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Youth Job Opportunity: Program Assistant


Since 1973, the North Shore Women’s Centre has worked to improve the social, economic, legal and political status of women, and encouraged and supported self-empowerment by acting as a resource and a catalyst for change, from feminist perspectives.


Located on the unceded Traditional Territories of the Coast Salish peoples and Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations, the organization operates a drop-in resource centre welcoming women and gender diverse individuals, including those who identify as trans, Two-Spirit, and/or gender non-binary. We particularly support those individuals who are isolated, marginalized and/or living with low incomes to help address concerns regarding poverty, gender-based violence, safe and affordable housing/homelessness, physical/mental health, separation, parenting, discrimination and systemic oppression, employment and training, childcare and more.


Our range of free programs and services include peer counselling, crisis support, emergency food/toiletries, laundry service, basic computer training, family law clinic, health and wellness program, support groups, workshops and public education initiatives, and young women’s empowerment programs. Each year the North Shore Women’s Centre provides between 7,000-8,000 service contacts.


With financial support from the Government of Canada’s Canada Summer Jobs program, we are looking for a Program Assistant for a 16-week work placement commencing on Thursday, June 25th, 2020. Compensation is $16.00 per hour for 30 hours per week. Typically, the work will take place from

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday-Friday with the potential for schedule flexibility come fall. Due to funding requirements, this a youth position for individuals 30 years of age or under. We encourage applications from Indigenous women and women of colour.



The Program Assistant will be supporting the organization’s work by undertaking the following primary tasks related to special projects and programs at our organization:

1. Fundraising and Fund Development: 

  • Coordinate an online silent auction fundraising initiative to support on-going services and programming. With a fundraising goal in mind, this work involves planning, liaising with local business donors, developing and maintaining databases and undertaking event marketing including design and distribution of promotional materials.

  • Assist the Fund Development and Communications Coordinator with a major gifts program. 


2. Young Women’s Empowerment Camp:
Assist the Program Coordinator with coordinating and delivering the organization’s annual Fearless: Girls’ Empowerment Camp program consisting of two separate week-long summer day-camp sessions with the following responsibilities:

  • Design and distribute promotional materials in print and digital formats.

  • Outreach for program promotion and participant recruitment.

  • Coordinate participant in-takes including virtual meetings with parents and participants.

  • Organize all supplies for camp sessions including daily meals and handouts, coordinate out trips, compile resource materials and a farewell package.

  • Participate in camp sessions and provide logistical support to the program’s Facilitator.

  • Liaise with media outlets. Create a short promotional video with group participants.

3. Resource Centre Support:
Assist the Resource Centre Coordinator with the following activities:

  • Support the summer COVID-19 safe and limited re-opening plan for the drop-in resource centre.

  • Organize and maintain the centre with health, safety and connectedness in mind.

  • Receive calls from the public and provide support to individuals, especially with emergency food, toiletries and computer tasks.

Skills and Experience:

  • Feminist and anti-oppression analysis as well as knowledge and application of issues affecting diverse groups of women, Trans and gender-variant individuals. 

  • Prior fundraising experience in a non-profit context is an asset.

  • Prior experience working with people in a support capacity including ability to demonstrate empathy, active listening, patience, critical thinking, problem solving, and boundary setting.

  • Strong computer skills with Microsoft Office Suite and related applications, Google applications, social media platforms and video-conferencing software. Familiarity with Canva design software is an asset.

  • Superior skills in organizing, written and verbal communications, time-management and self-direction.

  • Familiarity with non-profit organizations and their operations.

  • Some post-secondary education in fields such as: gender, race, sexuality and social justice; Indigenous studies; psychology; sociology; social work; counselling; communications; community development; education; or related studies.


To Apply:

If interested in applying, please send a cover letter and résumé to:                                                                   PDF Version

Michelle Dodds, 

North Shore Women's Centre

131 East 2nd St., North Vancouver, B.C. V7L 1C2

Deadline for application is Monday, June 22nd, 2020 at 12 noon.                                                               

We kindly thank all applicants; only successful candidates will be contacted.

North Shore Women's Centre 

131 East 2nd St North Vancouver, BC, V7L 1C2

Phone: 604.984.6009 | Fax: 604.980.4661

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