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position: engagement specialist

The Mohawk Students’ Association (MSA) has an exciting opportunity for the right person to collaborate with students, staff and partners to support a diverse engagement portfolio. There is a specific emphasis on supporting the MSA’s passion to enhance student experiences through events, workshops, promotions. Another main focus is to build and mentor an exceptional student team to engage students. If you are a creative, energetic professional who can bring ideas for fun experiences and make things happen, then we have a story to build together and you belong at the MSA.

The Mohawk Students’ Association (MSA) was designed and created as a separate entity from Mohawk College. The Association was built for and is led by students.


We empower Mohawk Students to create a community they can lean on for positive experiences, relevant supports, a listening ear, and a strong voice so they can achieve personal success in their college experience and beyond.

Led by the Executive Director and an elected Student Board of Directors (BOD), we are a Non-Profit Organization that supports students through our Areas of Focus - Advocacy & Leadership, Engagement & Support, Sustainability & Operations. While we are separate from Mohawk College, we do work collaboratively with the college to reach our goals.

We believe in fostering an environment where all staff members feel Purposeful, Supported, and like they Belong. Together daily, we live and bring our values to life to ensure we achieve our student-centred Vision and Mission.


Every day is a new challenge, and you are continually looking for ways to help our team become more efficient and effective. As an asset to a team that is In This Together, you collaborate with our BOD, advocate for best practices, and pitch in where needed. You Believe it’s Possible and contribute in transformative ways within and beyond your department through insight and support.


Student Driven:

We are passionate about Mohawk Students and all our efforts are devoted to enhancing their experiences.


In This Together:

Collaboration built on trust across the Mohawk community is essential to ensure every student interaction matters.


Believe it’s Possible:

Fueled by outcomes and insight, we strive to find solutions for how we can meet the evolving needs of students.


Foster Belonging:

We connect the Mohawk Community to ensure everyone feels invited, welcomed, and included as their authentic self.



We strive to tell, share, and learn from stories in meaningful ways.

our values


The MSA Programming Team provides inclusive social, educational, and fun engagement through events, workshops, activities, and student clubs, while collaborating with students and the Mohawk community to meet the social, physical, mental, and professional well-being needs of Mohawk Students.


The Engagement Specialist is responsible for executing day-to-day interpersonal student engagement initiatives for Mohawk students with all MSA departments, students, and stakeholders at each campus location while leading a team of student experience ambassadors.

What Success Looks Like in This Role:

You have a passion for working for, with and engaging students. You bring positive energy each day to mentor, inspire, and build communities while fostering belonging. You move fast while keeping your attention to detail, and you tap into your problem-solving skills to support our Vision, Mission and Values. You are a leader, an encouraging voice, and thrive being on your feet, and when helping create experiences throughout the Mohawk Community.

Primary Accountabilities:

  • Supports all MSA programming in executing student engagements through initiatives best suited to support the student life cycle.

  • Builds and leads a team of student experience ambassadors that focus on the execution of experiences concentrating on programming, engagement, and representing the MSA brand.

  • Oversees a student feedback program; accountable for sharing findings across the MSA while contributing to monthly reports.

  • Provides knowledge and insight of student engagement strategies while collaborating with MSA Staff, Board, students, and partners.

OUR mission

We empower Mohawk Students to create a community they can lean on for positive experiences, relevant supports, a listening ear, and a strong voice.

OUR vision

All Mohawk Students achieve personal success in their college experience and beyond.



  • Collaborates with the MSA Student Experience Team (Programming, Student Services, Communications, Board Members), the Mohawk community to plan student-focused experiences at all campuses.

  • Works with Student Experience Team in leading execution plans and logistics for events, workshops, activities and promotions; partnering with other staff members when necessary.

  • Champion in Interpersonal Facilitation amongst students and staff.

  • Hiring, mentoring, development, support and payroll for student experience ambassadors.

  • Create and implement risk management and safety plans.

  • Coordinates the use of all equipment, supplies and promo materials with all departments.

  • Adapting to changing responsibilities and student needs.

What you Need in Education, Experience and Training for your Department:

  • Post-secondary in Event Management, PR, Marketing or Communications and 2+ years’ practical experience or 5+ years’ experience in an event setting.

  • Experience in leading a team, providing support and mentoring.

What you Need in Training for Team MSA

  • Experience with streaming and video platforms would be an asset.

  • Experience with technical production (AV) would be an asset.

  • Ability to work independently with minimal guidance.

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

  • Exception organizational and multi-tasking skills.

  • Valid driver’s license and own vehicle.

Physical Demands/Work Environment

  • Standard work hours are 35 hours per week. This may include evenings and weekends when required based on the programming calendar.

  • Able to work in a variety of event-related settings that may involve sitting, standing, lifting and transporting.


This position is entitled to the following comprehensive compensation package:

  • Health and Dental Benefits.

  • Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP).

  • Enrollment in the CAAT Defined Benefit Pension Plan.

  • 15 Paid Vacation Days and additional vacation for all college closures.

  • 12 Paid Absence days.

  • Staff Wellbeing Initiatives.

  • Support and celebrate an individual's authentic self.

  • Intentional professional development supports and opportunities.


Equity and Diversity are core values of the MSA and are engrained in the work we do to support Mohawk students.  At the MSA, we believe the dedication to our values of equity, diversity, and inclusion requires continuous commitment. It’s about fostering a culture of open-mindedness, compassion, safety and inclusiveness among individuals and groups, where leadership is made up of different people with diverse perspectives. The MSA is actively building a community where everyone is encouraged and celebrated to be themselves and whose members have diverse cultures, backgrounds, and life experiences in order to challenge and dismantle systemic oppression.

We are looking for qualified candidates who share our commitment to equity and inclusion, who will contribute to the diversification of ideas and perspectives, and especially encourage applications from Indigenous (First Nations, Métis or Inuit) peoples, members of racialized communities, persons with disabilities, women, and persons who identify as 2SLGBTQ+.

Job Description


Reports To: Programming Manager

Department: Programming

Classification: Full-time, Permanent

Pay Band: $55,000 - $65,000

How to Apply:

  • Please apply to

  • Please include the title ‘Engagement Specialist’, your last name and then your first name in the subject line of the email.

  • Include your resume and create a work sample for the student employee framework based on the questions below (you may submit the answers in which ever format you see fits best).

Step 1:

Tell us your story as to why you would like to join the MSA team.

Step 2:

As the Engagement Specialist, you are responsible for building and leading a team of students to help execute day-to-day interpersonal student engagement initiatives to effectively inform and invite students to events, workshops, services and promotions. The kicker…the MSA is not exactly sure what this looks like!

Please submit a student employee framework that supports the execution of interpersonal student engagement initiatives which takes into consideration our Vision, Mission, and Values. How you submit this is up to you! Help us understand your vision by addressing the following questions:

  1. What kind of model would best support Mohawk Students? What steps would you take to recruit, train, and mentor a student team?

  2. By having students engage with students, what outcomes can the MSA achieve?

  3. Highlight your understanding of collaboration and the benefits of partnering with the Mohawk Community.

  4. How would you measure success?

If you have questions regarding the hiring process for the Engagement Specialist position or you require accommodation in the interview process, please reach out to:

We will be accepting applications until June 30th or until the position is filled.

The expected, flexible start date is August 1, 2021.

As part of our commitment to accessibility for all persons with disabilities, The MSA will, upon the request of the employee provide accommodation.

Should you require accommodation at any point during your employment with the MSA please contact Human Resources.