Community Engagement Assistant

Position Type: Canada Summer Jobs- please see requirements at the bottom of this posting

Reports to: Community Engagement Coordinator & Momentum Coordinator

About the Organization: Mission Possible is a non-profit organization and social enterprise located in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. We support individuals challenged by homelessness, poverty, addiction, mental illness, and other barriers to employment to achieve a renewed sense of dignity and purpose through meaningful work. Through our Employment Readiness Program, and our social enterprises, MP Maintenance & MP Neighbours, we equip our program participants with the skills, confidence, and support they need to rejoin the workforce and rebuild a self-sustaining livelihood for themselves. 

Job Summary: The Community Engagement Assistant (CEA) will work alongside the Programming Team to plan, organize, and execute outreach initiatives to support the recruitment strategies of Mission Possible for its Employment Readiness Program. The CEA will work directly with the Community Engagement Coordinator and the Momentum Coordinator to facilitate weekly information sessions and our Employment Readiness Workshops. They will also engage in data entry to maintain the outcome and measurements of the Employment Readiness Program. When needed, the CEA will also assist in researching, connecting, and liaising with social service agencies, social housing providers, drug and alcohol recovery programs, and employment centres to share the opportunities available at Mission Possible with potential clients. Additionally, they will plan and carry out engagement and community building activities for participants and staff at Mission Possible while keeping with the health and safety standards established by the Province of BC and health authorities.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Assist in the facilitation of information sessions and Employment Readiness Workshops workshops.
  • Research and connect with social service agencies, social housing providers, treatment centres, and employment centres to support the recruitment activities of the Employment Readiness Program.
  • Assist in maintaining partnerships and relations as needed.
  • Support with Employment Readiness Program data entry.
  • Plan and execute engagement events for participants of the Employment Readiness Program and staff in order to build community, reconnect, and celebrate participant’s momentum.
  • Develop and plan community building activities for program participants to be implemented in the months following employment.

Our ideal candidate has:

  • Proven event planning experience, organizational skills, and careful attention to detail.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills. Experience with facilitation of workshops/group sessions is an asset.
  • Ability to multitask and balance a varied workload.
  • A professional and outgoing manner and ability to interact respectfully with a wide variety of people.
  • The ability to work within a team environment but also to work independently.
  • Schedule flexibility to accommodate meetings and events as needed.
  • Strong skills using Google suite applications (docs, sheets, slides, forms).

Education and Experience:

  • Diploma or post-secondary degree in a related field (e.g. psychology, social work, sociology, community economic development, other relevant social science degree).
  • Previous experience working in engagement, outreach, and/or facilitation is an asset.
  • Previous experience in a non-profit environment is an asset.
  • Or the equivalent combination of related skills and experience.

Supervision Plan & Mentoring Plan

The CEA will be directly supervised by the Community Engagement Coordinator and the Momentum Coordinator. The supervisor and mentoring plan included: 

  • An initial safety orientation and an orientation to the organization and its programming.
  • An overview and orientation to the staff handbook and policies.
  • A tour of the facility.
  • A discussion and creation of goals and measurements for their projects and tasks.
  • Weekly briefings with the Community Engagement Coordinator and the Momentum Coordinator and weekly work plan review.
  • Performance review at the middle and end of the employment.
  • Participation in staff training events and celebrations.

To be eligible for Canada Summer Jobs, the candidate must:

  • be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment (The youth must be 15 years of age at the beginning of the employment period. The youth may be more than 30 years of age at the end of the employment period as long as the youth was 30 at the beginning of the employment period.)
  • be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment (International students are not eligible participants. International students include anyone who is temporarily in Canada for studies and who is not a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person who has been granted refugee status in Canada. Youth awaiting a refugee status ruling, as well as those who hold a temporary visitor visa, youth visa or work visa are ineligible. As the objective of the Canada Summer Jobs program is to support youth entering the Canadian labour market, the temporary nature of an international student's time in Canada does not allow for a long-term connection to the labour market.)
  • have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations.

Job Type: 35 hours per week for 8 weeks

Salary: $16.50/hour

We will be interviewing applicants on a rolling basis until we find our successful candidate, so please submit your application as soon as possible. Thank you for your interest!Please send your cover letter and resume to [email protected] for consideration. We thank all interested individuals for their application, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.