We are hiring! Community Education Organizer

Job description

Community Education Organizer

We are seeking a Community Education Organizer for the Carnegie Community Action Project (CCAP), a project of the board of the Carnegie Community Centre Association. CCAP works on housing, income, and land use issues in the Downtown Eastside (DTES) of Vancouver so the area can remain a low-income friendly community. CCAP works with English speaking and Chinese speaking DTES residents in speaking out on their own behalf for the changes they would like to see in their neighbourhood.

The Community Education Organizer will consult with community members and organizational partners to research and deliver legal education workshops responding to identified community needs. Workshops will reflect community priorities and support social justice initiatives, people experiencing poverty and discrimination, human rights and calls to action. The position will help further CCAP’s mandate for the meaningful engagement of local residents in community planning processes.

Specific tasks:

  • to consult volunteers and members about topics and issues that pertain to their lived experience, needs and interests
  • to recruit workshop leaders, facilitators and presenters, and interpreters
  • to schedule, plan logistics including booking venues, planning for accessibility needs, translation and inclusion
  • to promote and advertise workshops, through word-of-mouth, networking and sharing with like-minded agencies in the Downtown Eastside, posters and flyers, as well as social media and traditional media
  • to deliver eight workshops that provide plain-language description, analysis and responses to legal issues affecting low-income Downtown Eastside residents, including:
  • Human rights and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and how it applies to vulnerable groups such as sex workers, drug users, youth, and people interacting with the justice system
  • Residential Tenancy Act and how it applies to supportive housing, SRO’s and temporary modular housing
  • Rights when being detained, “carded”, or harassed through street checks
  • Discrimination in provision of housing, employment, healthcare and services due to poverty, mental health, substance use or disability
  • Right to Protest: how close can you be to a business; injunctions, and civil liberties
  • Indigenous legal rights: human rights, landmark cases, discrimination, land rights
  • “Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act” and your rights
  • Homelessness rights: sleeping in public places, police harassment and vending
  • to record each workshop for “mini-summaries” to be included in the Carnegie Newsletter
  • to conduct overall program evaluation and evaluation of each workshop

Supervision and mentoring

The Community Education Organizer will work with CCAP staff, board and volunteers. Orientation, training and day-to-day supervision and feedback will be provided by the CCAP Coordinator and Administrator.  A Legal Supervisor will provide program support.

Qualifications

  • Strong written, verbal and digital communications skills
  • Interest in social justice issues including housing, homelessness and income
  • Graphic design skills an asset
  • Ability to work well with a diverse population experiencing poverty, homelessness, intergenerational discrimination and colonization, and mental and physical disability
  • Ability to research and analyze information and data
  • Understanding of harm reduction, colonization and anti-oppression principles an asset
  • Written or verbal Chinese language an asset

Details and Eligibility

  • 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.
  • Hourly Wage Rate: $23.00/hour for 7.5 hours per week for 42 weeks (15 hours per week for first four weeks)
  • Anticipated Start Date: September 13, 2019 through July 3, 2020

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.

Please send resume and cover letter to: fiona@carnegieaction.org by September 6, 2019

Applicants are encouraged to check out these websites before applying:

chinatownconcerngroup.wordpress.com

www.carnegieaction.org