Are you ready to apply your skills to creating decolonized spaces? Do you want to build relationships across difference, create transformative experiences, and help shape the emerging generation of social justice change makers? We are looking for a community organizer who wants to build their skills and put the foundations in place to create world-changing gatherings. If you have a vision for a better, more just world, we hope you will apply.
Our Story: Tatamagouche Centre is a social justice-oriented education and retreat centre that has been around for 65 years (made possible by of our relationship with the United Church of Canada). For almost two decades we have collaborated with Indigenous people to hold Peace and Friendship Gatherings. These gatherings work towards healing ancestral trauma, decolonizing culture, and living into treaty relationships. Since 2002 the award-winning Social Justice Youth Camp has mentored the next generation of change-makers using a by-youth-for-youth mentorship model. We are located on beautiful and sacred land near the village of Tatamagouche, and our facilities include accommodations for up to 60 people, meeting space, and a large dining hall. We value the magic that’s made possible when we gather in person, and can be present with our whole selves.
Contract Duration: February, 2020 – December 18, 2020 with possibility of renewal
Hours: 30 Hours/week during regular office hours. (During scheduled programs, some evening & weekend hours are required, up to 48 hours.)
Location: Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia
Deadline for Applications: January 12, 2020 at midnight
In collaboration with the staff team, the Indigenous and Youth Program Coordinator will be responsible for organizing Peace and Friendship Gatherings and activities and the annual Social Justice Youth Camp (SJYC). Three main areas of responsibility include:
- Ensure project deliverables are achieved.
- Grant & Project Management
- Hands-on organizing, support, and supervision
- Organize regular teleconferences of the Peace and Friendship committee.
- Outreach to Indigenous communities across the region, and invite youth and young-adult involvement in the gatherings.
- Solicit applications from a diverse team of SJYC camp leaders.
- Event promotion
- Work collaboratively with the Tatamagouche Centre Staff team.
Grant & Project Management
- Work within established project budgets.
- Write grants and project reports.
- Identify additional grant opportunities
- Coordination support for “Down to Earth” project on Indigenous Youth on the Land.
Hands-on Organizing, Support, and Supervision
- Create a selection process for a diverse team of SJYC leaders.
- Coordinate training and planning weekends with SJYC leadership team.
- Directly supervise SJYC for five days in August, 2020.
- Identify local sources for the construction of a traditional Wolastoqey Longhouse
- Participate in Indigenous Ceremony
This position reports to the Executive Director. A Vulnerable Sector Check will be required.
Ideal abilities and skills:
In addition to the qualifications listed below, the ideal candidate will have an understanding of social justice issues and be able to apply this in a way that creates safer spaces. Experience in community groups/movements, experience with project management, and a collaborative approach.
- A valid driver’s license
- A cell phone and regular use of email, google docs, and Microsoft Office
- Experience working within or alongside Indigenous or otherwise marginalized communities.
- Time management skills and ability to meet deadlines
- Experience working with youth in a supervisory role.
- Capacity to work positively across differences such as: race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, ability, age, size, and socio-economic class.
- Ability to work from our Tatamagouche office 75% of the time.
The Tatamagouche Centre has a policy of employment equity to acknowledge that marginalized people face systemic barriers due to race, gender identity, religion, ability, or sexual orientation. Please indicate in your cover letter if you would like to be considered for employment equity.
Send resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org (in PDF format). Deadline for applications is January 12th 2020. Position will be open until filled.
Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.