Applying to position opportunities over the summer

24 June 2021

As the university continues transitioning to the UAT operating model, many new positions are being created and will be posted throughout the summer months. To stay apprised of these new postings, it’s important to regularly keep an eye on the SET Position Opportunities Page (otherwise known as “POP”), as well as the U of A Careers site.

We understand that many of you will be taking vacation this summer when some of these postings go live, so here are a few steps you can take to ensure you don’t miss out on future job opportunities:

  • Check the POP and Careers sites at least once per week as position opportunities will be posted for a minimum of 10 business days for the months of July and August.
  • Update your resume and cover letter in advance and have it ready to go.
  • Submit your resume in advance. Whenever possible, we encourage staff to apply for positions through normal routes, but if you see a position on POP that might be posted while you’re away on vacation and you will not have access to internet, your resume and cover letter can be submitted in advance to Emails to this account will be monitored regularly and applications will be submitted on your behalf to the careers site. If the position has not been posted while you were on vacation, you will need to apply for the position when it is posted on the career site.

Submitting in advance

We do encourage staff to do their utmost to check POP or the careers site once a week while away, but if you are submitting your resume in advance, we need you to ensure you clearly indicate a few key pieces of information in the email to

  • Your full name,
  • The specific job title that you are requesting your application be submitted for,
  • Your return to work date,
  • Attach your cover letter, and
  • Attach your resume.

Positions on POP

It’s important to note that POP only posts SET-created positions. Most positions on the Careers site are SET positions that were initially posted to POP to give staff a better sense of timing for postings. However, some positions are not SET-driven (for example, positions created by a faculty or that are academic in nature), and therefore, these positions would not be posted to the POP. For more information on the purpose of the POP, please refer to this article.

A major objective of the UAT operating model is to create clearer career paths for opportunities across the U of A, enabling our employees to learn and grow. Historically, such advancement has often been limited to a specific faculty/unit, whereas a primary goal of UAT is to open up opportunities for career advancement across the university. For more information on the upcoming staff transitions, please see “SET update: Upcoming milestones and staff transitions.”



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