Digital Art Club Mentor Research Assistant

Posted on February 16, 2021

Position overview

Position role: SIAT Research Assistant (two positions available)

Employment type: Contract will be for 4 hours/week from March 15 – April 30, 2021. Dates and times of the Digital Art Club sessions will be flexible with the SA schedule. 

Application Deadline: Applications are due to Kim Hockey ( by March 2, 2021. 

Departmental contact

For questions or concerns about this position, please contact:

Kim Hockey
Associate Director, Community Engagement
Faculty of Communication, Art & Technology

Position description

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

Description: In partnership with the Surrey School District (SD36), FCAT is offering a weekly Digital Art Club for at-risk students at SFU Surrey. The Digital Art Club is a weekly group run by FCAT SAs who facilitate interactive workshops for high school students in grades 10-12. The high school students who participate in the club often have complex learning needs but have demonstrated an interest and capacity in digital design.

FCAT and SD36 are seeking an empathetic and motivated FCAT Student Assistant to work with a partner and facilitate interactive workshops for at-risk youth.  Together, the SAs will prepare the interactive workshops with support and guidance from a FCAT faculty member. Workshop content is up to the SAs but can feature software accessible to SD36 secondary school students, ex. Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator. Examples of past workshop topics include Impossible Photography and creating Movie Posters.

The successful SAs will provide Surrey high school students with a safe environment to explore their digital design skills, offering guidance when requested. Each Digital Art Club meeting will be facilitated by the SAs with supervisory support by Surrey School District teachers and counsellors.

Note: This program will be monitored while we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. It will remain online with the possibility of resuming to in-person programming later this spring.

Location: Online/Remote. If we return to in-person activities, locations will include Lee School (14033 92 Ave, Surrey); L.A. Matheson Secondary School (9484 122 St, Surrey).

Duration: Contract will be for 4 hours/week from March 15 – April 30, 2021. Dates and times of the Digital Art Club sessions will be flexible with the SA schedule. 

Rates of pay:

Student assistant   Rate   Benefit @ 4%   Total  
Undergraduate $20 $0.80 $21
Masters $25 $1.00 $26
PhD $30 $1.20 $31

Principle Duties:

  1. Report to and under supervision of Kim Hockey at SFU and a Surrey School District teacher or counsellor.
  2. Guide Digital Art Club for small groups of up to eight students in Grades 10-12.
  3. Create a list of supplies necessary for the workshops.
  4. Create in-person or online program for weekly Digital Art club sessions.
  5. Attend weekly Digital Art Club meetings at Surrey school or online.
  6. Liaise between SFU and Surrey School District to coordinate meetings.
  7. Support students in completion of their digital art projects.
  8. Provide safe and encouraging environment to students.
  9. Report any unsafe behaviour to teacher supervisor.


  • Active in an undergraduate or graduate program within the Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology.
  • Strong background in digital art and graphic design practice.
  • Excellent knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Confident in fundamental principles in the following
    • 2D visual design;
    • sequential and animation design;
    • digital photography;
    • and vector image creation.
  • Demonstrated experience working with youth.
  • Excellent ability to empathize.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Reliable with sensitive and confidential information.
  • Ability to work as a member of a team and independently.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Strong problem-solving skills.


  • Complete a CRRA criminal record check.
  • Signed confidentiality agreement.

Application process:

Send application by email to Kim Hockey (

  1. Use the following subject heading, including your name, in your email application: 
    • Ex. SA Application Digital Art Club Mentor, [J. Doe]
  2. Cover letter indicating why you are interested in participating in this project.
  3. Curriculum vitae.
  4. Academic transcript.
  5. Name and contact information of 2 references. Please indicate relationship to references.

DEADLINE TO APPLY: February 22, 2021

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.

Download the full job description:

* 2020 Digital Art Club Research Assistant, JD June 2020.pdf
Digital Art Club Mentor Job Description