Activity Leaders

The Knowledge Project - Job Opportunity

What is the Knowledge Project?

Children, families, households, and communities have important knowledge for children to be successful. These may be called the existing “funds of knowledge”. The Knowledge Project is a UBC research project focused on studying the knowledge of the Victoria-Fraserview community of East Vancouver in order to create engaging out-of-school programs.

Working in collaboration with Tecumseh Main Elementary School, Tecumseh Annex Elementary School, David Thompson Community School Teams, and South Vancouver Neighbourhood House, the UBC Knowledge Project will be launching an after-school program for children in grades K-7 in June, 2013. These June programs, built around themes of sustainability and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), prioritize identified student funds of knowledge.

Programs are scheduled at Tecumseh Main Elementary on Mondays and Wednesdays, and Tecumseh Annex on Tuesdays and Fridays from June 3 through June 25, 2013.

We are seeking instructors and volunteer educators or activity leaders to join us in teaching children in these programs. This is a great opportunity to Work with a team of interested educators, expand your skills in teaching, and connect with kids.

Who are Activity Leaders?

Activity Leaders are the team of educators who run the June programs for both Tecumseh Main and Annex Elementary school students on the specified days from 3:00pm to 4:30 pm. Activity Leaders will need to arrive prior to the program start day each day, and stay until after the program has ended to provide set-up and take-down. Activity Leaders will also participate in a weekly “study group” to provide feedback into how the program is running and suggestions for the next week of programming.

Key Responsibilities

As Activity Leaders, successful candidates will be responsible for:

  • Delivering Knowledge Project curriculum in after-school programs in a dynamic manner
  • Liaising and consulting with local community members willing to share their knowledge
  • Participating in Knowledge Project study group meetings after programming ends on Mondays
  • Communicating professionally with parents and community members
  • Ensuring the safety and well-being of youth participating in programs and adhering to VSB and school safety protocols
  • Participating fully in all training programs
  • Completing other duties as required


  • An interest or involvement in education as a current endeavor or future career.
  • Willingness to work with children aged 5-12. Experience and/or training with this age group not necessary but would be an asset.
  • Excellent oral, facilitation and interpersonal communications skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate and liaise with various stakeholders and multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Demonstrated teamwork, leadership and supervisory skills.
  • Ability to differentiate instruction in accordance with student needs and development.
  • Ability to set priorities and manage time.
  • Second language (e.g. Cantonese) is an asset.
  • Current Standard First Aid and CPR certification is an asset.
  • Criminal Record Check for working with children.
  • High level of enthusiasm!


Training for this program will occur on May 31 from 10am-3pm. The program will run:

  • Week 1 – June 3-6, 2013
  • Week 2 – June 10-13, 2013
  • Week 3 – June 17-20, 2013
  • Week 4 – June 24-25, 2013

Activity Leaders will generally work Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 2:30pm – 5pm. On Mondays, Activity Leaders will work from 2:30-6pm to include an hour of a study group time.

Rate of Pay and Location

  • Activity Leaders will be paid a hourly rate of $20/Hour
  • Work will take place at Tecumseh Main, and Tecumseh Annex Schools.

How to apply

Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled, however, we recommend having your application in by May 10, 2013. Please note that only short-listed applicants will be contacted.

Please send your resume and cover letter, including 2 references to:

UBC Knowledge Project


Web Site:

Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy

Faculty of Education

University of British Columbia

Room 2001C

2125 Main Mall

Neville Scarfe Building

Vancouver, BC, CANADA, V6T 1Z4

Inquiries may be sent to . Please note that all positions are dependent upon confirmation of funding.