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Media Production Assistant and Youth Mentor, Film Research Assistant

(Posted 2019 May 22)


Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology (FCAT) invites applications for the following position:

Description: In partnership with University Highlands Elementary School, FCAT is supporting a summer course for students in Grades 4-6 as they explore the topic of film and storytelling. The course will meet daily from 9am – 12pm at University Highlands Elementary School with regular visits to the SFU School of Communication; the successful RA will guide students through the use of approved media resources available through the School of Communication.  Curriculum will be created and taught by University Highlands Elementary school teachers.  The selected RA will help guide students through the summer course, helping with projects and providing direction on how to use the film and media equipment.  The RA will be supervised by the University Highlands Elementary School teachers, with administrative support from FCAT.

FCAT is seeking one Research Assistant from the Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology to help mentor elementary school students in their exploration of film and narrative, and guide them on the use of film equipment at University Highlands Elementary School.

Location: University Highlands Elementary School, 9388 Tower Rd, Burnaby, BC V5A 4X6

Duration:  9am-12:30pm from Monday – Friday for the period of of July 8-July 25, 2019

Rate of Pay:

Student Assistants


Benefits @ 4%















Principle Duties:

Report to Livia Chan and Trista Cowan at University Highlands Elementary School.

1.     Provide instruction to Grade 4-6 students on film equipment use and care.

2.     Request and acquire equipment from the School of Communication for class projects.

3.     Lead the work of students within the class, under guidance of elementary school teachers.

  1. Assist elementary school teachers in supporting University Highlands students with their projects.

5.     Attend daily classes at University Highlands Elementary School Mondays through Fridays from 9am-12:30pm, from July 8-25, 2019.

6.     Perform miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.



•      Active in an undergraduate or graduate program within SFU’s Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology.

•      Excellent knowledge and familiarity working with Adobe Premier Pro and iMovie.

•      Experience making and editing films.

•      Demonstrated experience working with youth.

•      Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

•      Ability to interact professionally with a wide range of members of the public.

•      Reliable with sensitive and confidential information.

•      Ability to work as a member of a team.

•      Excellent attention to detail.

•      Strong problem solving skills and the ability to work independently.



•      Complete a CRRA criminal record check.


Preference will be given to

•      Students currently enrolled in, or who have successfully completed film or media credential.


Application process:

Send by email to Kim Hockey, Associate Director, Communication, Art and Technology (

1.     Cover letter indicating why you are interested in participating in this project.

2.     Curriculum vitae.

3.     Unofficial transcript.

4.     Name and contact information of 3 references. Please indicate relationship to references.


Offer letters, contracts and all correspondences will be sent via email.


For information, please contact Kim Hockey at Only those selected for interviews will be contacted. Thank you for your interest.


Closing Date: 2019 June 16.