Over the years many grass-roots community organizations and groups serving a variety of populations, including aboriginal, immigrant and refugee youth and families, with programs that are culturally appropriate and relevant, have struggled finding space to offer these services to youth in the after-school hours and over the summer months. In 2011 and 2012, a pilot project using the Joint Use agreements between the City of Edmonton and the School Boards was run offering community groups access to school space over the summer to run summer programs that have academic, cultural and recreational components. As in pilot projects there were a few bugs to be worked out and based on recommendations, a revised agreement between the City and the School Boards has been made and in a continued commitment to provide summer access to school facilities for grass-roots community groups/organizations providing cultural, academic and recreational programs to youth and families.
Working with a variety of partners like Edmonton Public, Catholic and Francophone Schools, City of Edmonton and more, in this position, you will provide support and direction to community groups interested in accessing school space for serving vulnerable children and youth like immigrant and refugee, Aboriginal and low-income for summer programs that have cultural, academic and recreational components. A large part of your role will be liaising between the interested groups, City of Edmonton Joint Use Department and the School Boards to coordinate the available space over the summer. The goal of this position is to build the capacity and understanding amongst all partners to have the Summer Access to Schools Program able to run without a coordinator in the following years.
REACH Edmonton is a community-based coordinating council. Its goal is to make Edmonton a safer community, in one generation, by focusing on crime prevention programs and initiatives. REACH works with organizations, agencies, community groups and individual Edmontonians; bringing them together to realize their innovative ideas for crime prevention. Summer programming for children and youth is a preventative approach to building safer communities; working to develop systems and understanding amongst key stakeholders provides integrated and long lasting approach to change. REACH Edmonton is a partner invested in communities wanting to see greater access to Schools for summer programing.
If you are interested in this dynamic, multi-faceted role, that would utilize your coordination and communication skills to work with immigrant, refugee and Aboriginal communities to access school space for summer programs. We are looking forward to hearing from you!
The position is a short contract, beginning early/mid-April through to late August, 2013.
Salary: $24.50/hour plus benefits, mileage, cell phone costs. You would be working, based out of the REACH Edmonton Office, and have opportunity to move around the city meeting with and engaging various community groups and schools.
Skills and Requirements
- You have demonstrated capacity collaborating and engaging with school boards, not-for-profit agencies and the City of Edmonton.
- You have experience with administrative responsibilities like writing reports, data collection, computer skills.
- You have strong relationship building skills, communicating with immigrant, refugee and Aboriginal communities.
- Able to work independently with little supervision.
- You are a student, have graduated in or experience working in community development, social work, facility planning, recreation administration, physical education, education, human ecology or arts.
- Demonstrated success in community development.
- A combination of volunteer, work experience and some post-secondary training in one or more of those areas listed above would be desirable.
- Ability to take work independently and juggle a variety of projects.
- Strong work ethic with demonstrated organizational, interpersonal, and conflict management skills
- Excellent oral and written communication skills which include preparation of reports and data collection
To explore this exciting career opportunity, in confidence, please submit a cover letter, resume and three references, on or before Wednesday, March 13, 2012.
For more information on REACH please visit www.reachedmonton.ca