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Position Title: Youth Empowerment Specialist
Organization: Environmental Youth Alliance
Location: Vancouver, BC

Terms: 32 hrs/wk, 12 month fixed term employment contract
Start Date: April or May 2021
Annual Salary: $41,600 ($25/hr)
Annual Benefits: $500 Health Spending Account I $150 Training Budget
Reports to: Executive Director

NOTE: Some weekend and evening work will be required for this position.
Eligibility: Lived experience as an Indigenous or racialized immigrant youth

What we do: mission & mandate

EYA engages youth targeted by systemic barriers to become environmental stewards. We provide trauma-informed, land-based education and paid job training programs that engage youth to connect with nature, community, and skills through hands-on activities like growing native plants, stewarding urban wildlife habitat, and learning about plants as food and medicine. Our programs braid Western ecology and Indigenous knowledge systems through visits from Indigenous Elders and Knowledge Keepers. You'll be joining a small but innovative organization, and a team of creative, fun, and like-minded colleagues. We value collaboration, equality, inclusivity, and youth leadership. Find out more about our team and work:

What you’ll do: situation & role overview

As the Youth Empowerment Specialist, you’ll work closely with the Executive Director to empower BIPOC youth to move into and retain leadership roles at EYA through changes to our programming, operations, and governance. Drawing on input from youth participants, community advisors, and your own lived experience, you’ll lead work to strengthen EYA’s leadership continuum and deepen our anti-racist and decolonizing practices. You’ll also meet regularly with an Indigenous mentor and have opportunities to learn about non-profit management and leadership.

This position is open to all youth who identify as Indigenous or racialized immigrants or refugees. Please indicate in your application if you meet this requirement.

Key responsibilities

  • Strengthen EYA’s leadership continuum for Indigenous and racialized immigrant youth
  • Co-lead the Peer Mentor program: lead trainings, support participants/staff supervisors
  • Co-lead the Youth Advisory Circle: facilitate meetings, engage youth in decision making
  • Identify barriers in these programs and changes to make them more inclusive through consultation with youth, advisors, and staff
  • Assess EYA’s current practices in anti-racism and decolonization and identify gaps
  • Help to create an action plan to strengthen EYA’s decolonial and anti-racism practices in our youth programming and operations
  • Work with the Board Development Committee to identify changes to make the EYA board more safe and welcoming to Indigenous and racialized immigrant youth
  • Help to develop policies and guidelines to strengthen EYA’s trauma-informed practices
  • Assess EYA’s current approach to trauma-informed youth programming and identify gaps
  • Share learnings with other non-profits through online presentations
  • Other activities as identified by the Executive Director

What you’ll bring: requirements & assets

Do you have lived experience as an Indigenous youth or racialized immigrant youth? Are you interested in supporting BIPOC youth leaders in the environmental non-profit sector? We're looking for someone with strong knowledge of anti-racism, decolonizing practices, and youth empowerment through lived experience and/or training and education of any form. Experience with land-based youth education and trauma-informed practice, and some experience in the non-profit sector would be a huge asset in this role. You’re also organized, creative, collaborative, a good communicator, and excited about social justice, ecology, and youth leadership.

  • Lived experience as an Indigenous or racialized immigrant youth
  • Strong knowledge of systemic oppression, racism, and colonialism/neocolonialism
  • Strong knowledge of decolonizing practices and anti-racism practices
  • Strong knowledge of youth empowerment and leadership
  • Knowledge of trauma-informed practices or willingness to learn
  • Experience with land-based environmental education for youth an asset
  • Some experience working in the non-profit sector is an asset
  • Ability to analyze complex problems and identify clear, achievable solutions
  • Able to organize ideas clearly in written action plans, including identifying goals and tasks
  • Comfortable facilitating small group discussions and making presentations
  • Able to manage small projects independently and take initiative
  • Strong writing skills - able to write clearly and concisely
  • Strong and open verbal communication skills
  • Able to work collaboratively with a small team to achieve shared goals
  • Flexible and willing to pitch in to make things happen
  • Organized and committed to doing your best work
  • Personal values fit with EYA mission and culture
  • Satisfactory criminal record check, including vulnerable sector check, required

EYA has health and safety policies in place to keep our staff and participants safe during the pandemic. Until BC’s provincial health orders change, you’ll be working from home with visits to EYA’s outdoor programming site in Strathcona Community Gardens as required.

How to apply

E-mail a resume and short letter describing the experience and skills you would bring to this job and why you are interested in the role to Emily Keller, Executive Director with “Youth Empowerment Specialist application” in the subject line:

Please indicate you saw this posting at GoodWork.

The deadline to apply is April 25th or until filled. Applications will be reviewed upon submission and interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis until position is filled.

This position is open to all youth who identify as Indigenous or racialized immigrants or refugees. Please indicate in your application if you meet this requirement.

EYA operates on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the x?m?θk??y??m (Musqueam), s?l?ílw?ta?? (Tsleil-Waututh), and S?wx?wú7mesh (Squamish) people.


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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Apr 6 2021    ID: 59360