COOP STUDENTS – CBU Communication Lab Peer Facilitator / Lab Assistant


Job/Project Description:

The Communication Lab is hiring a Winter Term Co-op Student. The Peer Facilitator’s role is to facilitate and assess small groups of undergraduate students enrolled in Communication 1105: Introduction to Public Communication and Communication 1103: Introduction to Interpersonal Communication through the Winter semester. As well as to assist in other duties as required.

Communication Qualifications:

  • must have completed at least 12 credits in Communication courses
  • successful completion of COMM 3131 and COMM 3931 considered an asset
  • positive interpersonal communication skills and public communication skills
  • group leadership and mediating skills and has an understanding of the small group dynamic
  • the ability to build trust and credibility
  • strong organizational skills, time management skills and the ability to meet deadlines
  • the ability and desire to assess students fairly
  • good conflict management skills
  • awareness and aptitude for social media platforms

Personal Qualifications:

  • is open to new ideas and concepts from students, colleagues and faculty
  • has a strong interest in the discipline of Communication
  • is able to respond to students’ learning needs, is non-judgmental, empathetic and patient
  • is adaptable, flexible, reliable, and responsible, while having respect for supervision
  • presents a professional appearance and demeanor
  • possesses a good sense of humour and positive attitude
  • respects the principals of professionalism
  • innovative, creative, motivated, and self-directed


Tasks & Responsibilities:

  • This position involves facilitating regularly scheduled hour-long communication labs consisting of five to seven students enrolled in COMM1103 and 1105.
  • The facilitator works from a prepared lesson plan in order to assist students as they develop their cognitive, affective, and behavioural communication skills.
  • The peer facilitator will distribute two journals to students throughout each term and are responsible for assessing, responding to, and keeping records of these assignments.
  • The facilitator will keep weekly logs, which are regularly reviewed by the Lab Coordinator.
  • The peer facilitator is also responsible for creating and maintaining student files throughout the semester.
  • A written assessment of each student’s progress will be completed and submitted at the end of each semester.
  • The student will also assist with the online course COMM1103 as it is refreshed and new delivery techniques are implemented.
  • The Lab Assistant will also be responsible for maintaining equipment, researching experiential learning activities and video clips for use in the lab, and general administrative responsibilities as well as developing accompanying videos for each week of the lab corresponding to the lesson plans. Managing social media accounts to launch a campaign and promote the Communication Lab (the first lab of its kind and the longest running lab in North America) as it celebrates a number of milestones this year.

Application Details

To Apply:
Interested applicants must meet the Co-op Program requirements for their degree. Click here to read more about the Co-op program at Cape Breton University. For further information, contact Carly Turnbull: CBU Student Placement Officer.

Please submit a cover letter and resume to by December 9th, 2016 at 4pm.