Job posting: Chinese Community Organizer and Administrator
The Carnegie Community Action Project (CCAP) is hiring a bilingual/multilingual Chinese community organizer and administrator to work with Chinatown Concern Group (CCG) members to build towards a Chinatown that centers on its low-income working-class community. This includes building the leadership of working-class community members in the fight for their neighbourhood, against gentrification and for affordable housing. CCAP is a project of the board of the Carnegie Community Centre Association and the Chinese Community Organizer and Administrator will report to the board.
This is a 3.5 day per week position for at least 2 years.
- Organize weekly CCG meetings with members and supporters
- Organize and plan campaigns and actions arising from CCG Meetings
- Prepare materials (i.e. flyers, posters) with CCG members as needed for events
- Organizing low-income residents to attend relevant City of Vancouver events (i.e. council meetings, open houses) and to speak out through other venues like news conferences.
- Interpret (English and Mandarin required, Cantonese preferred) for members so they can participate in community events
- Coordinate community organizing work with Chinatown allies such as Chinatown Action Group
- Build on multi-racial alliances, solidarity relationships, and coalitions in the community, such as Carnegie Community Action Project, Our Homes Can’t Wait Coalition
Member and supporters coordination:
- Support CCG members to lead, plan, and participate in meetings and actions
- Support members to act and speak out for and with their community
- Provide training and educational opportunities for CCG members (i.e. educational workshops, presentations, discussion) and provide support for them to step into leadership roles in the community
- Base-building: developing a better “membership” and outreach structure to CCG (i.e. building a network database)
- Develop volunteer/supporter base to support CCG’s work (i.e. building the support committees including communications, research, translation/interpretation, etc).
- Building relationships with and supporting members (i.e. including organizing socials)
- Manage and track budget with support from accountant and other staff
- Manage funding and year-end funder reports together with CCAP coordinator
- Seek grants and write grant applications together with CCAP coordinator
- Assist in the maintaining the CCAP and CCG website
- Assist in maintaining CCAP and CCG social media accounts
- Help write and assist in the layout of the monthly newsletter insert
Publishing & speaking
- Speak and support others to speak at meetings, events, classes, city hall, news events, tours (i.e. external requests)
- Write bulletins and newsletter articles
- Track actions of city hall, province and federal governments related to poverty, housing and homelessness.
- Help with producing CCAP’s annual hotel and housing report, and other reports that CCAP undertakes
Many of the tasks will be done in collaboration with other CCAP and CCG staff members and experienced volunteers.
- Bi-lingual in English and Mandarin (Verbal required, written skills preferred)
- Fluency in Cantonese an asset
- Experience working with primarily Chinese-speaking communities
- Anti-sexist organizing with working-class communities, especially with women of colour
- Experience working in the Downtown Eastside and Chinatown
- Good people skills
- Grant writing and reporting
- Facilitating workshops
- Developing campaigns for social justice with community groups
- Ability to work in a team and independently, and with a community board
- Research on housing, income, and/or planning issues
- Knowledge of city planning processes
- Ability to use computer for research, emails, formatting flyers, posters, social media
- Web or blog design skills
- Experience working with Board members, as CCAP is a project of the board
We will support your development in learning the skills listed above if you feel you may not currently have all of the above skills
Pay is $24 an hour gross.
The job will start on March 1st, or when the candidate is available. Please keep the entire application, including cover letter, in one file.Only people who are shortlisted to be interviewed will be contacted. Thank you to everyone else for your interest.
Please submit your application by Friday, February 16 and include:
- Cover Letter (as part of your cover letter, please include a half-page response to the question: “What is your vision for the future of Chinatown?”)
- Two references who are familiar with your work and community involvement.
Email your application to: firstname.lastname@example.org
We encourage people from underrepresented groups to apply for the job including trans and gender variant persons, Indigenous persons, persons of colour, persons with disabilities and low-income Downtown Eastside community members. We will prioritize these applications in the hiring process.
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