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COMMUNITY ORGANIZING ASSISTANTS

Position: Community Organizing Assistant
Positions Available: 4 (one in each of the ridings, as specified below)
Compensation: $19/hour for 35 hours per week, plus vacation pay and sick leave, and a flexible work environment
Preferred start date: June 10, 2022 (West Vancouver); and July 4 (East Vancouver, Nanaimo-Ladysmith, Richmond)
Duration: Until September 3, 2022
Application deadline: May 29, 2022 at midnight Pacific (West Vancouver); and June 19, 2022 at midnight Pacific (East Vancouver, Nanaimo-Ladysmith, Richmond)

Eligibility:

  • Due to funding restriction, the successful applicant must between 15- and 30-years-old on the date of hiring; 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; 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; and be based in one of the following locations: East Vancouver, Nanaimo-Ladysmith, Richmond or West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast-Sea to Sky.
  • The applicant is expected to adhere to Georgia Strait Alliance (GSA)’s Vaccination Policy, which requires proof of vaccination in order to gather in either our Nanaimo or Vancouver offices. GSA also requires that all attendees at GSA-hosted events provide proof of vaccination. In addition, GSA has a PPE (masks or other) protocol in place when engaging with the public. Where there is a bona fide religious or medical reason why a vaccination cannot occur, GSA will accommodate such requests.

About the position:

Working closely with our two Community Organizers, you will be coached to take on the role of team leader, helping coordinate a small team of volunteers (about 5) to carry out outreach activities on behalf of the organization, such as door-knocking, tabling, social media posting, etc. Additionally, you and your team will be using a tracking tool to document your activities, and will be encouraged to suggest and implement any engagement methods, or visit any locations that may help increase the reach or impact of our work.

With our support, you will carry out two main areas of work:

  1. Run engagement activities: visiting and being out in neighbourhoods, community hubs, public spaces and events to establish conversations based on materials such as Community Climate Impact survey, and document the answers and comments of community members, and
  2. Recruit, coordinate and work together with a small group of volunteers to carry out this work as a team.

You will do great in this position if you are interested in topics such as climate change, community engagement, inclusivity and diversity, and are able to take initiative, particularly in starting and maintaining conversations with folks. Having a keen sense of working as part of a team, and attention to detail when taking notes is also a must. As long as you have energy, a positive attitude, and eagerness to talk to people about important issues, you would be a great addition to this project!

Experience and Qualifications:

We understand that not all experience looks the same, and encourage applicants to share how their experiences relate to any and all the qualities below:

  • Talking to people in a variety of ways, including in person, by phone, email, etc.
  • Following talking points or a basic script to remain focused and on-topic in conversations
  • Developing an effective pitch to recruit support or sign-ups based on campaign materials
  • Ability to engage and connect with folks of diverse backgrounds
  • Taking on a team leader role, particularly in supporting a canvassing campaign (e.g. map out and designate where team members will go, compile talking points and reference materials, spend time at a public space and take initiative in talking to people, etc.)
  • Helping with digital campaigns, such as publishing posts on social media, answering emails/social media comments, etc.
  • Data gathering (e.g. filling out surveys as you have conversations with folks, taking detailed notes), and data entry (e.g. transferring paper questionnaires to a spreadsheet or digital database)
  • Ability to plan and organize public events

Georgia Strait Alliance is strongly committed to equality, diversity, anti-racism, and to being a welcoming and inclusive workplace. Like many organizations, we have recognized and are learning the ways we have benefitted from and perpetuated white supremacy culture and colonialism in our sector and our organization. We are committed to and are continuing our journey of learning and unlearning, transforming into a more just, equitable and inclusive organization and bringing that lens to all of our work. 

We encourage applications from Indigenous persons, members of racialized communities, persons with disabilities, people of all sexual orientations and genders, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. GSA will make reasonable accommodations for folks upon request, so please do not hesitate to reach out!

Location:

The position requires a combination of work done at home/remote, from our office, and in the field.

About Georgia Strait Alliance

GSA is the only organization with a focus on the health of the marine environment of the entire region of the Strait of Georgia (the northern arm of the Salish Sea). Our focus is on building awareness of the fragility, complexity and importance of the natural world in this region, and working with others to advocate for its protection. Our mission connects the health of the natural environment with the health of the people who live here, building power in diverse communities so that this rich environment supports everyone for generations to come.

GSA’s work is built on principles of collaboration, using the best available science and being solutions oriented. We strive to collaborate with communities to identify threats to the region, develop solutions to those threats, and work over the longer term with others to mitigate these threats. The spirit of ‘alliances’ that our founders nurtured is still present within GSA and in the way we work to protect this region.

As a primarily white-led organization, we are committed to change, to recognizing our responsibility to challenge and address harmful patterns in our work, and create a more diverse and equitable organization, as we have fallen short in the past. We are committed to embedding our work in equity, diversity and inclusion and ensuring that our mission is one that is inclusive of all communities and people, and we look forward to the Clean Marine BC Assistant joining us on this journey and bringing their unique perspective to our team. 

Most of the staff at GSA work from their home offices on the unceded territories of many Coast Salish Nations. We also have 2 offices, one on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) people (known as Vancouver) and one on the territories of the Snuneymuxw people (known as Nanaimo).

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Festival of Ocean Films Coordinator (contract)

Position: Festival of Ocean Films Coordinator (contract)
Compensation: $9,500 plus GST
Preferred start date: End of June, 2022
Event dates: February 3 – 9, 2023
Event location: Vancouver (venue TBD)

About Georgia Strait Alliance
GSA is the only organization whose sole focus is on the health of the marine environment of the entire region of the Strait of Georgia (the northern arm of the Salish Sea). Our focus is on building awareness of the fragility, complexity and importance of the natural world in this region, and working with others to advocate for its protection. Our mission connects the health of the natural environment with the health of the people who live here, building power in diverse communities so that this rich environment supports everyone for generations to come.

GSA’s work is built on principles of collaboration, using the best available science and being solution oriented. We work with others to identify threats to the region, develop the solutions to those threats, and work over the longer term with others to mitigate that threat. The spirit of ‘alliances’ that our founders nurtured is still present within GSA and in the way we work to protect this region.

Most of the staff at GSA work from their home offices on the unceded territories of many Coast Salish Nations. We also have 2 offices, one on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) people (known as Vancouver) and one on the territories of the Snuneymuxw people (known as Nanaimo).

About the Festival of Ocean Films
For more than 10 years, GSA has been supporting the curation and screening of an ocean themed film festival. Now named the Festival of Ocean Films, its purpose is to tell stories of the oceans and rivers that are the lifeblood of our planet, and the people and communities that rely on and benefit from their vitality and health.

In 2023, we are partnering with IMPAC5 – International Marine Protected Areas Conference – in Vancouver February 3rd – 9th 2023, where we will have the opportunity to connect with both the public and conference attendees. The film festival will have a similar goal of bringing different perspective on the ocean to the public, but will look for opportunities to a) highlight the benefits of marine protected areas, in all their forms and b) look for opportunities to partner with IMPAC5 organizations and other activities to vitalize the film going experience.

About the position
We are hiring a Festival of Ocean Films Coordinator who will be responsible for overseeing the logistics of the Festival, including supporting film selection, volunteer management and on site event activities.  Your responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Being the primary contact for the Festival of Ocean Films
  • Building on previous festival work plans, and working with the Executive Director and other GSA team members, finalize planning for this year’s Festival including Vancouver venue selection
  • Working in collaboration with the IMPAC5 conference, support the opportunity for attendees with unique film viewing opportunity
  • Coordinate any digital screening logistics, if required.
  • Seeking partnership with other IMPAC5 ENGOs for conference and public screenings
  • Leading the curation of films for the festival to be shown at both the conference and at public events, working with GSA staff and volunteers
  • Coordinating with filmmakers during selection process and, if applicable, their attendance at the film festival
  • Setting up and overseeing ticketing system
  • Supporting GSA communications staff who will be creating promotional content, to ensure effective festival promotion
  • Work with development staff to identify possible sponsors, as possible

This position will work closely with other team members, and reports to the Executive Director Christianne Wilhelmson.

You will succeed in this position if you are highly detailed oriented, have participated in or led the hosting of community events, have an interest in environmental storytelling, and enjoy working with volunteers. You’ll also succeed if you are flexible, able to pivot to new tasks quickly and thrive in a fast paced environment in an organization that connects mostly through virtual platforms.

Experience and Qualifications
We understand that not all experience looks the same, and encourage applicants to share how their experiences relate to the qualities below:

  • Attention to detail 
  • Ease in coordinating public events
  • Comfort with connecting with people, in person and online
  • Comfort with working on your own 
  • Adaptable and enjoy handling a diversity of tasks

It would also be helpful if you have any of the following skills, qualifications or equivalent experiences, though they are by no means required: 

  • Comfort in connecting and working with colleagues online, in an organization where staff are not all located in one office
  • Interest in ecology and the natural world 
  • Interest in films, in particular documentaries
  • Connections with the film community

Location
The position will work remotely from anywhere in the Lower Mainland with opportunities for collaboration with GSA staff that support the rich team environment despite our geographically distributed structure. We use management and collaboration tools and platforms including Zoom, Slack, Google Drive, and others.

We also have strict COVID-19 protocols and policies in place and we follow all requirements issued by the BC Public Health Officer. Specifically, we have a vaccine policy that states that for staff and volunteers: Georgia Strait Alliance (GSA) will require proof of vaccination in order to gather in either our Nanaimo or Vancouver offices. GSA also requires that all attendees at GSA hosted events, […] provide proof of vaccination. Where there is a bona fide religious or medical reason why a vaccination cannot occur, [GSA] will accommodate such requests, provided there is appropriate evidence of the need for an accommodation and where options for accommodation are feasible.

In addition, GSA has a PPE (masks or shields) protocol in place when engaging with the public. 

If you have any questions about our policy or accommodations, please email christianne@georgiastrait.org.

Application process 

We are accepting applications until June 17th, 2022 at midnight (Pacific). Please submit information about yourself, your lived experience or any information that is relevant for this application to christianne@georgiastrait.org. We would also appreciate it if you could answer the following questions as part of your application:

  • Tell us a story about how your lived experience, beyond your resume, which would make you successful in this position?
  • What is your personal philosophy about the best way to engage or connect with diverse groups of people?
  • What about overseeing the Festival of Ocean Films that is most exciting to you?

We are aiming to conduct interviews during the early to mid-part of June, 

If you have any questions about the job posting, please direct them to christianne@georgiastrait.org

Georgia Strait Alliance is strongly committed to equality, diversity, anti-racism, and to being a welcoming and inclusive workplace. Like many organizations, we have recognized and are learning the ways we have benefitted from and perpetuated white supremacy culture and colonialism in our sector and our organization. We are committed to and are continuing our journey of learning and unlearning, transforming into a more just, equitable and inclusive organisation and bringing that lens to all of our work.

We encourage applications from Indigenous persons, members of racialized communities, women, persons with disabilities, people of all sexual orientations and genders, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities to advance the mission of GSA. GSA will make reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities upon request.