Since 1977, Katimavik has been facilitating youth development initiatives across Canada. Our approach is based on the development of long-term, mutually beneficial, relationships between volunteers and local communities for the benefit of all. Our programs strive to offer experiential learning opportunities that allow young people to gain life and career skills to thrive in today’s world. Our new vision includes engaging young people in the process of Truth and Reconciliation with Indigenous peoples and fostering inclusive and accepting communities comprised of people from all backgrounds.
Are you a natural team leader and a creative problem-solver? Do you enjoy giving back to the community and inspiring others to do good? Katimavik is looking for open-minded, resourceful individuals to lead youth development projects. This challenging and rewarding position provides leadership for up to 11 youth at a time, guiding them through a six-month experience of volunteerism, learning, discovery, growth, and accountability. The Project Leader will reside in-house with the group.
- Establish and maintain a network of community partnerships in the project location.
- Foster meaningful partnerships with local Indigenous communities and organizations to facilitate Truth and Reconciliation learning and activities.
- Support the overall Katimavik experience for a group of 11 young adults, with the objective of providing each with a meaningful development experience.
- Support and equip the Katimavik Participants in sustaining a harmonious, inclusive, and respectful group living environment at all times.
- Assist with the design and delivery of all group projects and ensure the effective delivery of quality community projects, in collaboration with community partners.
- Track youth development and project progress to ensure quality outcomes and continuous improvement.
- Manage house inventory, financial resources, and various project logistics.
- Communicate project achievements and milestones through social media platforms.
- Assist in broader Katimavik activities and initiatives, as needed.
- Facilitate group learning through delivery of Katimavik’s competency-based learning module and reconciliation tools and resources, and by leading group discussions, activities, and reflection exercises.
Qualifications, Skills, and Experience
- Previous leadership experience working directly with youth.
- Experience in crisis management and being a direct support to youth with high risk behaviour.
- A strong understanding of issues of equity and the ability to support youth from historically underserviced communities, including Indigenous, newcomer, and LGBTQ2 communities.
- An understanding of Indigenous issues in Canada and a desire to engage in Truth and Reconciliation.
- Demonstrated experience in building and maintaining highly productive community networks and relationships.
- Advanced and adaptable leadership skills and previous experience in group facilitation.
- Excellent organizational skills and experience with managing and reconciling a budget.
- Standard First Aid and CPR certification (or ability to attain prior to project start date).
- Self-motivated and able to manage multiple deadlines, while ensuring quality project deliverables.
- Strong written skills in English, and the ability to communicate in both official languages.
- An open-minded and respectful character that embraces diversity and adapts to individual needs and interests.
- A positive and fun attitude.