Women & Gender Equity Network (WGEN) Assistant Director

Part-Time (Student)
7 days

The WGEN Assistant Director shall be responsible for the coordination of MSU WGEN’s volunteer team in the execution of one of the MSU’s Peer-Support Service’s programs. The WGEN Assistant Director, alongside the WGEN Director, shall serve as a pillar for student aid throughout the McMaster community that focuses on gender identity, sexuality, and issues prevalent in the 2STLGBQIA+ community—and relevant resources for MSU students—through the creation and delivery of programming, events, and campaigns. The WGEN Assistant Director will assist the WGEN Director in the hiring of all executive and volunteer members, as well as the coordination, training, and recognition of all volunteers within the Service. The WGEN Assistant Director shall strive to create a welcoming, inclusive, and safe(r) environment for Service users/community members and volunteers within an Anti-Racist and Anti-Oppressive Framework. The WGEN Assistant Director’s primary responsibilities shall involve regular reflection and intervention in addressing the internal growth needs of the Service.

This job will close Monday, March 8th at 11:59pm.

Requirements & Expectations



  • Current McMaster Undergraduate student
  • Current MSU member
  • Mental health support credentials [e.g., SafeTalk, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), Mental Health First Aid, Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP), Peer Support Accreditation, etc.] are an asset.


Physical Effort

  • Movement of event and/or session supplies may result in the need for lifting or pushing by the WGEN Director, WGEN Assistant Director, executives, or volunteers.

Mental Effort

  • High degree of communication requirements may cause mental fatigue.
  • Moderate-to-high level of mental effort required to address sensitive and confidential subject matters in a professional manner.

Working Conditions

Job Pressure

  • Duties to challenge dominant and/or oppressive views may result in high social pressures.
  • Serial nature of events and fluctuations in time commitment demands throughout the term of employment may lead to high variability in stress levels.
  • Often deeply personal connection to the community of Service users/community members may result in internalized occupational dissatisfaction.
  • Service mandate and goals typically involve moderate-to-high-stakes consequences when left unmet.
  • Expectations of maintaining a level-head in emergency situations may result in mental fatigue.

Work Environment

  • High demand of team inquiries may require unique communication standards and/or practices to establish a clear work-life separation with peer personnel.
  • Colleagues often exude a high degree of passion surrounding their work.
  • MSU WGEN’s space is held inside of the McMaster University Student Centre (MUSC).

Training & Experience


  • Awareness and understanding of topics associated with the Service (e.g., homo/bi/transphobia; queer and trans* identities; asexuality; polyamory/nonmonogamy, religion in the 2STLGBQIA+ community; rac/sex/ableism; human rights in the Queer community; the Queer community as a marginalized group; coming out issues; hetero/cissexism; heteronormativity and youth specific Queer issues; intersecting oppressions; and invisible privilege, etc.).
  • Awareness and understanding of the scope of the Service within the MSU, McMaster, and Greater Hamilton community.


  • Experience as a(n) teacher/trainer/educator in any capacity.
  • Experience as a manager/supervisor/team leader.
  • Experience acting as a member of a recruitment team and/or hiring board/committee.
  • Experience as an event and/or conference planner/organizer/administrator.
  • Experience as a volunteer/employee with MSU Services.
  • Experience in dealing with sensitive subject matters that require anonymity and/or confidentiality.


  • Microsoft Office 365 use and navigation.
  • Recognizing, and responding to disclosures of, sexual and gender-based violence.
  • Accessibility and disability inclusion.
  • Anti-racism/anti-oppressive practices.
  • Responding to disclosures of drug use and sexual activity with appropriate harm-reduction strategies.
  • Peer-support best practices.
  • Space and group facilitation best practices.
  • 2STLGBQIA+ inclusivity.
  • Eating disorder awareness and responding to disclosures of disordered eating.
  • Hiring practices.
  • Social media and marketing.

Materials & Equipment


  • Service drop-in space.
  • Private office and one-on-one support space.
  • Personal computer.
  • Full Microsoft Office 365 access.
  • Meridian Telephone system with voicemail, where appropriate.
  • Limited free printer/photocopier access

Please download the job description to see a full listing of the duties & responsibilities: Job Description – Women & Gender Equity Network (WGEN) Assistant Director – created 20-20

Please note this role is currently undergoing a wage evaluation; hours and the wage will be finalized prior to when interviews are conducted.

We thank all applicants for their interest and effort in applying for the position, and advise that only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

The McMaster Students Union (MSU) is strongly committed to employment equity within its community and to recruiting a diverse staff. The MSU encourages applications from all qualified candidates including women, persons with disabilities, First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons, members of racialized communities and 2SLGBTQIA-identified persons. If you require any form of accommodation throughout the recruitment and selection process, please contact the Human Resources Generalist by email at hr@msu.mcmaster.ca. Please note that the MSU is an independently incorporated students’ union operating within the McMaster University community; this is not a McMaster University position.

Job Features

Job CategoryOpen
TermMay 1, 2021 - April 30, 2022
SupervisorExecutive Board through the Vice-President (Administration)
Remuneration$14.90-$15.90 per hour (TBD)
Hours of work4-20 hours per week (TBD)

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