27 Apr Job Posting: Outreach &and Volunteer Engagement Coordinator
Deadline for Applications: May 12th, 2015 (or ongoing as required)
About the Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Network
The Health Network is a coalition of community groups, organized labour, faith groups, women’s organizations, students, and individuals. Together, we create a forum for people and communities to discuss issues in health care and come together to advocate for solutions that increase the health and wellness of everyone.
Formed in 1996, the Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network’s goal is to stop the privatization of the public health care system, ensure high levels of care, and extending public health care to include services like pharmacare, dental care, long-term care, mental health care and home care.
The Network grounds its campaigns in the Social Determinants of Health. Our advocacy includes immediate health reforms, while building toward larger strategies of addressing poverty, racism, inadequate housing, education and inequality – barriers to a healthy society.
The Network is political but non-partisan and receives no government funding.
The Outreach & Volunteer Engagement Coordinator will focus on developing the volunteer network of the organization. The Health Network has launched 2 new campaigns: stopping the privatization of home care, and the elimination of ambulance fees in the province. We are just wrapping up our provincial town hall tour on the future of home care, and about to launch a province wide day of action.
This is an exciting opportunity to build off our momentum and recent connections. As the Outreach and Volunteer Engagement Corodinator, you will focus on increasing the scope and effectiveness of the organization’s outreach and raise public awareness on issues in healthcare. You will develop relationships with organizations and volunteers across the province and building the capacity of regional advocacy groups.
The right applicant will be self-directed and eager to pursue creative projects that deepen the engagement of our members, raise the profile of the organization, and further our campaigns. One particular direction (that we’re excited about) could be using media and web platforms to record and share the stories of people who depend on and work in the health system.
The position offers an adaptable environment and the ability to gains skills, connections and knowledge in areas most important to you. Working with the Provincial Coordinator, you will be able to tailor parts of the job to meet your own learning goals.
The Health Network works with a wide array of allies, including labour unions, anti-poverty and social justice organizations, women’s centres, faith groups, students and more.
- Growing a membership base of individuals and organizations
- Assisting with organizing rallies, info pickets, sit-ins and other demonstrations
- Deepening the engagement of volunteers and supporting local chapters
- Provide administrative support to local community contacts and local committees
- Organizing profile-raising events to attract new volunteers.
- Attending committees and meetings
- Developing outreach and event materials (posters, petitions, banners, memes etc).
- Social media promotion.
The Health Network is a small organization and as campaigns develop work can vary. Depending on the day, tasks may include assisting with research, organizing events, holding workshops for volunteers, action planning, media engagement etc.
The ideal candidate will have some or all of the following qualifications:
a) A strong activist or non-profit background and knowledge of current social, political and economics affairs in Nova Scotia, including an understanding of our diverse population
b) A demonstrated commitment to Public Health Care and an understanding of the broader implications of inequality and oppression on health
c) Proven experience in the volunteer recruitment & retention
d) Experience in planning and implementation of volunteer driven campaigns,
e) Willingness to travel within the province
f) Capacity to work in coalitions with a wide array of organizations, opinions, and occasionally divergent goals.
g) An understanding of community-based organizations and the labour movement in Nova Scotia
h) Capacity to work in a self-directed manner
i) Excellent computer skills, including experience with web platforms (e.g. twitter, Facebook, Square Space, WordPress) and graphic design (Adobe)
j) Excellent organizational and time management skills
- Graphic design
- Audio/Video skills
- Web development
- Fluency in French
Start date: Mid May – Mid July, 8 weeks (Start and end dates flexible, depending on the candidate).
Hours of work: Monday to Friday, 30 per week, with a great deal of flexibility. Evenings and weekends maybe required on occasion.
To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to James at NSHeathCoalition.ca before midnight on May 12th.
Note: We are an equal opportunity employer and people from marginalized communities are encouraged to apply, including women, Indigenous and First Nations people, people of colour, Black Nova Scotians, lesbian, bisexual, gay, two spirit, transgender and transsexual, queer and intersex people, people with disabilities, and working-class people.
We welcome participants from marginalized communities to identify as such within their applications.
Funding for this position comes from Services Canada – Canada Summer Job Grants.
To be eligible, applicants must
- be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment;
- have been registered as full-time students in the previous academic year and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year;
- be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act; and,
- be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations.