Job Posting 99519

Pan-Asian Anti-Racism Community Engagement Coordinator
Amici Curiae Friendship Society
Vancouver & Lower Mainland
closes in 10 days (Mon, 4 Mar)
negotiable / flexible  •  $22 to 25 per hour up to $5000 inclusive of benefits

About ACFS:

As a charity, Amici Curiae Friendship Society 法庭之友 (AC) volunteers help British Columbians understand legal procedures and complete their paperwork, regardless of their means. For free. Members of AC recognize that their work is in service of the community; they are not experts in the lives of others, and must adopt cultural humility and trauma-informed practice when engaging with communities.

 

As an organization that serves clients throughout British Columbia, AC acknowledges the traditional territories of the many diverse Indigenous Peoples in the geographic areas we serve.

 

About the Project

Despite what is contained in our Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the protections afforded in BC human rights law, racism is still experienced on a daily basis. Particularly, COVID-19 exacerbated overt and brutal acts of anti-Asian racism. Based on the number of requests for help that we have received since COVID, Asians and other racialized groups feel more disenfranchised and dehumanized than ever. Unlike the average self-litigant, the inability to speak or write English language is another barrier to receiving access to justice. AC understands that the needs and experiences of each IBPOC group is intersectional, distinct and unique, therefore intentional care must be given to providing each community the services they need to thrive. AC intends to continue to serve various small local community and non-profit groups in BC in order to be able to help clients with articulating their legal issues more effectively. This project focuses on identifying and better serving the needs of members of the Pan-Asian community. 



Position Description: 

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Pan-Asian Community Engagement Coordinators will be hired for this project to conduct an environmental scan in Vancouver’s Lower Mainland of small community, religious and settlement organizations who serve as a contact point for racialized people with a focus on Pan Asians. The community engagement coordinators will first identify these smaller organizations and reach out to them. Upon contact, organizations will be asked if they are interested in collaborating with AC on this project to better capture the legal needs of their patrons. Upon agreement, the community engagement coordinators will collaborate with the organizations to find out what, if any, law related gaps these organizations and their patrons might have. The community engagement coordinators will carefully consider how to conduct respectful and appropriate engagements with each of these distinct organizations and their communities that honours their time and shared experiences.

A significant portion of the coordinators’ work will involve matters of a confidential and sensitive nature. The coordinators  will be required to sign AC’s Service Letter.



Overview of Duties: 

The successful applicants will have the opportunity to

1) Conduct research to identify and collate a list of small community group organizations that serve racialized populations principally in the Lower Mainland.

2) Engage in outreach with identified Asian Canadian community organizations to build meaningful relationships. Community engagement may involve attending in-person networking events, supporting partner events, site visits, etc. 

3) Collaborate with these identified organizations to design and execute a needs assessment through varied types of community engagement opportunities. 

4) Note the findings of these needs assessments in a final report that will be shared with AC's Executive Director to review. This report will determine AC's next course of action and will also be shared with the general public.

5) Attend and support AC events, programming, and strategic meetings. 

6) Other relevant duties. 

 

Education & Experience 

  • Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline. Preference will be given to those who have some legal training. Minimum of two years of related experience, or the equivalent combination of education and experience. 
  • Willingness to respect diverse perspectives, including perspectives in conflict with one’s own.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to cultural humility and enhancing one’s own awareness, knowledge, and skills related to equity, anti-racism, and reconciliation
  • Candidates who identify as IBPOC or have lived experience of barriers to equity are encouraged to apply and will be prioritized.  
  • Preference given to those who speak Chinese (Mandarin, Cantonese, other dialect). 
  • Preference given to those who have familiarity with the nuances of Chinese culture. 
  • Strong command of general software applications (MS Word, Outlook), and computer apps (Zoom, Teams, Sync, Slack)

 

Knowledge & Abilities:

  • Proven experience in managing initiatives with diverse stakeholder groups in complex, sometimes ambiguous and decentralized organizations. 
  • Proven experience in the development and delivery of equity, diversity and inclusion programming. 
  • Demonstrated approach to community engagement with racialized communities using a trauma-informed lens.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively as part of a team, collaborating effectively with a variety of partners and across various project deliverables.
  • Strong project management, prioritization and planning skills in the design and delivery of equity, diversity and inclusion programs. 
  •  Strong communication skills, both verbal and written, with a demonstrated ability of disseminating complex information to audiences with mixed levels of understanding. 
  • Ability to communicate sensitive information to, and collaborate with, a variety of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Proven experience in fostering relationships with stakeholders, community groups, and team members.
  •  Ability to connect and engage with marginalized communities based on credibility or gained from lived experiences
  • Demonstrated ability to facilitate workshops, meetings, and events with multidisciplinary staff to achieve effective outcomes. 
  • Flexibility to attend programs, events, and conferences scheduled outside of standard university hours of operations, including evenings and weekends.
  • Some travel within the Lower Mainland may be required.

 

VISIT OUR WEBSITE: legalformsbc.ca

 

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Reconciliation: 

Equity, diversity, and using a trauma-sensitive approach are central to this project and Amici Curiae Friendship Society’s work. Indigenous, Black and People of Colour are encouraged to apply and will be given priority. If you require accommodation during, don't hesitate to let us know so we can make arrangements. 

 

We would like to thank all external applicants for their interest but regret that only those shortlisted will be contacted. 

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