Job Posting 79459

Social Justice and Outreach Facilitator
United Churches of Langley
Fraser Valley
Langley
closes in 4 days (Tue, 1 Feb)
full time  •  58,000-68,000

JOB TITLE: SOCIAL JUSTICE & OUTREACH PROGRAM FACILITATOR

The United Churches of Langley is accepting applications for the role of Social Justice & Outreach (SJO) Program Facilitator. The position is a full time, two year contract with a 6 month probationary period. The role is to be evaluated midway through the second year of employment to determine whether the role will be extended. 

 

The SJO Program Facilitator is a champion of justice, equality, inclusivity, and empathy, who fosters community building, reconciliation and systems change within the United Churches of Langley (UCoL) congregation, the broader Langley community and beyond.  This opportunity will be posted until February 1st.

ABOUT the UNITED CHURCHES of LANGLEY: 

We acknowledge with gratitude that we live and gather on the unceded and ancestral lands of the Kwantlen, Matsqui, Katzie and the Semiahmoo people. We honour their faithful stewardship of the land and seek to walk in the Spirit of reconciliation.

The VISION of the United Churches of Langley is to be a 

Thriving congregation

Vital to the community

Alive as followers of Jesus Christ

Sustainable for the future

 

At United Churches of Langley, we are moving forward with hearts open to the light of the Christ, which surrounds us and is in us.  The journey is ours, the Mission is God’s and together we are discovering how to be a part of what God is already doing.  We welcome you to join us on the adventure.

POSITION SUMMARY

The role includes outreach, education and support of people in our community through partnerships and relational journeying towards sustainable systemic change. The work of justice involves both meeting immediate needs of food and shelter and safety, and the broader work of community building & change-making in areas such as Indigenous rights and reconciliation, women's rights, anti-racism, LGBTQ+ rights, climate change and environmental protections, universal basic income, mental health awareness and supports, supporting refugees, disability justice, and so much more.

 

The guiding principles of the Social Justice & Outreach Ministry at the United Churches of Langley are to: 

  • Honour the inherent worth of all persons
  • Live with respect in Creation 
  • Respond to God's Spirit and God's call to reach out to those in need
  • Continue to be a learning community regarding Social Justice issues 
  • Partnerships are key 
  • Engage and mobilize United Churches of Langley within the Community
  • Faithful financial stewardship 
  • Transparency and Accountability

The SJO Program Facilitator will network with community service agencies, First Nations communities and other stakeholders to research community needs, strategic partnerships and possible Social Justice projects.

The SJO Program Facilitator Reports to the Social Justice Ministry Team and is supervised by the Minister of Adult Faith & Outreach. The Minister of Adult Faith & Outreach will refer to/consult with the Ministry and Personnel Committee, Minister of Children, Youth & Adults, Board of Directors & other committees when appropriate.

APPLICATION PROCESS: 

Submit a resume & cover letter outlining your interest in the role and related experience by February 1st via email or hard copy: 

 

Email: 

 

subject: Social Justice Ministry Team

Hard copy (mail, or drop in mail slot at side of building): 

United Churches of Langley
Attention: Social Justice Ministry Team
21562 Old Yale Road
Langley, BC V3A 4MB

 

CORE COMPETENCIES for the SOCIAL JUSTICE & OUTREACH FACILITATOR ROLE

You are collaborative, empowering, open-minded, and passionate about working with communities of faith. You understand the values and principles of social justice, including the foundational principles of access to resources, equity, participation, diversity, and human rights. 

 

You are a champion of justice, equality, inclusivity, and empathy in all aspects of your work. Your work includes initiatives big and small to foster community building, reconciliation & justice impacting people as individuals and in striving for systems change. You are able to demonstrate intersectional knowledge and your work is grounded in trauma-informed approaches. You are an agent of change who inspires others and plays the roles of catalyst, advisor, collaborator, implementer and educator.

EDUCATION & TRAINING

Bachelor’s degree in a related field (i.e. Human Resources, Sociology, Communications, Education, Restorative Justice, Law, etc.). Minimum of five (5) years of social justice, diversity, accessibility and inclusion experience in a work environment, demonstrating increasing responsibility over time. Formal training or certification in group facilitation, social justice, fostering Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) initiatives, and/or intercultural communication. Or an equivalent combination of education and experience. 

 

Life and/or volunteer experience in communities of faith or religious settings, and/or in frontline, grassroots or community social justice organizing is a strong asset that will be considered akin to formal training, education and/or professional experience. 

 

Copies of relevant certifications will be required at the time of the interview. A BC driver’s license and access to a reliable mode of transportation is required. The successful candidate will be required to obtain an annual Police Records Check with a Vulnerable Sectors screening.

SKILL PROFILE 

  • Demonstrated ability to foster creativity, innovation, and systems thinking in strategic planning to cultivate shifts in congregational culture and larger scale change initiatives.
  • Demonstrated intersectional knowledge and understanding of issues of; sexism, misogyny, racism, cissexism, transphobia, heterosexism, homophobia, biphobia, xenophobia, ageism, ableism, classism, religious prejudice, White supremacy, anti-Black racism, colonialism, and settler colonialism.
  • Proven commitment to working with and supporting BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and people of colour), women, trans, Two-Spirit, gender non-binary and non-conforming people and communities.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate and engage with diverse stakeholder groups in complex, sometimes ambiguous and decentralized organizations.
  • Strong understanding of change management, project management and communication key principles and best practices to develop and oversee outreach and change initiatives.
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills; approachable, patient, empathetic and able to address conflicts and facilitate difficult conversations.  
  • Superior writing, speaking and presentation skills; with demonstrated ability to facilitate workshops and education sessions, meetings, and events accessible to a range of experiences and learning styles. 
  • Ability to apply good judgment and political expertise to communicate, network and  collaborate with a variety of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Proven team building, problem solving, and conflict resolution skills to facilitate critical thinking and problem resolution.
  • Comfortable with technology and able to patiently walk individuals and groups with low-technological literacy through utilizing tools such as Zoom, email, etc. 
  • Demonstrated ability to navigate sensitive topics with patience, empathy and good judgement without compromising safety, confidentiality or over-promising the supports that can be made available. 
  • Well-developed self-care practices to reduce stress and enhance both short- and longer-term health and well-being. 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES 

  • Support the integration of the Social Justice and Outreach (SJO) Ministry into the life and work of the United Churches of Langley through building relationships and engaging with the congregation at both of UCoL’s sites on (a minimum of) a monthly basis. 
  • Lead bi-weekly SJO Team meetings to provide updates, address challenges, seek project approval, share metrics, etc. related to the activities of the SJO Ministry.
  • Support and actively engage with people in existing UCoL activities. Maintain thorough knowledge of UCoL programs to coordinate outreach, engagement and promotion of UCoL events, services, programs, groups and activities.
  • Facilitate and foster relationships with and between members of both of UCoL’s sites (Fort Langley and Murrayville), local Host Nations and key partners within the community. 
  • Facilitate congregational Social Justice learning through conversation, training, promotion of educational opportunities and events.
  • Collect data, conduct assessments, and prepare reports for SJO projects, funding requests, initiatives and engagement activities that are consistent with the current reporting structure at UCoL to keep both the Board and congregation informed of SJO activities. 
  • Seek out and form new partnerships in the community exploring existing and emerging needs in consultation with the SJO Team to enhance justice locally, regionally and globally. 
  • Collate potential projects and recommendations to be presented to the SJO Team for review and approval of funding. Support and monitor approved projects. 
  • Manage UCoL’s social media strategy and nurture strong presence across multiple platforms, including brainstorming campaigns, posting regularly, responding to queries and comments, and analyzing data.
  • Learn about The United Church of Canada Social Justice story and UCoL's place in that story.  
    • Recommended readings: United Church of Canada Declarations of Faith, The Calls to the Church & Moving Towards Full Inclusion; United Churches of Langley 
  • Learn about the relationship between SJO initiatives at UCoL, how we talk about Social Justice, and how people support the work of the Church. Work collaboratively with the Stewardship Team as appropriate. 
    • Recommended Reading: Holy Currencies, Not Your Parent's Offering Plate 
  • Demonstrate curiosity and a commitment to lifelong learning by maintaining knowledge of current events and research on topics related to Social Justice, Communications, Outreach, Accessibility, EDI standards, as well as best practices, reports, and case studies relevant to SJO initiatives.
  • Lead the development and implementation of a social justice and outreach strategic plan, including reporting on measurable outcomes, in collaboration with the SJO Team and supervisory Minister. 
    • Develop an initial draft of the strategic plan within the first 3 months, integrating feedback from the SJO Team and supervisory Minister, to present to the UCoL Board and congregation. 
    • Update strategic plan with bi-annual updates thereafter to maintain relevancy. 
  • Participate in quarterly reviews for the duration of the two year contract with a member of the SJO Team, Ministry & Personnel (M&P) Committee representative and supervisory Minister. 
    • Participate in an evaluation and feasibility study 6 months prior to the end of the two-year contract to determine future status of the role in collaboration with the SJO Team, M&P Committee Representative and supervisory Minister of Adult Faith 
  • Other duties as required in consultation with SJO Team, M&P Committee and/or supervisory Minister.

COMPENSATION

  • Salary $58,000-$68,000 per year, based on education and experience; annual Cost of living increase
  • 4 weeks vacation, 2 weeks study/Professional Development leave
  • Sick leave in accordance with provincial guidelines 
  • $2500 Professional Development & Continuing Education funds annually
  • United Church of Canada Extended Health Insurance Benefits 
  • Mileage reimbursed at $0.50/KM 
  • Others (ie. phone stipend, etc.) 
  • Two Year Contract with a 6 month probationary period with the option of extending the role upon discussion with the team & employee 

SCHEDULE 

  • Full time 40 hours per week; Hybrid on site and remote/work from home schedule. 
    • Flexibility required as meetings & events may take place during evenings & weekends. 
    • Schedule will be somewhat self-directed, with input from the supervising minister. 
  • Staff member will be expected to track their hours as the position does not include paid overtime
    • Hours in excess of 40 hours per week to be tracked and taken as days in lieu 

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