Reporting to the Alberta University of the Arts Students’ Association Peer Residency Coordinator (“PRC”) and with support of other AUArts SA staff, the Hear/d Mentor is responsible for acting as a leader within the AUArts community while supporting the student participants of the Hear/d art residency program.

The Hear/d residency is a six-month long student-run artist residency held on campus. This year the program will focus on the theme of resiliency, to explore the process of dealing with a variety of mental health issues many post-secondary students face. Given this theme, participants are invited to explore and share their journeys in a creative and innovative way. Through group discussions, self reflection, individual studio time, critiques, guest speakers and workshops, this residency will provide a platform for a diverse array of creative output. The residency will aim to raise awareness towards the health + well being of post-secondary students, while also connecting members from different disciples who will help to build a stronger sense of inclusion and comradery in the AUArts community.

This is a part-time position with a schedule of up to approximately 10-hours per month, with a compensation of an $1200.00 honorarium. The position will commence in October 2019 and continue until April 2020.

The mentorship positions will be split into two separate positions to accommodate for a shared workload and supportive team philosophy.


Mentor A

  • Support the creation of program promotional materials such as postcards and posters
  • Coordinate studio visit schedule with all participants
  • Coordinate work in progress critique schedule with all participants
  • Install artist statements for the final exhibition

Mentor B

  • Format all written work required for the exhibition
  • Coordinate the photography schedule for all residency participants
  • Create and install vinyl for the exhibition
  • Coordinate, communicate with and facilitate guest speaker’s attendance to the residency

Joint Responsibilities

  • Develop meeting agendas to cover required information and discussion points with participants
  • Perform studio visits with participants to support the development of work
  • Develop mentorship opportunities with external sources such as artists /curator mentors in the community
  • Facilitate the installation and striking of the final exhibition
  • Generate a safe and supportive environment for participants
  • Create joint testimonial to be included in the program catalogue
  • Facilitate residency program group meetings
  • Communicate respectfully with participating students


  • Strong leadership and personal commitment to the creation of communities of care
  • A mature attitude and ability to work independently and be a responsive member of the AUArts SA team
  • Organized and detail oriented
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Strong interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
  • Must have previously participated in a Hear/d program
  • Have a general understanding of mental health challenges facing post-secondary students


  • Previous experience in a leadership position working with small-large groups
  • An interest in curatorial experience
  • Ability to multi-task and handle multiple deadlines
  • Enthusiasm to exceed performance expectations
  • Supportive and patient demeanor
  • Experience with self care and wellness strategies


Interested candidates are asked to submit a cover letter which includes a brief description of the applicant’s knowledge of the Hear/d program, and a detailed understanding of the position and required skill. Applicants are also required to submit their curriculum vitae along with a portfolio of work to heard.sa@auarts.ca no later than midnight on October 1, 2019.

The Alberta University of the Arts Students’ Association is an equal opportunity employer. We thank all applicants for their interest in this position however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.