For 31 years, Eva’s Initiatives for Homeless Youth (Eva’s)—an award-winning organization that provides shelter, transitional housing, and programming to help young people in need build brighter futures—has taken innovative approaches toward addressing youth homelessness. Inspired by the legacy of Eva Maud Smith (1923-1993) and her trailblazing work to address barriers facing marginalized youth—and specifically, Black youth—the organization has been recognized nationally for providing young people with support while in school and when finding and maintaining employment. Eva’s Initiatives operates three specialized shelters—Eva’s Place, Eva’s Satellite, and Eva’s Phoenix—and, in 2020, was chosen as one of Canada’s Top 10 high-impact charities. At this important moment in the organization’s evolution, Eva’s Initiatives invites nominations and applications for the following two roles that will positively impact many young lives: Director of Programs and Senior Site Manager of Housing.
THE ROLE OF DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS
Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Programs is a member of and a strategic partner to the senior leadership team and drives programming across all sites at Eva’s Initiatives. This position leads program development by drawing on the latest research in youth development, trauma and resilience, and evidence-based practices in youth programming, and integrates youth participation in the design, implementation, and evaluation of programs. The Director will have the knowledge and expertise required to build programs using their deep understanding of systemic barriers that result in unequitable outcomes for young people, and in particular Black, Indigenous and Racialized youth. This position requires an in-depth understanding of identity-centering and culturally responsive programs and builds programming in partnership with the Black community. The successful candidate brings several years of practical experience in the not-for-profit sector, has worked with or has served on not-for-profit boards, and has experience managing multiple stakeholder relationships preferably in a unionized environment. An undergraduate degree in a relevant field (e.g., Social Work, Psychology) is sought or a combination of relevant experience and/or education.
APPLYING FOR THE ROLE OF DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS
Interested applicants can send their resume to . Eva’s invites applications from all qualified candidates; however Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. Eva’s is partnering with BIPOC Executive Search to ensure an applicant list that includes Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour, thereby reflecting Canada’s diverse population. Applicants from the BIPOC community can send their resume to Urmilla Khan at for this role.
In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), accommodation will be provided throughout the recruitment process to applicants with disabilities.
We thank everyone for their expression of interest—and are truly appreciative of the time individuals put into applying—but with the limitations of time only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
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