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Guest Experience Assistant Job Description

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Position Description

The Guest Experience Assistant (GEA) will act as a representative of McMaster University Conference & Event Services and liaison between Conference Organizers and all internal operating partners to ensure a high standard of guest service is achieved.  This position provides a visible and accessible front-line presence in order to anticipate, understand and act upon all client needs.


Nature and Scope

The Guest Experience Assistant must have excellent interpersonal and communication skills and be willing to commit their efforts to delivering an outstanding experience for all guests at McMaster University.  This position requires an individual who is self-motivated, takes initiative, and is capable of functioning both independently and in a team setting. The Guest Experience Assistant is professional, communicates effectively with others, and has a positive attitude. They are organized, detail orientated, and demonstrate creativity and sound problem-solving skills.


Accountabilities

All Guest Experience Assistants (GEAs) will be responsible for:

  • Assist with all client and guest bookings and check-in by supporting the Service Centre team.
  • Conduct site tours to clients interested in hosting their event at McMaster
  • Support clients with learning how to use all audio-visual (A/V) equipment and troubleshoot as required
  • Process transactions in accordance with established departmental guidelines.
  • Update and maintain files, correspondence, and records according to established guidelines.
  • Perform all other duties and tasks as assigned

This role includes the opportunity to specialize in one of the following portfolios:

Client Relations

  • Reporting to: Conference Coordinator / Coordinator, Business Development
  • Liaise with clients and act as the primary point of contact before, during and after the conference/event
  • Write thank-you cards & prepare gifts for departing conference/event organizers
  • Anticipate, understand and respond to all client inquiries and needs including accommodations, space bookings, and other promoted services.
  • Collaborate with campus and community partners.

Event Success

  • Communicate and provide regular updates to the Events Coordinator
  • Liaise with clients and act as the primary point of contact before, during and after the conference/event. S
  • Assist with requests for campus event room bookings including signature venues, and film and photo permits/bookings.

Service-Operations

  • Support day-to-day operations within the Service Centre including daily check-in/out reporting, processing payments, and key auditing
  • Provide meal/break relief to the Service Centre team
  • Deliver an exceptional customer experience
  • Utilize effective problem solving to meet and exceed the demands of our guests

Qualifications

  • Education: High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Experience: 6 months of previous customer service experience.

Assets

  • Hamilton tourism and attraction knowledge is an asset
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher)
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision, take initiative and be proactive.
  • Ability to embrace new technology and software
  • Possess a G class driving license
  • Previous hospitality experience preferred

Additional Information

To deliver exceptional customer service, the Guest Experience Assistant will need to be available for shifts from Monday to Sunday and must be able to work flexible hours, including early morning, evening and weekend shifts.

  • PT Timeline: April 2022 (4 – 10 hours per week)
  • FT Timeline: May 1, 2022 to September 3, 2022
  • No Time-off Requests: June 1-14, August 25-29, 2022
  • Welcome week: the GEA position can be flexible with WW positions, but all GEAs will be required to support the Housing operation during move-in weekend.
  • Hourly rate: $15.00