Are you a self-directed and skilled young facilitator? Do you offer a creative approach to engaging diverse audiences and promoting educational opportunities in your community? Are you passionate about gender equality and social justice education for youth? Join our team!
About West Coast LEAF
West Coast LEAF is the first and only organization in BC dedicated to promoting women’s equality through the law. West Coast LEAF and our sister organization LEAF have helped bring about some of the most important legal victories for women in Canada: safe access to reproductive rights; fair workplace standards; fair separation agreements; “no means no” in sexual assault; the right to be free of sexual harassment, and more. We’ve been working since 1985 to end discrimination against women and girls. We do this through equality rights litigation, law reform, and public legal education. To learn more about us, please visit www.westcoastleaf.org.
About the contract
West Coast LEAF has a contract position available for a Thompson-Nicola Region Youth Workshop Coordinator for a 10-month term with the possibility of renewal. The Youth Workshop Coordinator will be expected to work 11 hours per month for a period of 10 months (September 1st 2017 to June 30th 2018) with some additional hours initially for job training. Ideally the Youth Workshop Coordinator will be based in or near Kamloops, BC, Unceded Secwepemc (Shuswap) Territory.
This position is ideal for someone who:
- Has a flexible schedule to accommodate workshop bookings (especially on weekdays during school hours)
- Has their own vehicle to travel to workshops up to a 90-minute drive from Kamloops
- Is familiar with School District 73 (Kamloops/Thompson) and surrounding school districts: 74 (Gold Trail), 58 (Nicola-Similkameen), 23 (Central Okanagan), 22 (Vernon), and 83 (North Okanagan-Shuswap)
This position is paid at $25 per hour for up to 11 hours of work per month from September to June (inclusive), with up to 24 additional hours for job training and orientation, depending on the training needs of the contractor. If the needs of the program call for extra work, the Youth Workshop Coordinator may request up to 3 additional hours per month during busy periods.
Because this is a contract role and there is no West Coast LEAF office in or near Kamloops, the Youth Workshop Coordinator works in a highly self-directed way, invoices West Coast LEAF for hours worked and agreed-upon expenses, deals with their own remittances such as income tax, sets their own work schedule based on program needs, and is not eligible for benefits.
Reporting to and working in consultation with the Manager of Public Legal Education, the Thompson-Nicola Region Youth Workshop Coordinator is responsible for promoting, coordinating, and delivering our No Means No, TrendShift and Youth in the Workplace youth workshops.
No Means No is targeted at youth in grades 5 to 9 and deals with legal rights and responsibilities surrounding consent, sexual harassment, and sexual assault. TrendShift is aimed at youth in grades 8 to 12 and focuses on online violence and harassment, including laws dealing with criminal harassment, child pornography, and non-consensual distribution of intimate images. Youth in the Workplace is aimed at youth aged 15+ who may be starting their first jobs, and deals with workplace rights under the Employment Standards Act and BC Human Rights Code. All workshops explore issues of inequality, power, gender stereotypes, and discrimination. The successful candidate will be committed to teaching social justice issues through a feminist anti-oppressive lens.
A key component of the position is actively marketing workshops to schools and community organizations in the Thompson-Nicola Region and ensuring an adequate number of bookings.
Key responsibilities include:
- Mastering the curriculum of West Coast LEAF’s youth workshops described above
- Facilitating workshops for youth using prepared outlines and materials
- Carrying out a marketing plan to promote and book workshops
- Supporting and supervising young adult volunteer co-facilitators who are already involved in the program (new volunteers will not be accepted this year)
- Invoicing schools and community groups for workshops and collecting payments
- Building strong relationships with school administrators and teachers
- Ensuring program excellence by conducting workshop evaluations and monitoring volunteers’ level of preparedness to facilitate workshops
- Maintaining detailed program records and statistics
- Assisting with the preparation of workshop materials
Because our workshops are based on a peer education model of youth reaching out to youth, we are looking for an adult under the age of 30 to fill this position.
As our ideal candidate, you know how to educate diverse young audiences about complex concepts and how to generate excitement about our program in your community. You care about making workshops interactive, memorable, and suited to varying learning needs. You are committed to an intersectional, nuanced approach to women’s rights and gender equality.
In particular, you have the following skills and experience:
- Experience and confidence in facilitation and teaching with diverse audiences
- Outstanding communications skills, both oral and written
- Experience in marketing, promotions, and community outreach
- Experience working with youth
- Passion for, and knowledge of, women’s equality and human rights
- Understanding of the historical and current influence of colonialism, misogyny, racism, heteronormativity, transphobia, and other forms of discrimination in Canadian society
- Commitment to accessibility for English language learners and people with disabilities
- Experience working in a school environment with teachers and administrators
- Strong community connections and relationships in your region
- Outgoing, confident, and professional manner
- Excellent organizational and administrative skills
- Comfort talking about sexual consent and sexualized violence
Application and Selection Process
Please submit a covering letter and resume to Alana Prochuk, Manager of Public Legal Education, at email@example.com by 11:59 pm on Monday, August 7th, 2017.
West Coast LEAF encourages applications from historically marginalized individuals and encourages applicants to self-identify in their application.
Interviews will be conducted via Skype. The successful applicant will be expected to pass a criminal record check. Training for the position will take place in Vancouver, BC from September 21st to 23rd 2017, and travel expenses will be paid by West Coast LEAF. If you are unable to attend the training at that time, please let us know in your covering letter or the body of your email.
Thank you for your interest in employment with West Coast LEAF and for understanding that only applicants under consideration will be contacted.
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