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Program Manager – Indigenous Youth and Environment

Job Description

Level is looking for a motivated, energetic and hard-working individual to join our small, dynamic team to oversee the national delivery and expansion of our Indigenous Youth Outreach Program (IYOP) and Environmental Justice Program (EJP).

If you are passionate about advancing access to justice, social justice, and environmental justice through community outreach, education, mentorship, youth engagement, and legal-sector training, this is the role for you!

Overview

  • Position: Program Manager – Indigenous Youth and Environment
  • Job Term: 12 Months, Full-Time Contract (with possibility of renewal)
  • Location: Remote/Work from home, anywhere in Canada
  • Salary: $55,000 – $60,000 commensurate with experience (negotiable)
  • Benefits: Extended health benefits available after 3-month probation period
  • Reporting to: Executive Director
  • Anticipated Start Date: January 30th, 2023
  • Travel Requirements: Limited travel within Canada

 

About Level

Level is a Canadian charitable organization on a mission to level barriers to justice by disrupting prejudice, building empathy and advancing human rights. We pursue our mission through youth outreach, public legal education initiatives, social justice programming and events, and through specialized mentorship programs.

Since 2005, Level’s programming has motivated tomorrow’s lawyers, leaders and change-makers to champion social justice causes and make positive contributions to their communities. With social consciousness and youth engagement at the heart of these initiatives, students are encouraged to think critically and assess how their unique set of skills can be used to better the world around them.

About IYOP

Launched in 2012, Level’s Indigenous Youth Outreach Program (IYOP) is a justice education and mentorship program that engages First Nations, Métis and Inuit youth aged 11-18 across Canada through experiential learning opportunities designed to empower youth to reach their full potential. With its focus on building relationships with justice sector responders, the program provides youth participants with a positive experience with the justice system during a critical time in their development.

IYOP is rooted in building trust, acknowledging colonial legacies, honouring Indigenous practices and customs, and maintaining a two-way transfer of knowledge between students and volunteers. The program increases access to justice by breaking down barriers between the justice sector and Indigenous youth, building powerful, cross-cultural conversations and relationships.

About EJP

Level’s Environmental Justice Program (EJP) is an environmental education initiative designed to empower youth aged 11 – 18 with knowledge on environmental issues in Canada and the skills to advocate for environmental justice in their communities. The program builds students confidence, critical thinking and leadership skills, emphasizes Indigenous legal and cultural perspective and builds knowledge of environmental justice in the Canadian context. The aim of this program is to help students creatively envision a more just future for people and the planet.  

Key Responsibilities

1. Program Development and Delivery:

  • Collaborate with the Executive Director (ED) to create a strategic plan for program development and expansion.
  • Solicit input from Indigenous Elders, Knowledge Keepers and community leaders regarding program development and enhancements.
  • Develop annual program budget and oversee all program expenditures.
  • Monitor cash flow projections and report actual cash flow and variance to the ED.
  • Research expansion opportunities and execute expansions with ED’s approval.
  • Draft/update program materials including youth-friendly reports and resources.
  • Monitor and enhance program evaluation framework to assess the strengths of the program and to identify areas for improvement.
  • Identify and evaluate the risks associated with program activities and take appropriate action to control/minimize risks.
  • Develop new youth outreach initiatives to support the strategic direction of the organization.
  • Periodic travel to program locations throughout Canada is required.
  • Draft and collect data for funding reports related to IYOP and EJP.
  • Research and complete grant applications to grow, develop, and initiate specialized projects for programs.

2. Staff/Volunteer Management:

  • Recruit, interview and select well-qualified local Program Facilitators.
  • Train, supervise and coach local Program Facilitators across Canada.
  • Establish and implement a communication and performance management process for all staff/volunteers.
  • Along with the local Program Facilitators, execute volunteer cultural competency training events for volunteers.
  • Ensure that volunteer reporting and risk management procedures are followed and recorded.
  • Coordinate the delivery of services among different program locations to increase effectiveness and efficiency
  • Initiate volunteer appreciation events/opportunities. 
  • Develop and oversee specialized projects or initiatives related to IYOP or EJP.
  • In collaboration with the Level Team, recruit, interview and select work/study and summer law students, and supervise and mentor selected students.

3. Public Relations:

  • Develop and maintain strong working relationships with our community partners, including school boards, volunteers and local Indigenous Elders, Knowledge Keepers and community leaders.
  • Contribute to social media strategy and promote Level’s youth outreach initiatives via our website, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter platforms.
  • Ensure funders are appropriately recognized at all times.
  • Write reports on the program for management and funders.
  • Communicate with funders as outlined in funding agreements.
  • Communicate with other stakeholders to gain community support for the program and to solicit input to improve the program.
  • Attend networking and other events to promote Level’s brand.
  • Generally, act as an ambassador of Level’s mission, vision, values and goals.

4. Fundraising and Event Planning:

  • Under the direction of the Executive Director, draft funding/grant applications to support Level’s programs and operations, as well as reports to funders.
  • Together with the Executive Director and Social Justice Program Manager, organize and execute a fundraising event twice a year.

 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in law, social justice, education, or related sector.
  • Experience working with non-profit organizations/social enterprise.
  • Experience with justice education program development and delivery.
  • Knowledge and experience with staff/volunteer management.
  • Experience with fundraising, including building donor relationships and drafting funding proposals and reports.
  • Strong and creative research and writing skills.
  • Exceptional organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Collaborative, friendly attitude.
  • Ability to work independently and under own direction.
  • Experience working with youth, Indigenous communities, and/or marginalized communities.
  • Interest and passion for social justice, access to justice, and community building.

Application Process

Please only apply by following the instructions:

Your application should be saved as one PDF file and contain: 1) cover letter (explaining why you are suited to and interested in the position), 2) curriculum vitae, and 3) contact details for three references.

Please save the file as [Last Name]_[First Name]_[PM2023App].pdf. 

Submit your application to Shelan Markus, Executive Director, at recruitment@leveljustice.org by January 27, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. EST. Applications accepted / interviews scheduled on a rolling basis, so we encourage you to apply as early as possible!

While we welcome applications from everyone, First Nations, Métis or Inuit legal professionals or educators are highly encouraged to apply.

To apply to this position, please contact the job poster via email