Billingual Interpreter and Outreach Ambassador

  • Volet de programme : Jeunesse Canada au travail dans les deux langues officielles
  • Titre de l'emploi : Billingual Interpreter and Outreach Ambassador
  • Nom de l’organisme : Diefenbaker Canada Centre
  • Lieu de l’emploi : Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • Durée de l'emploi : 2018-05-06 à 2018-08-26 (15 semaines)
  • Salaire horaire : 13,00 $

The Diefenbaker Canada Centre (DCC) seeks to employ a current full-time, bilingual student who has completed at least two years of university education preferably from the fields of History, English, Political or International Studies or Education, as a Bilingual Interpreter & Outreach Ambassador (BIOA). This position will enhance the DCC’s outreach capacity by providing bilingual interpretation both within and outside of the DCC, including youth centered programming, outdoor historical guided tours of the U of S campus, at the Little Stone Schoolhouse, and general public interpretation in the gallery and at offsite community events. They will also participate in the One Canada oral history project by collecting English and French interviews in communities across Saskatchewan. The BIOA will also be an important part of a team of docents traveling to community outreach events throughout Saskatchewan as part of the DCC’s History Travels 2018 project.

The BIOA will work to facilitate partnerships with Fransaskois organizations to increase participation in offered French programming and interpretation.

Additional duties will include assistance with the overall administration of the educational programming and tour process, dealing with the logistical challenges around scheduling, assisting with minor room set up for day to day and special events, opening and closing procedures, security and monitoring of visitors and exhibits, familiarization with DCC and university policies and procedures, and the potential to travel to various off-site community events, and other tasks as assigned.

The ideal candidate is passionate about Canadian history and will have some general familiarity with, or the willingness to learn, the following skill set:

• Culturally aware and a desire to work with people of all ages and backgrounds, particularly children and groups

• Excellent verbal communication, presentation and public relations skills

• Strong research skills and the ability to learn and retain historical information

• Flexible and able to adapt to change in a fast-paced setting

• Organizational skills and the ability to set and adhere to work priorities

• An understanding or working knowledge of Canadian history, governance, and politics

• Ability to set and meet deadlines while working on multiple projects and to take initiative

• Ability to work effectively independently and as part of a team in both a leadership and support capacity

• A commitment to exceptional customer service, including a tactful, responsive, pleasant and effective manner in person, phone and email communication

• Excellent public relations and communications skills for interacting with a variety of patrons

• Ability to utilize the knowledge and skill set of peers and seek guidance when hesitant

• Ability to problem solve effectively in an independent manner

• Basic computer skills, including familiarity with MS Office

This position requires schedule flexibility as weekend and evening shifts are required, and will include some in-province travel. Previous experience in interpretation would be considered an asset.

Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to Terresa Ann DeMong, DCC Manager at The application deadline is April 15, 2018. We thank all who apply; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

The DCC at the University of Saskatchewan is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the university community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced. The university welcomes applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community.

Additional Information

The Diefenbaker Canada Centre’s (DCC) mandate is to build on the legacy of the Right Honourable John G. Diefenbaker by celebrating citizenship, leadership, human rights and Canada’s role in the international community. In addition to preserving and interpreting the core collection of personal artifacts bequeathed to the UofS, the DCC proudly hosts exhibits that interpret the Canadian experience, with a particular emphasis on the culture and heritage of the nation’s many peoples.

The only Prime Ministerial Centre in Canada, the DCC enriches the community’s civic and cultural knowledge through:

a gallery featuring in-house researched and produced displays, as well as nationally acclaimed travelling exhibits that bring the university and wider public together to explore topics that speak to the heart of our mandate;

quality educational programs that encourage youth to investigate the significance of history, rights, freedoms and Canadian governance, while challenging them to be aware of their vital role as active citizens;

creating engagement opportunities with the larger community in a cultural space where discussion and debate are encouraged;

and attendance at local cultural and community events, providing increased access to Canadian heritage and history.

Saskatoon, a name derived from the Cree misâskwatômina, is Saskatchewan's largest city with a growing estimated population of 265,300 (2016). Situated along the South Saskatchewan River, Saskatoon features riverbank parklands along with the Meewasin Valley trails. This dynamic city celebrates many festivals and special events annually, including Folkfest, Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan, and the Saskatchewan Jazz Festival.

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