcast by RU Student Life. The successful candidate will produce RU Student Life’s podcast series offering student spotlights, critical conversations, tips and tricks, event updates, campaign-related messaging, and more, as decided upon by the Podcast Journalist and their team/supervisor.

 

Major Responsibilities include:

  • Seek out stories of Ryerson students worth sharing.
  • Craft dynamic audio-narratives on a regular publishing schedule.
  • Build brand awareness for RU Student Life and programs within Ryerson Student Affairs.
  • Assist with the creation of a vibrant, unique podcast series for RU Student Life.
  • Production and post-production of the podcast series using high-quality audio recording and editing software.
  • Collaborate with the RU Student Life team on story generation and partnering with their video or written stories to produce cross-media content.
  • Collaborate with students and staff across Ryerson Student Affairs to find stories and programs to feature in the podcast.
  • Other duties as assigned.

 

Key Attributes:

  • Must love finding a good story and talking with people about it.
  • Must be a tech-savvy audiophile.
  • Must see stories worth sharing in their everyday life.
  • Candidate must be creative, resourceful, and skilled with audio recording and post-production equipment and software.
  • The incumbent must be highly creative, self-motivated, and capable of functioning independently as well as in a team.
  • It is necessary for the incoming Podcast Journalist to possess strong organizational, research, and communication skills, a solid understanding of Ryerson University, and they must also understand the importance of using digital tools and storytelling to create community at Ryerson.

 

Supervisor Commitment:

  • Regular one-on-ones for personal check-ins, feedback, and goal setting
  • Team meetings for strategy, team building, project management
  • Ongoing reflection exercises for personal and professional development

 

Responsibility Breakdown:

  • Seek out stories of Ryerson students worth sharing (20%)
  • Production and post-production of the podcast series using high-quality audio recording and editing software (60%)
  • Collaborate with the RU Student Life team on story generation and partnering with their video or written stories to produce cross-media content (10%)
  • Assist in the marketing plan development for circulating the podcast (10%)

 

Technical or Software Knowledge Required:

Academic:

  • Artistic and creative;
  • Problem solving and thinking;
  • Technical skills;
  • Research and writing;

Personal Management Skills:

  • Being responsible and accountable;
  • Positive attitude and behaviours;
  • Task initiative;
  • Time management;
  • Work effectively in a team and independently;
  • Good communication, presentation and facilitation skills;
  • Dedication and ability to work flexible hours as requested;

Technical or Software Knowledge Required:

  • ProTools or other professional audio post-production software;
  • Adobe Suite an asset;
  • Knowledge of social media best practices and strategies including Facebook, Tumblr, Snapchat are an asset;
  • Photography & Video are an asset.

 

Learning Outcomes:

  • Digital Literacy and Technical Aptitude: The podcast journalist will develop expert audio production skills and will know how to draft, structure, record, edit, and publish podcast stories.
  • Equity, Diversity & Inclusion: The podcast journalist will understand how the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion impact their storytelling and will know how to embed these principles in their work for example by interviewing a diverse selection of participants and tackling subjects that are inclusive of a variety of identities.
  • Leadership: The podcast journalist will understand the values of RU Student Life, Ryerson Student Affairs, and Ryerson University, and understand how their role contributes to community building by connecting with and sharing stories from students at Ryerson.

Project Management: The podcast journalist will learn how to organize their podcast production during the different phases of research, writing, recording, and editing while balancing multiple story ideas and tasks at once.

The primary focus of the Photographer is to assist both the RU Student Life team and the Student Affairs departments with their photo needs, capturing everything from team headshots to events to creating photo essays for blogs and other stories. The Photographer seeks out creative opportunities for photography-based projects, and attends/captures events as an ambassador for Student Affairs at Ryerson. Visual storytelling captures a variety of senses and therefore invites a variety of formats and responses, and the Photographer works to create dynamic, original, and visually captivating content that connects with our community.

 

Major Responsibilities include:

  • Attend various campus events to capture students’ involvement
  • Shoot photos to accompany the storytellers’ work
  • Generate stock or campus shots for future purposes
  • Work with the other Multimedia specialists to create video blogs, short or long form videos, and short blurbs about campus life and Toronto at least once bi-weekly
  • Find your own leads and your own stories as well as take assignments agreed upon by the team
  • Attend and capture popular campus gatherings, planned/unplanned events
  • Create and foster a sense of enthusiasm, pride and engagement in campus life
  • Pitch other creative projects you want to do
  • Photograph a variety of images representing every aspect of Ryerson
  • Use a variety of styles and angles including close-ups, portraits, environmental shots, etc.
  • Replenish Student Affairs’ stock photos of Ryerson.
  • Complete photo assignments in collaboration with RU Student Life or Ryerson Student Affairs
  • Collaborate and assist RU Student Life and Student Affairs Special Projects with photo components for their stories
  • Edit and re-touch images to professional quality

 

Key Attributes:

  • Must love getting people to talk.
  • Must be camera and tech-savvy.
  • Must have creative lens to view the world.
  • Must be Career Boost approved
  • Must be a full-time Ryerson student in the upcoming academic year
  • Hold a minimum 2.33 GPA
  • Be available at a wide variety of times, including some weekends and evenings
  • Possess strong organizational, time-management and multitasking skills
  • Be able to communicate effectively in writing and verbally
  • Be able to work independently, but thrive in a team environment
  • Must be able to demonstrate how their work would contribute to the develop of a vibrant campus community
  • Be creative and have the ability to troubleshoot issues in a fast-paced setting
  • Be a self-starter that is full of creative ideas and is not afraid to take initiative
  • Must understand the Ryerson experience and be engaged in life on campus
  • Create and foster a sense of enthusiasm and pride in student and campus life
  • Have training & experience in photography that will allow the candidate to fulfill the duties of the position
  • Must have knowledge of at least DSLR photography
  • Must have knowledge of basic photography fundamentals, composition and lighting
  • Must be able to demonstrate how their work would contribute to the develop of a vibrant campus community
  • Have experience in relevant software such as Adobe Photoshop, etc.

 

Supervisor Commitment:

  • Regular one-on-ones for personal check-ins, feedback, and goal setting
  • Team meetings for strategy, team building, project management
  • Ongoing reflection exercises for personal and professional development

 

Responsibility Breakdown:

  • Attend various campus events to capture students’ involvement (33%)
  • Shoot photos to accompany the storytellers’ work (34%)
  • Generate stock or campus shots for future purposes (33%)

 

Technical or Software Knowledge Required:

Advanced (required)

  • DSLR or professional digital photography
  • Lightroom, Photoshop, or other photo editing software

Assets:

  • Digital video experience

 

Learning Outcomes:

  • Digital Literacy & Technical Aptitude: The photographer will know how to plan and execute a photo-shoot with various participants and stakeholders.
  • Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: The photographer will understand the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion and reflect this in their photos which will capture a diverse selection of participants, representative of the diverse community at Ryerson.
  • Project management: The photographer will know how to balance multiple photo assignments in a short timeframe, knowing how to prioritize based on the request and level of involvement (ex. how many participants vs. solo) necessary to complete them.
  • Teamwork and collaboration: The photographer will learn how to work with other members of the RU Student Life team, from video to social to design to writing, by collaborating with them and creating photos for their work.

Apply to join the RU Student Life team!

 

Join the Team: Volunteer

Hoping to get involved as a Volunteer with RU Student Life? We’re often looking for extras or help on our video shoots (check out our Youtube Channel here!).

We produce weekly videos about student life at Ryerson University and so we frequently are looking for student actors and volunteers to help bring these videos to life. Participating in this is also approved for your Creative Practice Hours if you’re in the RTA School of Media.

Sign up below to join our roster of volunteers and we’ll contact you when we need extra help!