North York Community House (“NYCH”) has been committed to working with individuals, groups and neighbourhoods to address the issues that are of concern to them for over 26 years. From reducing isolation for newcomers and providing support to new parents, to bringing together residents to strengthen their communities, our goal is to provide the support people need today, in order for them to succeed tomorrow.
This position will work with the Civic Engagement Team at North York Community House to support civic literacy and civic engagement activities both within and outside the organization. This position will work to increase voter turnout, connecting residents to their larger communities, and supporting democracy in action. The Civic Engagement Worker will use the existing Democracy Fun-damentals and Democracy Talks (DT) curriculums to strengthen participants’ voices and their understanding of politics in Canada. We believe a strong, representative democracy is an essential part of integrating individuals from diverse communities into Canadian society and affecting the change needed to improve their own lives and communities.
Participants in NYCH programs include newcomers to Canada, youth, low income and other key target communities from priority neighbourhoods in the North West part of the Toronto. The Civic Engagement Worker will also train NYCH staff and staff from other organizations on the Democracy Talks curriculum (an independently evaluated and successful program developed by Samara Canada) and support them to feel comfortable promoting and using these resources.
Reports to: Manager, Community Programs
- Develop and implement strong outreach strategies to conduct outreach to residents and staff to engage in Democracy Talks and Democracy Fun-damental workshops
- Ensure successful implementation of the Democracy Talks and Democracy Fun-damentals workshop series including coordinating guest presenters and facilitating the workshop series appropriately adjusting content and materials for the various audiences
- Coordinate all logistics for the smooth flow of all workshop sessions and activities including space set-up, clean-up, etc.
- Partner with relevant organizations and networks for information sharing, promotion of the project and exploring possible partnerships for future initiatives.
- Support NYCH’s “Get Out the Vote” campaigns, including leading and implementing various activities to promote voter engagement in key neighbourhoods
- Support residents and staff in their work related to advocacy and help residents connect with related networks & resources
- Promote an environment of team work, possibility, and social change
- Participate and support NYCH’s Civic Engagement and Leadership Training Program as well as other new initiatives identified by the Civic Engagement Team
- Promote NYCH’s Civic Engagement and Community Development programs to various stakeholder groups
- Update and maintain program records, clients file and service information
- Conduct program evaluations, analyze data and produce reports
- Attend agency and community meetings
- Other duties, as required
- The minimum level of education preferred is an undergraduate degree in social science, political science, or a related area, or a diploma/certificate in adult education
Experience and Skills
- Strong knowledge of Canadian democratic systems and processes
- Demonstrated experience in program design and implementation
- Good understanding and ability to work from an adult education framework and within a community development approach
- Proven experience in training and facilitation
- Familiarity with social justice issues relevant to immigrants, refugees, low-income and racialized communities
- Good research skills and proven ability to connect with existing networks and social justice movements
- Excellent time management, attention to detail, and ability to effectively manage multiple tasks
- Strong oral and written communication skills in English
- Experience working with diverse communities, and strong understanding of issues facing low-income, people of colour, and newcomers
- Ability to manage a number of individual initiatives, work independently, and part of a team
- Work schedule will be determined with supervisor based on program needs.
- This position will require some evening/weekend work, and travel required within the GTA.
- A successful clearance of criminal record verification will be required for the position.
Start Date: May 2018
Hourly rate of pay: $25/hour
Hours: Part-time (14 hours/week)
Location: Various NYCH locations
How to apply:
Please submit cover letter and resume by: Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.
Civic Engagement Worker – Hiring Committee
North York Community House
700 Lawrence Ave. W., Suite 226
Toronto, ON M6A 3B4
North York Community House welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.
No phone calls please-only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.