JOB POSTING: LIVING WAGE CAMPAIGN ORGANIZER
Full time position (35 hours/week), including evening and weekend work, as necessary
Location: First Call office, 312 Main Street, Vancouver
First Call is a dynamic, non-partisan coalition of over 100 provincial and regional partner organizations in British Columbia committed to strengthening support for the well-being of children and youth in BC. Through public education, community mobilization and public policy advocacy, our non-profit coalition aims to ensure children and youth receive “first call” on society’s resources and their rights are understood and respected. (See www.firstcallbc.org for more information.)
Building on our work monitoring child poverty levels in BC, since 2009 First Call has hosted the Living Wage for Families Campaign (www.livingwageforfamilies.ca) to address the high proportion of children who live with parents/caregivers in the paid workforce whose wages are insufficient to lift their families out of poverty. In collaboration with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and other partners, the Living Wage is recalculated annually based on the earnings needed to allow a household to meet its basic needs, after government transfers are taken into account. The campaign has certified almost 150 living wage employers to date.
Overall accountability for the day-to-day operations of the Living Wage for Families Campaign to achieve agreed-upon campaign objectives as laid out in annual campaign/program plan.
- In consultation with the Living Wage Advisory Committee, plan, develop, coordinate, and implement strategic campaign options and priorities, such as outreach to municipalities and developing an employer outreach and engagement strategy.
- Act as media spokesperson for the Campaign.
- Assist inquiring employers to understand supply chain implications and requirements.
- Manage ongoing Living Wage Employer certification program, including annual recertifications and investigating concerns about non-compliance
- Assist communities across the province with updating their annual Living Wage calculations
- Oversee a funded research project on low-wage work
- Build and support partnerships with unions, employers, and other organizations and related campaigns working on economic inequality issues
- Maximize resources by managing annual campaign budget and identifying, developing and pursuing funding opportunities, including developing a sustainability strategy and investigating an employer enrollment and certification fee.
- Maintain the website and educational resources.
- Collaborate with other Living Wage campaigns in other jurisdictions as a national Living Wage framework is developed.
- Support and supervise Campaign Assistant.
SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE
- At least five years of relevant work experience.
- Experience in campaign development, community organizing, project management and/or advocacy on social justice issues, with demonstrated results.
- Experience working with coalitions and/or employer or business networks and diverse stakeholders
- Passion for achieving social and economic justice for families and their children, coupled with knowledge of the socio-economic issues affecting them
- Skills in working with employers to build positive relationships to achieve poverty reduction
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Strong analytical and strategic thinking capabilities
- Excellent organizational and planning skills
- Proven project management and time management skills
- Public presentation experience
- Experience working with the media
- Highly developed and effective interpersonal skills
- Impeccable tact and judgment
- Relevant degree an asset
- Proficiency in basic computer applications, including basic proficiency in major social media platforms, e.g. Twitter and Facebook; NationBuilder knowledge an asset.