Social Diversity for Children Foundation
Position Description: Community Outreach Director

 

Position Profile: Community Outreach Director, Social Diversity for Children Foundation
Closing Date: June 18th, 2018
Job Starts: June 21st, 2018
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alary Range: $12.65 per hour, 30 hours per week

 

Overview

The Social Diversity for Children Foundation (SDC) creates supportive learning environments for children of all abilities. Founded and operated largely by young people, SDC recognize each child’s ability to develop and grow when presented with the knowledge, values, skills and attitudes needed to be successful. SDC’s goals are to provide quality-learning programs to empower children with disabilities from all socioeconomic backgrounds to become the world’s future leaders; and, equip youth leaders with the skills and resources to empower and educate their own communities about the importance of diversity and discussion. To accomplish these goals, SDC provides creative music and art therapy programs in Vancouver, Surrey and Burnaby. These programs encourage friendships between children of all abilities and facilitate youth advocacy for elementary, high school, and university students.

Role

This role was created in order to support SDC’s long-term goal of hiring the people we advocate for. The recruitment for this role will primarily aim to hire those who identify as someone with a disability. The ideal candidate for this role is a highly motivated individual, enjoys interacting with community members, and has knowledge in fundraising activities and community event planning. This individual will work closely with the Executive Director and student volunteers to execute SDC's community outreach plan that promotes SDC's community vision, music & art therapy programs, and community events.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities
NOTE: Responsibilities change on a weekly basis

Initialize and Develop a Community Outreach Strategy for 2018-2019

  1. Assess the current community outreach initiatives and develop a plan to improve SDC's outreach to the disability community

  2. Develop a strategy that encompasses the enabling and empowering of the disability community that exists in SDC Canada's operations

  3. Monitor community response to community outreach strategy and produce data and improvements to relevant campaigns

  4. Create bi-monthly community reports to be posted on SDC's social media accounts & website

Develop a Fundraising Strategy for Partners & Sponsors

  1. Collaborate with SDC's Sponsorship & Finance Department to execute fundraising strategy by producing disability justice strategies, partnership & sponsor benefits to advocacy, and any additional changes necessary

  2. Assess the current outreach plan and benefits tier to Partners and Sponsors

Promote and Create Community Content

  1. Engage audience by gathering pictures, videos, and excerpts from SDC's community volunteer events and programs

  2. Work with Marketing Coordinator to coordinate a community relations campaign to promote SDC's Fall launch of Music Therapy Programs 

Collaborate with SDC's Youth Volunteers

  1. Promote and ensure that children and youth with disabilities and local organizations are aware of SDC's community therapy programs, volunteer opportunities and youth training workshops

  2. Establish good working relationship and collaborative arrangements with Executive Director and SDC volunteers

  3. Attend monthly meetings and present SDC's community updates and reports 

Create, Maintain, and Establish Strong Relationships with Funding Sources and Community Partnerships

  1. Ensure frequent and professional communication is maintained with past funding sources and community sponsors

  2. Participate in community events hosted by local organizations and sponsors as appropriate

  3. Communicate with stakeholders to keep them informed of the work of the organization and to identify changes in the community served by the society

Perform other related duties as required

Knowledge and Skills

The Community Engagement Director must have proficient knowledge in the following areas:

  • Leadership in community engagement / developing partnerships / creating

    collaborative capacity.

  • Ethical principles as they relate to the disability community

  • An understanding of special needs and behavioural challenges that affect children and youth

  • Awareness of effective and transparent youth engagement and working with young people

The Community Engagement Director must demonstrate the following skills:

  • Strong team working skills

  • Self-starting attitude and the ability to work independently

  • Effective verbal, presentation and listening communications skills

  • Effective written communications skills

  • Possess cultural awareness and sensitivity to issues surrounding special needs and disabilities

  • Be flexible and accommodating to a rapid-paced work environments (the nature of working with children with disabilities)

  • Demonstrate sound work ethics 

Personal Characteristics

The Community Engagement Director must also demonstrate the following personal attributes:

  • Be honest, trustworthy and respectful

  • Possess cultural awareness and sensitivity to issues surrounding special needs and disabilities

Education and Experience

  • Work related to children with special needs and various abilities is considered an ASSET

  • Work related to fundraising and communication activities is considered an ASSET

  • A criminal record check is MANDATORY

** Note: In order to be considered for hiring under the terms of this program, you must comply with the following:

  • Be between 15 and 30 years of age.
  • Have been registered as a full-time student in the previous year, and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year
  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
  • Be legally entitled to work in Canada according to relevant BC legislation and regulations.
  • Be able to work a minimum of 30 hours a week for the entire 8 week period

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Interested candidates must also email cover letter and resume to:

Joanna Zhao - Executive Director
Email: Joanna@socialdiversity.org

Please let us know if there are any necessary accommodations that you require in order to work effectively. We appreciate all applications however only those short-listed will be contacted. Pursuant to section 41 of the BC Human Rights Code, preference may be given to applicants who identify through a physical or mental disability.