Social Diversity for Children Foundation
Program Coordinator: Position Description

 

Position Profile: Program Coordinator, Social Diversity for Children Foundation
Closing Date: July 27, 2016
Job Starts: Immediately after hire
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alary Range: $15 per hour, approximately 10 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

The Program Coordinator is responsible for developing, implementing and evaluating programs for children and youth with unique needs and/or disabilities in the community. The ideal candidate for this position will be timely and pay great attention to detail as well as be able to effectively and regularly recruit and maintain both program volunteers and participants. The Program Coordinator must be able to collaborate with youth leaders to efficiently perform her or his tasks within this position.

The Program Coordinator reports to the Executive Director and is responsible for administering and supporting the delivery of weekly programming within the Lower Mainland. S/he will consult with youth and organizations and schools that represent children and youth with disabilities to determine their needs and develop and maintain programs in response to those needs.

 

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

Research and Develop Programs for Children and Youth with Disabilities

  1. Assess the program requirements of children and youth with disabilities in the community

  2. Communicate with children and youth with disabilities to determine their needs and interests

  3. Communicate with organizations that represent children and youth with disabilities to determine needs and interests of children and youth with disabilities

  4. Research and prepare project requirements

  5. Ensure a 10 week program including body movement, art and culture is planned and implemented

  6. Ensure program information is available

  7. Prepare communications and disseminate monthly to youth and community organizations

  8. Evaluate the effectiveness of programs

  9. Identify areas where new programs are needed

Plan and Implement Activities for Youth

  1. Schedule activities, facilities and volunteers as required

  2. Supervise and lead activities for youth volunteers

  3. Recruit, train and oversee volunteers

  4. Encourage local youth to participate in programs

  5. Monitor the use of equipment and facilities

  6. Develop and implement recruitment and retention strategies for youth volunteers

Promote Youth Programs

  1. Ensure that children and youth with disabilities and local organizations are aware of available activities

  2. Coordinate a community relations campaign to promote programs

  3. Arrange for advertising of youth programs

  4. Maintain contacts with local, regional and territorial organizations for children and youth with disabilities

  5. Monitor the use of equipment and facilities

Administer Youth Programs

  1. Prepare a plan for activities

  2. Prepare program budgets

  3. Prepare financial and program reports

  4. Record information on and prepare reports concerning youth programs, costs, numbers of participants and equipment and facility use

  5. Provide monthly and yearly reports about youth programs and opportunities

  6. Ensure that all programs and activities are implemented according to relevant legislation, policies and procedures

Perform other related duties as required

 

Knowledge and Skills

The Program Coordinator must have proficient knowledge in the following areas:

  • Office administration

  • An understanding of special needs and behavioral challenges

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

  • Basic knowledge about art and music therapy is an ASSET

The Program Coordinator must demonstrate the following skills:

  • Ability to administer programs for children and youth with disabilities and unique needs
  • Strong team building skills

  • Analytical and problem solving skills

  • Decision making skills

  • Effective verbal, presentation and listening communications skills

  • Effective written communications skills

  • Basic counseling skills

  • Ability to empower rather than enable young people and those with unique needs

  • Computer skills including the ability to operate computerized spreadsheets and word- processing programs at a highly proficient level

  • Stress and time management 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 and ability to work independently

 

Personal Characteristics

The Program Coordinator must also demonstrate the following personal attributes:

  • Be honest, trustworthy and respectful

  • 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 and ability to work independently

 

Education and Experience

  • High school diploma and some post-secondary education – a combination of experience in organizing volunteers and/or operating programs for youth and education may be taken into account

  • Minimum 1-2 years experience working with children or with a non-profit in a paid or unpaid position

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

  • Having access to a personal vehicle is an ASSET

  • A valid BC class 5 driver’s license and criminal record check are mandatory

 

Interested candidates must also email cover letter and resume to:

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

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.